Empowering Learners:

Guidelines for School Library Programs

School library programs continue to undergo momentous changes that have heightened the importance of technology and evidence-based learning. The focus has moved from the library as a confined place to one with fluid boundaries that is layered by diverse needs and influenced by an interactive global community. Guiding principles for school library programs must focus on building a flexible learning environment with the goal of producing successful learners skilled in multiple literacies. Defining the future direction of school library programs is the purpose of AASL's newest set of guidelines.

Empowering Learners advances school library programs to meet the needs of the changing school library environment and is guided by the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action. It builds on a strong history of guidelines published to ensure that school library program planners go beyond the basics to provide goals, priorities, criteria, and general principles for establishing effective library programs.

An exemplary school library meets all of the guidelines areas in this broad, general outline. In an effort to expand on specific guidelines, AASL has selected several from Empowering Learners to feature in a series of focused publications:

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*This publication complements the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action .