May 22, 2022

School Libraries and Librarians: AASL Web Portal Offers First Peak at New Standards Resources and Content

From the American American Association of School Librarians (AASL)/ALA:

2017-09-12_17-37-23The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is excited to announce the release of several early materials addressing elements of the new “National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries” which will launch in November at the AASL National Conference & Exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona.

The early materials are featured on the AASL Standards web portal.


Early materials available on the web portal include:

  • “On the Horizon: New Standards to Dawn at AASL 2017”
    Featuring AASL’s updated Common Beliefs for the profession, this article from the Sept./Oct. “Knowledge Quest,” describes AASL’s process for researching and remodeling the standards. A timeline shows how AASL’s standards editorial board and implementation task force worked together to provide support materials and professional development immediately upon launch of the standards.
  • Shared Foundation Infographics
    This collection of six Shared Foundation infographics summarize Competencies for learners and suggest starting points for school librarians implementing the “National School Library Standards.” These infographics will be central to a Twitter chat hosted by AASL on Mon., Sept. 18, at 6:00 p.m. Central at #AASLstandards.
  • Standards Explainer Video – Evolved and Familiar
    Learn how the AASL Standards have evolved to reflect current learning environments while still honoring and carrying forward beloved elements from previous Standards.


The AASL Standards web portal and the resources featured there are components of the “AASL National School Library Standards Implementation Plan” developed by AASL’s standards implementation task force. The three-year strategic plan will guide the development of support resources for librarian adoption and implementation of the AASL Standards including the development of branding, learning resources, partnerships, and outreach. For the latest information and resources, visit

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