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 42, No. 5 - Creativity and Innovation


In order to stay ahead of the curve, school librarians must be creative and innovative in their approach to their programs. Guest edited by Jami L. Jones, this issue discusses what creativity is and how school librarians can take creativity to action in their programs.

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Volume 42, No. 4 - Library Spaces


This issue focuses on how school librarians can make the most of all the spaces available to them—both physical and virtual. It features articles on makerspaces, learning commons, joint-use spaces, embedded librarianship, and virtual librarianship. The issue was guest edited by Pam Harland.

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  • Pam Harland, Library Director, Sanborn Regional High School
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Volume 42, No. 3 - Beyond the Core


Guest edited by BJ McCracken, this issue offers current thinking and viewpoints on the Common Core State Standards from outside stakeholders such as staff of public instruction offices, curriculum developers, school administrators, program administrators, critics, and teachers - new grist from many mills for school librarians’ consideration.

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  • BJ McCracken, School Librarian, Great Falls (MT) High School
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Volume 42, No. 2 - Dewey or Don't We


Dewey or Don’t We focuses on the issues and questions surrounding the Dewey system versus genre-fied classification. It features panelists from the “Hot Topics” session at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting.The issue was guest edited by Hilda K. Weisburg.

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Volume 42, No. 1 - Imagining the Future


Imagining the Future explores how to plan for the future. It outlines methods and tools school librarians can use in their programs. Topics include outlining your library’s mission statement, professional development planning, and planning for technology. The issue was guest edited by Sue C. Kimmel and Nancy E. Larsen.

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Volume 41, No. 5 - Rising to the Challenge


Guest edited by Sara Kelly Johns, this issue is devoted to the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition and features information related to the event, along with articles on the conference theme.

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  • Sara Kelly Johns, Online Instructor, Syracuse University iSchool, Consultant and Speaker, School Library Programs
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Volume 41, No. 4 - Mentoring through Partnerships


Mentoring where collaborative partnerships form between new and existing librarians is essential to empower emerging and proficient leaders with knowledge, competencies, and networking to expand their influence on the learning community. Guest edited by Melissa P. Johnston and Ann M. Martin, his issue explores what one needs to understand about mentoring to impact professional practices and teaching.

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  • Melissa P. Johnston, Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia
  • Ann M. Martin, Educational Specialist for Library Information Services, Retired, Henrico County Public Schools
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Volume 41, No. 3 - Getting to Know Graphic Novels


This issue explores how graphic novels encourage reading for pleasure and are a great way to entice reluctant readers, special needs students, and ESL learners to become interested in books. This format can be used across the curriculum and can be a tool for improving the use of language, developing critical thinking skills, and promoting creativity. This issue was guest edited by Karen Gavigan.

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  • Karen Gavigan, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina
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Volume 41, No. 2 - Personal Learning Networks


This issue includes articles on creating, sharing, and growing through use of Personal Learning Networks (PLNs), which include a multitude of different communities such social networking sites, conferences and more. The issue is guest edited by Carolyn Jo Starkey.

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Volume 41, No. 1 - Participatory Culture & Learning


This issue explores what a participatory culture is, how it fits into AASL's Standards for 21st-Century Learner and the development of student dispositions needed for effective use of social media. The issue is guest edited by Buffy Hamilton and Ernie Cox.

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