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 48, No.3 - Going Beyond School Libraries as Safe Havens


What does a school library as a safe haven look like today? The authors in this issue share their philosophies and plans around creating an inclusive space for all learners. When school libraries are safe spaces, school librarians model the Include Shared Foundation, and school libraries can transform their school communities as learners feel not just safe, but seen, included, respected, and appreciated.

Guest Editor(s):
  • Rachel Altobelli, Director of Library Services & Instructional Materials, Albuquerque (N.Mex.) Public Schools
AASL President(s):
  • Mary Keeling, Supervisor, Library Media Services, Newport News Public Schools
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Volume 48, No. 2 - Curating a Digital Collection


While the philosophy of the collection development process has been the same for many years, there are more types of resources available for school librarians to consider incorporating into their collections, like digital tools. Digital tools enable school libraries to be vibrant, engaging hubs of learning with online accessibility 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. This issue details how school librarians can incorporate makerspaces, databases, breakout boxes, digital communication tools, OERs, and assistive technology to meet all learner needs.

Guest Editor(s):
  • Schenell Agee, Supervisor of Library Media Programs and Research, Prince William County Schools
AASL President(s):
  • Mary Keeling, Supervisor, Library Media Services, Newport News Public Schools
Author(s):
  • Nikki D. Robertson, Project Coordinator of Digital Learning, ESC 13
  • Amy Ivory, School Librarian, Prince William County School District
  • Lisha Viens, School Librarian, Prince William County School District
  • Heather Moorefield-Lang, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Val Emrich, Director, Instructional Technology and School Library Media, Maryland State Department of Education
  • Erin Senior, Program Specialist, Instructional Technology, Maryland State Department of Education
  • Gregg Ford, Learning Management Administrator, Maryland State Department of Education
  • Laura Hicks, Program Specialist, SLM, Maryland State Department of Education
  • Brandon Riesett, Technology Accessibility Specialist, Maryland State Department of Education
  • Kate Lewallen, Head Librarian, Webb School
  • Laureen Andria, School Librarian, Remsenburg-Speonk Union Free School District
  • David Bowles, Author
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Volume 48, No. 1 - 2019 AASL National Conference


The 2019 AASL National Conference will be held Nov. 14-16 in Louisville, Kentucky. Find out how to make the most of your conference experience by exploring what’s in store for attendees. From preconferences to general session speakers to sessions focused on the AASL Standards, the 2019 AASL National Conference has something for everyone!

Guest Editor(s): AASL President(s):
  • Mary Keeling, Supervisor, Library Media Services, Newport News Public Schools
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Volume 47, No. 5 - Journeying with the AASL Standards


Implementing the AASL Standards is a journey, with starts, stops, construction, deconstruction, and detours along the way. In this issue school librarians, school library supervisors, and school librarian educators and researchers share their progress in implementing the standards. Whatever part of the standards journey you're on, the articles in this issue will provide new ideas, places to visit, and people to let you know you are not on this journey alone.

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Volume 47, No. 4 - School Libraries Go Beyond the Four Walls


Advances in technology have enabled school librarians to expand their school library spaces into the classroom and beyond. The articles in this highlight just a few examples of how school librarians have gone beyond the physical walls of the school library into the larger learning community. These beyond-the-wall learning experiences will inspire you to move beyond the walls of your school library.

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Volume 47, No. 3 - Evaluation and Assessment for Learning


Evaluation and assessment are often described in terms of evidence of learning. The authors in this issue demonstrate how to use evaluation and assessment for learning. In this issue, school librarian supervisors share their journeys toward transformational change.

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Volume 47, No. 2 - Ch-ch-ch-changes: Evolution of a School Librarian


The school library field is dynamic and provides a wealth of different career opportunities. This issue of Knowledge Quest looks at the transitions that different school librarians have journeyed through in their careers. Articles examine making the move to higher education, transitioning from an elementary to a high school library, switching from a building-level to a state-level position, and much more.

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Volume 47, No. 1 - Fighting Fake News: Tools and Resources


Fake news is not an issue that is going to disappear anytime soon. The focus of this issue of Knowledge Quest is on the ways school librarians can embrace their role as instructor of media literacy skills so students are able to critically evaluate information.

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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.

Guest Editor(s): AASL President(s):
  • Steven D. Yates, Assistant Professor & Coordinator, University of Alabama
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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.

Guest Editor(s):
  • Sara Duvall, 6-12 Library Program Department Chair, Ann Arbor (MI) Public Schools
AASL President(s):
  • Steven D. Yates, Assistant Professor & Coordinator, University of Alabama
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