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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Guest Editor Column: Going beyond School Libraries as Safe Havens (Volume 48, No.3, pgs 6-7)


Guest editor Rachel Altobelli discusses the importance of making school libraries safe havens and introduces the feature articles related to the theme “Going beyond School Libraries as Safe Havens.”

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  • Rachel Altobelli, Director of Library Services & Instructional Materials, Albuquerque (N.Mex.) Public Schools
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CBC Column: Behold the Gatekeepers (Volume 48, No.3, pgs 62-64)


In this article Tiffany Rose explores the experience of a child from a marginalized community within the world of their local library and the impact that literary experience played in their self-awareness. It reinforces the importance of an inclusive library as a safe haven for all children.

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President’s Column: What’s New in Collection Development? (Volume 48, No. 2, pgs 4-5)


AASL President Mary Keeling examines the many aspects of collection development and how they’re embedded in the AASL Standards.

Author(s):
  • Mary Keeling, Supervisor, Library Media Services, Newport News Public Schools
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Guest Editor Column: Curate a Digital Collection for All Learners (Volume 48, No. 2, pgs 6-7)


Guest editor Schenell Agee explores the policies around digital collection development and introduces the featured articles for the issue.

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  • Schenell Agee, Supervisor of Library Media Programs and Research, Prince William County Schools
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CBC Column: Making Mirrors (Volume 48, No. 2, pgs 62-64)


Chicano author and professor David Bowles discusses the power of inclusive “own-voices” literature in the schooling of children of color, especially Latinx kids, arguing that such students’ literacy and academic success hinge on seeing their lives and culture as worthy of being written about and studied.

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Expanding School Library Collections: The Makerspace Edition (Volume 48, No. 2, pgs 8-14)


Nikki D. Robertson examines the makerspace as a school library collection. Many schools and school libraries that have established makerspaces often fail to apply the same stringent vetting process with the procurement of makerspace resources and materials as are given to other school library collections. This article will provide readers purposeful steps and examples to regard and treat makerspaces as a collection in their libraries.

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Databases, Collection Development, and Student Learning (Volume 48, No. 2, pgs 16-23)


Amy Ivory and Lisha Viens provide an overview of the merit of including database purchases in collection development budget. The article also offers information on how databases are utilized for classroom, student, and faculty support at a large high school in northern Virginia.

Author(s):
  • Amy Ivory, School Librarian, Prince William County School District
  • Lisha Viens, School Librarian, Prince William County School District
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Equal Access + Equal Opportunity = Success for All Learners (Volume 48, No. 2, pgs 24-29)


A school library’s collection development must focus on resources to support the needs of every learner and resources to manage accessibility for every learner. In this article Schenell Agee discusses tools and tips to solve the equation: Equal access + equal opportunity = Success for all learners.

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  • Schenell Agee, Supervisor of Library Media Programs and Research, Prince William County Schools
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Digital Communication for Curation with Your Collection (Volume 48, No. 2, pgs 30-33)


The collection in a school library should reflect the community for which it serves. When curating information and ideas for new books and materials in the school library, the librarian can communicate with students, faculty, parents, and the community through a variety of digital tools and resources. In this article Heather Moorefield-Lang discusses a range of technology-based tools and ideas to gather and curate new materials for your school libraries’ collection.

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Maryland’s Journey with OER (Volume 48, No. 2, 36-41)


Openly licensed educational resources (OER) ensure equity in accessing high-quality resources, while at the same time providing free, quality materials to expand a school library collection. Although they are certainly robust and useful, there is still confusion surrounding their definition, creation, and use. The Office of Instructional Technology and School Library Media at the Maryland State Department of Education share the experiences of the Maryland OER Project illustrate the process of establishing a statewide repository and the lessons learned in creating resources.

Author(s):
  • Val Emrich, Director, Instructional Technology and School Library Media, Maryland State Department of Education
  • Erin Senior, Program Specialist, Instructional Technology, Maryland State Department of Education
  • Gregg Ford, Learning Management Administrator, Maryland State Department of Education
  • Laura Hicks, Program Specialist, SLM, Maryland State Department of Education
  • Brandon Riesett, Technology Accessibility Specialist, Maryland State Department of Education
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