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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Advocating for the School Library through Relationships (Volume 49, No.1, pgs 46-51)


The relationships school librarians develop with administrators and teachers can serve as a powerful advocacy tool in demonstrating the tremendous potential they have as instructional leaders of multiple literacies in K-12 schools. Practical advice for developing positive relationships between school librarians and administrators and teachers is outlined.

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Intellectual Freedom and School Libraries: A Practical Application (Volume 49, No.1, pgs 18-23)


AASL updated the National School Library Standards in 2017. The revised standards continue to support the belief that intellectual freedom is the right of every learner. School librarians can use these standards as a framework for creating environments that encourage responsible inquiry and exploration despite ongoing challenges.

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Learners’ Legacies as Digital Citizens (Volume 49, No.1, pgs 24-27)


Learn more about digital legacy and how we as school librarians can aid digital citizens in our learning communities to comprehend the legacies they are building online.

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Managing Censorship Challenges Beyond Books (Volume 49, No.1, pgs 28-33)


In providing services and resources to all, library workers and educators have often encountered obstacles that target the students that need them the most. Censorship and inequitable access to programs, online resources, and displays not only harm students but also society.

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  • Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association
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School Librarians and the Intellectual Freedom Manual (Volume 49, No.1, pgs 34-38)


In this article, Martin Garnar, editor of the 10th edition, talks with Kate Lechtenberg, a school library educator and former school librarian, and Carolyn Vibbert, an elementary school librarian, about what’s new in the Intellectual Freedom Manual and how intellectual freedom connects with AASL’s National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.

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School and Public Library Collaboration: Opportunities for Sharing and Community Connections (Volume 49, No.1, pgs 40-44)


School and public librarians share similar goals, as well as many of the same job duties. However, they also have unique resources to offer the other. School librarians can enhance community connections by collaborating or partnering with the public library in their area to share resources, spaces, and programming.

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Why Intellectual Freedom and Equitable Access Are Even More Important Today (Volume 49, No.1, pgs 10-17)


School librarians house active information centers designed to meet the needs of diverse learners and faculty through both physical and intellectual access. The school library is the access point for all users to seek information in various formats that encompass users from all demographics. Our role is to provide access to the widest diversity of resources that encourage students to think critically and become effective and ethical users of information. This article outlines the founding at the heart of the school librarian’s responsibilities regarding intellectual freedom and equitable access.

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Research into Practice Column: Improving School Library Practice through Research (Volume 49, No.1, pgs 52-53)


SLR Editor and Longwood University professor Audrey Church introduces the new “Research into Practice” column and its purpose: to provide a vehicle to communicate research findings from the field, increase the visibility of research around school libraries and school librarians, and to facilitate evidence-informed practice.

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CBC Column: The Importance of Providing Challenging Materials to Students (Volume 49, No.1, pgs 54-56)


Author Mark Oshiro details their visits to educators and students and why it’s important to introduce challenging materials to students.

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KQ Editorial Board Liaison Column: Advocating for Our Learners’ Right to Diverse Points of View (Volume 49, No.1, pgs 6-7)


KQ Editorial Board Liaison Nicolle Mazzola explores why intellectual freedom and equitable access are even more important today and introduces the feature and articles in the issue.

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