The Board of Directors of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) approved the development of a new program titled Learning 4 Life (L4L). The 3-5 year program will be implemented in fall 2008 to help gain attention for AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner and the guidelines for implementing the standards.
The goal is to gain implementation of the learning standards at the national level. The program allows learning standards to be customized for local and state conditions, as well as to reflect the multicultural populations of U.S. schools.
The Standards for the 21st-Century Learner program advocates the concept that school library media specialists play an important role in preparing students to compete in a global community.
L4L uses the number four to echo and reinforce the four standards:
1. Inquire, think critically and gain knowledge.
2. Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations and create new knowledge.
3. Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.
4. Pursue personal and aesthetic growth.
The learning standards are available online at http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards.
AASL, www.aasl.org .