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New Jersey Association of School Librarians

Inspiring Excellence in Librarianship and Education

NJASL is the only statewide organization for school librarians in New Jersey. We advocate for high standards for librarianship and library media programs in the public, private and parochial schools in New Jersey to inspire excellence in school librarianship and learning. Our 800+ members live and work from Cape May to Sussex and points in between.


Membership



Join us today!! Let NJASL provide you with the strong support of collaboration as well as the educational resources that will enhance your professional growth and inspire excellence in librarianship and learning.

 

Members also have access to a Members-Only section on the website with information on News from Trenton, Job Listings, and much more...




Professional Development

NJASL offers professional development programs for school librarymedia specialists through conferences, workshops, mentoring, online and print publications and resources. Be inspired and learn through collaboration with other school library media specialists! 


Advocacy



NJASL collaborates with other state and national organizations, such as LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Association, the New Jersey State Library, and the American Association of School Librarians to advocate for professionally staffed resource-rich school library programs for every student in New Jersey.  

 

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Please take a minute and support school libraries.

Hello School Library Supporters,

The reauthorization of ESEA (the Elementary and Secondary Education Act) currently known as No Child Left Behind is finally being address in Congress. Language is being drafted by both the Senate HELP Committee and the House Education & Workforce Committee in Washington, DC. Although the major points of contention are over student testing and teacher evaluation, this is the time to try to impact our Congressmen to add provisions for school libraries.
 
Therefore, the next two months will be an opportune time for library and education advocates to contact lawmakers and advocate the American Library Assn/Assn of School Librarians position:
 
1. Maintain dedicated federal funding for school libraries;
 
2. Staff school libraries with state-licensed school librarians,

3. Provide professional development funds to be used for recruiting and training school librarians 
 
Please contact Senator Bob Casey ( http://www.casey.senate.gov/contact ) who serves on the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor & Pensions) Committee
. Ask him to ensure that the three bullet points above are included in the ESEA Reauthorization which is now being drafted.

Also, the House Education & Workforce Committee is working on a version of a reauthorization. If your US House Representative serves on this committee, please contact him/her asking them to add the three bullet points above to the ESEA Reauthorization which is now being drafted.

RELATED LEGISLATION

Senators Reed and Cochran introduce school library bill:
Last week, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) in introducing the SKILLS Act (S.312). Key improvements to the program include expanding professional development to include digital literacy, reading and writing instruction across all grade levels; focusing on coordination and shared planning time between teachers and librarians; and ensuring that books and materials are appropriate students with special learning needs, including English learners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

               
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NJASL NEWS

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UPCOMING EVENTS

10 Mar 2015 4:00 PM • Mainland Regional High School, Linwood, NJ 08221
14 Mar 2015 8:30 AM • William Patterson University, 1600 Valley Road, Wayne, NJ
16 Mar 2015 8:00 PM • TLNewsNight
19 Mar 2015 4:30 PM • Camden County Library in Vorhees
21 Mar 2015 • Throughout NJ
15 Nov 2015 • Ocean Place Resort and Spa: Long Branch, NJ

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Collingswood, NJ  08108

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