The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) have developed a set of standards that "offer vision for teaching and learning to both guide and beckon our profession as education leaders. "
9 foundational common beliefs are defined:
- Reading is a window to the world.
- Inquiry provides a framework for learning.
- Ethical behavior in the use of information must be taught.
- Technology skills are crucial for future employment needs.
- Equitable access is a key component for education.
- The definition of information literacy has become more complex as resources and technologies have changed.
- The continuing expansion of information demands that all individuals acquire the thinking skills that will enable them to learn on their own.
- Learning has a social context.
- School libraries are essential to the development of learning skills.
- inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge;
- draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge;
- share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society;
- pursue personal and aesthetic growth.
Explore some of the other resources available on AASL:
- Resource Guides for School Library Media Program Development [ link ]
- Tips and Guidance for Managing and Communicating about the Internet [ link ]
- A Global Imperative - The Report of the 21st Century Literacy Summit (The New Media Consortium: grant from Adobe - published in 2005 - a great read with a lot of content for "thought." [ direct pdf link ]
Learn more about NMCs New Media & Learning Initiative.
- NCREL (North Central Regional Educational Laboratory) - 21st century skills
- Partnership for 21st Century Skills
- Gateway to 21st Century Skills
- 21st Century Skills - Overview & News from New Mexico, Public Education Department