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 50, No.1 - Health and Healing in the School Library: A Return to Better?

As educators, school librarians, and professionals we have all had the training necessary to properly do our jobs, but never in a million years did we imagine that we had not received all the training we would need to educate and serve our students over the past year-plus of virtual/hybrid/in-person learning. However, school librarians across the country have risen to new heights to serve their students, faculty, staff, and even families. In the September/October issue of Knowledge Quest, you’ll find stories of school librarians during some of their most vulnerable times, sharing their learning and how they were able to serve their students. The issue features articles on implementing mindfulness, social-emotional learning, and collaboration during unprecedented times.

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President’s Column: Health and Healing in the School Library (Volume 50, No.1, pgs 4-5)

AASL President Jennisen Lucas explores the safe space school libraries provide students and the ways school librarians can communicate these stories to the school library’s various stakeholders.

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KQ Editorial Board Liaison Column: The Importance of Self-Care (Volume 50, No.1, pgs 6-7)

KQ Editorial Board Liaison Cassandra Barnett explores the many roles school librarians stepped into during the pandemic and the importance of self-care as a new school year begins.

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  • Cassandra Barnett, Program Advisor for School Libraries, Arkansas Department of Education
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Health and Healing in the School Library: A Return to Better? (Volume 50, No.1, pgs 8-15)

After a year of turmoil, taking steps to improve and increase your self-care is one thing you can do to reach for better. Compassion fatigue, being overworked and underpaid, and the emotional stress that is added simply because we care about each and every one of our students can take a toll on our capacity to care for ourselves both physically and mentally. Creating space for yourself to breathe and process emotions can also improve your interactions with co-workers and students.

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Incorporating Mindfulness in the School Library Three Ways (Volume 50, No.1, pgs 16-22)

As school librarians, we have a duty to ensure our students find a safe haven in the school library. Whether that is through our collection or the space itself, it is important to understand the mindful behavior that goes into collection development and space design.

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Managing the Unprecedented: How School Librarians Rose to the Challenge of a Topsy-Turvy Year (Volume 50, No.1, pgs 26-34)

In this article, three school librarians share their perspectives on how they handled the unprecedented times of the past year and a half. They speak more often than not of their tireless efforts to support their students, but there is also a vulnerability present that illuminates the struggles they faced on a daily basis.

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2020 in the School Library: The Power of Collaboration (Volume 50, No.1, pgs 36-41)

School libraries have been instrumental in navigating the triple-trauma crisis of COVID-19, national racial strife, and an economic crisis. Freedom Intermediate School principal, Dr. Joel Hoag, and school librarian, Dinah Wade worked together to ensure their students had the mental, physical, and educational resources needed to be successful in the wake of these unprecedented times.

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Pushing Forward while Treading Water: Things You Can Do to Help Your School in Times of Uncertainty (Volume 50, No.1, pgs 42-48)

More than a year into COVID-19, many school librarians are tired of living in limbo. This article nudges practitioners past a sense of stasis by offering suggestions for how they can recalibrate and refresh their practice, prioritizing impact in this strange and difficult time as a metric for success.

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Research into Practice Column: Understanding What Makes School Librarian-Teacher Collaboration Successful (Volume 50, No.1, pgs 50-52)

Jenna Kammer, Allison Donahay, Matt King, and Heather Koeberl detail what makes collaboration work between teachers and school librarians.

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  • Jenna Kammer, Assistant Professor of Library Science, University of Central Missouri
  • Allison Donahay, School Librarian, Lee’s Summit High School
  • Matt King, School Librarian, Discovery Elementary School
  • Heather Koeberl, 5th Grade Reading & History Teacher, Lawson Middle School
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CBC Column: Mouse’s Last Visit (Volume 50, No.1, pgs 54-65)

Dori Hillestad Butler reflects on the last virtual author visit she did with her dog, Mouse, who was the inspiration behind many of her books, draws parallels between the loss of her dog and the loss of companionship we all experienced during COVID-19, and finds hope and inspiration during her first virtual visit without him.

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