For immediate release | February 27, 2018

AASL Standards storytelling campaign promotes enduring examples of teaching and learning

CHICAGO – As part of the implementation of its new “National School Library Standards,” the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched a video storytelling campaign. With Every Standard Tells A Story, school library professionals can submit their own narratives on how school libraries transform teaching and learning for real people in real places through examples of the things they already do every day that meet the AASL Standards.

“AASL’s ‘National School Library Standards’ are based on a set of Common Beliefs, and it is the Shared Foundations – the verbs – that make our beliefs visible,” explains Mary Keeling, chair of the standards implementation task force. “In ‘Every Standard Tells a Story,’ we connect our experiences as school librarians to the Shared Foundations. As we tell our stories, we reflect on our shared history and imagine how the AASL Standards will shape our practice in the future.”

School library professionals can join the campaign by recording their own stories that illustrate how they harness curiosity, model responsibility, inspire exploration, promote creativity and deepen understanding for learners, colleagues, and the community. These videos can then be uploaded to YouTube and added to AASL’s Every Standard Tells A Story playlist. Complete instructions can be found on the AASL Standards Portal.

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.

Related Links

AASL’s Every Standard Tells A Story playlist

AASL Standards Portal


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)