Access to School Librarians: It’s an Equity Issue for Students

Mary K. Biagini & Debra E. Kachel, Educators of School Librarians Section, American Library Association Annual Conference, June 24, 2023

PowerPoint file for ESLS presentation

School librarian FTEs by state, 2021-22

Districts meeting AASL staffing standard (1 librarian FTE per school) & 500 or fewer students per librarian benchmark by state, 2021-22

School Libraries Link Students to Literacies: What We Know Now

Mary K. Biagini, Indiana Libraries & Literacies Symposium, May 9, 2023

PowerPoint file for ILLS presentation

School Librarians: Status as of 2021-22

Keith Curry Lance, ALA Connect Live, Our Brave Communities: Embracing School Librarians, April 25, 2023

PowerPoint file for ALA Connect presentation

Findings of the SLIDE Project

Keith Curry Lance, California County Office of Education/District Librarians, November 15, 2022, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm PDT

Keith Curry Lance, School Library Summit Keynote, San Jose State University, September 20, 2022, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm PDT

PowerPoint file for School Library Summit (SJSU) keynote

School Librarianship: Evolving or Declining? Findings from an IMLS Grant Project

Debra E. Kachel & Keith Curry Lance, International Association of School Librarians, July 14, 2022, 8:00-8:50 am EDT

Debra E. Kachel & Keith Curry Lance, Texas Association of School Library Administrators, June 9, 10:30-11.30 am CDT

PowerPoint file for TASLA presentation

Keith Curry Lance, Libraries Today National Leadership Forum (Genesee Valley BOCES School Library System), May 18

PDF file of Libraries Today presentation (see pages 35-38)

Note, at the bottom of page 35, that the first two bullets report figures that are corrected in the PowerPoint file below.

PowerPoint File for Libraries Today presentation (with corrections noted below)

Note that slide 2 corrects two figures from those reported in the video: from 2016-17 to 2018-19, there was a net loss of 1,025.43 full-time equivalents of school librarians, while from 2018-19 to 2020-21, the net loss was 1,837.89 FTEs.

To view the archived video of this forum, go to

Debra E. Kachel & Keith Curry Lance, Alaska Library Association Virtual Conference, February 26, 2022

Debra E. Kachel & Keith Curry Lance, California Association of School Librarians Virtual Conference, February 19, 2022

Keith Curry Lance, Council of State School Library Consultants Meeting, January 18, 2022

Thanks to COSSLC for permission to share this video of our presentation during their first 2022 meeting.

Debra E. Kachel & Keith Curry Lance, American Association of School Librarians National Conference, October 21-24, 2021

Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Conference, April 16, 2021

Debra E. Kachel & Keith Curry Lance, The Status of PA School Librarians: IMLS Grant Findings

ALA Midwinter Conference, January 22-26, 2021

The following was prerecorded for the virtual ALA Midwinter Conference as a News You Can Use session sponsored by the Educators of School Librarians Section of AASL (American Assn. of School Librarians). The session is hosted by Daniella Smith, University of Texas, and Joyce Valenza, Rutgers University, also a member of the SLIDE Advisory Council. In this recording, Keith Curry Lance and Deb Kachel present the background of the SLIDE project, its methodology, and some preliminary findings.