I felt very fortunate to be able to attend the 2017 AASL Conference this year. I was very interested in the pre-conference workshop around the newly released AASL Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries. Learn more at http://standards.aasl.org/.
The AASL National Library Standards for Learners are framed around the Shared Foundations of Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Explore, and Engage and embrace progressive pedagogies.
Our challenge is to create a learning culture centered on innovation, collaboration, exploration, deep thinking, and creativity. I am considering how I embrace this notion: “School librarians are key to the success of this educational paradigm shift because they provide resources and instruction to all learners through an inquiry-based research model that supports questioning and the creation of new knowledge focused on learner interest and real-world problems” (44).
One of my primary goals, when I am collaborating with classroom teachers this year, is to bring the concept of relevance to the lessons and more student agency. I want my students to be self-directed thinkers who investigate and consider real issues and empower them to develop solutions or expand their understanding.
I look forward to diving into the Standards and share how they will be implemented in my high school and district.