Transformative Ideas for School Libraries



2011 LITA National Forum: Rivers of Data, Currents of Change
Now in its 14th year, the LITA National Forum is a 3-day educational event featuring preconferences, keynote, concurrent, and poster sessions that explore leading-edge technologies and their applications in all types of libraries.

General Resources

There’s an App for That! Libraries and Mobile Technology: An Introduction to Public Policy Considerations(PDF, 848k, 18 pages)
takes a look at how the adoption of mobile technology alters the traditional relationships between libraries and their users. The policy brief, authored by OITP consultant Timothy Vollmer, explores the challenges to reader privacy, issues of access to information in the digital age (including content ownership and licensing), digital rights management, and accessibility. Despite these challenges, Vollmer said libraries are embracing the growing capabilities of mobile technology and providing new, innovative services that extend the way libraries serve their existing patrons.


Add It Up: Libraries Make the Difference in Youth Development and Education
Research and statistics to help advocates make the case for libraries at every stage of youth development and education.

Building Level Toolkit: Implementing AASL's Learning Standards and Program Guidelines in Your School Library
This toolkit is designed to help practitioners learn more about the key ideas of the learning standards and share those messages with others. It includes official AASL materials as well as materials created by Learning for Life (L4L) coordinators, practicing school librarians, library school faculty members, and experts in the field of education.

Planning Guide for Empowering Learners with School Library Assessment Rubric
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.

Standards for the 21st Century Learner Lesson Plan Database
The American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database is a tool to support school librarians and other educators in teaching the essential learning skills defined in the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.