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Washington Library Media Association (WLMA) employs lobbyist Carolyn Logue, who tracks all educational committees, discussions, and legislation.
Early on, Logue encouraged WLMA to pursue a state impact study, the results of which she could take to legislators to show how their districts' students are impacted by fully funded school libraries, thus affecting legislative decision-making when key issues around funding and policies are brought forth.
As Mark Ray described in his December 2014 Advocacy column for Teacher Librarian, "In Lobbying, Good Professional Has Amateur Help" (http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk//launch.aspx?pbid=eae030fd-f08f-4952-9fd7- f475e-dae2del), the Washington Library Media Association (WLMA) is advocating for a full-time teacher librarian in every Washington State school, explicitly charged with information literacy instruction as part of their job description and district expectations for job performance.
Last spring the WLMA teamed up with our state education office to send out a survey about Washington State School Library and Information Technology programs.
The excellent materials that WLMA leaders had created emphasized local issues and the history of the greater Seattle area and were not germane to the usual content of United States history, or for high school level students.
She was a recipient of the AASL Frances Henne Award, served in the Washington Library Media Association as state board secretary and as chair of the WLMA Lower Columbia Region.
Based on this analysis, she works with WLMA advocacy leaders to disseminate information, connect educators to lawmakers, and when necessary, mobilize advocacy efforts.
In the 2013 legislative session, WLMA introduced SB 6105 to enhance the definition of school libraries under statute to better match twenty-first-century student needs and the WLMA Library Information and Technology (LIT) framework.
The program title change simply aligns to the LIT Framework language already developed and promoted by WLMA. School boards are technically already compelled to provide resources and materials to support student learning.
WLMA has recent history of staying attuned to student achievement by communicating with OSPI.
The hard work of WLMA members and the Spokane Moms have paid off and made history!
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