ILA’s Statement in Support of School Library Programs Staffed by Licensed School Librarians

March 30, 2023

The Illinois Library Association supports the Association of Illinois School Library Educators’ (AISLE) advocacy to provide a high quality school library program staffed by a licensed school library media specialist at every school in the state. Licensed school library media specialists are rigorously trained to teach media literacy, credible sourcing, research, and increased reading comprehension, along with allowing students to explore and grow via STEM programs, makerspaces, book groups, and much more. 

Multiple independent studies have clearly illustrated that staffing a library with a certified school librarian correlates directly to increased standardized test scores even when variables such as economics and demographics are taken into account. Our school librarian colleagues at AISLE are available to help districts find qualified professionals who can help continue the essential work of retiring librarians.

Approved by the ILA Executive Board March 30, 2023. For more information, visit

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