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The Declaration for the Right to Libraries October 9, 2013

Posted by Judy Deichman in Check this out!.

The Declaration for the Right to Libraries provides an exciting way to showcase your library at upcoming school events. ALA President Barbara Stripling is asking all school libraries around the country to participate in declaration signings during the month of October. To view the new declaration signing toolkit to help you organize a signing of your own, or to learn more about the declaration visit www.ala.org/declaration.

AASL would like to track declaration signings from across the country. To submit your signing please fill out this online form: www.ala.org/aasl/declaration. Don’t discount your signing! It would be wonderful for every leader within a community to be part of a declaration signing but having your school leaders, board members, parents and students sign is just as memorable and commendable.

The Declaration for the Right to Libraries is the cornerstone document of ALA President Barbara Stripling’s presidential initiative, Libraries Change Lives, which is designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special school and public.

You can post the link and a picture of the declaration on your social media page.   I did this last week and got several non-education folks and fellow librarians to support and sign the online declaration!

Please share this everyone you know and all that care about our libraries and their future!



1. Sue Bartle - October 10, 2013

This is an opportunity that you should not miss!

Advocacy is an important corner stone of our library programs. In Western New York our open houses started in August this year and we have had several signings. Through a joint effort with Shannon Wright, Elementary Librarian at Southwestern Elementary School, Jamestown, NY we created several kit boxes that the libraries could share to set-up a very patriotic display to draw attention to the proclamation and signing.

Detailed explanations and photos of these ideas can be found at our School Library System web site at

Our next goal is to begin the advocacy of encouraging all 27 Board of Educations and our BOCES Board of Education to sign the proclamation.

Sue Bartle
School Library System Director
Erie 2- Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES
AASL Delegate for New York State (NYLA/SSL)

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