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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President’s Column: Leveraging Collaboration in an Evolving Learning Environment (Volume 49, No.2, pgs 4-5)


AASL President Kathy Carroll explores how school librarians took the lead in collaborating with other educators and learners during school closures and how the lessons learned during these collaborations will continue to impact education in the future.

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CBC Column: How Do You Mend a Broken Heart? Ask a Librarian (Volume 49, No.2, pgs 54-56)


Author Kate Klise and her illustrator sister Sarah Klise reflect on the healing power of libraries and librarians. Not only did a school librarian inspire the Klise sisters’ latest book, librarians are living reminders that when we gather to read, write, and hear one another’s stories, we become better people.

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Research into Practice Column: The Experience of School and Public Library Collaboration (Volume 49, No.2, pgs 52-53)


This research uses a qualitative method called phenomenology to examine the lived experiences of school and public librarians who collaborated in rural areas. Findings indicate that collaboration has unique meaning to the librarians in this area and that it is impacted by communication, organizational culture, constraints within the jobs of each librarian and an understanding of roles between libraries.

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KQ Editorial Board Liaison Column: School Librarians Are Collaboration Superheroes (Volume 49, No.2, pgs 6-7)


KQ Editorial Board Liaison Melissa Gardner explores the feature and supporting articles in the issue and the ways that fellow superhero school librarians are forming powerful collaborative relationships.

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Never a Bystander and Other Enduring Lessons for Holocaust Remembrance (Volume 49, No.2, pgs 44-51)


As states adopt guidelines for mandatory Holocaust instruction and in light of rising anti-Semitism, a school librarian and United State Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Fellow shares a meaningful and replicable project promoting student involvement and an awareness of our responsibility to take a stand even amid the challenges of COVID-19.

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The Zine Project (Volume 49, No.2, pgs 34-39)


This article details how a school librarian collaborated with other educators on a zine project. It outlines the library lesson objectives and the process the school librarian and educators used to engage learners in researching a topic and creating a zine to be displayed during a day of service.

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  • Jillian Ehlers, School Librarian, Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School
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Making the Comic-Con Connection (Volume 49, No.2, pgs 28-33)


This article details the joint collaboration of a large-scale program that brings multiple middle schools and the local high school together for a mini-comic book convention. Collaboration with other librarians, administrators, and community members are highlighted.

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Collaborating to Transform Teaching and Learning (Volume 49, No.2, pgs 20-26)


This article details how the Norman Public School District implemented Guided Inquiry Design and making at all levels of the school system. It highlights how the faculty collaborated with other educators and how learners collaborated with their peers and their classroom teachers on inquiry projects.

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School Librarians Take the Lead Collaborating on Professional Development (Volume 49, No.2, pgs 10-18)


This article details how school librarians can take the lead in creating a professional development workshop for other educators. It details how members of a library department worked with each other and other members of the school community to create a workshop that highlighted the school library’s resources and the school librarian’s role and how they connect to the school’s mission.

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Volume 49, No.2 - School Librarians Take the Lead Collaborating on Professional Development


School librarians ae skilled educators in their own right. However, it is when school librarians collaborate with other educators, learners, parents, and administrators that school librarians’ powers are truly realized. This issue of Knowledge Quest explores ways that our fellow superhero school librarians are forming powerful col­laborative relationships.

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