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Moving the school library profession far beyond traditional collection development, Curate helps to connect learners to resources in more thoughtful, meaningful ways. Through teaching learners and other educators to curate—to overcome their own biases to find, organize, and share the best information—school librarians build connections between learners, knowledge, and the world. This practical guide features

  • an examination of school library policy placing Curate in context;
  • field notes from practicing school librarians implementing the Curate Shared Foundation;
  • learning trajectories in grade-level bands, offering examples of Curate in action and ways to scaffold learning;
  • a sample alignment of Curate Competencies in the AASL Standards Framework for Learners with the Common Core State Standards;
  • lesson starters, case studies, and best practices that demonstrate inspiring and effective strategies; and 
  • questions to promote engagement with reflective practice. 

Series Introduction
AASL Standards Integrated Framework: Curate
Introduction: What Drives Our Work?

Part I        Placing Curate in Context
Chapter 1    Exploring Curation in Society
Chapter 2    Applying Curate to School Library Policy

Part II        Curation for Learners
Chapter 3    Teaching Learners to Curate
Chapter 4    Modeling Curate Competencies
Chapter 5    Developing Lifelong Curators

Part III    Beyond Books
Chapter 6    Curating with and for School Communities
Chapter 7    Considering Digital Tools

Part IV    Curate in Practice
Chapter 8    Reflecting on Curate Case Studies
Chapter 9    Understanding Curate Best Practices

Conclusion: Making Connections to Curate
Appendix: Curation Lesson Starters
Works Cited
About the Authors

Daniella LaShaun Smith

Daniella LaShaun Smith, PhD, MLIS, is the Hazel Harvey Peace Endowed Professor and Director of the Information Science PhD Program at the University of North Texas. She is a former classroom teacher and school and public youth services librarian. Her research has been funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and includes school librarian leadership, LIS education, and STEM skill acquisition in K–20 environments. The author of more than fifty publications, she has served on numerous AASL committees and has been an AASL Knowledge Quest blogger, chair of the AASL Educators of School Librarians Section, an ALA Councilor-at-Large, and the ALISE Director of Membership.

Len Bryan

Len Bryan is the director of library services for the Houston Independent School District, where he leads the Library Services team in supporting 176 schools and almost 200,000 students. Len’s previous roles include technical systems manager for Denver Public Schools; district media specialist in Hillsboro, Oregon; and school program coordinator for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. A former middle school and high school librarian, Len served on the inaugural AASL Standards Implementation Committee from 2018 until 2020. He also serves as an advisor for Future Ready Schools.