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Antioch University Seattle School Library Endorsement Program: Stakeholders

EDU 602 LIBM Program and Collection Management is a required course in the school library endorsement program of Antioch University Seattle

School Library Advocacy Index to Sub Pages

Stakeholders and What They Care About

Stakeholders are people or groups of people you must influence and whose support you need. They have a vested interest in the success of the school library program—some more directly than others. Here are the major stakeholder groups and the issues, concerns, priorities, or needs that they care about.

Stakeholders and What They Care About


  •    Getting good grades
  •    Being accepted into college
  •    Need to succeed
  •    Personal interests
  • Time
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Safe places/refuge


  • Student safety
  •  Knowing assignments
  • Helping students with homework
  • Students being well prepared for college/work
  • Student success


  • Time
  • High stake tests
  • Plagiarism
  • Need to differentiate
  • Student success
  • Parent concerns



  • High stake tests
  • Student success
  •  Money
  • Parents happy
  • School looks good

   Community               members


  • Successful community schools
  • Cost-effective community schools/tax burden
  • Students prepared for work
  • Image
  • Jobs
  • Development



  • Jobs
  • Development
  • Community satisfied- minimal complaints
  • Cost-effective schools
  • Good press/PR
  • Personal interests and goals


Source:  AASL. School Library Program Health and Wellness Toolkit 

Advocacy Articles by Kachel on Stakeholders

The publisher of the following articles has given permission for educational use of them.

School & Public Libraries

   "Gimme a C (for Collaboration!): Fine Free."
      KQ Blog, 3/2/18

Testimonies at School Board Meetings

Dr. Krashen, Professor Emeritus of USC, and world renowned language acquisition expert speaks in support of more libraries and librarians in LAUSD. February 11, 2014.

State School Library Associations Speak Out!

Benefits Chart

Examples of a Benefits Assessment for Identifying Potential Champions

  Potential Champion

  Language Arts Department Chairperson/Lead Teacher

  Advocacy Goal


  Third and Fourth graders reading below level will be provided with small group literature circles or book clubs managed by the librarian in collaboration with teachers in order to  boost reading achievement. [This will require a revised library schedule.]

  Benefit to SLP


  Increased use of library; improved literacy among those most at-risk; increased   collaboration; recognition of the librarian’s instructional role

  Benefit to Champion


  Additional reading support for below level readers without additional staff; targeted  students likely to improve reading scores; enhances teacher’s evaluation portfolio

  Political   Capital/Influence 

  This teacher is a school leader; good rapport with principal and superintendent; on local public library board and close friends with a school board member


  Potential Champion

  PTA President

  Advocacy Goal


  As the student population has become increasingly diverse, the library’s collection needs  culturally relevant, high interest, lo-level, and bilingual books to meet the needs of  students. [This will require a collaborative grant writing project.]

  Benefit to SLP


  Gains parental support; collection more responsive to student diversity; increased  circulation; recognition of librarian’s leadership;  added to librarian’s evaluation portfolio

  Benefit to Champion


  PTA becomes an engaged partner; learns more about the library program; fulfills the  PTA’s mission to advocate for all children;  worthy project that will be good PR and likely  boost PTA membership

  Political   Capital/Influence

  Respected in the community and with school board; well connected to social services in   the region; husband is president of the Chamber of Commerce


Source: Kachel, Debra E. "School Library Champions." Teacher Librarian, April 2016, pp 55-57.

Student Voices

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