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 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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  • Ann Dutton Ewbank, Assistant Professor and Director of the Library Media Program, Montana State University
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Volume 44, No. 3 - Storytime for Learning in a Digital World


Some educators and librarians think 21st-century learning standards leave no room for traditional storytime programming because informational reading has taken center stage. This issue, guest edited by Cynthia Houston, presents alternative arguments for the importance of storytime in the digital age through engaging articles that offer a number of strategies for capturing students’ imaginations and weaving interactive storytime activities into the English/language arts curriculum.

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Volume 44, No. 2 - School Library and University Partnerships


School librarians are encouraged to collaborate with classroom teachers, students, administrators, community organizations, parents, and public and academic librarians. However, another key partnership for school librarians is school library educators. The articles in this issue, guest edited by Lucy Santos Green, invite readers to consider the possibilities of partnering with school library educators and other higher education faculty to extend the reach of their school library.

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  • Lucy Santos Green, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the M. Ed. in Instructional Technology, Georgia Southern University
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Volume 44, No. 1 - Intellectual Freedom


Many things have changed in K-12 education and school libraries, but the issues of access and equity, filtering, challenges to library resources, protecting students’ privacy, and labeling persist. This issue contains ideas from new voices and long-time intellectual freedom advocates and was guest edited by Helen Adams and Trina Magi.

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Volume 43, No. 5 - Summer Learning


Schools everywhere are trying to capitalize on summer learning programs for students, giving school librarians an opportunity to really shine as they showcase their programs. This issue includes articles on “summer slide,” summer reading programs, and other activities school librarians may pursue to prepare for the next school year. The issue was guest edited by Cassandra Barnett.

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  • Cassandra Barnett, Program Advisor for School Libraries, Arkansas Department of Education
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Volume 43, No. 4 - Education Evolution


Topics in this issue include the evolution of school library standards, the constancy of the founding values of school libraries amid education’s evolution, and how school library materials and the school librarian’s role have evolved. The issue was guest edited by Carl Harvey.

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  • Carl Harvey, Assistant Professor of School Librarianship, Longwood University
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Volume 43, No. 3 - Evidence-Based Practice


This issue focuses on evidence-based practice. Articles explore active research, information literacy, enabling inquiry in a fixed schedule, innovation, and new tools to enable evidence-based practice. The issue was guest edited by Carol Gordon.

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Volume 43, No. 2 - Inquiry


Inquiry continues to play an important part in curriculum and standards in schools across the country. This issue outlines the different inquiry models currently available and how inquiry differs from research. It also investigates inquiry’s connection to and role in the Common Core State Standards. The issue was guest edited by Mary Keeling.

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  • Mary Keeling, Supervisor, Library Media Services, Newport News Public Schools
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Volume 43, No. 1 - Trends and Foundations


School librarians have a multitude of issues to deal with in their schools and in their school library programs. Trends and Foundations: A Closer Look issue examines those areas that the busy school librarian may have overlooked or put on the back burner. The issue was guest edited by Elizabeth Friese and Melissa Techman.

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