In today's world, there is intense competition for our education dollars. It is important for us to promote the best use of those dollars for ALL students in a unique and valuable way--the school library.

Resources from Your Trusted Colleagues

The Kentucky Association of School Librarians sees a definite need around our state to help librarians and friends of school libraries promote all that 21st Century libraries and library media specialists can do to foster student achievement. Below is a curation of resources submitted by several of Kentucky's remarkable library media specialists as well as some links to national contributors. We thank them for sharing their thoughts and resources.

Your Connected Librarian Stakeholder Toolkit

by Heidi Neltner (Ft. Thomas Independent Schools)

Leading in the Library

by James Allen (KDE), Dr. Maria Cahill (UK), Tara Griffith (Barren Co. Schools), Janet Lanham (Jefferson Co. Schools), Heidi Neltner (Ft. Thomas Independent Schools), Dr. Marty Park (KDE), Dr. Lynn Reynolds (Jefferson Co. Schools)

How to Advocate for Your School Library Program

by Heidi Neltner (Ft. Thomas Independent Schools) & James Allen (Eminence Independent Schools)

Building Advocacy for Your School Library Program Blog Post

by Heidi Neltner (Ft. Thomas Independent Schools)

5 Ways to Advocate for Your School Library This Year

by Ashley Cooksey (AASL Knowledge Quest)

Advocacy--Something for Everyone

by Iris Eichenlaub (AASL Knowledge Quest)

What Your School Council Can Do For You

by Erin Weaver (Kenton Co. Schools)

Advocacy U

by Tara Griffith (Barren Co. Schools)

by Tara Griffith (Barren Co. Schools)

by Kentucky Deparment of Education

Book Challenges

From the website of the Office of Intellectual Freedom and the American Library Association


•A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.

•Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.


The ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of Challenged Books:

•Challenge information is gathered from newspapers and individuals

•Challenges can be reported to ALA OIF online HERE

•KASL’s Intellectual Freedom Chair reports challenges to ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom annually


More resources from the American Library Association:

For more information, please contact the KASL Board's Intellectual Freedom Chair, Donna Morris