A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners
with School Library Program
Published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and Britannica Digital Learning, A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners is an online program assessment and planning module for school libraries. This interactive tool saves and converts user entries into worksheets, charts and graphs, saving librarians time while delivering data to schools and districts. Subscribers can login to the module at http://aasl.eb.com.
Comprehensive assessment is the foundation for successful planning. The cornerstone within the module is the School Library Program Assessment Rubric, a tool that allows school librarians to assess their program on 16 different sets of criteria, or 65 individual criteria. Data entered is processed into colorful top-level summary charts and graphs that school librarians can share with stakeholders, colleagues and supervisors when discussing library program health, or saved and archived year-to-year to determine progress comparisons.
Program improvement being a continuous process, the School Library Program Assessment Rubric presents an entry point for establishing goals for each cycle. Using findings from the rubric, the planning section of the module follows a series of sequential steps that ensure users go beyond the basics of planning and reporting. Designed to allow for flexibility and encourage collaboration, the planning process walks users through evaluating the existing program, involving stakeholders in the planning process, aligning the library program mission with that of the school or district, developing action plans based on assessment data, setting ambitious but measurable and attainable goals and objectives, and charting implementation progress and results. School librarians can access the module online from any computer, save and edit their program plans and monitor their progress.
Download flyers, FAQ sheet, and demonstration resources on A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners:
- Planning Guide Flyer
- Assessment Rubric Flyer
- FAQ Sheet
- Demo PowerPoint slides
- Demo script
- Online Learning
ALA Connect Community
Network with other users of A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners in the ALA Connect Planning Guide Community. Share and discuss your trials and successes as you begin to implement the tool in your program. AASL's Learning4Life (L4L) State Coordinators will be online to participate in discussion and collect your feedback.
Would you like to see a live demonstration of the module?
L4L State Coordinators will be presenting at state and regional conferences across the country. Contact your state coordinator to see about scheduling a presentation in your area.
Ordering & Preview
Subscriptions and opportunities to preview the module are handled by Britannica Digital Learning. To order or request a trial subscription, call 1-800-621-3900 or visit www.info.eb.com/aasl.
Subscriptions are $40 for the first year; renewals are $20 per year. AASL members receive a 10% discount on subscriptions. Members should have their ID number ready when ordering. AASL will also offer bulk pricing for districts ordering the module and purchase orders will be accepted. Ordering arrangements are also available to higher education bookstores.
*This publication complements the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action, and Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs .