Advocacy

Our advocacy
is about equity

School libraries support student achievement.
Every Oakland student deserves the same educational opportunities.

We work with the Board of Education, District Administration, library staff, community organizations, parents and community members to advocate for library services that reach every public school student in Oakland.

40% of OUSD libraries are closed.

Progress comes from creative minds working together to develop a vision of what’s possible with what we have today and then building on that vision to reach our shared goal of professionally staffed school libraries for every Oakland student.

we need a strategic plan for school libraries.

We support a multi-disciplinary,  collaborative process to develop a pragmatic strategic plan for OUSD libraries as called for by the Board Policy 6163.1, passed in March 2017. 

Read the OUSD Board of Education’s Policy:
BP 6163.1 School Library Information and Technology (LIT) Centers

LET'S RETHINK HOW WE FUND PUBLIC SCHOOL SCHOOL LIBRARIES

OUSD libraries have been funded through Measure G, a parcel tax, but allocations have changed six times in 10 years.There are better, more creative ways to fund this fundamental element of education.

Support our advocacy efforts

We are the only non-profit dedicated to advocating for
Oakland's underfunded public school libraries.

Until we get equality in education, we won't have an equal society.
Sonia Sotomayor
Supreme Court Justice