Connecting Competencies: Learner, School Librarian and School Library

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Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. Central

Participants will be introduced to the language of competencies as part of the structure of the National School Library Standards (NSLS). The intentional shift from outcomes to competencies in the standards is designed to better align the AASL framework with other education standards and provide increased opportunities for learners, school librarians, and school libraries to thrive in a more personalized learning environment.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Objective: Learner Competencies
Participants will examine the role of competencies within the six Shared Foundations as a continuum on which school librarians and school libraries empower learners to master competencies in the domains of Think, Create, Share, and Grow.

Learning Objective: School Librarian Competencies
Participants will explore how the school librarian competencies parallel those of the learner, and emphasize the integrated nature of a comprehensive learning environment.

Learning Objective: School Library Competencies
Participants will recognize the school library as an environment for learners and school librarians to develop competence and achieve mastery relating to educational content and tools.

Learning Objective: Assessment/Evaluation of Competencies
Participants will recognize the importance of the assessment and evaluations processes as described in the NSLS that measure progress toward competency for learners, school librarians, and the school library. 

Who Should Attend

School library professionals and those interested in the topic.


Susan Ballard

Susan D. Ballard has over twenty-five years of experience as a District Director of Library, Media and Technology in an award-winning school district which she later parlayed into successful practice as an adjunct professor in a variety of school librarian preparation programs (and) most recently into the development of a new program for the University System of New Hampshire. She is a Past-President of AASL and most recently co-chaired Julie Todaro’s ALA Presidential Initiative (2015-2017) with Sara Kelly Johns and Dorcas Hand. She also served as a member of AASL’s Standards and Guidelines Editorial Board and is a current member of the CAEP Coordinating Committee.  She has published in a variety of education and library journals.


Sara Kelly Johns

Sara Kelly Johns is a longtime school library activist, an online instructor for Syracuse iSchool and consults on school library programs. She is a member of the AASL Standards and Guidelines Implementation Task Force and was recently named the 2017 AASL Social Media Superstars–Advocacy Ambassador. Johns is a Past-President of AASL, the New York Library Association, and the NYLA Section of School Librarians. She is a member of the ALA Council and worked on the Todaro ALA Presidential Initiative (2015-2017), co-chairing the school library group with Susan Ballard and Dorcas Hand. Johns is a recent past member of the ALA Executive Board and New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries.



Attendance during the live webinar is complimentary and open to all.

Access to the webinar archive is complimentary and open to all.

How to Register

Register below for Connecting Competencies: Learner, School Librarian and School Library. You will receive an email 2-3 days prior to the webinar with login instructions.

Tech Requirements

Internet connection and web browser.


A certificate of participation will be provided to attendees of the live webinar by request. To request a certificate of participation after the webinar, please email Jennifer Habley. email icon Certificates will be sent as PDFs via email within one week of the webinar.


Jennifer Habley email icon
AASL Manager, Web Communications