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 46, No. 3 - Advocacy Through Coalitions


School librarians must advocate for school libraries everywhere. However, advocating for school libraries requires more than just putting “Save Libraries” on your Twitter profile pic. This issue explores advocacy through coalitions and how teaming up with other organizations and stakeholders can affect real change for school librarians.

Guest Editor(s): AASL President(s):
  • Steven D. Yates, Assistant Professor & Coordinator, University of Alabama
Author(s):
  • Dorcas Hand, Director of Libraries, Annunciation Orthodox School
  • Debbie Hall, Retired, Houston Independent School District
  • Allan Davenport, Director of Instructional Leadership & Innovation, Indian Prairie School District
  • Kristen Mattson, School Librarian, Indian Prairie School District
  • Shannon McClintock Miller, Future Ready Libraries & Project Connect Spokesperson, The Library Voice
  • Mark Ray, Director of Innovation and Library Services, Vancouver Public Schools
  • Allison Cline, Deputy Executive Director, American Association of School Librarians
  • Sylvia Knight Norton, Executive Director, American Association of School Librarians
  • Marci Merola, Director, Office for Library Advocacy, American Library Association
  • Jane Lofton, School Librarian, Retired, Mira Costa High School
  • Sue Heraper, School Librarian, Newbury Park (CA) High School
  • Katie Williams, Teacher Librarian (Retired), Gale Ranch Middle School
  • Teresa Lai, Teacher Librarian, Denman Middle School
  • Deborah Rinio, Doctoral Student, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Joette Stefl-Mabry, Associate Professor, University at Albany, State University of New York
  • Xelena González, Author
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Volume 46, No. 2 - Best Practices in School Libraries


School librarians prepare students to be lifelong learners in the twenty-first century. However, every school librarian needs to re-assess and update their practices in order to meet the needs of their students. This issue features articles that outline best practices in four practice areas: Building a Culture of Reading, Information & Knowledge Building, Empowering Learners and Teachers, and Preparing for Library/Librarian Evaluation.

Guest Editor(s):
  • Kathryn Roots Lewis, Director of Libraries & Instructional Technology, Norman Public Schools
  • Suzanna L. Panter, Program Manager, School Libraries, Tacoma Public Schools
  • Jennifer Boudrye, Director of Library Programs, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)
  • Robin Ward Stout, Administrator for Library Media Services & Emerging Technologies, Lewisville Independent School District
AASL President(s):
  • Steven D. Yates, Assistant Professor & Coordinator, University of Alabama
Author(s):
  • Amanda Kordeliski, School Librarian, Norman North High School
  • Kristen Deuschle, District Media Specialist, Forsyth County Schools
  • Karen E. Smith, School Library Educational Consultant, Education Service Center (ESC) Region 11
  • Ellen L. McNair, Librarian, Centreville High School
  • Kelsey Barker, Middle School Librarian, Longfellow Middle School (OK)
  • Paige Holden, Instructional Technology Integration Coach, Norman (OK) Public Schools
  • Kristin Sierra, School Librarian & Broadcasting Teacher, Baker Middle School
  • Wayne R. Cherry, Librarian & Instructional Technologist, St. Pius X High School
  • Jody Rentfro, Emerging Technologies Specialist, Lewisville (TX) ISD
  • Leah Mann, Library Media Instructional Specialist, Lewisville (TX) ISD
  • Susan Casstevens, Assistant Professor, Dallas Baptist University
  • Teresa Lansford, School Librarian, Lincoln Elementary School
  • Mary Keeling, Supervisor, Library Media Services, Newport News Public Schools
  • Marcia A. Mardis, Associate Professor & Assistant Dean, Florida State University
  • Molly Hurd, Author
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Volume 46, No. 1 - Beyond the Horizon


What challenges will school librarians face five, ten, and fifteen years down the road? This issue, guest-edited by Lucy Santos Green and Susan Grigsby, offers varied perspectives and conversations on the issues that will impact school library services and the school librarian role in the future.

Guest Editor(s): AASL President(s):
  • Steven D. Yates, Assistant Professor & Coordinator, University of Alabama
Author(s):
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Volume 45, No. 5 - Preservice School Librarian Voices


There has been much discussion about the future of school libraries and the importance of school libraries with certified school librarians. The May/June issue, guest edited by Karla Collins, offers insight from those just coming into the profession who share their ideas and experiences. In the hands of great new librarians just entering the profession, the future is bright for school libraries!

Guest Editor(s): AASL President(s):
  • Audrey P. Church, Associate Professor of School Librarianship, Longwood University
Author(s):
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Volume 45, No. 4 - Power to the Pupil: Student Agency in the School Library


What is student agency and why is it important to our practice as school librarians? These two questions are the propelling force behind the Mar/Apr issue edited by Andrea Paganelli. The featured articles focus on the three-pronged approach - that the concept of student agency is comprised of motivation, engagement, and voice.

Guest Editor(s): AASL President(s):
  • Audrey P. Church, Associate Professor of School Librarianship, Longwood University
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Volume 45, No. 3 - ​Diversity Matters: Moving Beyond Equality Toward Equity in Youth Services


Diversity and equality remain hot-button issues in the educational system. The Jan/Feb issue, guest edited by Kafi Kumasi and Sandra Hughes-Hassell, outlines ways school librarians can work to better serve, understand, and envision possibilities of success for racialized youth.

Guest Editor(s): AASL President(s):
  • Audrey P. Church, Associate Professor of School Librarianship, Longwood University
Author(s):
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Volume 45, No. 2 - Copyright and School Libraries in the Digital Age


Copyright can be a dense and evolving topic—especially for school librarians, who may be a school’s copyright guru. This issue, guest edited by Rebecca P. Butler, focuses on what school librarians may need to consider when faced with copyright questions, issues, and concerns.

Guest Editor(s):
  • Rebecca Butler, Retired Distinguished Teaching Professor, Northern Illinois University
AASL President(s):
  • Audrey P. Church, Associate Professor of School Librarianship, Longwood University
Author(s):
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Volume 45, No. 1 - AASL's 65th Anniversary


AASL is celebrating its 65th anniversary! This issue, guest edited by Terri Grief, explores AASL’s roots and the pioneers who forged the path for school librarians today. Past AASL Presidents’ reflect on AASL’s history, their presidential terms, and the many initiatives they helped champion.

Guest Editor(s):
  • Terri Grief, School Librarian, McCracken County (KY) High School
AASL President(s):
  • Audrey P. Church, Associate Professor of School Librarianship, Longwood University
Author(s):
  • Blanche Woolls, Professor Emerita, San Jose State University
  • Nancy Everhart, Professor, Florida State University
  • Carl A. Harvey, Assistant Professor of School Librarianship, Longwood University
  • Susan Ballard, Vice President, National Collaborative for Digital Equity
  • Helen R. Adams, Online Instructor, Mansfield University (PA)
  • J. Linda Williams, Coordinator of School Library Services (Retired), Anne Arundel County (MD) Public Schools
  • Cyndi Phillip, Elementary Media/Technology Teacher (Retired), Grand Haven (MI) Area Public Schools
  • Ann M. Martin, Educational Specialist for Library Services (Retired), Henrico County (VA) Public Schools
  • Eva Murray, Author
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Volume 44, No. 5 - What Makes a Literacy?


The term literacy, which is traditionally used to describe the ability to read and write text, is proliferating across library and other educational literature. Financial literacy, digital literacy, civic literacy--it can be dizzying to consider the array of literacies and try to understand how they fit productively into our own school library programs. This issue, guest edited by Tasha Bergson-Michelson and Jole Seroff, examines the underlying commonalities of all these literacies and how a school librarian’s expertise uniquely positions them to hone these skills in students.

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Volume 44, No. 4 - Student Privacy in the Age of Big Data


The school librarian plays an integral role in safeguarding student privacy in the age of Big Data. The Mar/Apr issue, guest edited by Ann Dutton Ewbank, details how school librarians can help shape their school’s privacy policies and educate other educators about the pitfalls of new technologies. It also explores the privacy resources available through ALA’s Choose Privacy Week and the process one school district went through to implement Google Apps for Education.

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