1.   What is A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners?

A Planning Guide for Empowering Learnersis an online program assessment and planning module to help school librarians implement the AASL program guidelines outlined inEmpowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. This interactive tool saves and converts user entries into worksheets, charts and graphs, saving librarians time while delivering data to schools and districts.

2.   How will the module benefit my program planning?

The AASL program guidelines are comprehensive and in their entirety can seem a bit overwhelming to school librarians who may struggle to figure out how to ensure proper implementation. . The planning process outlined in the module is designed to allow for flexibility and encourage collaboration. The sequential steps walk users through evaluating the existing program, involving stakeholders in the planning process, aligning the library program mission with that of the school or district, developing action plans based on assessment data, setting ambitious but measurable and attainable goals and objectives, and charting implementation progress and results.

School librarians will be able to access the module online from any computer, save and edit their program plans, monitor their progress, and produce textual and visual worksheets, charts and graphs that can be shared with colleagues and supervisors, or saved and archived year-to-year to determine progress comparisons.

3.   What is the School Library Program Assessment Rubric?

Comprehensive assessment is the foundation for successful planning. The cornerstone within the module is the School Library Program Assessment Rubric, a tool that allows school librarians to assess their program on 16 different sets of criteria, or 65 individual criteria. Data entered is processed into colorful top-level summary charts and graphs that school librarians can share with stakeholders when discussing library program health.

4.   How does the rubric work with the planning guide?

Program improvement being a continuous process, the School Library Program Assessment Rubric presents an entry point for establishing goals for each cycle. Using findings from the rubric, the planning section of the module follows a series of sequential steps that ensure users go beyond the basics of planning and reporting. By using the rubric to identify strengths and weaknesses within their programs, school librarians can better develop goals, objectives and action plans to meet the needs of their school community.

5.   How will using the rubric help me advocate for my program?

Once users have completed the rubric, their data is used to generate charts and graphs that can be shared with their planning committee, teacher collaborators, school and district administrators, and other stakeholders in advocating for their school library program. When you have only moments to make your case, these charts will be a visual representation of the health of your program. Using this data in conjunction with data from AASL's "School Libraries Count!" study can make a strong case for the information literacy needs of your school community.

6.   Will there be professional development and training available?

A series of complimentary webinars are available on the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/planningguideresources. Regional training opportunities will also be available from AASL's Learning4Life Coordinators. To locate a coordinator in your area, visit www.ala.org/aasl/l4lcoordinators.

7.   How tech-savvy do you need to be to use the online module?

All computer users should find this module easy and intuitive. Just follow the sequential steps, and enter your answers into the text fields. The module automatically saves your answers and inserts them into worksheets, charts, and graphs you can download and save to your desktop. From there you can archive, print or attach files to emails for sharing.

8.   What types of tech support will be available?

Numerous tools, including FAQs and video tutorials, will be available within the help menu of the module. Additionally, users will be able to call technical support through Britannica Digital Learning between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Time.

9.  How much is a subscription to the module?

Subscriptions are $50 for the first year. Subscription renewals are $30 per year.

10.   Is district pricing available?

Yes. Price reductions are offered for bulk orders. A 20% reduction applies to orders of 50 or more. A 25% reduction applies to orders of 100 or more. A 30% reduction applies to order of 500 or more.

11.   Can I use a purchase order?

Yes. Purchase orders are accepted and should be made out to Encyclopædia Britannica at 331 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60654. Purchase orders can be faxed to (800) 344-9624 or emailed to contact@eb.com.

12.  Is the module available to college/university bookstores as course text?

Yes. Please contact Britannica for details at (800) 621-3900 or  contact@eb.com.

13.   How do I place my order?

Orders will be handled by Britannica Digital Learning. Visit www.ala.org/aasl/planningguide for more information. Call 1-800-621-3900 or click here to place your order.