School Library Advocacy

Core Education Funding and the Impact on School Libraries - 2024

In May 2024, the OSLA Council wrote to the Minister of Education to express concern with the new Core Education Funding model and its impact on school libraries, library staff and the critical contributions they make to curriculum delivery and student success.

The letter highlighted that these changes to education funding will directly lead to further reductions in school library access, make it easier for school boards to reduce or eliminate these vital learning resources, while undoing positive progress towards accountability for school library funding introduced under the Minister’s leadership.

Read OSLA’s Letter to the Minister of Education re: Core Education Funding Model and the Impact on School Libraries

Advocate for School Libraries

Want to get involved? Join OSLA’s Save Our School Libraries campaign to raise awareness on at-risk school library funding.

School Library Advocacy 2-pager

Need help demonstrating the value of school libraries and school library staff? 

Download our advocacy 2-pager which answers the following questions:

  1. What is a school library?
  2. Who are school library professionals?
  3. Why should a school library professional select the materials for my child’s school library?
  4. How does the school library differ from the public library?
  5. When students lose access to a school library, what are the consequences?
  6. What is the impact of restricting or banning age-appropriate books?

A Guide to the Selection and Deselection of School Library Resources - 2023

Last Updated: July 31, 2023

French adaptation forthcoming.

How are resources curated for a school library? Who is in charge of the selection and removal of resources? What happens when a resource is challenged by a member of the school community?

Discover the answers to these questions and more in OSLA’s “A Guide to the Selection and Deselection of School Library Resources”.

This guide provides:

  • information, best practices, and resources to support the selection and deselection of school library learning resources. 
  • resources to help school boards navigate concerns, questions, and/or challenges related to school library materials.
Who is this guide for?
This resource is for school library professionals, educators, staff, administrators, school boards, students, and families. The guide was developed with the general public in mind, for anyone interested in understanding how resources are curated for a School Library Learning Commons (SLLC).

Additional Resources - Collection Development & Intellectual Freedom

Questions to ask about your child's school library - 2024

Parents, you can help advocate for your child’s school library: Ask your child’s school principal or school board trustee these 3 questions:

  1. Does my child still have access to school library resources and to a qualified school library professional? How?
  2. Is a qualified school library professional responsible for selecting the books in my child’s school library?
  3. What is your plan for the school library next year?

School Library Advocacy

Canadian Federation of Library Associations / Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques

CFLA-FCAB Position Statement on the Status of School Libraries in Canada (May 2024)

Save School Libraries Coalition

The Save School Libraries Coalition, formed in 2020, is  a national coalition dedicated to advocating for the critical importance of school libraries and their professional staff. 

Ontario Book Publishers Organization

Association of Canadian Publishers