Equipping Educators with 21st-Century Tools

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The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 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.

A strategic plan, adopted by AASL's Board of Directors in 2009, will guide the division as school library media programs (SLMP) continue to undergo momentous changes. The three to five year plan covers four goal areas: learning standards and program guidelines; advocacy; community; and professional development.

Aligning with plan objectives, AASL aims to ensure stakeholders in education have a shared vision that AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs are models of excellence for learning.

Learning4Life (L4L), AASL's national implementation plan for the learning standards and program guidelines, is developing an implementation process and toolkit for school library media specialists (SLMS) as well as a rubric for self-evaluation and program assessment. …