Essential Links

Standards and Guidelines

From AASL Essential Links

American Association of School Librarians. Building Level Toolkit: Implementing AASL’s Learning Standards and Program Guidelines in Your School Library This Learning4Life toolkit is designed to help practitioners learn more about the key ideas of the learning standards and share those messages with others. It includes official AASL materials as well as materials created by L4L coordinators, practicing school librarians, library school faculty members, and experts in the field of education.


American Association of School Librarians. Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009. Defining the future direction of school library programs, this document is a school library program vision statement based on the Standards for the 21st Century Learner.


American Association of School Librarians. Learning4Life: A National Plan for the Implementation of Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs A downloadable document describing the national level implementation plan for AASL's current student learning and school library program standards.


American Association of School Librarians. A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners: with School Library Program Assessment Rubric. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has joined with Britannica Digital Learning to co-publish an online, interactive school library program planning module and workbookto help school librarians implement the AASL program guidelines.


American Association of School Librarians. Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Chicago: American Library Association, 2007. This is the overview document for the current AASL standards for student learning through school library programming. It describes the common beliefs behind the standards and delineates the standards for the 21st century learner to achieve.


American Association of School Librarians. Standards for the 21st Century Learner in Action. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009. This publication provides instructional support for teaching the essential skills defined in the Standards for the 21st Century Learner document. It describes benchmarks and gives action examples by grade level. Click for a preview.



The above materials are the latest publications from AASL on its 21st-century learning standards and school library programs. These materials may be obtained from AASL. Ordering information

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The Common Core Crosswalk includes links to tables that help school librarians learn how the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and the Common Core Standards align.

Common Core Standard Resources Collection of resources from Edutopia.


A PDF file of Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning: Standards and Indicators is available for distribution under a Creative Commons License. These are a previous set of Information Literacy Standards used by AASL prior to 2007. It is cited here for historical purposes.



International Society for Technology in Education. ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Students. Eugene, Ore.: ISTE, 2007. The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) Project is an ongoing initiative of ISTE and a consortium of partners and co-sponsors, including AASL.


Learning Standards for each of the Fifty States (PDF) and notation as to which have adopted the Common Core Standards.


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Examples of State-level School Library Program Standards and Guidelines:

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Examples of School Librarian Evaluation Standards and Guidelines:


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