ERIC Number: EJ787490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
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A Place to Stand
Dickinson, Gail K.
Library Media Connection, v26 n6 p10-12 Mar 2008
Since the earliest days of the profession, school libraries have been establishing standards and guidelines to guide and shape school library programs. For the most part, the standards have shaped what programs are and what they do. Rarely has a set of standards focused on the content and process of what school libraries teach students. The information age has affected most of a person's personal and professional life in ways that could not possibly have been foreseen, and looking into the future as a profession, the content of what is needed to be taught must focus on what students need to learn in this century. Pundits in their pulpits usually point to two documents that point the way for the path to perfection in information use. The first is the new National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and the second is the "enGauge" 21st Century Skills: Literacy in the Digital Age from the North Central Regional Education Laboratory (NCREL). The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has added to this national conversation by launching the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner. This article discusses these standards and describes how to achieve full implementation of these learning standards.
Descriptors: School Libraries, Educational Technology, Standards, Library Services, Computer Uses in Education, Computer Literacy, Technology Integration, Internet, Library Role, Librarians
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