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Assessment Data and Advocacy

In this lesson, Dr. Stripling points out that the importance of a librarian's role in analyzing student performance in the aggregate, in part as an advocacy vehicle for emphasizing the necessity of library programming to student learning. Deborah Rinio shares some techniques for translating data into effective advocacy messages in her article, "Using Research & Data to Improve Advocacy." After reading, complete the reflection activity below.



After reading "Using Resource & Data to Improve Advocacy," reflect on how you could apply these techniques to your setting, using the chart in the workshop packet to guide you.

About the Author

Barbara K. Stripling, PhD, is Senior Associate Dean and associate professor emerita at the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University. She earned her doctorate in information management from Syracuse University. Stripling is the author of numerous books and articles on school libraries, advocacy, inquiry, assessment, learning, and primary sources.

Stripling was the 2013–2014 president of the American Library Association. Previously, in her 40-year library career, Stripling has been Director of Library Services for the New York City schools, a school library media specialist and school district director of libraries in Arkansas, a library grant program director in Tennessee, and director of library programs at a local education fund in New York City. Stripling is a former president of the American Association of School Librarians.

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"Assessing to Empower Learners: Assessment Data and Advocacy." School Library Connection, November 2019,
"Assessing to Empower Learners: Assessment Data and Advocacy." School Library Connection, November 2019.
Assessing to empower learners: Assessment data and advocacy. School Library Connection. Retrieved from

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