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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CREATE in 3-D: Building a Maker Mindset One Print at a Time (Volume 48, No. 1, pgs 48-53)


The AASL Standards Frameworks for Learners supports the school library’s position to “bridge the divide” between the school community and equitable access to technological tools and skills. This article discusses how 3-D printing was used to build gingerbread houses in a collaborative project between the school librarian and English II teacher.

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Using Technology to Foster “Real Reading” in the School Library and Beyond (Volume 48, No. 1, pgs 54-60)


Technology does not have to compete with “real reading” in the school library. Instead, school librarians can use technology to foster reading skills and engagement, through incentivizing practice, making more texts available, scaffolding texts for struggling readers, personalizing and differentiating instructional texts, and helping kids experience the “social” in reading.

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Why Louisville? (Volume 48, No. 1, pgs 24-27)


Learn more about the cultural and culinary aspects of Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville is a city full of sights, sounds, and sips all its own.

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A Letter to Rachel (Volume 48, No. 1, pgs 8-15)


Alice Bryan, co-chair of the AASL National Conference Committee, shares her tips and advice for first-time attendees to the 2019 AASL National Conference. Learn what not to miss ta #AASL19.

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  • Alice Bryant, Middle School Instructional Librarian, Harpeth Hall School
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Better Together: Connecting with Your Administrator through AASL National Conference Attendance (Volume 48, No. 1, pgs 42-47)


Karen Haggard and Laura Graves Massey detail their experiences when attending AASL National Conference with their administrator. Attending a conference with an administrator can benefit the school librarian-administrator relationship in a multitude of ways.

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General Session Speakers Set the Stage for the 2019 AASL National Conference (Volume 48, No. 1, pgs 16-21)


Heather Jankowski, co-chair of the AASL National Conference Committee, discusses the line-up of general session speakers for the 2019 AASL National Conference. Learn more about the three speaker’s unique perspective.

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  • Heather Jankowski, Librarian, Greens Prairie Elementary School & Pebble Creek Elementary School
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Volume 48, No. 1 - 2019 AASL National Conference


The 2019 AASL National Conference will be held Nov. 14-16 in Louisville, Kentucky. Find out how to make the most of your conference experience by exploring what’s in store for attendees. From preconferences to general session speakers to sessions focused on the AASL Standards, the 2019 AASL National Conference has something for everyone!

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Portrait of a Graduate and the National School Library Standards (Volume 47, No. 5, pgs 22-29)


Vermont’s portrait of a graduate recognizes the competencies of the six Shared Foundations of the National School Library Standard, as skills necessary for college and career readiness. This led to the development of K-12 school library proficiencies. The authors explore how they use the National School Library Standards to support proficiency-based, personalized, and flexible pathways of learning in Vermont to help fulfill the district vision of a graduate who is college and career ready.

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  • Deborah Ehler-Hansen, School Librarian, Fair Haven (VT) Union High School
  • Casey O'Meara, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Slate Valley Unified School District
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Now Serving…an Appealing Menu of Digital Literacy Tools and Resources (Volume 47, No. 5, pgs 16-21)


Mary Lou Caron O’Connor details her diverse, up-to-date menu of digital literacy tools and resource choices that fully reflect the AASL National School Library Standards for K-5 learners, school librarians, and school libraries. The article details the process for implementing the menu and how students interact with the choices provided through the menu.

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School Librarians Level Up! (Volume 47, No. 5, pgs 10-15)


Alice Robinson and Jennifer Freedman share how they are implementing the standards, specifically the Explore Shared Foundation. They outline lesson activities that will enhance coherence, cohesion, and the different learning modalities. Through their diverse collection of library resources (print, no-print and makerspace supplies), Alice and Jennifer foster curiosity, construct new knowledge, and engage with the entire learning community. The Explore Standards fit naturally into what learners do in the school library.

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