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 49, No.4 - Black School Librarianship: Navigating Race and Creating Change


In this issue of Knowledge Quest, five Black school librarians share their experiences teaching in their various school libraries and bringing to bear who they are as Black women educators. Maegen Rose, Adrienne Almeida, K.C. Boyd, Jean Darnell, and Erika Long refocus conversations about equity, diversity, and identity to focus on schools and school librarianship.

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Advocacy: 2021 Style and Beyond (Volume 49, No.4, pgs 26-31)


K.C. Boyd discusses how school librarians can advocate for school libraries and school library services. She details how to turn frustration into strategic advocacy efforts by highlighting the school librarian’s role as an essential literacy partner in students’ academic achievement.

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  • K.C. Boyd, School Librarian, Washington D.C. Public School System
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Black School Librarianship: Navigating Race and Creating Change (Volume 49, No.4, pgs 10-16)


Content expert Maegen Rose details her journey to becoming a school librarian, her struggles in working in an independent school, and how her identity as a Black educator affects her instruction and engagement with her students.

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  • Maegen Rose, Middle School Librarian, Rye Country Day School
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CBC Column: Black History Is American History: Why We Should Celebrate Year Round (Volume 49, No.4, pgs 46-48)


Picture book author and illustrator Don Tate recounts his childhood experience learning about Black history and how a lack of inclusion in school lessons and library collections affected him. Don makes a case for celebrating Black history and Black stories throughout the year, instead of only during Black History Month, and provides a list of outlets, organizations, and other resources to help find picture book biographies to incorporate into the classroom and library.

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KQ Editorial Board Liaison Column: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Focusing the Lens on the School Library Profession (Volume 49, No.4, pgs 8-9)


Knowledge Quest Editorial Board Liaison Iris Eichenlaub examines racism in school settings and introduces the feature and supporting articles for the issue on Black school librarianship.

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Leading a School Library as My Authentic Self: How My Identity Transformed the School Library Culture (Volume 49, No.4, pgs 18-23)


Adrienne Almeida details her student-centered approach to reinvigorating the school library through small policy changes and collection development decisions.

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Making a Mark on White Space: My Experience as a Black School Librarian (Volume 49, No.4, pgs 38-42)


Erika Long explores the lack of diversity in school librarianship and the delicate balance of standing firm in one’s Blackness while building relationships with students and leveraging limited resources to provide rich experiences that prioritize #OwnVoices books.

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  • Erika Long, School Librarian, Metro Nashville Public Schools
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President’s Column: Our Ongoing Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (Volume 49, No.4, pgs 6-7)


AASL President Kathy Carroll explores the difficulties surrounding discussions regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and details the importance of engaging in EDI work in schools.

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Research into Practice Column: “I Choose…to Give My All to My Students and Colleagues” (Volume 49, No.4, pgs 44-45)


Karen Nourse Reed details the results of her study examining the relationship between professional deeds and behaviors exhibited by highly effective school librarians. She details how these behaviors can positively impact the school environment.

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  • Karen N. Reed, Associate Professor, Middle Tennessee State University
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Unpacking Black School Librarianship (Volume 49, No.4, pgs 32-37)


Jean Darnell shares the difficulty she’s endured trying to empower students to become active and engaged citizens while challenging school traditions.

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