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Saturday, April 22 • 12:20pm - 1:00pm
Speaking Up Together for School Libraries

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We are tired of wringing our collective hands over the plight of Oregon’s school libraries. We have passed state legislation requiring districts to plan for quality library programs. We have worked with the Oregon Department of Education to incorporate priority indicators into districts’ continuous improvement plans. But there’s no teeth in these actions, so improvement in our school libraries has been slow and spotty. The passing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) may provide a turning point for our frustration, but we need your help. Join us to hear how school libraries fared in the Oregon Department of Education response to ESSA and what all of us can do at the local level to advocate for quality school library programs. Let’s work together to make sure Oregon’s kids learn to love reading and exploring the information world.

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Len Bryan

With 20 years' experience in education in three states, eight different school districts, and a state agency, I have seen it all. I taught English and coached volleyball, basketball, track, and cross country, served as a school librarian at an IB middle school and opened a high school... Read More →
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Robin Rolfe

Library/Media Specialist, James John Elementary
I have been a Library/ Media Specialist since the dinosaurs roamed the earth (better fact check that). Before being an LMS and while being an LMS I taught Kindergarten, 3rd grade, and Title I reading. I have the honor of representing OASL as the Immediate Past President for 2016... Read More →

Janet Webster

Co-Chair, Library Development and Legislation Committee, OLA
Although now retired, I've work for over 25 years at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center Library. I continue to work with the OLA Legislative Committee to advocate for libraries at the local, state and federal levels.


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:20pm - 1:00pm PDT
Anderson Room B Salem Public Library