On October 17, 2011 the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) held a congressional briefing, “Education Reform and the SKILLs Act: An Analysis of Twenty-First Century School Librarians and Their Impact on Career and College Readiness.” Presented in conjunction with Representative Rush Holt (N.J.) and Senator Jack Reed (R.I.) the panel included:
- Carl Harvey, school librarian, North Elementary School (Ind.), AASL president
- Donna L. Haye, assistant superintendent, Atlantic City Public Schools (N.J.), an AASL Distinguished School Administrator
- William A. Mayer, university librarian, American University (D.C.), international speaker and leader on the changing face of services in libraries
- Kathy Mortimer, parent from Henrico County Public Schools (Va.) an AASL National School Library Program of the Year
- Connie Williams , National Board Certified Teacher Librarian, Petaluma High School (Calif.), AASL legislative committee chair
The panel underscored the necessity of a state-certified school librarian in every school library and legislation in support of school libraries (namely, the SKILLs Act).
“AASL put together a terrific briefing for a standing room only crowd on what makes an effective school library program,” said Emily Sheketoff, ALA Washington Office executive director. “Staff from the Senate and the House, Republicans and Democrats listened to education professionals talk about the innovative things being done in school libraries across the nation.”
“With mark-up of ESEA scheduled to begin on Wednesday, October 19, it is imperative that school library supporters continue to inform their Congressional representatives about this legislation,” said Carl Harvey, AASL president. “Especially critical are calls from constituents of those senators serving on the Senate HELP Committee.”
For more information and all videos, visit ala.org/aasl/congressionalbriefing.