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A couple of observations on this issue. I am not defending AASL, in fact I 
wrote them a letter asking for reconsideration. My suggestion is that they 
make the "permission" easier to get and to make a downloadable citation 
image librarians could use with their lesson plans. They could also make it 
clear that no fees will be made for individual teacher lesson plans.

But: from the AASL page

"The Standards for the 21st-Century Learner represent a core work of the 
association and its value to the field. It is AASL's goal to see the 
learning standards used and implemented while at the same time ensuring that 
the value and integrity of the learning standards are maintained as the work 
of the association."

I can understand that AASL would want to make sure any representation of the 
standards as well as any use of the standards  does reflect what AASL has 
done. If people are at a workshop in which the AASL standards are shown but 
not completely and correctly stated would everyone in the workshop check to 
make sure they were not being misled? There needs to be a compromise here.

Some mentions ISTE's standards. They apparently have the same concern. This 
is from the ISTE NETS for students page.

"World rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or 
transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, 
photocopying, recording,
or by any information storage or retrieval system-without prior written 
permission from the publisher."

I really don't think the issue is totally control of the content and I 
really don't think they would charge a school librarian wanting to use the 
content in a lesson plan a fee. If any one has been charged a fee for using 
the standards in a lesson plan it would be good to know.

Deborah Stafford
Wiesbaden High School
Wiesbaden Germany 

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