AASL launches survey to inform new learning standards and program guidelines

For Immediate Release
Mon, 08/31/2015

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Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

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jhabley@ala.org

CHICAGO – In preparation for the upcoming review and revision of its learning standards and program guidelines, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched an online survey to assess attitudes and perceptions about the current AASL standards and guidelines documents. Open until Sept. 18, 2015, the survey can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1EZrlop.

“The AASL learning standards and program guidelines are at the core of who we are and what we do in order to meet the needs of the populations we serve,” said AASL President Leslie Preddy. “Learning standards help ensure the highest level of teaching and learning. Program guidelines lead us as a profession toward exemplary library programs. Only by working together, only with your help, can we align the rewrite of the standards and guidelines with the needs of our country's diverse populations. It is imperative for you to contribute your expertise and perspective to the process. Thank you in advance for your contributions and for using your professional learning networks to spread the word.”

For the first time in decades, AASL will be using a multi-layered survey, data and research approach to revise and rewrite its learning standards and program guidelines. Open to all school library professionals, the survey is the most inclusive phase of the research process and an opportunity for all members of the school library community to share information that will influence the development of their professional standards. Topics covered in the 20-minute survey include content, usability and implementation.

Survey responses are confidential and will determine key areas for subsequent focus group research, which will occur at the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition and at various state conferences. The Standards and Guidelines editorial board will review the data collected and AASL will share a research summary report combining the findings from both the online survey and focus groups in September 2016. More information about the revision process can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/standards-revision.

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