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 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.

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  • 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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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.

Guest Editor(s): AASL President(s):
  • Steven D. Yates, Assistant Professor & Coordinator, University of Alabama
Author(s):
  • Dorcas Hand, Director of Libraries, Annunciation Orthodox School
  • Debbie Hall, Retired, Houston Independent School District
  • Allan Davenport, Director of Instructional Leadership & Innovation, Indian Prairie School District
  • Kristen Mattson, School Librarian, Indian Prairie School District
  • Shannon McClintock Miller, Future Ready Libraries & Project Connect Spokesperson, The Library Voice
  • Mark Ray, Director of Innovation and Library Services, Vancouver Public Schools
  • Allison Cline, Deputy Executive Director, American Association of School Librarians
  • Sylvia Knight Norton, Executive Director, American Association of School Librarians
  • Marci Merola, Director, Office for Library Advocacy, American Library Association
  • Jane Lofton, School Librarian, Retired, Mira Costa High School
  • Sue Heraper, School Librarian, Newbury Park (CA) High School
  • Katie Williams, Teacher Librarian (Retired), Gale Ranch Middle School
  • Teresa Lai, Teacher Librarian, Denman Middle School
  • Deborah Rinio, Doctoral Student, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Joette Stefl-Mabry, Associate Professor, University at Albany, State University of New York
  • Xelena González, Author
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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.

Guest Editor(s):
  • Kathryn Roots Lewis, Director of Libraries & Instructional Technology, Norman Public Schools
  • Suzanna L. 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
AASL President(s):
  • Steven D. Yates, Assistant Professor & Coordinator, University of Alabama
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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.

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

Guest Editor(s): AASL President(s):
  • Audrey P. Church, Associate Professor of School Librarianship, Longwood University
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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.

Guest Editor(s): AASL President(s):
  • Audrey P. Church, Associate Professor of School Librarianship, Longwood University
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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.

Guest Editor(s): AASL President(s):
  • Audrey P. Church, Associate Professor of School Librarianship, Longwood University
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