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School Librarians in Galesburg Under Threat

Sign the petition today to keep school librarians in Galesburg school libraries! In Illinois, the Galesburg School District’s administration recently proposed cutting 7 of the 8 librarians for next year in order to save money. This short sighted proposal would mean that there is only one remaining school librarian who would serve as the District […]

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ESSA Policy Work in the States

Thanks to School Library Journal for covering the work we’re doing with school library associations across the country on advocacy, policy, and lobbying about their state ESSA Plans. The framework of educational policies for each state is different, but the commonalities across the ESSA Implementation requirements present a unique opportunity for school librarians to have their […]

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Every School Library Matters

My kids go back to school today. Over the last four years they have watched me work on almost 50 public library campaigns. They were little when I started EveryLibrary. They are starting 6th and 2nd grades now, and are getting old enough to understand the vital work we do on library elections. This year […]


Reverse the Cuts to Chicago School Lirbaries

Please send an email to the Chicago Board of Education and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. This year marks another year of drastic cuts to school librarians. In fact, Chicago Public Schools are even cutting the school librarian that the students themselves stood up and successfully fought for last year. Please, don’t let our students go unsupported! Chicago […]

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Rosen Publishing and EveryLibrary Provide Pro-Bono Consulting to State Level School Library Stakeholders for ESSA Implementation Planning

For Immediate Release 20 July 2016 Rosen Publishing and EveryLibrary Provide Pro-Bono Consulting to State Level School Library Stakeholders for ESSA Implementation Planning Rosen Publishing and EveryLibrary today announce a joint project to provide pro-bono strategic consulting services to state-level school library stakeholders for ESSA Implementation Planning in their states. EveryLibrary, the first nationwide Political […]

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State ESSA Implementation Planning for School Library Stakeholders

Federal law requires that every state in the union submit their final ESSA Plan to the US Department of Education by April 2017 for Implementation starting with the August 2017 school year. Each state is going about creating their own ESSA Implementation Plans in their own ways. In some states, the Implementation Planning is being run by […]

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ESSA Calendar for School Library Stakeholders

EveryLibrary has compiled a calendar of dates and deadlines along with links to the relevant state agencies tasked with developing each state’s ESSA Implementation Plan.  This calendar is provided as a courtesy and a start point to school library stakeholders. Please consult each state agency website to verify dates and deadlines. Errors, omissions, edits, and additions […]

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It’s Time to Hire Librarians at Christina School District

Many of the secondary schools in the Christina School District in Wilmington, DE. intend to continue to operate without librarians.  Despite the passing of a recent referendum that will enable the district to employ more teachers and reduce the average class size, the district will continue to open many of its doors this August to […]

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Don’t Trade the Libraries Away at Trinity Area Schools

The Trinity Area School Board in Washington County, PA made a disastrous decision to eliminate the high school librarian position in April. They voted 7-1 to take this unprecedented action while also, that same night, voting to increase coaches’ and extracurricular sponsors’ salaries from $379,538 to $418,671, an increase of $39,133. This means that to fund these […]

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Rapid Response for School Librarians in Cedar Rapids

The school system in Cedar Rapids, IA is facing a significant budget shortfall next year, and they are proposing to balance the budget by cutting school librarian positions. We have been asked by local school advocates there to help share the word about the proposed position cuts and to activate the community to preserve these vital […]