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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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Toran, Melanie A. – Knowledge Quest, 2020
School libraries are places where people seek solace--not just by burying their heads in books to see themselves in the characters or to look up information on a topic they can't bring themselves to ask friends, but as a safe haven, or third space, from those who have prejudices based on one's sexuality. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,…
Descriptors: School Libraries, LGBTQ People, Educational Environment, Social Bias
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Gabaldón, Barbara – Knowledge Quest, 2020
Many of the descriptions of public libraries as sanctuaries provide myriad examples of ways in which they serve the underserved: language circles, English language learning and citizenship classes, and access to technology for the homeless, to name a few. In the school library, if librarians are providing sanctuary only to those who feel…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Library Role, Library Services
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Giles, Naomi – Knowledge Quest, 2020
The actions of a single librarian can bring about district support aimed at increasing students' equitable access to a strong school library. This article shares a success story from a sole school librarian who showed evidence of the school library's value and was able to double her contracted presence as the school's librarian.
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Advocacy, Librarian Teacher Cooperation
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Panter, Suzanna L. – Knowledge Quest, 2020
2018 was a difficult year for Washington state school librarians. The state's changes in the funding formula for school districts coupled with new regulations on how the money was spent caused many districts to react harshly and reduce certified school librarian and library support staff positions. Unfortunately, school librarians are always at…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Funding Formulas, Advocacy
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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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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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Moorefield-Lang, Heather – Knowledge Quest, 2019
The collection in a school library should reflect the community it serves. When curating information and ideas for new books and materials in the school library, the school librarian should communicate with students, faculty, parents, and administration through a variety of digital tools and resources. Input from your school community is crucial…
Descriptors: Library Materials, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Computer Mediated Communication
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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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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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