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.
Written by the Office for Intellectual Freedom at ALA. A good policy on the selection of materials will be relevant to your particular system and include basic sections on objectives, responsibility, criteria, procedures for selection, reconsideration of materials, and policies on controversial materials.
AASL's learning standards offer a vision for teaching and learning to both guide and beckon the school library profession as education leaders. The learning standards shape the library program and serve as a tool for school librarians to use to shape the learning of students in the school.
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.