Joint Committee on School/Public Library Cooperation (AASL/ALSC/YALSA)

Charge

Gather information on twenty-first century learning needs and the library’s role in supporting every child’s acquisition of skills which lead to success in starting school and transitioning to careers and/or college. Identify best practices, programs, and necessary resources (including staffing and space) that bolster efforts to both of these demographics.

Create recommendations to distribute to library school students and faculty, as well as library staff and administrators in public and school libraries.  Create simplified materials (such as infographics) to be shared with a public audience (parents, legislators, community groups). Share findings and resources on an ongoing basis to members of each division through organizational outlets such as blogs, articles, wikis, e-trainings, and social media.

The committee shall strive to include relevant information from each of the three divisions; using resources such as AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner, YALSA’s Public Library Evaluation Tool, and ALSC’s Every Child Ready to Read. Other current research on student learning and how libraries prepare children for college and workforce readiness from both internal (School Library Research, Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, and Children and Libraries) and closely related sources should also be included when appropriate. The committee may also solicit input and discussion from members of each division on current programs and promising practices that support these efforts. 

Contact Information

Chair: Allison Barney (ALSC) 

AASL staff liaison: Sylvia Knight Norton