It All Fits Together: The New National Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries

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Meet your new National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries! Join AASL Standards editorial board and implementation task force chairs Marcia A. Mardis and Mary Keeling on a guided tour of the standards development process as well as in-depth introductions to the National School Library Standards (NSLS) integrated content designed to support and enhance learners' experiences, school librarians' practice, and the alignment between school libraries and learning goals. Marcia and Mary will take you through the main components of the document; provide an overview of the implementation plan; and highlight opportunities for you to engage with the new standards while thinking, creating, sharing, and growing!


Learning Outcomes

As a result of this session, participants will:

  1. Be able to describe the motivations for and main components of the NSLS;
  2. Be aware of the NSLS implementation plan's opportunities for professional engagement;

  3. Gain familiarity with ways in which the NSLS aim to support learning, assessment, and evaluation, in and through the profession and the school library.

Who Should Attend

School library professionals and those interested in the topic.


Marcia Mardis

Marcia A. Mardis is associate professor and assistant dean, Interdisciplinary Research and Education, in the College of Communication and Information at Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee. A longtime member of AASL, Marcia is chair of the Standards and Guidelines Editorial Board. Among her recent honors were receiving the 2016 FSU College of Communication and Information’s Leadership Builder Award, a 2016 Michigan Association for Media in Education President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession, and several research and teaching awards from FSU. She is the author of the in-press article “The OER Curation Life Cycle: Closing the Loop for Our Learners” to be published in School Library Connection and co-author of a number of in-press papers, including “Usage Data as Indicators of OER Utility” to be published in Journal of Online Learning Research, and the recently published “Potential of Graphic Nonfiction for Teaching and Learning Earth Science” in School Libraries Worldwide.

Mary Keeling

Mary Keeling is district supervisor of library media services for Newport News (VA) Public Schools where she has led development and implementation of a district-wide inquiry process model. She chairs the AASL Standards and Guidelines Implementation Task Force. A former Lilead Fellow, she has written for many school library related publications; during 2015 and 2016 she was author of the “Management Matters” column in School Library Connection.





Access to this webinar archive is complimentary.

How to Register

No registration is required.

Tech Requirements

Internet connection and web browser.


Jennifer Habley email icon
AASL Manager, Web Communications