In 2007, AASL released a list of standards for the 21st-century learner. These standards are based on nine principles, including the need to teach ethical behavior in the use of information and that technology skills are crucial for future employment needs.

Martin, who is the educational specialist for library information services in Henrico County, Va., added that collection development and technology development are crucial for libraries.

“Many school libraries need to have their library networks updated and broadened,” she said.

Martin said she’s not sure if state education leaders know yet how the stimulus money for the State Stabilization Fund will be distributed to schools, but Anderson stressed that school librarians must let their needs be known.

“We’re asking our members to contact their administrators and let them know what the needs list is for their library,” Anderson said.

Links:

ARRA 101 for libraries

AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner

Note to readers:

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