[Library Media] ULA Supports Ogden

Fawn Morgan FMORGAN at dsdmail.net
Wed May 15 11:05:28 MDT 2013

With permission of Anna Neatrour of ULA leadership, I am posting an e-mail she sent out to ULA members. I thought we would all benefit from the proposed stategies. Please consider joining ULA if you are not already a member. As always, write your letters from your home computer.

Fawn B. Morgan, Teacher Librarian, Lancer Library, Layton High School 801-402-4996   http://tinyurl.com/lancerlibrary      Follow us on Facebook

" Libraries are the Petri dish of intellect and the information stored there provides the agar of learning." --Sara Roos, City Watch


Hello, you might have heard in the news recently of the Ogden School District's plans to lay off 20 school librarians. Here's an initial article<http://www.standard.net/stories/2013/04/26/ogden-school-district-notifies-librarians-job-terminations> from the Standard-Examiner and a more recent account of a meeting of concerned parents<http://www.standard.net/stories/2013/05/08/angry-parents-confront-ogden-superintendent-over-media-specialist-jobs>.
Parents in the district are supporting their school librarians through the following sites:
Focus Ogden web site: http://focusogden.com/Focus_Ogden/Home.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Focus-Ogden-Community/402791893152616
Change.org Petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/ogden-school-district-board-of-education-reconsider-proposed-action-to-layoff-all-certified-media-specialists
Consider writing a letter to the school board and pass the word along if you have friends who live in the Ogden School District.
• The AASL has a variety of toolkits on the value of school librarians<http://www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy/tools/toolkits>.
• There are many studies demonstrating the impact of school librarians<http://www.lrs.org/data-tools/school-libraries/impact-studies/>.
• There are a variety of talking points with links to studies on ALA's advocacy page for school librarians.<http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/advocacyuniversity/additup/6to12/anntk_school>

The date for the official vote about the school librarians is June 12th, so there is still time to help by making your opinion known.

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