The Great School Librarian Census 2016

In support of the effort to pass legislation requiring a certified school librarian K-12, NYLA, working in conjunction with the School Library System Association (SLSA), is conducting an independent census of school librarians in all of NYS’s public schools.  This data will allow us to more effectively project the cost to implement the proposed legislation.

The census asks for information about the existence/availability of a dedicated or shared library, as well as staffing for each building.  The staffing questions are tied specifically to certified school librarians, and their hours as measured as portions of a full time equivalent (FTE).  The focus for this survey is certified library media specialists, and how much time each school building in New York State has access to that person.  We are also interested in schools that are completely out of compliance – no school library space, and/or no school librarian.

Get Involved

Help us spread the word and gather data!  Make sure that all NYS school librarians reach out to their local school library system administrator and report on the current staffing levels in the buildings they serve.
The school library system directors will be compiling the data and submitting it to NYLA for evaluation and reporting.

Questions regarding the survey can be sent to or

Raw data is due submitted to NYLA by Friday, February 12, 2016 to  We thank you for your participation in this project as an act of school librarian advocacy.  We need YOUR support!