Connecting the Dots: A Look at the National School Library Standards for Policymakers

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. Central

Participants will examine the National School Library Standards to mine shareable concepts for discussions with local school and/or state policymakers in order to inform them about the National School Library Standards and to advocate for standards adoption in their district or state. Use the AASL Message Box and learn how to frame conversations that will garner support for standards adoption.

Learning Outcomes

Common Beliefs: The Why

Objective: Participants will examine the six Common Beliefs and develop an understanding of these core principles that empower learners through school libraries.    

Shared Foundations: What does this do for Learners?

Objective: Participants will explore the six Shared Foundations and their implications for teaching and learning as they relate to the total school landscape and how they support the goals of local school administrators and state policymakers.

Standards Frameworks: How does this look in practice?

Objective: Presenters will share how frameworks are integrated and what they should see in practice. (3 examples)

Message Box: How is a customized message different from talking points?

Objective: Presenters will demonstrate how to use the School Libraries Transform Learning Message Box to craft messages for stakeholders.

Call to Action: Next Steps for Engaging with Policymakers


  • Craft a message that can be shared with school and/or state policymakers.
  • Craft a communications plan/messaging plan.
  • Develop a local- or state-specific social media outreach campaign to continue sharing information, resources, and innovations.

Who Should Attend

School library professionals and those interested in the topic.


Mary Keeling

Mary Keeling, MSLS, EdS, is Supervisor of Library Media Services in Newport News, VA. As district supervisor, she has led the development and implementation of a district-wide inquiry process model. Prior to her work as an elementary school librarian, Mary worked in academic and museum libraries. She has served as president of her VAASL, chair of the AASL Supervisors Section, and on several AASL committees. She is a Lilead fellow (class of 2015-2016); has taught courses for Old Dominion University; presented at state and national conferences; written and taught courses for AASL eAcademy; and written for School Library Monthly, Knowledge Quest, and Library Media Connection. Currently, Mary chairs AASL's Standards and Guidelines Implementation Task Force.


Kathryn Lewis

Kathryn Roots Lewis is the Director of Media Services and Instructional Technology for Norman Public Schools (OK). Kathryn serves as the President-Elect of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). She was a member of the AASL Standards and Guidelines Editorial Board. She was a member of the first LILEAD Fellow class. She also serves on the board of Oklahoma Technology Association and is a past president of that organization. Kathryn was recognized with the 2013 University of Oklahoma SLIS Outstanding Alumni Award, the ISTE Making IT Happen Award, Oklahoma's 2012 Outstanding Technology Leader, and the 2010 Oklahoma Library Association Library Legend designation. She is a Past Chair of the AASL Supervisors Section, past Region 6 Representative to the AASL Board of Directors, and a past President of OLA. Kathryn is a frequent presenter has authored numerous articles and blogs. 


Kathy Mansfield

Kathy Mansfield is the library media/textbooks consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and served as a member of the AASL Standards and Guidelines Editorial Board. Kathy was an elementary school librarian in Kentucky for 19 years before joining KDE. She is on the boards of both the Kentucky Association of School Librarians (KASL) and the Kentucky Library Association (KLA), as well as on the leadership team for the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL). Kathy was the 2015 recipient of the James A. Nelson Library Advocacy Award (KY Library Association), a two-time winner of the Award of Merit (KY Association of School Librarians – 2012, 2015), and the recipient of the 2002 Jefferson County Outstanding School Media Librarian Award. An episode of KYA field Radio on which she was the guest won the 2016 Jesse Stuart Media Award from the KY Association of School Librarians. 




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 and attend the event via WebEx.

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