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 46, No. 5 - International School Libraries


School librarians can improve their practice by expanding their interactions to peers from different countries and cultures. This issue explores how school librarians can increase their global competence. Articles address cultural intelligence, international school library guidelines, school library research from around the world, and more.

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Volume 46, No. 4 - The Future of School Libraries


The future is now, and school librarians live at the apex moment of choice. This issue invites readers to consider the Future of School Libraries. Articles explore the why for school librarians, the thinking-forward mindset, the future of school library research, and much more.

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  • Sara Duvall, 6-12 Library Program Department Chair, Ann Arbor (MI) Public Schools
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Volume 46, No. 3 - Advocacy Through Coalitions


School librarians must advocate for school libraries everywhere. However, advocating for school libraries requires more than just putting “Save Libraries” on your Twitter profile pic. This issue explores advocacy through coalitions and how teaming up with other organizations and stakeholders can affect real change for school librarians.

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Volume 46, No. 2 - Best Practices in School Libraries


School librarians prepare students to be lifelong learners in the twenty-first century. However, every school librarian needs to re-assess and update their practices in order to meet the needs of their students. This issue features articles that outline best practices in four practice areas: Building a Culture of Reading, Information & Knowledge Building, Empowering Learners and Teachers, and Preparing for Library/Librarian Evaluation.

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  • Kathryn Roots Lewis, Director of Media Services and Instructional Technology, Norman Public Schools
  • Suzanna Panter, Program Manager, School Libraries, Tacoma Public Schools
  • Jennifer Boudrye, Director of Library Programs, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)
  • Robin Ward Stout, Administrator for Library Media Services & Emerging Technologies, Lewisville Independent School District
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Volume 46, No. 1 - Beyond the Horizon


What challenges will school librarians face five, ten, and fifteen years down the road? This issue, guest-edited by Lucy Santos Green and Susan Grigsby, offers varied perspectives and conversations on the issues that will impact school library services and the school librarian role in the future.

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  • Lucy Santos Green, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the M. Ed. in Instructional Technology, Georgia Southern University
  • Susan K.S. Grigsby, District Media Specialist, Elkins Pointe Middle School
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Volume 45, No. 5 - Preservice School Librarian Voices


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!

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


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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  • Rebecca Butler, Retired Distinguished Teaching Professor, Northern Illinois University
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Volume 45, No. 1 - AASL's 65th Anniversary


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.

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  • Terri Grief, School Librarian, McCracken County (KY) High School
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