AASL’s exploration of the Shared Foundations concludes with Curate

For Immediate Release
Mon, 10/30/2023


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing & Media

American Library Association



CHICAGO — Published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions, “Curate” helps to connect learners to resources in more thoughtful, meaningful ways. Through teaching learners and other educators to curate—to overcome their own biases to find, organize, and share the best information—school librarians build connections between learners, knowledge, and the world. Written by Daniella LaShaun Smith and Len Bryan, this practical guide features:

  • an examination of school library policy placing Curate in context;
  • field notes from practicing school librarians implementing the Curate Shared Foundation;
  • learning trajectories in grade-level bands, offering examples of Curate in action and ways to scaffold learning;
  • a sample alignment of Curate Competencies in the AASL Standards Framework for Learners with the Common Core State Standards;
  • lesson starters, case studies, and best practices that demonstrate inspiring and effective strategies; and 
  • questions to promote engagement with reflective practice. 

Smith, PhD, MLIS, is the Hazel Harvey Peace Endowed Professor and Director of the Information Science PhD Program at the University of North Texas. She is a former classroom teacher and school and public youth services librarian. Her research has been funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The author of more than fifty publications, she has served on numerous AASL committees and has been an AASL Knowledge Quest blogger, chair of the AASL Educators of School Librarians Section, an ALA Councilor-at-Large, and the ALISE Director of Membership. Bryan is the director of library services for the Houston Independent School District. Len’s previous roles include technical systems manager for Denver Public Schools; district media specialist in Hillsboro, Oregon; and school program coordinator for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. A former middle school and high school librarian, Len served on the inaugural AASL Standards Implementation Committee from 2018 until 2020. He also serves as an advisor for Future Ready Schools.

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

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