A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners with School Library Program Assessment Rubric

Published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and Britannica Digital Learning, A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners is an online program assessment and planning module for school libraries. This interactive tool saves and converts user entries into worksheets, charts and graphs, saving librarians time while delivering data to schools and districts. For more information and AASL resources, visit www.ala.org/aasl/planningguide.

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, colleagues and supervisors when discussing library program health, or saved and archived year-to-year to determine progress comparisons.

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. Designed to allow for flexibility and encourage collaboration, the planning process walks 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 can access the module online from any computer, save and edit their program plans and monitor their progress.

A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners provides another tool for Learning4Life (L4L), www.ala.org/aasl/learning4life, the American Association of School Librarians' national implementation plan created to support states, school systems, and individual schools preparing to implement the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs.