So Many Standards! An Annotated List for Teaching Librarians

(updated June 19, 2023)

In my teaching, I help my LIS graduate students to embrace their role as teaching librarians. For a couple of the classes I teach, they are required to design activities or lesson plans that align with standards appropriate for their communities. While some of this classwork focuses on K-12 standards as an example, I often have students who are focused on adult, higher education, or special library communities.

As a result, over the last couple of years I have developed this annotated outline of different learning standards for different communities, with recommendations about which versions of their documentation to consult, links, and how to cite them by name/number in lesson plans.

I hope you find this helpful!

Jump to: K-12, Higher Ed, Adult Learning, Special Libraries, General


Higher Ed

Adult Learning

  • College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards for Adult Education
    • PDF –
    • Quote different parts of the CCR standards by strand (writing, speaking and listening, etc.), developmental level, and anchor number, for example:
      • CCR.ELA-LITERACY.W.B.8 – Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories (notably, this maps to CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.8)
  • For content curricula, look for unit and lesson plans from a variety of different partners, such as workforce training centers, state health initiatives, etc. 

Special Libraries


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