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Gay-Milliken, Lisa; DiScala, Jeffrey – Knowledge Quest, 2020
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 34 percent of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth have been bullied on school property (2017). The challenges are significant for LGBTQ youth with some stemming from local culture and community location. School librarians need to work hard to ensure that…
Descriptors: LGBTQ People, Bullying, School Safety, At Risk Students
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Gilbert, Stacy; Grover, Rachel – Knowledge Quest, 2020
School librarians can still support readers with the school library space is closed. Even though it might take some creative thinking, "the school library has the ability to provide continuous access to resources" and can ensure that the love of reading and access to materials continues (AASL 2018, 56-57). This article details ways…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Access to Information, Access to Education, Reading
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Emrich, Val; Senior, Erin; Ford, Gregg; Hicks, Laura; Riesett, Brandon – Knowledge Quest, 2019
Openly licensed educational resources (OER) are an untapped opportunity for free, quality resources to expand a school library collection. As with any library asset, they must be evaluated to ensure that they are in fact free and openly licensed. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has created an OER repository and has learned…
Descriptors: Open Source Technology, Shared Resources and Services, School Libraries, Library Materials
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Robertson, Nikki D. – Knowledge Quest, 2019
The Internet and the advent of e-books have launched school libraries beyond brick and mortar, allowing patrons 24/7 access to the resources they seek. With these technological advancements, an often-iterated question arises as to the relevance of libraries and librarians now that access to information previously available through print,…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Materials, Shared Resources and Services, Technology Uses in Education
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Agee, Schenell – Knowledge Quest, 2019
Collection development is the core of every school library, and successful school librarians know that meeting all learner needs can contribute to their success. When curating their collections school librarians must consider learners with visual, hearing, physical, and cognitive impairments. The school librarian should work with a team (other…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Access to Education, Educational Opportunities, School Libraries
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Takeda, Jenny – Knowledge Quest, 2019
What are ways to draw attention to the need for an annual library budget? How can school library leaders advocate for equitable library budgets across a school district? These are questions the library services team of three district librarians researched before taking the first steps toward making transformational change in the Beaverton School…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Materials, Budgets, Advocacy
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Lechtenberg, Kate; Phillips, Jeanie – Knowledge Quest, 2018
The National School Library Standards require school librarians to make equity a value that permeates the entire school library community. Creating displays to celebrate diversity is not enough. We cannot allow ourselves to approach diversity as a "social good," in which isolated programs serve marginalized students without challenging…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Social Justice, Library Role, Library Services
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Altobelli, Rachel – Knowledge Quest, 2017
It's easy to imagine no gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) students are at a given school, and, therefore, no need exists to court controversy and potential challenges by providing LGBTQ materials. LGBTQ students are everywhere, though, and they are at increased risk for a host of issues, including bullying, assault, and…
Descriptors: Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Library Materials, Library Services
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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
Miller, Beth – Knowledge Quest, 2016
This article addresses the question of what app or website is appropriate for teachers to use for classroom instruction. While most school districts have safety policies related to the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) implemented by means of software and district firewalls, this…
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Web Sites, Computer Uses in Education, Computer Security
Adams, Helen R. – Knowledge Quest, 2016
The American Association of School Librarians and its members have always been champions of intellectual freedom. It is a core value of school librarians and has been--and remains--an integral part of AASL's culture. Intellectual freedom is deeply embedded in AASL's standards, position statements, member-focused publications, conferences, award…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Intellectual Freedom, Librarians, Library Associations
Butler, Rebecca P. – Knowledge Quest, 2016
School librarians work with a variety of individuals; the largest groups are usually made up of students (most often K-12, but perhaps also preschoolers), teachers, and administrators. However, it is also possible that school staff, students' parents and guardians, and even the community at large might participate in school library functions and…
Descriptors: Copyrights, School Libraries, Librarians, Definitions
Stripling, Barbara K. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Culture involves behavior, attitudes, beliefs, and invisible norms and expectations. The question for school librarians is: How is a culture of intellectual freedom built, and what is the role of the librarian? School librarians are expected to be instructional leaders from "the middle." They are not in positions of authority over other…
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Intellectual Freedom, Librarians, Role
Pekoll, Kristin – Knowledge Quest, 2015
The American Library Association's (ALA's) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) strives to educate librarians and the public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries, and it will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary in 2017. Libraries are a forum for information and ideas (under the First Amendment), and librarians are…
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, Libraries, Librarians, Library Services
Adams, Helen; Moskalski, Michael D.; McBride, Linda L. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
School librarians often wonder whether school superintendents and school board members understand and support intellectual freedom for students in K-12 schools. In this article, an administrator and a school board member discuss their thoughts and the actions they took to support access to information in the face of formal challenges to school…
Descriptors: Access to Information, School Libraries, Superintendents, Administrator Attitudes
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