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ALA Presidential Task Force: Focus on School Libraries


ALA Presidential Task Force: Focus on School Libraries report by Susan Ballard in School Library Monthly.

 “This task force is charged with “leading a campaign addressing the urgent need for advocacy for school libraries, as well as the impact of the de-professionalization and curtailment of school library instructional programs on students and student achievement” (ALA 2011). ALA determined that the make-up of the Task Force needed to represent all divisions and key committees. In a letter reaching out to these groups to make recommendations for appointment, Raphael observed:

“From cities and towns across the country, we have been hearing increased reports of threats to school library instructional programs. Whether it’s the elimination of school librarians or budget reductions, it’s become impossible to ignore the impact that cuts of this sort could have on future generations…. Because libraries of all types depend on each other to develop and sustain independent learners in an information age, it’s clear that we need an ‘all hands on deck’ approach to this potential crisis. Therefore, I am enlisting members from all types of libraries to get involved” (Molly Raphael, letter to divisions and committees, September 6, 2011).”

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