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Position Statement on Censorship in our School Libraries

The New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) strongly supports the right of children of all ages to read a wide variety of material with differing viewpoints and perspectives. Censorship denies free access to information and stifles intellectual freedom. 


NJASL believes that school librarians and parents/guardians are partners in a child’s journey to becoming a lifelong reader/learner. Respect for and by all parties in pursuit of this goal should be paramount: Threatening librarians, teachers, or school board members to the point that they do not feel safe in their jobs is not acceptable, and should be roundly condemned by all concerned. 


School Librarians are committed to upholding the highest standards in providing information and resources. We firmly believe that it is our responsibility to provide equitable access to diverse and inclusive material that is representative of social and racial justice, the pursuit of truth and opposes efforts to suppress world views. School library media specialists are committed to curating material that reflect multiple viewpoints. 


The American Library Association Library Bill of Rights states that “Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment” and “Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas” (https://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill). 


Furthermore, the American Library Association Code of Ethics enjoins librarians to “uphold the principles of intellectual freedom and resist all efforts to censor library resources” ((https://www.ala.org/tools/ethics). 


Acting in accordance with these principles, NJASL supports school librarians who stand up to censorship within their schools, supports the use of equitable reconsideration policies, and supports collections with diverse representation. 




New Jersey School Board Candidates Express Wide Support For the Role and Work of School Librarians


A recent survey of candidates running for school board positions across New Jersey this November by the New Jersey Association of School Librarians shows significant support for the role of school librarians in education by current and future district leaders. This is true for candidates from small and rural school districts as well as from large urban or suburban ones. There was wide geographic representation with candidates from South, Central, and North Jersey responding


Read the Full Press Release (pdf file attached)


Click on Link to View Full Survey Answers From School Board Candidates:  The names of all who responded to the survey are listed along with their responses.  



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The deadline for proposals has been

extended until August 31. 

Check the Fall Conference Page for more information.

    NJASL has created a Safe Space and Community Agreements. View them here.


    NJASL has created a  
    School Librarian Job Description. 
    Click here for the full version.



    Report: NJASL Needs Your Help!


    If you know of a New Jersey school system lacking a certified

    School Library Media Specialist or a librarian that is planning to

    retire in the near future, please fill out this form


     If you are aware of an immediate job loss or need immediate assistance with a possible job loss, please send an email to advocacy@njasl.org.


    Not sure what constitutes a "certified" school librarian? click here.







    NJASL has partnered with NJEA to create a series of videos featuring our New Jersey Library Media Specialists

    Advocacy


    NJASL collaborates with other state and national organizations, such as LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Association, the New Jersey State Library, and the American Association of School Librarians to advocate for professionally staffed resource-rich school library programs for every student in New Jersey.  

     

    Advocate for your own library and share your success stories using #theother160days!


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    UPCOMING EVENTS

    05 Dec 2021 • Hard Rock Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ
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    Full NJASL calendar

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    NJASL is the only statewide organization for school librarians in New Jersey. We advocate for high standards for librarianship and library media programs in the public, private and parochial schools in New Jersey to inspire excellence in school librarianship and learning. Our 800+ members live and work from Cape May to Sussex and points in between.

    Congratulations to Tricina Strong-Beebe on her recognition as the

    NJASL President's Award Winner for 2021




    The New Jersey State Board of Education issued a proclamation for
    School Library Month 2019



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