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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Advocating for the “Why” of School Libraries (Volume 48, No.4, pgs 14-20)


Advocacy is an ongoing imperative for school librarians. This article examines the role of inquiry in empowering students to learn critical skills in literacy and inquiry and develop their own agency. It also outlines advocacy strategies to share the impact of inquiry-based learning.

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One Small Voice: My School Library Advocacy Journey (Volume 48, No 4, pgs 22-27)


The actions of a single librarian can bring about district support aimed at increasing students’ equitable access to a strong school library. This article shares a success story from a sole school librarian who showed evidence of the school library’s value and was able to double her contracted presence as the school’s librarian.

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  • Naomi Giles, School Librarian, Temperance Elementary School
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The Many “Legs” of School Library Legislative Advocacy (Volume 48, No.4, pgs 28-34)


Christie Kaaland shares the journey of Washington state’s school library legislative advocacy that has led to passage of eight legislative bills. The article stresses the importance of having a full legislative advocacy team including a lobbyist, knowledgeable practitioner advocates, and external champions.

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The Continuum of Care (Volume 48, No.4, pgs 36-42)


First-year teachers require a discrete standard of practice. By mentoring and collaborating with these teachers under the Continuum of Care model, school librarians can provide supports to increase new teacher resilience, decrease burnout, and increase commitment to the profession.

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CBC Column: Choosing Books for Today’s Children (Volume 48, No.4, pgs 50-52)


Author Marcia Strykowski discusses the important role librarians play in children’s lives and outlines how she develops the plots and characters in her books.

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President’s Column: Adopting Effective Advocacy Strategies (Volume 48, No.4, pgs 4-5)


AASL President Mary Keeling discusses what she’s learned from advocacy efforts happening at the state level and outlines advocacy best practices.

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  • Mary Keeling, Supervisor, Library Media Services, Newport News Public Schools
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Guest Editor Column: Proactive, Ubiquitous, Fierce, Collaborative School Library Advocacy (Volume 48, No.4, pgs 6-7)


Guest editor Christie Kaaland talks about the importance of school librarians advocating proactively at every level, ensuring all stakeholders fully understand the school library’s impact on student academic success.

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Creating a Viral Advocacy Effort in Tacoma (Volume 48, No.3, pgs 8-13)


School library supervisors can promote a strong model of school library advocacy at the district level. In this article, Suzanna Panter shares her blueprint for her district’s successful school library advocacy plans.

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Volume 48, No.4 - Engaging in Viral School Library Advocacy


School librarians must advocate constantly for full support of their school libraries. The articles in this issue offer inspiration and help to strengthen advocacy muscles for every school librarian, whether you’re just starting on your school library journey, educating the school librarians of the future, or supervising a district’s school librarians.

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Safe Spaces beyond the Library’s Four Walls (Volume 48, No.3, pgs 24-31)


In this article Keungsuk Sexton discusses the kindness initiative her school implemented and how it has positively affected students in her school.

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  • Keungsuk Sexton, Librarian & Literacy Support Teacher, Dr. Michael Conti School (PS #5)
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