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Jorgenson, Sarah; Burress, Rene – Knowledge Quest, 2020
This article details an action research project designed to determine the diversity of one high school library's top 100 titles. It outlines the results of the analysis and details how school librarians can review the diversity of their collections.
Descriptors: High Schools, School Libraries, Diversity, Content Analysis
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Osborne, Amanda T. – Knowledge Quest, 2019
The author began thinking about 3-D printing in 2014 when she learned that the Mississippi Library Commission would loan school libraries a printer for programming. At the time, she was a brand new school librarian who had recently transitioned from being an English teacher, so she was learning about the maker movement in libraries and all the…
Descriptors: Printing, Visual Aids, School Libraries, High Schools
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Calzada, Becky – Knowledge Quest, 2019
How can relationship building and demonstrating impact on learning be done? As professionals, school librarians must seek out opportunities to lead or work with others in the area of programming. Much can be done in the library space but when the programs occur outside the school library, a librarian's willingness to be adaptable is leveraged and…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Role, High Schools
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Baker, Sheila F.; Alexander, Bonnie – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Learning in makerspaces involves doing, playing, thinking, experimenting, creating, collaborating, mentoring, inquiring, problem-solving, producing, inventing, designing, building, and sharing (Loertscher, Preddy, and Derry 2013). Whatever the character of a makerspace, all makerspaces have the same goal: to actively engage students in open-ended…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Middle Schools, Library Services
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Adams, Erikka – Knowledge Quest, 2018
When the author transitioned from being a public high school librarian to a librarian in a small, experiential learning-based independent high school, she learned that accepting the position meant accepting changing types of leadership, changing types of accountability, and changing expectations from a broader group of stakeholders. This paper…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, High Schools, Private 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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Casstevens, Susan – Knowledge Quest, 2017
The joint-use library is a place where people of all ages, interests, and income levels can find items of interest at no personal cost. The mission of A. H. Meadows Public and High School Library in Midlothian, Texas, is to offer what other public libraries provide: educational and entertainment resources to a community. Yet, the staff also wants…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, School Libraries, High Schools, School Community Relationship
Lankau, Louise – Knowledge Quest, 2015
In this article, Summer Creek High School (Harris County, Texas) librarian, Louise Lankau shares a formula for successfully integrating technology via the school library and reaching every department and teacher in a school of 2,500 students and 170 teachers. The challenge is that the teaching staff at Summer Creek increases each year to…
Descriptors: High Schools, Technology Integration, School Libraries, Library Automation
Harper, Meghan; Deskins,Liz – Knowledge Quest, 2015
This article describes a collaborative project designed to use action research to assess and advocate for innovative design changes in a school library. The high school library was in its fifth year of service, and yet the layout of the library was not meeting the learning and technological needs of 21st-century high school students. The purpose…
Descriptors: Action Research, School Libraries, Library Development, Advocacy
McGrath, Kevin G. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
School library programs have measured success by improved test scores. But how do next-generation school libraries demonstrate success as they strive to be centers of innovation and creativity? These libraries offer solutions for school leaders who struggle to restructure existing systems built around traditional silos of learning (subjects and…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Innovation, Library Role, Library Services
Colby, Jennifer – Knowledge Quest, 2015
This article describes a school librarian's experience with initiating an Hour of Code event for her school's student body. Hadi Partovi of conceived the Hour of Code "to get ten million students to try one hour of computer science" (Partovi, 2013a), which is implemented during Computer Science Education Week with a goal of…
Descriptors: High Schools, School Libraries, Computer Science Education, Library Role
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Ahearn, Caitlin – Knowledge Quest, 2014
With some thought and direction, QR (quick response) codes are a great tool to use in school libraries to enhance access to information. From March through April 2013, Caitlin Ahearn interned at Sanborn Regional High School (SRHS) under the supervision of Pam Harland. As a result of Harland's un-Deweying of the nonfiction collection at SRHS,…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Access to Information, Classification, Library Services
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Mulch, Beth Ebenstein – Knowledge Quest, 2014
In this article, high school librarian Beth Ebenstein Mulch describes how she used iPads to introduce students at T. C. Williams High School (Alexandria, Virginia) to the school library. Her goal was for the library to come to life in front of new students and for them to learn from peers about all the great resources and services their library…
Descriptors: High Schools, School Libraries, Library Instruction, Handheld Devices
Jacobson, Trudi E.; O'Keeffe, Emer – Knowledge Quest, 2014
Information literacy instruction continuously adapts to changes in the information environment, whether those changes are small and focused on a regularly used tool or much broader in scope. What is harder to conceive of and implement are more radical, overarching shifts. These transformations go far beyond introducing new and revised tools or…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Models, Information Literacy, Web 2.0 Technologies
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Pickett, Janie – Knowledge Quest, 2013
Implementing a library advisory committee (LAC) is one of those fundamentals taught in the Master of Library Science program: gather shareholders, create consensus, and build a community. But the day-to-day reality of K-12 schools often is not conducive to vision building, and if there is no administrator support for such a committee, faculty and…
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Library Administration, Program Implementation, School Libraries
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