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Rally to Restore School Librarians

Contact:
Jacob Roskovensky
Illinois School Library Media Association
Email: pres-elect@islma.org

“Rally to Restore School Librarians” planned at the Thompson Center in Chicago on Friday, June 23rd at 12:00pm
Hundreds of school librarians and supporters call on the governor and state legislators to improve school funding and ensure a licensed school librarian in every Illinois school.

The Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) will hold a demonstration on Friday, June 23rd beginning at 12 noon at the Thompson Center to call for the restoration of school librarian positions in schools and districts around the state, and improvements to funding for school library program budgets for all Illinois students. The “Rally to Restore School Librarians” will kick-off a year-long effort to encourage the governor and General Assembly, along with school boards and superintendents across the state, to address state aid for school libraries and local staffing priorities. “School districts in Illinois are making the wrong choice by cutting school library budgets and laying off licensed school librarians,” says Patti Fleser, 2016-2107 president of ISLMA. “The school library is the largest classroom in the school, and it needs a collection that supports student achievement. School librarians support not just classwork but the discovery and achievement of the whole child.”

Numerous studies show that a licensed school librarian impacts student achievement. School librarians teach students to evaluate information that they read, critically and competently. Information literacy and internet safety are at the core of their work. Districts across the state from Chicago and the suburbs to downstate rural communities have eliminated librarians. Staffing levels across the state have reached a crisis point. As Illinois looks to restore equity to our education system through implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act, the time is right to re-engage about budget choices that improve student outcomes, including library programs and librarians.

“Effective school library programs are vital to student achievement,” says Jacob Roskovensky, High School Library Media Specialist-Charleston Community Unit School District #1 and president-elect of ISLMA. “We know that a licensed school librarian in the library is a vital member of the faculty and an effective educator for our kids. We want every student in Illinois have access to the collections and programs that support their curriculum, and a school librarian on staff who can help.” This demonstration is drawing attendees from across the state and around the country. ISLMA is being supported in its Rally to Restore School Librarians by several organizations and associations including EveryLibrary, Urban Librarians Unite, the Illinois Library Association, the American Library Association (ALA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the Young Adult Library Services Association, and the School of Information Studies at Dominican University.

For more information on the Rally to Restore School Librarians, please visit http://action.everylibrary.org/rally_to_restore_il_school_libs. This unique and targeted advocacy effort will bring together school librarians and other stakeholders to create a renewed choice about librarians and libraries in Illinois schools. It builds upon the strategic effort that ISLMA has made to highlight the importance of effective library programs in the state ESSA Implementation Plan. It will go beyond policy and into action to lobby for positions and programs across the state.


These are the ten videos from the Virtual Maker Space day found on YouTube on the ISLMA Advocacy channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0FfhH7yeBU
ISLMA Virtual Maker Meetup Opening

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhv1MhYBB0k&t=86sSession
S1: A Dozen Ways to Ditch your Excuses

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahHj94MIVh4
S1: Maker space...just do it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx3eaOO31oc&t=72s
S1: Maker Kits from ISL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19Z-dQMdFE0
S2: Going green; it's easier than you think.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yLzWkOa26M
S2: Game of drones

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvDo2OWWJiA
S2 S T E M in Disguise More than meets the eye Transforming Literature into STEM Challenges

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZxrqKXomhY&t=68s
S3: Rigamajig

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plLwNxgKeZI
S3: Makerspace meets Children's Literature

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty67N5QjaRQ
S3: Creating Virtual Reality Worlds with CoSpaces


In the Annual Election for Illinois School Library Media Association, Mary Morgan Ryan was Elected President Elect for the 2017-2018 year.
Mary Morgan Ryan is currently the Media Resource Center Director, Oak School, Hinsdale, IL.
Elected Secretary for the Association was Dawn Scuderi, Media Specialist for Homer Consolidated School District 33C, Hadley Middle School, Homer Glen, IL.
Newly elected board members include Mariela Siegert, IMC Director/School Librarian, Westfield Middle School, Bloomingdale, IL, and Eric Bodwell, Librarian, Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville, IL.
Congratulations to these officers and thanks to all who agreed to run for office.


ISLMA needs your help in promoting library media programs across Illinois

Check out the page on ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) to learn more.


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