School libraries


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Standards for the 21st-Century Learner

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 and download a pdf or purchase bundles 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


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Standards for the 21st-Century Learner In Action

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

2009 | 120 p | ISBN 978-0-8389-8507-6 | $39 | ALA Members $35.10



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Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs

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

2009 | 64 p | ISBN 978-0-8389-8519-9 | $39 | ALA Members $35.10


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A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners

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. For more information, visit

Give your school or district program the tools to:

  • align the library program mission with the school or district
  • evaluate strengths and weaknesses of the existing program
  • collaborate with stakeholders in the planning process
  • develop action plans with measurable goals and objectives
  • save and edit data as the program develops
  • output progress charts and graphs

2010 | ISBN 978-0-8389-8560-1 | $40 | ALA Members $36 | To order, call 1-800-621-3900 or visit

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General Resources:

The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

Honors websites, tools, and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. Updated annually, the Top 25 Websites is based on feedback and nominations from AASL members.


Knowledge Quest

Published bimonthly and devoted to offering substantive information to assist building-level school librarians, supervisors, library educators, and other decision makers concerned with the development of school library programs and services. Articles address the integration of theory and practice in school librarianship, and new developments in education, learning theory and relevant disciplines.



School Library Programs Improve Student Learning

A series of advocacy brochures designed to help school librarians generate and guide discussion with stakeholder groups in the school library community, including administrators, policymakers, parents, and teachers. Each brochure in the series outlines goals and key questions specific and important to each audience allowing them to visualize a model school library program from their perspective.


Learning4Life Webinars Archives

In 2009 and 2010, in conjunction with School Library Month, AASL offered a four week series of webinars addressing the four strands in Standards for the 21st-Century Learnerand the four chapters in Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs