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Learning Standards & Program Guidelines  |   Non-Serial Publications  |   Advocacy Tools  |   Products

Learning Standards & Program Guidelines

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner external link icon

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner offers vision for teaching and learning to both guide and beckon our profession as education leaders. Skills, dispositions in action, responsibilities, and self-assessment strategies are designed as a tool to help school librarians shape the library program and curriculum, and to mold student learning more broadly. Visit www.ala.org/aasl/standards and download a pdf or purchase packs of the full-color pamphlet.

2007 | Pamphlet | ISBN 0-8389-8445-1 | Available in packs of 12 for $14.95/pack | ALA members $13.50

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner In Action external link icon

This publication takes an in-depth look at the relationships between the strands and indicators in the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. Benchmarks are provided along with examples that show how to put the learning standards into action and maximize their application at different grade levels. This is a practical book with graphics and charts that make for easy reference. A glossary is also provided to define key concepts found throughout the book. Visit www.ala.org/aasl/standardsinaction.

2009 | 120 p | ISBN 978-0-8389-8507-6 | $39.00 | ALA Members $35.10

e-book | ALA Store item 9400-5076 | $23.00 | ALA Members $20.70   external link icon
bundle | ALA Store item 9700-5076 | $47.00 | ALA members $42.30   external link icon

Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs external link icon

Built on a strong history of program guidelines published by AASL, Empowering Learners helps school librarians establish effective library programs that meet the needs of the changing school library environment. Guided by the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action, this publication is an essential resource for any school librarian. Visit www.ala.org/aasl/guidelines.

2009 | 64 p | ISBN 978-0-8389-8519-9 | $39.00 | ALA Members $35.10

e-book | ALA Store item 9400-5199 | $23.00 | ALA Members $20.70  external link icon
bundle | ALA Store item 9700-5199 | $47.00 | ALA members $42.30  external link icon

 

A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners external link icon
with School Library Program Assessment Rubric

A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners is an online, interactive module designed to change school library program planning, saving time and delivering data. Reflecting the current principles outlined in Empowering Learners, the tool includes a revised School Library Program Assessment Rubric for program assessment using 16 different sets of criteria.

Give your school or district program the tools to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of the existing program, collaborate with stakeholders in the planning process, develop action plans with measurable goals and objectives, and to save, edit and share graphical data as the program develops. For more information, visit www.ala.org/aasl/planningguide.

eCOLLAB webinar

eAcademy course

2010 | ISBN 978-0-8389-8560-1 | $40.00 | ALA Members $36.00

To order, call 1-800-621-3900 or visit shop.eb.com external link icon and click on Online Resources. For AASL member pricing or pricing for multiple copies, please contact 1-800-621-3900 or e-mail contact@eb.com.

A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation external link icon
Patricia Owen

A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation uses the AASL Empowering Learners program guidelines as a basis for a school librarian evaluation rubric—one that can be adapted or duplicated by school librarians and shared with school administrators.

Workbook style prompts walk school librarians through suggested readings, action tips, and evidence collection to help gauge their current levels of achievement, set goals for progress, and form plans for future professional development. This book provides school librarians an opportunity to engage in rigorous self-evaluation and to shape school administrator evaluations. For more information, visit www.ala.org/aasl/evaluationworkbook.

eCOLLAB webinar

2012 | 146 p | ISBN 978-0-8389-8618-9 | $36.00 | ALA Members $32.40 external link icon
e-book | ALA Store item 9400-6189 | $18.00 | ALA Members $16.20   external link icon
bundle | ALA Store item 9700-6189 | $45.00 | ALA members $40.50   external link icon

Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners: A Planning Guide for Creating New School Library Concepts external link icon
Margaret Sullivan

Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners: A Planning Guide for Creating New School Library Concepts focuses on planning contemporary school library spaces with user-based design strategies. The book walks school librarians and administrators through the process of gathering information from students and other stakeholders involved in planning a resource rich learning space. Information includes how to create needs assessment documents that compliment AASL’s Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. Suggestions for adding meaningful aesthetic components and colorful renderings of sample environments are also provided.

eCOLLAB webinar

2013 | 100p | ISBN 978-0-8389-8630-1 | $36.00 | ALA members $32.40 external link icon
e-book | ALA Store item 9400-6301 | $18.00 | ALA members $16.20   external link icon
bundle | ALA Store item 9700-6301 | $45.00 | ALA members $40.50   external link icon
 

Empowering Leadership: Developing Behaviors for Success external link icon
Ann M. Martin

This book takes the mystery out of leadership by illustrating the visible and invisible components of leadership. Essential questions, reflective strategies, and practical tips within each chapter will bring school librarians to their next level in leadership while they recognize the hidden leadership opportunities in daily tasks that are already central to the profession. Empowering Leadership offers lessons and examples to improve the leader within and encourage development of each librarian’s unique leadership style.

2013 | 214p | ISBN 978-0-8389-8657-8 | $36.00 | ALA members $32.40 external link icon
e-book | ALA Store item 9400-6578 | $18.00 | ALA members $16.20    external link icon
bundle | ALA Store item 9700-6578 | $45.00 | ALA members $40.50    external link icon

Developing Collections to Empower Learners external link icon
Sue C. Kimmel

Developing Collections to Empower Learners examines collection development in the context of today’s shifts toward digital resources while emphasizing the foundational beliefs of the school library profession. Writer Sue Kimmel includes practical advice about needs assessment, planning, selection, acquisitions, evaluation, and continuous improvement for collections to support 21st-century standards. Questions are raised about shifting roles of the school librarian and the place of the school library. What should school libraries collect and how can we support the creation and dissemination of knowledge in our communities? Particular emphasis is given to questions about access, equity, and learning in order to ensure that all students will be effective consumers and producers of information and ideas heading into the 22nd-century.

eCOLLAB webinar

2014 | 126p | ISBN 978-0-8389-8728-5 | $36.00 | ALA members $32.40 external link icon
e-book | ALA Store item 9400-7285 | $18.00 | ALA members $16.20   external link icon
bundle | ALA Store item 9700-7285 | $45.00 | ALA members $40.50   external link icon  

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Non-Serial Publications

Assessing Student Learning in the School Library Media Center external link icon
Edited by Anita L. Vance; Assistant Editor, Robbie Nickel

School library media specialists have a crucial role to play in the assessment of student learning. This volume, featuring contributions from participants in AASL's sold-out 2006 Fall Forum, provides answers to this important question on many levels.

2007 | 80p | ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8446-8 | $22.95 | ALA members $20.65

Collaboration: Lessons Learned Series external link icon
Robert Grover

This publication demonstrates the benefits of and defines collaboration through the author's analysis of reports submitted by participants of Meeting in the Middle, an AASL five-day institute intended to foster collaboration among library media specialists, teachers, and administrators in middle schools, in August 1994. 

1996 | 8p | ISBN 978-0-8389-7871-9 | Available in packs of 25 for $25.00

Collection Development for the School Library Media Program: A Beginner's Guide external link icon
Mona Kerby

A valuable resource for new or experienced school librarians, this easy-to-use guide provides practical and relevant information about issues such as: the school users, policies, selection criteria and sources, ordering, weeding, and evaluation. Also included are suggestions for creating lesson plans.

2006 | 64 p | ISBN 978-0-8389-8375-8 | $20.00 | ALA members $18.00

Ebooks and the School Library Program: A Practical Guide for the School Librarian external link icon
Cathy Leverkus and Shannon Acedo

Whether you have an interest in starting an ebook collection for your school library program or are working on enhancing an ebook collection you’ve already established, this handbook is for you. The world of ebooks is both vast and intricate. Exploring the many articles concerning ebook publication, vendors, devices, and copyright laws can be overwhelming. The writers of Ebooks and the School Library Program have organized their learning to share with their peers from several years of building ebook collections for their individual school library programs. This guide will help familiarize school librarians with ebooks and facilitate decision-making about their ebook collections in a rapidly changing landscape.

2013 | 222p | ISBN 978-0-8389-8672-1 | $36.00 | ALA members $32.40
e-book | ALA Store item 9400-6721 | $18.00 | ALA members $16.20    external link icon
bundle | ALA Store item 9700-6721 | $45.00 | ALA members $40.50    external link icon

Every Student Reads: Collaboration and Reading to Learn external link icon
Gail Bush

This concise guide features reading strategies geared for elementary and secondary students as well as a hearty nod to free and voluntary reading programs supported by school library programs. Includes contributions from leading reading experts who were presenters at the 2004 AASL Fall Forum.

2005 | 56p | ISBN 978-0-8389-8358-8 | $20.00 | ALA members $18.00

 

Instructional Partnerships: A Pathway to Leadership (Best of KQ) external link icon
Edited by Judi Moreillon and Susan Ballard

Valuable for novices and seasoned school librarians, this Best of Knowledge Quest monograph, is a collection of seminal articles to support pre-service and in-service school librarians in developing and strengthening the instructional partner role. Instructional Partnerships: A Pathway to Leadership provides readers with background knowledge, research-based evidence, and examples of instructional partnerships in action. Serving in this role positions school librarians as key faculty in improving student learning outcomes through building collaborative partnerships for instruction.

eCOLLAB webinar

2013 | 214p | ISBN 978-0-8389-8638-7 | $36.00 | ALA members $32.40 
e-book | ALA Store item 9400-6387 | $18.00 | ALA members $16.20    external link icon
bundle | ALA Store item 9700-6387 | $45.00 | ALA members $40.50    external link icon

Leadership for Excellence external link icon
Jo Ann Carr

How do the most successful school library media specialists play a leading role in student achievement in their schools? Jo Ann Carr and AASL share behind-the-scenes details and best practices, including how and why top programs succeed, get funding, and become integral contributors in their school communities.

2008 | 120p | ISBN 978-0-8389-0961-4 | $45.00 | ALA members $40.50

The Power of Data: An Introduction to Using Local, State, and National Data to Support School Library Programs external link icon
Sandra Andrews

This book discusses the use of data sets to establish benchmarking goals for school library programs, focusing on both the data available from the national level and how that data can influence decisions at the local level. Most importantly this book will help school librarians increase their ability to effectively use existing data and to articulate the analysis of that data to the people who need the information, including principals, superintendents, school boards, parents, teachers and students.

eCOLLAB webinar

2012 | 82p | ISBN 978-0-8389-8617-2 | $36.00 | ALA members $32.40
e-book | ALA Store item 9400-6172 | $18.00 | ALA members $16.20   external link icon
bundle | ALA Store item 9700-6172 | $45.00 | ALA members $40.50   external link icon

School Library Media Programs in Action: Civic Engagement, Social Justice, and Equity (Best of KQ) external link icon
Edited by Gail Bush

The publication is a compilation of articles from Knowledge Quest, AASL's official, highly respected journal on school library media programs. The purpose here is not to set in stone principles and practices to be followed blindly but to present a disposition toward intellectual behaviors that seriously consider the responsibilities and actions as educators in a democratic society. Readers will find topics addressing the big picture of civic engagement, equity, democracy, and social justice, and of course best practices.

2009 | 85 p | ISBN 978-0-8389-8515-1 | $22.95 | ALA Members $20.65

School Library Services in a Multicultural Society (Best of KQ) external link icon
Edited by Patricia Montiel-Overall and Donald C. Adcock

For years AASL has been addressing cultural issues in its official journal, Knowledge Quest. This collection brings together articles that touch on a wide variety of issues related to culture, including cultural literacy, ethnicity, gender, family, language, and technology.

2009 | 60 p | ISBN 978-0-8389-8496-3 | $22.95 | ALA Members $20.65

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Advocacy Tools

School Library Programs Create Lifelong Learners: A Student’s and Parent's Guide to Evaluating Independent School Libraries external link icon
Independent School Section of AASL

Developed by AASL’s Independent School Section (ISS), School Library Programs Create Lifelong Learners is a guide to help students and parents evaluate independent school libraries. Choosing the independent school your child will attend is an important decision, and this guide presents learning standards and critical questions to help a family identify the important characteristics of a strong school library program. Visit www.ala.org/aasl/issbrochure.

2011 | Pamphlet | ISBN 978-0-8389-8594-6 | Available in packs of 25 for $7.00/pack

School Library Programs Improve Student Learning (Brochure series)
AASL

School Library Programs Improve Student Learning is a series of advocacy brochures each designed to speak to a specific stakeholder audience within the school library community, including administrators, policymakers, parents, and teachers. The brochure series unfolds AASL’s Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs in a way that allows each stakeholder group to visualize a model school library program from their perspective. Each brochure outlines goals and key questions specific and important to each audience. This format will help school librarians generate and guide unique discussions with each stakeholder group, set goals and expectations for the program and the stakeholder, and maximize the potential of the school library program. To download PDFs, visit www.ala.org/aasl/advocacybrochures or purchase packs of the full-color brochures.

2011 | Brochure | Available in packs of 25 for $9.00/pack

ISBN 978-0-8389-8581-6 | Administrators external link icon
ISBN 978-0-8389-8583-0 | Parents external link icon
ISBN 978-0-8389-8613-4 | Parents (Spanish) external link icon
ISBN 978-0-8389-8582-3 | Policymakers external link icon
ISBN 978-0-8389-8584-7 | Teachers external link icon

Toolkit for School Library Media Programs external link icon
The Campaign for America's Libraries @ your library®

Developed specifically to assist school library professionals. This toolkit includes messages, ideas, and strategies for promoting the value of school library programs and school librarians in the 21st century.

2003 | 44p | ISBN 978-0-8389-8263-8 | ALA members and non-members $5.00 | 10% discount for 50-99 copies | 20% discount for 100 or more copies

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Products

21st-Century Learner Set external link icon

Reinforce to students, parents, and faculty the important skills for the 21st-century learner with this set of posters and bookmarks developed by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Learn more about Think, Create, Share, and Grow and the Learning4Life campaign at www.ala.org/aasl/learning4life.

Set Includes:

  • One (1) - 21st Century Skills Set (4 mini posters)
  • One (1) - 21st Century Learner Poster
  • Two (2) - 21st Century Learner Bookmark packs

 Items in set can also be purchased separately:

21st-Century Skills Wall & Window Graphics external link icon

This collection of four repositionable* graphics is a new spin on AASL’s popular 21st-Century Skills Set. Adhere to walls, windows, or any smooth surface to remind administrators, faculty, parents, and students of the important skills needed for becoming lifelong learners.

*May remove paint from walls after long-term use. 

17” x 11”, 1 of each design
4 mil, light adhesive, repositionable vinyl

2014 School Library Month Web Files external link icon

Lives Change @ your library CDexternal link icon

School libraries change lives every day by empowering students with the skills to think critically, create new knowledge, share that knowledge with others, and grow as individuals. By teaching students how to evaluate and use information effectively and navigate new technology, school librarians and their programs help students to become lifelong learners. Use these materials to celebrate School Library Month and showcase how your school library changes lives. 

School Library Month Poster external link icon

Developed with AASL, this poster celebrates the special role of a school library in the life of a child. Every April for School Library Month, school librarians create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career. Learn more about School Library Month at www.ala.org/aasl/slm.

 

School Library Month Poster external link icon

Developed with AASL, this poster celebrates the special role of a school library in the community. Every April for School Library Month, school librarians create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career. Learn more about School Library Month at www.ala.org/aasl/slm.

 

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