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Setting up a Library: School Library

This guide will provide an overview of resources common to all types of libraries, along with some references for some specific situations.

School Library Book Lists

School Library Standards

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL, a division of ALA) recommends an outcomes-based assessment process initially set forth in 1998, in Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning, a guide for school librarians in helping students flourish in a learning community not limited by time, place, age, occupation or disciplinary borders. The guidelines of Information Power also explain the importance of collaboration -- joining teachers and others to identify links in student information needs, curricular content, learning outcomes, and a variety of print and non-print resources. For the latest, see the AASL Position Statement on Quantitative Standards, adopted June 28, 2013.

In order to recognize the changing role of school libraries now and in the future, AASL has developed new Learning Standards & Program Guidelines for school libraries. Standards for the 21st-Century Learner offers vision for teaching and learning to both guide and beckon our profession as education leaders. They will both shape the library program and serve as a tool for library media specialists to use to shape the learning of students in the school.

Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs is the newest addition to the line up. It advances school library media programs to meet the needs of the changing school library environment and is guided by the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action.

State Library Standards

Individual states may have their own standards, which should be reviewed and observed as appropriate. Use the links below to locate information about standards in your state.

School Library Periodicals

School Library Periodicals published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL, a division of ALA):

Other School Library Periodicals: