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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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van Hamersveld, Christine – Knowledge Quest, 2019
Hurricane Harvey dealt a devastating blow to the Pasadena Independent School District (PISD) community when it made landfall August 25, 2017, one week into the PISD 2017-2018 school year. Hurricane Harvey affected all PISD stakeholders and all campuses to some extent, displacing more than 2,000 district families and tripling the number of homeless…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, School Districts, School Libraries, Library Materials
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Hancock, Lori Coffey; Kozaka, Amanda; Mackley, Allison – Knowledge Quest, 2019
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards are an invitation to explore the endless possibilities of "why." The standards provide permission to take risks, to step beyond the comfort of four walls to truly stretch and grow. The AASL Standards provide a common language for school library stakeholders that bring into…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Services, Public Libraries, Institutional Cooperation
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Snipes, Phyllis Robinson; Frilot, Holly – Knowledge Quest, 2019
In many locales--in many states--early conceptions of the school librarian's job have not evolved over the years even as the duties have expanded exponentially. The fact that in some districts outdated evaluation tools, such as Georgia's 1990 system, are still used to rate 21st-century school librarians is an obvious sign of the misconceptions…
Descriptors: School Districts, Instructional Effectiveness, Librarians, School Libraries
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Klober, Kelly – Knowledge Quest, 2019
Kelly Klober, the school librarian for Danville's (Arkansas) sole elementary school, provides school library services for the school's three hundred and twenty-five students. With the help and support of the learners, faculty and staff, and the community-at-large, together they have transformed the school library from a place that houses books…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Drama, High School Students
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Searles, Sarah Culp – Knowledge Quest, 2019
A large district has some unique challenges when planning support for a reflective growth process around implementing the "National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries." This type of setting typically has a wide variety of school demographics, budgetary constraints, school library staffing…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Administration, School Districts, Librarians
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DiScala, Jeffrey; Weeks, Ann Carlson; Kodama, Christie – Knowledge Quest, 2019
To learn more about school district library supervisors, the authors set out to collect baseline data on their roles, responsibilities, challenges, and professional development needs. This work became known as the Lilead Project (rhymes with "Gilead"). Through research grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the authors…
Descriptors: School Districts, School Libraries, Supervisors, Library Administration
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Lewis, Courtney L. – Knowledge Quest, 2019
One of the issues connected to the use of standards in independent schools is the varying approaches to an astonishing variety of school missions. Independent school administrators and teachers often see national standards to be the purview of the professionals they hire. As a result, teachers and department heads work to select standards that…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Services, Reading Programs, Information Literacy
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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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Villagran, Michele A. L. – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Schools and school libraries are becoming more diverse. What cultural barriers do you face in your position? Have you come across challenges in how you handle cultural situations with students, teachers, or administrators? If so, have you considered skills that can help you facilitate conversations more effectively? How would you rate your…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, School Libraries, Cultural Capital, Cultural Differences
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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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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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Stefl-Mabry, Joette – Knowledge Quest, 2018
The field of school librarianship has long called for stronger evidence related to school libraries and student achievement (Stefl-Mabry and Raddick 2017; Stefl-Mabry et al. 2016; Morris and Cahill 2017). This article outlines a systematic method for school librarians to document student learning and provide tangible confirmation of their…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Evidence Based Practice, Formative Evaluation, Academic Achievement
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Miller, Shannon McClintock; Ray, Mark – Knowledge Quest, 2018
As part of the national Future Ready Librarians initiative at the Alliance for Excellent Education, Mark Ray and Shannon McClintock Miller serve as national advocates for school library programs and librarians. Mark and Shannon began their library advocacy careers in school libraries. For eight years, Shannon was the district librarian in Van…
Descriptors: Librarians, Advocacy, Library Services, School Libraries
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Cline, Allison; Norton, Sylvia Knight; Merola, Marci – Knowledge Quest, 2018
The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) offered a significant opportunity for school librarians; it also created opportunities to partner with school librarians on their efforts to be included in their states' educational plans. This three-part article explores the development and rollout of the American Association of School…
Descriptors: Librarians, Advocacy, Workshops, Statewide Planning
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