AASL co-hosts Midwinter forum on revising standards for technology use in classrooms

Contact: Jonathan West

AASL Manager, Communications


For Immediate Release,

January 2, 2008

AASL co-hosts Midwinter forum on revising standards for technology use in classrooms

CHICAGO - The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will co-host an open forum on the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Teachers on Friday, Jan. 11. In collaboration with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the forum will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Symphony room at the Doubletree Hotel, 237 S. Broad Street. The session is part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting, to be held Jan. 11-16 in Philadelphia.

"Research" and "Information Fluency" were among the major headings in the revised NETS for Students released in 2007. The forthcoming Midwinter forum will help ensure that libriarians' voices are heard as ISTE revises the standards for teachers.

"This interactive and collaborative session provides an important opportunity for school library media specialists to share their experience in these key areas and shape what teachers should know and be able to do to use technology effectively in their classrooms," said AASL president Sara Kelly Johns.

"School librarians work every day with teachers to develop and teach information literacy skills imbedded in course content to ensure that students have the 21st-century skills they need," she added. "This is also a great chance to connect the NETS Standards for Teachers with our own recently released "Standards for the 21st-Century Learner" for excellence in teaching with technology in both classrooms and school libraries."

The primary goal of the NETS Project is to enable stakeholders in preK-12 education to develop national standards for educational uses of technology that facilitate school improvement in the United States. AASL was a project partner in the development of the original NETS in 1998. For more information on NETS and other standards and guidelines, please visit

The American Association of School Librarians,
http://www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library media services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library media field.