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. 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.

Guest Editor(s): AASL President(s):
  • Gail K. Dickinson, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Darden College of Education, Old Dominion University
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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.

Guest Editor(s): AASL President(s):
  • Gail K. Dickinson, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Darden College of Education, Old Dominion University
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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): AASL President(s):
  • Susan Ballard, Vice President, National Collaborative for Digital Equity
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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
AASL President(s):
  • Susan Ballard, Vice President, National Collaborative for Digital Equity
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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, Associate Professor, University of South Carolina
AASL President(s):
  • Susan Ballard, Vice President, National Collaborative for Digital Equity
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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.

Guest Editor(s): AASL President(s):
  • Susan Ballard, Vice President, National Collaborative for Digital Equity
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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.

Guest Editor(s): AASL President(s):
  • Susan Ballard, Vice President, National Collaborative for Digital Equity
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Volume 40, No. 5 - Caring is Essential


The “Caring is Essential” issue explores the effects of caring on students and the ways in which school librarians can help foster caring environments. The issue is guest edited by Jami L. Jones.

Guest Editor(s): AASL President(s):
  • Carl A. Harvey, Assistant Professor of School Librarianship, Longwood University
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Volume 40, No. 4 - Coteaching


Coteaching focuses on building and teaching courses in tandem with subject area teachers. This issue explores the exciting ways in which school librarians and teachers work together, and what effect teaching collaboration has on school library programs and students. The issue is guest edited by Judi Moreillon and Susan Ballard.

Guest Editor(s):
  • Susan Ballard, Vice President, National Collaborative for Digital Equity
  • Judi Moreillon, Literacies and Libraries Consultant, Story Power
AASL President(s):
  • Carl A. Harvey, Assistant Professor of School Librarianship, Longwood University
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Volume 40, No. 3 - Futurecasting


Futurecasting focuses on how predicting and preparing the future helps to ensure school libraries will be ready to accept the challenges of the 21st century. The issue anticipates how librarians will need to adapt library programs and stay relevant in this era of rapid change. The issue is guest edited by Wendy DeGroat and Steven Yates.

Guest Editor(s): AASL President(s):
  • Carl A. Harvey, Assistant Professor of School Librarianship, Longwood University
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