For immediate release | August 20, 2013

AASL learning standards and program guidelines available on the go

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has just released e-book versions of its learning standards and program guidelines publications “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner In Action” and “Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs.” Both titles are now available in print and e-book formats, as well as in a print/e-book bundle. These and other AASL publications can be purchased through the ALA online store.

“The new e-book versions of ‘Empowering Learners’ and ‘In Action’ will enable school librarians to have the essential tools of the profession available on demand,” said Gail Dickinson, AASL president. “They can access the publications with just a tap of the finger at every collaboration meeting or professional development event they attend. With this new release, resources supporting the school librarian’s role as an indispensable educational leader are now only as far away as a mobile device or e-reader. Pre-service school librarians will be able to keep arguably the two most important documents in the school library field at their fingertips.”

"Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action" takes an in-depth look at the relationships between the strands and indicators presented in AASL’s learning standards. The publication includes benchmarks, model examples and assessments to support school librarians and other educators in teaching essential learning skills. It also presents action examples for putting the standards into practice in elementary, middle and high school classrooms.

"Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs" builds on a strong history of program guidelines published by AASL to ensure that school library program planners go beyond the basics in order to establish effective library programs. It provides goals, priorities, criteria and leadership principles that address what is required to master a changing school library environment driven by learners and the learning process.

AASL offers a rich variety of publications on topics essential to school librarians everywhere. For a complete listing of publications available from AASL, visit the AASL books and products page.

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library 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 field.


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications