Rights and Permission for Use
“Developing, implementing, and articulating a vision for the profession through standards and frameworks” is one of the eight essential functions of AASL.
The National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries represents a core works of the association. It is AASL’s goal to see the standards used and implemented while at the same time ensuring that the value and integrity of the standards are maintained as the work of the association.
In addition, the AASL Standards Framework for Learners and other support materials available on the AASL Standards Web Portal [standards.aasl.org] are permissible to use, reproduce, and distribute for private, non-commercial, and educational purposes only.
If in doubt, contact AASL.
Personal or Educational Use
Select examples of permissible use:
The PDF versions of the documents available on the AASL Standards Web Portal and then AASL Web site are intended for personal and educational use. Printing or forwarding copies for your own private use or to share with others for purely informational or educational purposes is permissible. (e.g. distribution to a class or a faculty meeting).
Inserting excerpts of standards documents (e.g. specific Shared Foundation, Key Commitment, Domain, Competency, Alignment, etc.) that demonstrate the application of the work (e.g. a lesson or unit plan) is permissible.
Inserting excerpts of standards documents into training materials that demonstrate the application of the work (e.g. a conference presentation) is permissible.
Incorporating a link to standards documents in communications (e.g. posting a link on your website, citing in an electronic discussion, including in a blog posting) is permissible.
Select examples of uses requiring permission:
Inserting of the entire document or a substantial portion of the text into a derivative work (e.g. a curriculum guide) requires permission.
Posting of the PDF (e.g. to a website or embedded in a curriculum document) requires permission.
Permission must be requested for any use that falls outside of the parameters defined in fair use guidelines. See material at link above for general guidance.
How to Request Permission
Requests can be made through the ALA Rights & Permissions online form.
Questions may be directed to:
Deputy Executive Director
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
50 E. Huron
Chicago, IL 60611
Toll free: (800) 545-2433, x 4385
Direct line: (312) 280-4385