Curate, Curating, Curation

In case you didn’t make it to AASL 2017

An acronym to help you remember the new standards shared foundations is IICCEE.

Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Explore, Engage

Or you could hum the Vanilla Ice song “Ice Ice Baby” if music helps you.

For quick resources after the conference or for those who cannot make it to Phoenix check out this “getting started” page. –

Breaking down the standards

There are three sessions at this conference to break down the standards and give meaningful feedback. In the session, Collaborate and Curate with the New National School Library Standards, Joyce Valenza pointed out that “Curate” is unique to school library standards. In other words, many of the other portions of the standards like inquiry and engagement overlap with technology standards and other discipline’s standards. Take a look at this clear and concise video where Valenza explains tools and the processes for teaching student curation.

Little librarians

Many school librarians today do not teach students the Dewey Decimal. Sometimes this is because we have “genrefied” the collection and the system is simply not relevant. However, many still using Dewey feel that we teach students many things but not specifically to become little librarians. Nevertheless, curating is one “librarian” skill we actually do want to teach our students. We want to teach how and why students might want and need to curate.

Here are a few curation resources for your consideration:

What is next?

After the conference we will continue the conversation about standards. We will add words to our vocabulary like key commitments, shared foundations, and the already familiar Think, Create, Share, Grow domains. Reach out to other librarians and library leaders for help with implementation. And once you understand the new standards you might actually find that you are already living up to many of the standards.


Author: Hannah Byrd Little

I’m a dedicated Library Director at The Webb School of Bell Buckle, leveraging my background in higher education libraries to guide students through the crucial transition from school to college and beyond.

I am honored to have served as the AASL Chair for the Independent School Section in 2023 and am excited to begin my upcoming role as Director-At-Large for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) later this year, following my previous experience as a Member Guide in the AASL Emerging Leaders program. These appointments reflect my commitment to advancing library education and professional development on a national scale.

With experience in state-level leadership through the Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL), including serving as TASL President in 2012, I bring a wealth of knowledge to my role. My educational background includes certifications as a Library Information Specialist for PreK-12th grade, a Bachelor of Science in Communications (Advertising & Public Relations), a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (Education & Information Systems), and a Master’s in Library and Information Science.

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