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Advocacy

The New Jersey Association of School Librarians actively supports strong school library programs. NJASL works throughout the state to advocate for regulations and funding to require all schools to have credentialed School Library Media Specialists who possess the competencies needed to deliver effective school library media programs.  Our students’ futures depend on it.


We encourage all school library supporters to speak out for school libraries!


What We Do

  • Initiate legislative actions and recommend language in legislation about school libraries by working with legislators and their staff
  • Maintain strong relationships with other state education organizations and stakeholders,
  • Educate members of the education community about advocacy efforts and strategies.


How can I be an advocate for School Libraries?

SHARE information about how effective school library programs positively impact student achievement with school administrators and board members. 

POST on the library web site facts about how your library program helps students.

USE #theother160days to:

  • Use #theother160days to share #NJ #school #library success stories beyond library-as-computer-lab.
  • Thank you for helping us get the word out that #NJ #school #librarians benefit students' #infolit #theother160days
  • Use #theother160days to share #NJ #school #library stories about successful #infolit initiatives!
  • Use #theother160days to tell everyone what #school #librarians in #NJ do for #infolit when students aren't testing!

USE the results of the NJ Study of School Libraries to inform and educate state and local policy makers, parents, teachers, and other members of your school community about the positive impact well-funded, well-staffed school library programs have on student achievement. 

ASK decision makers to support funding for effective school library programs staffed by certified SLMS.

Who can I contact to learn more?

NJASL Legislative Chairperson, Angela (Ang) Crockett Coxen, at angelaccoxen@gmail.com





On April 1, 2015 the NJ State Board of Education adopted a Resolution to join NJASL in recognizing April 2015 School Library Month in NJ. In photo: Joe Fisicaro, Vice President of the NJ State Board of Education, David Hespe, Acting Commissioner, NJ Department of Education, Matthew Vona and Sarah Jordan, students at Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill, NJ, Arlen Kimmelman, NJASL President, and Luann Amodeo, NJASL's Liaison to the NJ Department of Education.

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