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ERIC Number: EJ826927
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
The Dance of Leadership and Advocacy
Stripling, Barbara
Knowledge Quest, v36 n1 p54-55 Sep-Oct 2007
Leadership and advocacy often resemble a dance more than a straight-line march toward a goal. At times the leader advocate must work the process and lead the dance; at other times, the leader must stand back and let the process work, always ready to add a step or two to the dance when necessary. In this article, the author describes how librarians from across the country joined together in a leadership and advocacy "dance" to formulate an aggressive plan to fight the growing threat of the 65% Solution legislation being pushed by First Class Education, a nonprofit organization that is financially backed by Patrick Byrne, president of This organization has spent millions of dollars to get legislation or voter initiatives in as many states as possible to require that 65 percent of all education monies be spent in the classroom. The definition of "classroom spending" excluded school librarians and libraries, and teacher-librarian leaders realized that the 65% Solution legislation would decimate school libraries across the country. As a result of the efforts of the librarians, a semi-final draft resolution was sent to ALA Council members and others to solicit their input before the Midwinter Meeting. The process worked, and at the 2006 meeting, the American Association of School Librarians Board responded by creating a special classification task force to address the 65% Solution legislation. ALA Council affirmed the essential educational value of school librarians and libraries by passing the "ALA Resolution on the Instructional Classification of School Librarians" unanimously.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
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