Very few states or provinces in the US, Canada and Australia still have this kind of active partnership between the teachers’ union and the school library professional association. But this case study shows how difficult even teacher unions find it to advocate for school library positions in schools. Although, one advantage of union support is the union’s access to school-based data on staffing etc. Well worth a read if you are fortunate to be working in an education system with teacher union support.
Ewbank, Ann Dutton. (2015). Union-Active School Librarians and School Library Advocacy: A Modified Case Study of the British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association and the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation. American Association of School Librarians, Vol.18. Retrieved http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aaslpubsandjournals/slr/vol18/SLR_UnionActiveSchoolLib_V18.pdf
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