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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Growing Up Graphically: Coming-of-Age Issues in Graphic Novels (Volume 48, No.5, pgs 8-14)


Coming of age themes are common in young adult novels, and graphic novels in particular often address these issues as illustrated memoirs. This article explores engaging and interesting graphic novels about growing up, useful resources for school librarians and other educators using this format, and the value of using graphic novels to support young adults.

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Branching Out: Promoting Reading and Providing Access When the Library Is Closed (Volume 48, No.5, pgs 16-23)


School librarians can still support readers with the school library space is closed. Even though it might take some creative thinking, “the school library has the ability to provide continuous access to resources” and can ensure that the love of reading and access to materials continues (AASL 2018, 56-57). This article details ways school librarians can support readers and build excitement around reading without the benefit of your library space.

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Left to Chance: Gifted Students and Independent Reading (Volume 48, No.5, pgs 24-31)


This article summarizes the findings of a 2017 qualitative, multiple case study that explored the factors that impact gifted students’ recreational reading selections. It offers an overview of the steps school librarians and other educators can take to foster independent reading habits in gifted students.

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New School Librarian Preparation Standards: How Does Reading Fit In? (Volume 48, No.5, pgs 32-38)


This article details how reading and literacy fit into the 2019 ALA/AASL/CAEP School Librarian Preparation Standards. It outlines the differences between the 2010 and 2019 standards and discusses how other standards influenced the development of the school librarian preparation standards.

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Yes, School Librarians Teach Reading (Volume 48, No.5, pgs 40-47)


This article explores all the actions and opportunities school librarians take to reinforce reading instruction and reinforce learners’ growing reading skills. It also details ways to enhance reading instruction through technology and makerspaces.

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Analyzing the Diversity of a High School Library Collection (Volume 48, No.5, pgs 48-53)


This article details an action research project designed to determine the diversity of one high school library’s top 100 titles. It outlines the results of the analysis and details how school librarians can review the diversity of their collections.

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President’s Column: Dancing across the Literacy Divide (Volume 48, No.5, pgs 4-5)


AASL President Mary Keeling discusses the best way to teaching reading and the role school librarians play in engaging learners in developing strong reading habits.

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Guest Editor Column: Tackling Reading from Many Sides (Volume 48, No.5, pgs 6-7)


Guest editor Karen Perry details how reading drew her to school librarianship and outlines the feature articles in the issue.

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CBC Column: Using Oral Storytelling Techniques in Reading Sessions (Volume 48, No.5, pgs 54-56)


Oral storyteller and author Srividhya Venkat explores the art of oral storytelling and the techniques she uses during her appearances.

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Volume 48, No.5 - Strengthening Reading Culture


School librarians are bolstered by Common Belief 4 in the AASL Standards: “Reading is the core of personal and academic competency” (AASL 2018, 13), and the belief that as school librarians we can help students achieve not only competence, but also joy through the wondrous act of reading. This issue of Knowledge Quest explores how to strengthen your school’s reading culture via multiple angles, from school library collections to student engagement to reading instruction to school librarian preparation.

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