Friday, October 31, 2014

The State of Iowa's School Libraries - Keep it coming!

Thanks to everyone who has been contributing to the Google map of school districts in Iowa and how many Teacher Librarians each employs.  

We are about 1/3 of the way mapped - 126 out of 348 districts reporting. Although we already know it, this map makes it obvious that there are big differences around our state.

This visualized data can be very valuable for us as we continue to advocate for our students and their right to a quality school library program.  We will be able to clearly see how many schools in Iowa are meeting the "required" level of compliance with state code, which are stretching one professional beyond reasonable limits, which are making progress, and which, if any, are considered to be operating at "best practice" level according to state library program guidelines.

Please continue to add information to this map, and share the anecdotes you've shared with us with your local legislators.