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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New District, New School Year, New Standards (Volume 47, No. 3, pgs 48-52)


Assessment and evaluation are sometimes difficult things to discuss, and we often think of them as end results. However, assessing where you are in the learning process should be an ongoing activity, and formative assessments can provide valuable information about what the next (or first) steps should be to approach a learning target. The same is true for assessing the school library. Jennisen Lucas shares what she has done to assess her libraries using the National School Library Standards.

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Evaluating School Library Collections at the Site and District Level as a Tool for Advocacy (Volume 47, No. 3, pgs 14-21)


This article describes how one suburban district in Oregon is using data and examining library practices to ensure that all students have access to high-quality library resources. It provides resources, tools, and document examples that others can copy and customize for their own schools or districts.

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  • Jenny Takeda, District Librarian, Beaverton (OR) School District
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Assessing Readiness for School Library Collaboration (Volume 47, No. 3, pgs 24-31)


Best practice indicates that school libraries should be hubs of just-in-time learning that is relevant for students and for educators. All too often, this is forgotten in the elementary school library where the drop-off model of instruction frequently occurs. This article focuses on one district’s journey to moving from a fixed schedule to a collaborative model of teaching and learning between classroom teachers and school librarians.

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Future Ready Library Spaces (Volume 47, No. 3, pgs 8-13)


Follow one school district’s collaborative approach to design as librarian Carolyn Foote utilizes a library advisory committee to analyze all district library spaces using rubrics, student feedback, AASL and Future Ready Libraries guidelines, and the support of a Lilead Fellows librarian cohort.

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Achieving Balance: Moving from School Librarianship to State-Level Specialist (Volume 47, No. 2, pgs 34-39)


Carmen Redding discusses how she transitioned from ELA and music teacher to school librarian to state-level specialist. The move to state specialist took Redding out of her comfort zone and pushed her to find her niche in an office with public library specialists, who were not sure what to do with her—the school librarian.

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  • Carmen Redding, School and Youth Services Specialist, North Dakota State Library
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Professional Growth & Expanding My Horizons (Volume 47, No. 2, pgs 40-47)


Erikka Adams discusses her transition from public school librarian to independent school librarian. She made the switch to independent school because she wanted more professional growth and a change of approach to education. Accepting a position at an independent school meant changing types of leadership, accountability and expectations.

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  • Erikka Adams, Emerging Technology Librarian, The Hotchkiss School
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School Librarianship: A Profession in Four Acts (Volume 47, No. 2, pgs 48-54)


This article provides Perspectives on AASL’s National School Library Standards from four different types of school library professionals: a new school librarian, and established school librarian, a school library supervisory, and a school library educator.

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  • Aaron J. Elkins, Assistant Professor, Texas Woman’s University
  • Len Bryan, Library Technology Systems Manager, Denver Public Schools
  • Renee Dyer, Librarian, Weslaco (TX) East High School
  • Mary Nevares, School Librarian, South Texas Independent School District
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Beyond the Research Project (Volume 47, No. 2, pgs 56-60)


This article offers a new way to see inquiry: as something that happens routinely in solving problems with information, as something that requires a common process but contextualized approach in each situation, and as something that is critical in personalized and lifelong learning.

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  • John Marino, Assistant Professor, University of North Texas
  • Mike Eisenberg, Dean Emeritus & Professor Emeritus, University of Washington
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President's Column: Learner-Ready School Librarians’ Journey through Transition (Volume 47, No. 2, pgs 4-5)


AASL President Kathryn Roots Lewis discusses transitions and how to foster your school’s transition to the new AASL Standards.

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  • Kathryn R. Lewis, Director of Libraries & Instructional Technology, Norman Public Schools
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CBC Column: Science Nonfiction: A Gateway to the Outdoors (Volume 47, No. 2, pgs 62-64)


Author Anita Sanchez explores how books and school librarians can help students explore the outside world.

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