Delaware Legislative Candidates Support Libraries - November 2022 Election
The Delaware Library Association (DLA), with assistance from EveryLibrary, recently conducted a survey of all candidates running for seats in the Delaware General Assembly to gauge their support for school and public libraries.
The DLA Candidate Questionnaire was created to inform the public about where their candidates stand on these school and public library issues. With a survey response rate of 40%, candidates for the state House and Senate overwhelmingly expressed their support for school and public libraries. Respondents represented a mix of candidates including both Republicans and Democrats seeking seats.
Selected and summarized responses include:
- 95% agreed that it is very or extremely important that all Delaware students have access to effective school libraries staffed by certified school librarians.
- 94% agreed it is very or extremely important that all Delaware public schools provide their students with a comprehensive education in digital citizenship, and information and media literacy.
- 96% agreed that it is important that there are defined ratios for positions like school librarians, school counselors, social workers, and music and art teachers to students.
- 100% agreed that libraries are an essential resource for children and support them by providing programs for our younger residents.
- 94% agreed it is very or extremely important that Delaware libraries have a budget that provides the resources needed to meet our community’s needs including the purchase of books, media, ebooks/e-audiobooks, and databases.
EveryLibrary provided survey hosting capabilities, support for communications and outreach to candidates, and technical assistance in developing and reporting on questions. For the complete list of the questions, cumulative responses, and a list of those who responded, go to the DLA website at https://dla.lib.de.us/.