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: Lessons from the COVID Chronicles (Volume 49, No.5, pgs 4-5)


AASL President Kathy Carroll reviews the lessons she has learned during the pandemic and details the school librarian’s role as an essential worker during education’s shift to virtual/in-person/hybrid learning environments.

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KQ Editorial Board Liaison Column: The Lessons We’re Still Learning (Volume 49, No.5, pgs 6-7)


KQ Editorial Board Liaison Barbara Gabaldon explores school librarians’ responsiveness during the pandemic and outlines the feature and supporting articles in the May/June issue.

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Transforming Practice: School Library Success Stories in Challenging Times (Volume 49, No.5, pgs 16-25)


Leanne Ellis and Melissa Jacobs explore how the NYC School Library System guided librarians during a challenging year with the "Translation of Practice" document, city-wide partnerships, robust online workshops, out-of-the-box thinking, and programming opportunities for librarians to support their diverse school communities.

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  • Leanne Ellis, School Library Coordinator, New York City School Library System
  • Melissa Jacobs, Director of School Library Services, New York City School Library System
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Reading the Room: Sustaining Our Libraries by identifying and Responding to the Needs of Our Communities (Volume 49, No.5, pgs 26-31)


The idea of “reading the room” borrowed from the business world applies to how school library professionals can identify and responsively meet the needs of users. By stepping up to do work even when it is not requested, and yet in alignment with our mission, we can help sustain our library programs.

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The Transformation of a School Library (Volume 49, No.5, pgs 32-37)


Christopher A. Stewart describes how he used the power of virtual and outside opportunities to empower his students to have hope in the future by making their voices heard and grounding their learning in historical truths about race, ethnicity, and representation.

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Elevating the Profession and Practice through School Library Systems (Volume 49, No.5, pgs 38-43)


Kerrie Burch and Susan LeBlanc describe how school library systems supported school librarians during school shutdown across New York state with workshops, grants, services, and networking opportunities.

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  • Kerrie Burch, School Library System, Model Schools and Arts Director, Questar III BOCES
  • Susan LeBlanc, Coordinator of School Library System and Media Services, Madison-Oneida School Library System
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Creating a Space for Virtually Anyone (Volume 49, No.5, pgs 44-51)


The role of the school librarian has seen a radical change for digital inclusion that leverages communication and innovation among their community and its stakeholders. This article highlights practices and strategies that transformed and influenced a school librarian’s ability to take the lead in facilitating student learning during the pandemic.

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Research into Practice Column: Establishing Reflective Practice in Preservice Coursework (Volume 49, No.5, pgs 52-53)


Elizabeth Burns details how reflective journaling helped pre-service students assess their practice and think more critically about their practice.

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CBC Column Connecting with Young Learners during the Pandemic (and a Thank You to School Librarians) (Volume 49, No.5, pgs 54-56)


Children’s book author and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi relates some of the challenges she faced during the pandemic, how she engaged with educators and young learners online during the pandemic, and what she learned from the experience.

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Volume 49, No.5 - Transforming Practice: School Library Success Stories in Challenging Times


The ever-changing nature of the pandemic has kept educators on their toes and upended the education system around the world, forcing districts, schools, teachers, and students into remote and blended learning. This issue highlights how school librarians adapted to the changes in the educational landscape over the past year. The authors detail how the switch to remote learning has opened up opportunities for school librarians to step up as instructional leaders.

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