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 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.

Guest Editor(s):
  • Mary Keeling, Supervisor, Library Media Services, Newport News Public Schools
AASL President(s):
  • Terri Grief, School Librarian, McCracken County (KY) High School
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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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  • Terri Grief, School Librarian, McCracken County (KY) High School
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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.

Guest Editor(s):
  • 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.

Guest Editor(s):
  • 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.

Guest Editor(s):
  • 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.

Guest Editor(s):
  • Melissa P. Johnston, Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia
  • Ann M. Martin, Educational Specialist for Library Services (Retired), Henrico County (VA) 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.

Guest Editor(s):
  • Karen Gavigan, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina
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