Alignment of School Librarian Preparation Standards with AASL Standards Examined in New School Library Research

For Immediate Release
Fri, 04/09/2021

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Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

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CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), explores the alignment of the Standards Framework for School Librarians from AASL’s National School Library Standards with the ALA/AASL/CAEP Preparation Standards. SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation, and evaluation of school libraries. Articles can be accessed for free at www.ala.org/aasl/slr.

Elizabeth Burns, assistant professor at Old Dominion University, and April Dawkins, assistant professor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, used a one-way crosswalk analysis to explore the alignment of the Standards Framework for School Librarians from the AASL Standards with the ALA/AASL/CAEP Preparation Standards. The research team’s goal was to identify  overlap between expectations school librarians are presented with during their preparation for practice and the Competencies they are asked to demonstrate in practice.

Burns and Dawkins hope their findings will assist educators of school librarians to develop meaningful coursework and pre-service experiences as earlier studies have shown that coursework and preparation across programs is not always consistent. Programs that prepare school librarians can emphasize different roles and dispositions and may vary according to delivery model, required activities, and coursework expectations such as practical assignments and internships.

School Library Research (ISSN: 2165-1019) is the successor to School Library Media Research (ISSN: 1523-4320) and School Library Media Quarterly Online. The journal is peer-reviewed and indexed by H. W. Wilson's Library Literature and by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology. It welcomes manuscripts that focus on high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation, and evaluation of school libraries.

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