This fall, school libraries across the country will be working to implement new standards for learning in the 21st century--but many will be doing so with fewer resources at their disposal.

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a set of "Standards for the 21st Century Learner." The new standards update the organization's 1998 Information Literacy Standards to reflect changes in the learning environment over the last decade.

The new standards come as budget cuts are threatening the job security of many library media specialists and are making it hard for school libraries to implement new programs.

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