School Library Advocacy

Explaining School Library Funding in Ontario

The Ministry of Education recognizes the vital importance of staffed school libraries to student success and provides all boards with funding for school library staff through the Grants for Student Needs (GSN). However, not all school administrators are aware of how school libraries are funded by the province.

Use this one-pager on School Library Funding in Ontario to help advocate for your school library.

Questions to ask about your child's school library

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 Resources

The Ontario School Library Association (OSLA) is aware of the significant impact of COVID-19 on Ontario’s educators, including school library staff across Ontario. OLA and OSLA have been actively engaging decision-makers to advocacy for the protection of school libraries and school library staffing during this challenging school year. We’ve compiled her our more recent school library advocacy materials and letters:

Communications with Ontario  Directors Education and School Board Trustee Chairs

  • Including Library Learning Commons in 2021-22 Return to School Protocols (August 2021), in English and in French
  • School Libraries & the 2021-22 Grants for Student Needs (May 2021), in English and in French
  • Invest in Student Success by Investing in the School Library (December 2020), in English and in French 
  • Ensuring Student Success Through Access to School Libraries (July 2020), in English and in French

School Library Advocacy Resources from OSLA

Communications from Aligned organizations

Aligned organizations continue to also support strong school libraries, with these recent examples of advocacy for Ontario School Libraries.

OLA and OSLA participate in provincial consultations on school libraries. You can see our most recent recommendations surrounding school library funding here:

  • OLA Advocacy Toolkit – The resources of this toolkit were created to help OLA members from all library sectors, to advocate for their libraries and to broaden the community of library advocates in Ontario. This toolkit aims to provide guidance as to how to advocate effectively and link to additional resources for members who wish to learn more.
  • Watch: School Library Advocacy Webinar (2019) – Hosted Diana Masliszewski and Richard Reid, in this one-hour session you will learn about OLA’s Advocacy Toolkit and how you can use the resources and templates to effectively advocate for your school library. Presenters will provide some concrete examples from their advocacy experiences in diverse school library settings.
  • Slides – 100 Ideas for Internal Support and Engagement for Your School Library
  • Watch: A Dozen Ways to be Indispensable in Your District – A 5 minute video prepared by Melissa Jensen

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