Political Advocacy for School Librarians: Leveraging Your Influence, 1st Edition

  • Ann Dutton Ewbank
  • Published By: Libraries Unlimited
  • ISBN-10: 144086389X
  • ISBN-13: 9781440863899
  • DDC: 027.8
  • 140 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released April 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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Education and information policy has a direct impact on school libraries and is shaped by decisions at the local, state, and federal levels. School librarians are positioned uniquely to leverage their inside knowledge of effective school library programs to make a difference in education through civic engagement; however, a thorough understanding of both the explicit and hidden rules of government is necessary to be an effective advocate. This compact book serves as a guide to advocating for effective programs, filling a gap in the practitioner literature regarding the policies that affect school library programs. Drawing on research-based best practices and the author's experience as the chairman of the ALA Legislation Committee and in political advocacy, this book explains the political process through concrete examples of both success and failure and analyzes these examples to show how librarians can move education policy in a positive direction.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction.
2: Is School Librarianship Political?.
3: What is Political Advocacy?.
4: The Power of Persuasion.
5: A Primer on Education Governance.
6: Local Political Advocacy.
7: State Political Advocacy.
8: Federal Political Advocacy.
9: Political School Library Advocacy: Success, Failure, and the Future.
About the Author.