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Advocacy Resources

SLA Support for School Libraries

  •  SLA Standards for Secondary School Libraries
    These standards are a statement of the right level of provision for school libraries. It is intended that they can be used to advocate for improved services in secondary schools to Senior Management Teams, Governors, Inspectors, Politicians and Civil Servants.

Download SLA Standards for Secondary School Libraries

PDF file, 380 kB

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  • The SLA Primary School Library Charter
    The Charter is a 12-page booklet intended to help you set up and run a primary school library, to point your school towards inspirational and flexible, innovative and exciting library spaces and the development, maintenance and management of the resources held within them.

Primary School Library Charter

PDF file, 2 MB

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‘I realise I’m talking to converts here, but I have to tell you that the difference a qualified librarian makes to a primary school is simply transformational’.’ David Tilling, Head Teacher of Peasedown St John Primary School, Bath, at the SLYA/SLA LDA Awards Event, 1st October 2012.

  • Effective School Libraries
    A special offprint of the article "Effective School Libraries: Evidence of Impact on Student Achievement" by Lynn Barrett, from The School Librarian, Volume 58 Number 3 Autumn 2010. The article presents research evidence on the effectiveness of school libraries and is a useful resource and advocacy tool for your library.

    This special offprint is a free PDF download - Download Effective  School Libraries

UK Advocacy Campaign

  • Shout About School Libraries
    The overall aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the value of school libraries and Schools Library Services to their communities (at both primary and secondary school level) amongst key stakeholders including government, head teachers, school governors and parents.
  • UK advocacy campaign 2004
    Still has some good advocacy resources and aims to support Schools Library Services and school librarians in England and help them assert the importance of their role and the significance of the school library.

IASL International School Library Day

  • International School Library Month
    IASL web pages about International School Library Month. Contains ideas and activities for celebrating your school library and what it means for your community.
  • Video: We Love our Library
    Online video produced for International School Library Day 2007 - sorry currently not available due to technical problems - try again soon.

Advocacy Toolkits

UK Research into school libraries

International research into school libraries

Updated February 2013