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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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.

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  • 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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Curating Breakout Boxes (Volume 48, No. 2, pgs 42-46)


With breakout games, school librarians can provide a resource that helps our school communities create more engaged learners as well as build students who are well-prepared for their next steps in life. In this article Kate Lewallen discusses how breakout boxes and breakout games help teach important soft skills like collaboration and critical thinking while keeping students engaged.

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STEAM + Research = STREAM Centers (Volume 48, No. 2, pgs 54-61)


To integrate makerspace resources and pedagogy, Laureen Andria’s K–6 school library developed STREAM unit templates that guide students through thematic, multimodal learning experiences designed to differentiate by content, product, and process. Each unit comprises of a four-week rotation through library, research, STEM, and arts centers and concludes with a self-reflection.

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  • Laureen Andria, School Librarian, Remsenburg-Speonk Union Free School District
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A School Library Diversity Model and Assessment Guide (Volume 48, No. 2, pgs e1-7)


This manuscript presents a school library diversity model that represents the application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and cultural competencies to best practices in school library programs. The model promotes diverse, culturally competent, organized, and accessible school library programs that provide a learning environment supportive of all learners.

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From Me to We: Seeing Is Believing (Volume 48, No. 2, pgs e1-7)


This article discusses how to implement the strategic planning process in school librarians. Two elementary school librarians implemented the process in their school and found it educational and transformative for themselves and their stakeholders and developing a strategic plan represented built-in advocacy.

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Volume 48, No. 2 - Curating a Digital Collection


While the philosophy of the collection development process has been the same for many years, there are more types of resources available for school librarians to consider incorporating into their collections, like digital tools. Digital tools enable school libraries to be vibrant, engaging hubs of learning with online accessibility 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. This issue details how school librarians can incorporate makerspaces, databases, breakout boxes, digital communication tools, OERs, and assistive technology to meet all learner needs.

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The First Conference Is Always Special (Volume 48, No. 1, pgs 28-33)


LeeAnna Mills charts her professional path through each AASL National Conference. Discover how she has leveraged each conference attendance for every phase of her professional transition.

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One Commonwealth, One Common Vision (Volume 48, No. 1, pgs 34-41)


Sam Northern and Melissa Gardner give attendees and readers a peek inside Kentucky school libraries and the support networks undergirding the state’s school librarians.

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