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Berg, Kat; Kramer, Jenni; Werle, Misti – Knowledge Quest, 2019
In an effort to carry out the work of Bismarck (ND) Public Schools, while implementing the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) "National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries," the district has started training school librarians to be the backbone of the project-based learning (PBL)…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Librarians, School Libraries, Library Role
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Johnson, Janine – Knowledge Quest, 2019
Whether you have a well-equipped Virtual Reality (VR) lab or are still questioning how to get started, you can be sure that virtual, augmented, and mixed-reality (VR, AR, and MR) experiences are not fads soon to fade away. In that case, then what better place than the school library to "mess about" with VR/AR/MR and expand learners'…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Simulated Environment, Educational Technology, Laboratories
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Gilstrap, Calypso – Knowledge Quest, 2019
After spending the summer aligning the AASL Standards Framework for Learners with state standards and county learner profile, author Calypso Gilstrap claims a new passion for the impact school librarians have in teaching students the workplace skills employers desire. According to research conducted recently for the Association of American…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Advanced Placement Programs, Academic Standards, Middle Schools
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Toure, Chiquita R. – Knowledge Quest, 2018
After 13 years as a middle school language arts teacher, the author earned a second Master's degree to become a licensed preK-12 school librarian. She made the transition to the position of K-8 school librarian, then eventually transitioned to the position of head librarian at the local high school. She found herself challenged to create,…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, School Libraries, Librarians, High Schools
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Reade, Tripp – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Tripp Reade is the school librarian at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. This article describes how he redesigned his school's library orientation program after learning about escape rooms and a variant known as puzzle rooms. Puzzle rooms present players with a set of challenges to solve; they require "teamwork,…
Descriptors: Puzzles, Library Instruction, School Libraries, Teamwork
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Robinson, David E. – Knowledge Quest, 2017
This article will explore the basic tenets of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in relation to collaborative curriculum development and implementation; provide a case study examination of UDL principles in action; and suggest school library curricular activities that provide opportunities for multiple means of representation, action, and…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Access to Education, Partnerships in Education, Curriculum Development
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Kordeliski, Amanda – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Working with tweens and teens can be challenging. They can be hard to reach and sometimes frustratingly difficult to engage. As a secondary school librarian, the author has often been asked about the philosophy and practices she has implemented in her library to keep students engaged and help them remain active library users. One of the things…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Services, Student Motivation, Motivation Techniques
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Hurd, Molly – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Halifax Independent School is a small K-9 school where children learn in multi-age groups and in a setting where all the core subjects are integrated into the study of interesting themes such as Oceans, Nova Scotia, and Living Things. These themes last a whole year, involve the whole elementary school, and are designed to cover traditional subject…
Descriptors: Literacy, Geology, Mixed Age Grouping, Teaching Methods
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Sierra, Kristin – Knowledge Quest, 2017
The author has always loved libraries. She has has always loved books and the experience of learning. Her idea of the best kind of library has changed over the years. Encouraging reading is just a part of what the 21st-century school library does. As a fledgling school librarian just starting to learn how to fly, the author wanted to create a nest…
Descriptors: Shared Resources and Services, School Libraries, Library Services, Librarians
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Turner, Heather – Knowledge Quest, 2014
Heather Turner is school librarian at Solvay Middle School in Syracuse, New York. She states that "a school library is a space that continues to evolve with the needs of its users. It is unique among spaces in that it impacts the entire school." Creating a space for the needs of all students is a mighty undertaking, and the…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Librarians, School Libraries, Space Utilization
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Grigsby, Susan K. S. – Knowledge Quest, 2014
Middle school librarian Susan Grigsby believes strongly in teaching independence in book selection, and has been able to back up her belief by putting programs in place that provide evidence to show her administrators how fostering independence works. She spends time creating personal bibliographies for her students based on an interest survey.…
Descriptors: Library Services, Library Materials, Library Instruction, Reading Material Selection
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Graves, Colleen – Knowledge Quest, 2014
A makerspace is a place where makers can envision a project, find an expert, and create something. Libraries have always held programming during which patrons were able to come in and create. The makerspace at the Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, Texas, is available for students every day, so that they can daily create and play with innovative…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, School Libraries, Library Development, Space Utilization
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Palin, Ray – Knowledge Quest, 2014
Ray Palin, librarian at Sunapee Middle High School in Sunapee, New Hampshire describes what it takes to make the school library a space for those looking for "peace and quiet." Palin begins this article by noting that much has been written about the advantages associated with the learning commons model of library design, however less has…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, School Libraries, Librarians, Library Services
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Moreillon, Judi – Knowledge Quest, 2013
Traditionally, school librarians have had two main strategies for impacting the literacy development of students in their schools. One way is through reading promotion efforts: book talks, book displays, or online book trailers, and literacy events such as book fairs, contests, and reading incentive programs. The other way has been through…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Services, Library Materials, Library Development
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Schiano, Deborah – Knowledge Quest, 2013
Curation: to gather, organize, and present resources in a way that meets information needs and interests, makes sense for virtual as well as physical resources. A Northern New Jersey middle school library made the decision to curate its physical resources according to the needs of its users, and, in so doing, created a shelving system that is,…
Descriptors: Library Services, Library Development, Organizational Change, Change Strategies
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