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Cromartie, Kathy; Burns, Elizabeth – Knowledge Quest, 2019
To gather, contribute, connect, be a creative force, defend, and guide are demanding dispositions that make an excellent school library professional. School librarians use these dispositions like poles of support as they glide down the slopes of student learning and curriculum. They leverage their roles of teacher and librarian like skis giving…
Descriptors: School Libraries, National Standards, Library Administration, Librarians
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Champlin, Connie; Grogg, Kelly; Lee, Janet – Knowledge Quest, 2018
The mission of the Peace Corps (PC) is to promote world peace and friendship. This is accomplished through meeting three goals: (1) To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women; (2) To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served; and (3) To help promote a better…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Library Development, Global Approach, Volunteers
Fleishhacker, Joy – Knowledge Quest, 2017
By providing a wide selection of high-quality materials that will grab the attention of individual readers, school libraries can play an integral part in initiating and supporting student agency and a student-centered approach to learning. Such materials should not only address and expand upon what kids are learning in the classroom, but also…
Descriptors: Library Services, Library Materials, Library Development, Science Materials
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Allen, James – Knowledge Quest, 2017
If you stopped by and visited the author's school library in Eminence, Kentucky, it would be difficult to predict everything you might see and experience. You might see first-grade students browsing and finding books to check out, a ninth-grade student using a compound miter saw to prepare parts for a project in an engineering class, a fifth-grade…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Services, Library Development, Performance Factors
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Wilder, Phillip M. – Knowledge Quest, 2017
As an educator who recognizes the critical role of librarians and the too few conversations among literacy researchers and librarians, in this article the author presents a unifying conception of literacy, a conception to buttress collaborative efforts to support all students. The first section uses the experiences of David (pseudonym), a…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Literacy, Library Services, Library Development
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Mardis, Marcia A. – Knowledge Quest, 2017
As the sun rises over the horizon each day, we rarely get the opportunity to consider how the new day contributes to the month that forms part of a season that culminates in the year. A year's progress guides and shapes the development of all growing things. Though not necessarily in a tidy twelve-month cycle, while developing the new standards…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Associations, National Standards, Library Development
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Doyle, Matthew – Knowledge Quest, 2017
The class visit to check out books has long been a staple of school library programs nationwide. This flexible or scheduled time allows students to take advantage of the library collection and enjoy reading based on their own interests. The library provides the perfect environment for students to self-select books based on their interests, an…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Services, Library Development, Library Automation
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
Ballard, Susan D. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
The author reveals in this article that her action research journey in the land of evidence-based practice was not her own idea. She writes that she was lured by the profession's finest scholars who advocated for reflective dispositions for practitioners to improve their practice and demonstrate the school librarian's critical role in teaching and…
Descriptors: Action Research, Evidence, Best Practices, Reflection
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
Richey, Jennifer; Cahill, Maria – Knowledge Quest, 2015
School librarians, professional library literature, and scholarly library literature tout the benefits of schools staffed with certified school librarians. However, recent reductions in library funding and elimination of school library positions suggest stakeholders do not connect the school library program to positive student learning outcomes.…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Evidence, Librarians, Multiple Choice Tests
Stubeck, Carole J. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Fixed scheduling is well-researched in the school library literature. We know from this research that information skills taught in isolation from curriculum content are not as relevant to students as skills taught in the context of what they already know (McGregor 2006). Constructivism is an approach to learning that posits individuals construct…
Descriptors: Evidence, Inquiry, School Libraries, Scheduling
Lamb, Annette – Knowledge Quest, 2015
School libraries have been in existence since at least the eighth century. However, it wasn't until the twentieth century that the school library was seen primarily as "a source of enrichment for the curriculum, and a means of developing reading and study habits in the pupils" (Clyde 1981, 263). While the formats available and tools for…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Educational Change, Educational Resources, Access to Information
Barnett, Cassandra – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Over the last century, school library standards have gone through a number of iterations, and expectations for student learning have evolved. While the school library of today looks and functions differently from the school library of the early 1900s, the vision surprisingly is still very similar. The goal of today's school library is to provide…
Descriptors: Standards, Educational History, Educational Development, Intellectual History
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