[Opinion] Ask An Expert : School Libraries

I recently asked a library advocacy expert the following question:

What is the #1 thing that community members can do to make sure that our elementary schools have libraries?

Here’s what they said:

Actions attendees should take to support school libraries in our town:

1) Join the CEAG’s Library Advocacy Committee. (Sign up or our newsletter or Facebook Group for updates)

2) Talk to friends and neighbors about the issue and encourage them to speak up as well.

3) Share your concerns on social media or in editorials for local news outlets.

4) Attend Board meetings and voice your concerns in the public forum.

5) Email administrators and the Board of Ed regarding your concerns.

6) Share your library stories and information about the school libraries situation with CEAG so we can help you be heard.

7) When working with the administration and the Board, insist on a response with a concrete plan of action— do not settle for excuses or vague generalizations.


Thanks to our expert for the insight!

Don’t miss the Collingswood Educational Advocacy Group’s next meeting on March 19th, where we will be talking about library advocacy.

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More about the NJASL Here:

What do you think? How would you advocate for school libraries?


Jen R

Jen R

Jen Rossi, Vice President Jen Rossi moved to Collingswood with her spouse in 2012. She is a graduate of Georgian Court University with a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Fine Art. She has a certificate of eligibility with advanced standing in Elementary Education (K-5) and as a Teacher of Fine Art (K-12). After a part-time floating position and substitute teaching, Jen returned to the corporate world. Professionally Jen is a Digital Marketing Manager for a privately owned insurance brokerage, providing important information on how to reduce the risks in today's business world: ranging from slip and fall injuries to computer network hacks. Getting the information in the hands of people who need it with the help of guidebooks, webinars, instructional videos, blog posts, social media alerts, and online courses. With this background in education and knowledge of the process for communicating important information to anyone willing to hear it, Jen focuses her energy on making a big impact with small things- making life a little more convenient, helping people get informed, keeping things practical and timely, and encouraging achievable goals for success. In her free time, Jen loves upcycling, improving, and otherwise repurposing materials to the delight of family, neighbors, and Etsy customers. She looks forward to running down questions and getting helpful information into social feeds and inboxes of members of the Collingswood community.