Salute to school libraries

 

Try one. ..  Photo by PlayfulLibrarian: Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/playfullibrarian/4207089312, and used under a Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0.

The local K-12 schools have their April vacation this week.  Just as your academic librarians have the Association of College & Research Libraries, their K-12 colleagues  have the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

The AASL has its Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.  Some of these standards parallel the ACRL Information Literacy Standards.  AASL Standard Three (“Share knowledge and participate ethically. . .”) resembles ACRL Standard Five (“understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information”).  AASL Standard Four (“Pursue personal and aesthetic growth”) matches the ACRL Standards less directly, but it does speak to lifelong learning.

I plan to read the AASL document more closely.  In the meantime here’s a shout-out to my K-12 counterparts!

References

American Association of School Librarians. (2007). Standards for the 21st-Century learner. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/guidelinesandstandards/learningstandards/AASL_LearningStandards.pdf

Association of College & Research Libraries. (2000). Information literacy competency standards for higher education. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompetency