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The final volume in the six-book series, Engage is both anchor and sail in the Shared Foundations, providing a culmination of knowledge and a starting point for new thinking that promotes learners’ dynamic, spiral, and cyclical journey with the AASL Standards. Examine Engage through the learning cycle of the Shared Foundations in AASL’s National School Library Standards. This book will help school librarians contextualize and complement the other Shared Foundations while providing learners with the skills and knowledge for their engagements with reading, information, learning, and life. To support school librarians as they help all learners navigate the complex future of information, this book provides 

  • grade-band specific learner trajectories that accompany learning scenarios for each Domain within Engage;
  • action lists, reflective questions, strategies, policies, and resources to engage learners and school librarians and shape the school library; 
  • five cross-cutting themes—design thinking; equity, diversity, and inclusion; information quality; inquiry learning; and social-emotional learning—that will resonate with readers as necessary to ensure Engage throughout learners’ academic lives and beyond; and
  • web companion pieces that demonstrate professional learning scenarios which can be replicated and modified for use with practicing and pre-service school librarians and adapted for use with other educators and learners. 

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

Series Introduction
AASL Standards Integrated Framework: Engage
Introduction: An Ending That Becomes a Beginning

Part I        Think
Chapter 1    School Librarian Competencies
Chapter 2    Learner Competencies
Chapter 3    School Library Alignments

Part II        Create
Chapter 4    School Librarian Competencies
Chapter 5    Learner Competencies
Chapter 6    School Library Alignments

Part III    Share
Chapter 7    School Librarian Competencies
Chapter 8    Learner Competencies
Chapter 9    School Library Alignments

Part IV    Grow
Chapter 10    School Librarian Competencies
Chapter 11    Learner Competencies
Chapter 12    School Library Alignments

Conclusion: Ending with the Beginning

  • Appendix A: Resources to Engage Learners More Deeply
  • Appendix B: Resources to Engage School Librarians More Deeply

Works Cited
About the Authors

Kathryn Roots Lewis

Kathryn Roots Lewis retired director of libraries and instructional technology for Norman (Oklahoma) Public Schools, received her MLIS from the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies. Kathryn has served in numerous roles with AASL, including as the 2018–2019 president and as a member of the editorial board responsible for reimagining AASL’s National School Library Standards. She is a past president of the Oklahoma Library Association and the Oklahoma Technology Association. Currently she is working with the AASL School Leader Collaborative, an initiative with school administrators to promote the leadership role of school librarians. Kathryn enjoys family, friends, walking, reading, and cooking.

Marcia A. Mardis

Marcia A. Mardis, professor of information science and associate dean for research at Florida State University’s College of Communication and Information, received her master of science degree in information at the University of Michigan in 1992 and her doctorate in education from Eastern Michigan University in 2005. Marcia was a school librarian for ten years in Michigan and Texas, while also serving as a high school debate coach and assistant headmaster. A lead writer and editor of the AASL National School Library Standards, Marcia also led “last mile” broadband implementation projects for Merit Network at the University of Michigan, including Michigan’s digital library for K–12 educators (1998–2008). Marcia loves spending time with family and her three dogs, traveling, walking, and working on logic puzzles.

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL),, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.

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