AASL Strategic Plan

AASL revised its Strategic Plan in January 2009 during the ALA 2009 Midwinter Meeting. The revised plan's goals, objectives, and mega issues related to the plan are below.

Goals and Objectives  |  Mega Issues

Goals and Objectives

Goal Area: Guidelines and Standards

The education community will have a shared vision that AASL's standards and guidelines are a model of excellence for student learning.


  1. Increase resources for implementing guidelines and standards.
  2. Increase awareness of the guidelines and standards by strategic stakeholders.
  3. Increase training opportunities for school librarians.
  4. Increase outside funding to maximize opportunities for implementation.

Goal Area: Professional Development

AASL's professional development opportunities are essential, valuable, and available to school librarians.


  1. Increase professional development opportunities current and new.
  2. Increase avenues for timely access to professional information and best practices.
  3. Increase usage of AASL professional development by non-members.

Goal Area: Advocacy

All stakeholders understand and recognize that the school librarian and school library programs are essential to teaching and learning.


  1. Increase member involvement at all levels: local, state, and national.
  2. Increase involvement by key external stakeholders.
  3. Improve ALA’s impact on advancing AASL’s advocacy goals.

Goal Area: Community

AASL fosters vibrant, inclusive, accessible, and supportive communities for school librarians.


  1. Increase the number of members participating in AASL and ALA leadership.
  2. Increase SLs' understanding of the value of AASL.
  3. Increase support of and communication with state affiliates.
  4. Increase the diversity of the membership and leadership of AASL.

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Mega Issues

  1. What advocacy tools should AASL develop to assist school librarians through an economic recovery (i.e. the restoration of school library programs)?
  2. How can AASL increase the research base that will help school librarians do their jobs, demonstrating the value and student achievement between students and the school librarian.
  3. What makes AASL professional development essential to school librarians?
  4. How can AASL spread its messages out beyond school librarians to other groups (i.e. administrators, other teachers, etc.)?

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ALA 2015 Strategic Plan external link
About the ALA 2015 strategic planning process