Contact Your Senator – SKILLS Act

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides federal funding for K-12 education programs. Reauthorization of legislation of this nature will determine federal education policy for the coming decade and it is imperative that dedicated funding for school library programs be included.

On January 29, 2015, Senators Reed (D-RI), Cochran (R-MI), and Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced S. 312, the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries Act (SKILLS Act), that would improve students’ literacy skills and readiness for higher education and careers through effective school library programs. ALA is currently working with Sen. Whitehouse (D-RI) on an amendment for the HELP Committee markup that would add provisions from the SKILLS Act to ESEA to provide dedicated funding for effective school library programs.

We need you to contact both Senators from your state at their DC office and let them know how critical school libraries are in improving our education system. Ask them to support dedicated funding for effective school library programs under ESEA by co-sponsoring S.312.
Here is the link to ALA’s Engage system that will provide you more information, talking points, direct information on your senators. You just need to put in some basic information.

Or you can call the United States Capitol switchboard is (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

Please take a few minutes to make a call. They need to hear from you! Help make an impact for kids and libraries!

Michael Dowling
International and Chapter Relations Offices
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL, USA
p +1 800-545-2433 ext 3200
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azla          2015 AzLA Conference: MAKING CONNECTIONS

The 2015 Annual Conference will be held at the High Country Conference Center in beautiful Flagstaff Arizona, November 18– 20, 2015.

Conference Theme
The 2015 conference theme, MAKING CONNECTIONS, is focused on embracing the networking, collaboration, and partnerships that librarianship entails. Library professionals enrich their knowledge base and enhance services by networking with fellow librarians. Libraries create new opportunities by collaborating with organizations within their communities. There are the new connections which are enabled by technology. Finally, there are the daily connections made between staff and patrons, between instructional specialists and students, which form the basis of library service. What would you like to see and hear about during your time at the conference?   How is your library building strong networks?  How have your library benefited from your network?

Program tracks will include:

  • Leadership & Staff Development
  • Children and Young Adults
  • Information Literacy & Teaching
  • User Services
  • Technology & Tech Services
  • Library Outreaching, Marketing, and Advocacy.

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