Knowledge Quest

Published bimonthly September through June, Knowledge Quest is devoted to offering substantive information to assist building-level school librarians, supervisors, library educators, and other decision makers concerned with the development of school library programs and services. This collection contains issues dating back until 2011. Archives issues back to 2008 can be accessed via ERIC.

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Volume 45, No. 5 - Preservice School Librarian Voices

Identification: KQ-V45-N5

There has been much discussion about the future of school libraries and the importance of school libraries with certified school librarians. The May/June issue, guest edited by Karla Collins, offers insight from those just coming into the profession who share their ideas and experiences. In the hands of great new librarians just entering the profession, the future is bright for school libraries!


Volume 45, No. 4 - Power to the Pupil: Student Agency in the School Library

Identification: KQ-V45-N4

What is student agency and why is it important to our practice as school librarians? These two questions are the propelling force behind the Mar/Apr issue edited by Andrea Paganelli. The featured articles focus on the three-pronged approach - that the concept of student agency is comprised of motivation, engagement, and voice.


Volume 45, No. 3 - ​Diversity Matters: Moving Beyond Equality Toward Equity in Youth Services

Identification: KQ-V45-N3

Diversity and equality remain hot-button issues in the educational system. The Jan/Feb issue, guest edited by Kafi Kumasi and Sandra Hughes-Hassell, outlines ways school librarians can work to better serve, understand, and envision possibilities of success for racialized youth.


Volume 45, No. 2 - Copyright and School Libraries in the Digital Age

Identification: KQ-V45-N2

Copyright can be a dense and evolving topic—especially for school librarians, who may be a school’s copyright guru. This issue, guest edited by Rebecca P. Butler, focuses on what school librarians may need to consider when faced with copyright questions, issues, and concerns.


Volume 45, No. 1 - AASL's 65th Anniversary

Identification: KQ-V45-N1

AASL is celebrating its 65th anniversary! This issue, guest edited by Terri Grief, explores AASL’s roots and the pioneers who forged the path for school librarians today. Past AASL Presidents’ reflect on AASL’s history, their presidential terms, and the many initiatives they helped champion.


Volume 44, No. 5 - What Makes a Literacy?

Identification: KQ-V44-N5

The term literacy, which is traditionally used to describe the ability to read and write text, is proliferating across library and other educational literature. Financial literacy, digital literacy, civic literacy--it can be dizzying to consider the array of literacies and try to understand how they fit productively into our own school library programs. This issue, guest edited by Tasha Bergson-Michelson and Jole Seroff, examines the underlying commonalities of all these literacies and how a school librarian’s expertise uniquely positions them to hone these skills in students.


Volume 44, No. 4 - Student Privacy in the Age of Big Data

Identification: KQ-V44-N4

The school librarian plays an integral role in safeguarding student privacy in the age of Big Data. The Mar/Apr issue, guest edited by Ann Dutton Ewbank, details how school librarians can help shape their school’s privacy policies and educate other educators about the pitfalls of new technologies. It also explores the privacy resources available through ALA’s Choose Privacy Week and the process one school district went through to implement Google Apps for Education.


Volume 44, No. 3 - Storytime for Learning in a Digital World

Identification: KQ-V44-N3

Some educators and librarians think 21st-century learning standards leave no room for traditional storytime programming because informational reading has taken center stage. This issue, guest edited by Cynthia Houston, presents alternative arguments for the importance of storytime in the digital age through engaging articles that offer a number of strategies for capturing students’ imaginations and weaving interactive storytime activities into the English/language arts curriculum.


Volume 44, No. 2 - School Library and University Partnerships

Identification: KQ-V44-N2

School librarians are encouraged to collaborate with classroom teachers, students, administrators, community organizations, parents, and public and academic librarians. However, another key partnership for school librarians is school library educators. The articles in this issue, guest edited by Lucy Santos Green, invite readers to consider the possibilities of partnering with school library educators and other higher education faculty to extend the reach of their school library.


Volume 44, No. 1 - Intellectual Freedom

Identification: KQ-V44-N1

Many things have changed in K-12 education and school libraries, but the issues of access and equity, filtering, challenges to library resources, protecting students’ privacy, and labeling persist. This issue contains ideas from new voices and long-time intellectual freedom advocates and was guest edited by Helen Adams and Trina Magi.


Volume 43, No. 5 - Summer Learning

Identification: KQ-V43-N5

Schools everywhere are trying to capitalize on summer learning programs for students, giving school librarians an opportunity to really shine as they showcase their programs. This issue includes articles on “summer slide,” summer reading programs, and other activities school librarians may pursue to prepare for the next school year. The issue was guest edited by Cassandra Barnett.


Volume 43, No. 4 - Education Evolution

Identification: KQ-V43-N4

Topics in this issue include the evolution of school library standards, the constancy of the founding values of school libraries amid education’s evolution, and how school library materials and the school librarian’s role have evolved. The issue was guest edited by Carl Harvey.


Volume 43, No. 3 - Evidence-Based Practice

Identification: KQ-V43-N3

This issue focuses on evidence-based practice. Articles explore active research, information literacy, enabling inquiry in a fixed schedule, innovation, and new tools to enable evidence-based practice. The issue was guest edited by Carol Gordon.


Volume 43, No. 2 - Inquiry

Identification: KQ-V43-N2

Inquiry continues to play an important part in curriculum and standards in schools across the country. This issue outlines the different inquiry models currently available and how inquiry differs from research. It also investigates inquiry’s connection to and role in the Common Core State Standards. The issue was guest edited by Mary Keeling.


Volume 43, No. 1 - Trends and Foundations

Identification: KQ-V43-N1

School librarians have a multitude of issues to deal with in their schools and in their school library programs. Trends and Foundations: A Closer Look issue examines those areas that the busy school librarian may have overlooked or put on the back burner. The issue was guest edited by Elizabeth Friese and Melissa Techman.


Volume 42, No. 5 - Creativity and Innovation

Identification: KQ-V42-N5

In order to stay ahead of the curve, school librarians must be creative and innovative in their approach to their programs. Guest edited by Jami L. Jones, this issue discusses what creativity is and how school librarians can take creativity to action in their programs.


Volume 42, No. 4 - Library Spaces

Identification: KQ-V42-N4

This issue focuses on how school librarians can make the most of all the spaces available to them—both physical and virtual. It features articles on makerspaces, learning commons, joint-use spaces, embedded librarianship, and virtual librarianship. The issue was guest edited by Pam Harland.


Volume 42, No. 3 - Beyond the Core

Identification: KQ-V42-N3

Guest edited by BJ McCracken, this issue offers current thinking and viewpoints on the Common Core State Standards from outside stakeholders such as staff of public instruction offices, curriculum developers, school administrators, program administrators, critics, and teachers - new grist from many mills for school librarians’ consideration.


Volume 42, No. 2 - Dewey or Don't We

Identification: KQ-V42-N2

Dewey or Don’t We focuses on the issues and questions surrounding the Dewey system versus genre-fied classification. It features panelists from the “Hot Topics” session at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting.The issue was guest edited by Hilda K. Weisburg.


Volume 42, No. 1 - Imagining the Future

Identification: KQ-V42-N1

Imagining the Future explores how to plan for the future. It outlines methods and tools school librarians can use in their programs. Topics include outlining your library’s mission statement, professional development planning, and planning for technology. The issue was guest edited by Sue C. Kimmel and Nancy E. Larsen.


Volume 41, No. 5 - Rising to the Challenge

Identification: KQ-V41-N5

Guest edited by Sara Kelly Johns, this issue is devoted to the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition and features information related to the event, along with articles on the conference theme.


Volume 41, No. 4 - Mentoring through Partnerships

Identification: KQ-V41-N4

Mentoring where collaborative partnerships form between new and existing librarians is essential to empower emerging and proficient leaders with knowledge, competencies, and networking to expand their influence on the learning community. Guest edited by Melissa P. Johnston and Ann M. Martin, his issue explores what one needs to understand about mentoring to impact professional practices and teaching.


Volume 41, No. 3 - Getting to Know Graphic Novels

Identification: KQ-V41-N3

This issue explores how graphic novels encourage reading for pleasure and are a great way to entice reluctant readers, special needs students, and ESL learners to become interested in books. This format can be used across the curriculum and can be a tool for improving the use of language, developing critical thinking skills, and promoting creativity. This issue was guest edited by Karen Gavigan.


Volume 41, No. 2 - Personal Learning Networks

Identification: KQ-V41-N2

This issue includes articles on creating, sharing, and growing through use of Personal Learning Networks (PLNs), which include a multitude of different communities such social networking sites, conferences and more. The issue is guest edited by Carolyn Jo Starkey.


Volume 41, No. 1 - Participatory Culture & Learning

Identification: KQ-V41-N1

This issue explores what a participatory culture is, how it fits into AASL's Standards for 21st-Century Learner and the development of student dispositions needed for effective use of social media. The issue is guest edited by Buffy Hamilton and Ernie Cox.


Volume 40, No. 5 - Caring is Essential

Identification: KQ-V40-N5

The “Caring is Essential” issue explores the effects of caring on students and the ways in which school librarians can help foster caring environments. The issue is guest edited by Jami L. Jones.


Volume 40, No. 4 - Coteaching

Identification: KQ-V40-N4

Coteaching focuses on building and teaching courses in tandem with subject area teachers. This issue explores the exciting ways in which school librarians and teachers work together, and what effect teaching collaboration has on school library programs and students. The issue is guest edited by Judi Moreillon and Susan Ballard.


Volume 40, No. 3 - Futurecasting

Identification: KQ-V40-N3

Futurecasting focuses on how predicting and preparing the future helps to ensure school libraries will be ready to accept the challenges of the 21st century. The issue anticipates how librarians will need to adapt library programs and stay relevant in this era of rapid change. The issue is guest edited by Wendy DeGroat and Steven Yates.


Volume 40, No. 2 - The Solo Librarian

Identification: KQ-V40-N2

As education funding is being cut throughout the country, many school librarians are being asked to do “more with less.” Guest edited by Audrey Church and Frances Reeve, this issue features the stories of librarians from rural, suburban, urban, and different regions of the country, and address what resources might be available to assist the solo librarian in tough economic times.


Volume 40, No. 1 - Educational Gaming

Identification: KQ-V40-N1

Educational Gaming has become an increasingly popular resource in education. This issue explores how lessons based on games are currently contributing to school learning standards, what effect educational games have on students, and the ways in which school librarians are helping to develop games as educational tools. This issue is guest edited by Terri Kirk and Chris Harris.