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O'Connor, Mary Lou Caron – Knowledge Quest, 2019
Nothing is more fulfilling than a school library full of students hungry to learn--especially when they have all the tools and resources they need and, more importantly, a school librarian ready to help them gain the knowledge and understanding they need to apply technology to become fully digitally literate citizens. Therefore, it was very…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Educational Resources, School Libraries, Elementary School Students
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Miller, Angie – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Librarianship is an ever-changing journey that follows the evolution of media literacy. Currently, students live in an Internet world where politicians scream "Fake news!" at reports they don't like; foreign governments create actual fake news; and journalism seamlessly blends the genres of reporting and commenting. Students must learn…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Role, Internet
Abilock, Rigele; Abilock, Debbie – Knowledge Quest, 2016
In April 2015, U.S. House Representatives Luke Messer and Jared Polis introduced the bipartisan Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015, designed to significantly restrict how online education vendors can exploit the personal data of students who use their products. For some, the bill does not go far enough. It is evident that…
Descriptors: Privacy, Parent Rights, Federal Legislation, Safety
Agosto, Denise E.; Abbas, June – Knowledge Quest, 2016
In thinking about teens and online risks, school librarians need to know researchers generally agree that, despite the popular image of pedophiles and criminals lurking online waiting to harm innocent young people, in reality social media use is only about as risky as most everyday social interactions in the offline world (Agosto and Abbas 2013).…
Descriptors: Social Media, Safety, Adolescents, Internet
Bray, Marty – Knowledge Quest, 2016
Forsyth County Schools (FCS) is a rapidly growing school district just north of Atlanta, Georgia. It has approximately 45,000 students and is one of the top-ranked school districts in the state with a graduation rate of 94 percent and test scores to match this excellent graduation rate. The district has long been known as a leader in the area of…
Descriptors: Privacy, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, School Districts
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 purpose of "Choose Privacy Week" is to encourage a national conversation to raise awareness of the growing threats to personal privacy online and in day-to-day life. The 2016 Choose Privacy Week theme is "respecting individuals' privacy," with an emphasis on minors' privacy. A plethora of issues relating to minors' privacy…
Descriptors: Privacy, Consciousness Raising, Internet, Child Safety
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
Fiehn, Barbara – Knowledge Quest, 2016
When was the last time you saw a student copying from a print reference source? As print sources gather dust, digital materials' use grows. Digital materials are more to the liking of students raised with technology in hand. For young learners, the process of on-screen copy and paste has made replication with pen and paper obsolete. As digital…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Ethics
Chmara, Theresa – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Courts have held that minors have First Amendment rights and that those rights include the right to receive information. However, how does that apply in the school setting? The First Amendment prohibits governmental entities from unconstitutionally infringing rights of free speech. Students in public schools, therefore, do have rights under the…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Religion, Freedom of Speech, Court Litigation
Seroff, Jole – Knowledge Quest, 2015
In this article, the author states that school librarians can contribute to an atmosphere that supports intellectual freedom by drawing attention to the subtle messages about community values--messages that are communicated by virtue of what is included or excluded from curricular and co-curricular offerings. The author address issues with…
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, School Libraries
Valenza, Joyce Kasman – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Focusing on evidence-based practice (EBP) aligns with the school librarian's leadership role acknowledged by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in "Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs" (2009) and in AASL's newly adopted mission statement. "The American Association of School Librarians…
Descriptors: Evidence, School Libraries, Library Services, Interviews
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Lawrence, Ellen – Knowledge Quest, 2014
With the influx of technology, school library programs started to adapt traditional services by embracing new innovative resources. However, even with online research databases and cloud computing, most school libraries still occupy a fixed physical space in the school, a destination for students and teachers when they need help with reading or…
Descriptors: Librarians, School Libraries, School Districts, Databases
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Cordell, Susan; Rogers, Reenay R. H.; Parker, Lesa – Knowledge Quest, 2012
School librarians are accustomed to their position as a unique species in their school environment. The ratio in a typical school is "everyone else" to one, or perhaps two. On the one hand, being not only the leader of the pack but the sum total of it is a point of pride, serving as "the one" to everyone else. Too frequently the unique position is…
Descriptors: Internet, Collegiality, Web 2.0 Technologies, Librarians
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Bates, Molly Ann; Wilson, Michelle – Knowledge Quest, 2012
Most, if not all, school librarians concur that funding has been their major problem in recent years. State and local budgets have been slashed, grant money is spread thin, yet still the bar remains high for school librarians to remain on the cutting edge of information trends, issues, and technology, and to provide training for teacher colleagues…
Descriptors: Internet, Vendors, Expertise, Librarians
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