March 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Jennifer Habley

Presenters Megan Cusick and Judy Deichman will highlight the National School Library Standards as a platform for strategic advocacy in your learning communities. This webinar will provide concrete steps and actions to advocate for your learners and school library utilizing resources from ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy, the AASL Standards Portal, and the National School Library Standards publication.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore resources in the AASL Standards web portal and the National School Library Standards book.
  • Recognize the materials and support available through the ALA Office for Library Advocacy.
  • Identify key stakeholders and be able to use the standards in your advocacy work.


Judy Deichman is a National Board Certified teacher librarian at Nottoway Middle School in Crewe, VA. She earned her masters of education/school librarianship from Longwood University in Farmville, VA. She was a member of the AASL Standards and Guidelines Implementation Task Force and is the current Treasurer of AASL, with the term ending in 2020.

Megan Murray Cusick is the Grassroots Specialist in ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy. She assists the advocacy efforts of librarians, library staff and advocates across the country, in cooperation with other ALA offices, as well as state chapters and affiliates. She has also provided support to the Center for the Future of Libraries by identifying the work of libraries that intersects with broader social trends. Prior to joining ALA in 2015, Megan was a high school librarian and co-founder of Chi School Librarians. She has presented and published on topics such as partnerships, library trends, intellectual freedom and advocacy.