Your Voice, Your Standards

Learning from and with Our Learners

 

The November 2017 launch of AASL’s National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries marked a critical milestone for the school library field and activated school librarians and connections across the educational landscape. In order to ensure the National School Library Standards continue to meet the needs of the educational community, AASL is continuing its commitment to community consultation.

Evaluating the impact and effectiveness of the AASL Standards and implementation tools is essential to long-term planning and to growing an enduring and useful catalog of support resources for school librarians and stakeholders. It is critical we hear from you and your communities—you are the foundation of our work! Visit the FAQ and the overview of the research process for more information on how you can get involved.

AASL Standards Survey Closed—Focus Groups to take place fall 2019

 

Thank you to all the school library professionals, school and district administrators and educators who participated in this phase of research sharing their insights and experience with the National School Library Standards for Learner, School Librarians, and School Libraries.

Your feedback will help AASL make financial and resource distribution plans to support the activities most needed and impactful to advance the role of the school librarian and the AASL Standards.

Results from the online surveys will inform the development of further research to be conducted with focus groups at the AASL National Conference in Louisville, KY, in November 2019, and through targeted virtual focus groups in the fall.

 

In 2015–2016, AASL worked with KRC Research to conduct an evaluation and needs assessment among more than 1,300 school librarians and stakeholders to help guide the work of an editorial board in remodeling and rewriting new standards for learners and the school library profession. Research findings also informed a task force responsible for developing an implementation plan focused on increasing awareness, understanding, and commitment to the revised standards within the school library profession and stakeholder communities.

The goal of the 2018–2020 research is to gather insights from a variety of school library professionals and stakeholders around the newly deployed National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. This study will:

  • Measure awareness, familiarity, and perceived value of the AASL Standards and collateral;
  • Identify implementation challenges and ways to overcome challenges;
  • Measure the usefulness of AASL’s implementation tools and templates, and identify areas for improvement and consistency;
  • Explore whether AASL Standards reflect practice, align with the goals of stakeholders, and have increased understanding of school librarian job roles; and
  • Determine impacts of AASL Standards on culture change, collaboration, and advocacy.

Current research will follow a pattern similarly used in the 2015–2016 research, beginning with online surveys and leading to more in depth focus group discussions. Results from the online surveys will inform the development of further research to be conducted with focus groups at AASL’s National Conference in Louisville, KY, in November 2019, and through targeted virtual focus groups in the fall.

The AASL Board of Directors and AASL Standards Committee will use the finding to help inform financial and resource distribution to support those activities most needed and impactful to advance the role of the school librarian and the National School Library Standards.

X Project Kick-off October 2018
X Development of Online Surveys November 2018 – March 2019
X Distribution of Online Surveys April – May 2019
  Data Analysis and Focus Group Development June – September 2019
  Virtual Focus Groups (Stakeholders & Association Partners) October 2019
  In-Person Focus Groups (AASL National Conference) November 2019
  Analysis of Findings Dec 2019 – Jan 2020
  Research Summary February – March 2020
  Strategic Implementation Plan Update April – June 2020

Who is conducting this research?

To conduct the research and to ensure the confidentiality of your remarks, AASL has partnered with KRC Research, an independent research firm based in Washington, DC.

The AASL Board of Directors and AASL Standards Committee will use the finding to help inform financial and resource distribution to support those activities most needed and impactful to advance the role of the school librarian and the National School Library Standards.

Who will be invited to participate in the research?

The school library community, including both AASL members and non-members, is the primary audience for this research. Secondary audiences will include stakeholders in the educational community, including building-level and district administrators, classroom and content-area educators, and other instructional collaborators. In later research phases, AASL will also seek discussion with association partners, collaborators, and vendors.   

How can I participate in the online survey portion of the research?

An online survey link will be distributed via email on Tuesday, April 23, to AASL members, standards purchasers, and previous standards research participants. The survey will be open through Wednesday, May 8. The link will be further distributed across the school librarian community through other AASL online communication channels. Participants are encouraged to share the survey link with school library colleagues in order to help AASL collect a comprehensive assessment from the profession.

A link to a second survey tailored for stakeholders will be concurrently distributed to the school library community. Professionals are asked to invite their stakeholders to participate in the research, sharing the stakeholder survey link with their building-level and district administrators, classroom and content-area educators, and other instructional collaborators.

How long will the survey take to complete?

The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The survey tool will remember participants’ IP addresses, allowing them to leave the survey and come back to complete their response before the deadline.

When and where will focus groups be held?

In-person focus groups will be held in coordination with the AASL National Conference, November 2019, in Louisville, KY. Focus groups will consist of no more than 8 participants each who will be invited at random from the list of registered attendees. Virtual focus groups will be held in fall 2019 with groups of educator stakeholders and association partners.

Who sees my survey and/or focus group responses?

Your responses to AASL research are confidential and will only be reviewed by the research team, the AASL Board of Directors, and the AASL Standards Committee as part of this particular effort. Your name will not be attached to any responses that you provide. 

Will AASL share its research with the profession?

Yes. The AASL Board of Directors and the AASL Standards Committee will review the data over the summer 2019. AASL will post a summary report of survey findings in fall 2019, followed by a full research summary report of its combined findings from the online surveys and focus groups in spring 2020.

AASL is committed to keeping its membership, school library professionals, and the education community informed as we work to assess and apply community needs to AASL Standards implementation planning and resource development. AASL will share progress reports through press releases, e-mails to membership, Knowledge Quest blog posts, the AASL Digest and School Library SmartBrief e-newsletters, and other vehicles as we reach key milestone points throughout the research project.

Additional questions?

If you have questions specifically regarding the survey or the focus groups research, you can email AASL at aasl@ala.org, or contact Katie Snediker of KRC Research directly at KSnediker@krcresearch.com.

All other questions about AASL Standards, implementation resources, and strategic planning can be addressed to AASL at 312-280-4382 or aasl@ala.org.


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