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. 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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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.

Guest Editor(s): AASL President(s):
  • 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
AASL President(s): AASL Executive Director(s): Author(s):
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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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