Make an Impact! Be Visible! Advocate For Your Library at a School Board Meeting!


Left to Right: Rose Luna, Margaux DelGuidice and Sara Kelly Johns at the NYLA/SSL conference
Program Description
Do you want gain vital community support and funding for your library? Are you ready for school board members and administrators to get excited about your library program? Do you need a core group of advocates for your library program? Find out how to better promote and market your library within your district and community. You will gain respect and funding as you learn techniques to showcase your impact on student achievement through an evidenced-based message. Harness this support to create a program that will result in lifelong learners who will become essential parts of their community.

Libraries have evolved to meet the needs of 21st Century users, yet many administrators and local community members are unaware of their impact on students and instruction. It is crucial to showcase the changing role of the school librarian in relation to student achievement and to develop a core group of advocates for their programs. promoting and marketing your library program within your school district and community.

We are sharing best practices from our own successful School Board presentations to inspire your confidence; you will get to the opportunity to develop a strong message characterizing your program and to create a presentation to take back to your home districts.

Your presentation will be tied to district goals, backing up your presentation with data that shows the link between certified school librarians and student achievement. An everyday advocacy marketing and public relations campaign will “broaden your reach” to gain the support of key community members.

It is our hope that each member of the audience will leave our program with the confidence to return to their school district and rally other librarians together to create a presentation for their School Board as a key activity to promote and market their programs.

Margaux, Rose and Sara