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. 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
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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
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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
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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
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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 D. Ballard, Project Director, School Librarian Program Development, Granite State College/USNH
  • 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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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.

Guest Editor(s):
  • Lucy Santos Green, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Georgia Southern University
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