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 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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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.

Guest Editor(s):
  • Cassandra Barnett, Program Advisor for School Libraries, Arkansas Department of Education
AASL President(s):
  • Terri Grief, School Librarian, McCracken County (KY) High School
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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.

Guest Editor(s):
  • Carl A. Harvey, Assistant Professor of School Librarianship, Longwood University
AASL President(s):
  • Terri Grief, School Librarian, McCracken County (KY) High School
Author(s):
  • Donald Adcock, Director of Library Services (Retired), Glen Ellyn (Illinois) Public Schools
  • Susan D. Ballard, Project Director, School Librarian Program Development, Granite State College/USNH
  • Jody Howard, Associate Professor, Old Dominion University
  • Gail K. Dickinson, Associate Dean, Old Dominion University
  • John E. Miller, Superintendent, Loudonville-Perrysville Exempted Village School District
  • Cassandra Barnett, Program Advisor for School Libraries, Arkansas Department of Education
  • Marge Cox, Author
  • Ann M. Martin, Educational Specialist for Library Services (Retired), Henrico County (VA) Public Schools
  • Suzanna L. Panter, Program Manager, School Libraries, Tacoma Public Schools
  • Annette Lamb, Professor, Indiana University—Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  • Helen R. Adams, Online Instructor, Mansfield University (PA)
  • Jennifer Helfrich, Coordinator of Media Services, Gwinnett County Public Schools
  • Melissa P. Johnston, Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia
  • J.J. Howard, YA Author & Teacher
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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.

Guest Editor(s): AASL President(s):
  • Terri Grief, School Librarian, McCracken County (KY) High School
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