The SLIDE study is a neutral investigation of the changing status of school librarian employment in the U.S. Some of the articles and other publications listed on this page are from an advocate’s point of view. Their inclusion on this website does not constitute an endorsement of their positions, conclusions, and recommendations by the SLIDE Project Director, Principal Investigator, or other researchers involved in the study.

EdWeek article, Feb. 27, 2023

Lieberman, M. (2023, Feb. 27). How School Libraries Buy Books, Struggle for Funds, and Confront Book Bans: An Explainer. Education Week.

Rutgers Podcast, Feb. 22, 2023

Valenza, J. (2023, Feb. 23). Episode 1: SLIDE: Keith Curry Lance & Deb Kachel, School Library Research Chats: Sharing & Promoting Research to Enhance Practice (honoring the work and memory of Dr. Ross J. Todd), Rutgers University SC&I.

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Spotify Audio

Forum Newsletter (MA) article, Feb. 14, 2023

Ellis, D. (2023, Feb. 14). Project S.L.I.D.E.: The School Librarian Investigation – Decline or Evolution? Forum Newsletter. Massachusetts School Library Association.

EveryLibrary Institute Interactive Map

EveryLibrary Institute (2023). Interactive Map of School Librarian Requirements Across the United States. (This data tool incorporates data about school librarian requirements from state to state reported in early 2021 by the SLIDE project.)

USA Today article, Aug. 24, 2022

Wong, A. (2022, Aug 24). The perfect target? Movement to ban books from schools brings vitriol toward librarians. Yahoo News via USA Today.

Lester interview in Publishers Weekly, June 27, 2022

Maughan, S. (2022, June 27). Q & A with AASL President Kathy Lester, Publishers Weekly.

OLA News To Use message, June 4, 2022

Strong School Libraries, Part 1: Book Challenges 

News to Use is a series of messages from the Oregon Library Association’s Library Development and Legislation Committee (LDLC) about policy and advocacy topics of interest to the Oregon library community. 

Wong AL Editorial, May 2, 2022

Wong, P. M. (2022, May 2) School Librarians Are Essential, American Libraries.

SLJ Facebook post, May 4, 2022

On May 4, 2022, School Library Journal’s Facebook page added this post reporting SLIDE data. (Click on the link in the preceding sentence to access the actual post and the link at the end of it.)

Lambert EdSurge article, April 2022

Lambert, D. (2022, April 14). Where are all of California’s school librarians? EdSurge.

Note: Debra E. Kachel and Keith Curry Lance were interviewed on background for this article, and SLIDE data were used.