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Magi, Trina – Knowledge Quest, 2015
School librarians regularly face difficult intellectual freedom questions. Is it a good idea to put grade- or reading-level labels on the outside of books or use labels to determine what students should read? Do children have First Amendment rights? The ALA "Intellectual Freedom Manual" provides answers and guidance. The…
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, Help Seeking, School Libraries, Librarians
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
Martin, Ann M. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
This article asks the question: How well versed are school librarians on issues related to labeling and rating systems? As school librarians continue to design and implement resource location schemes to assist patrons, they must recognize the difference between using labels to create interest in books or implementing labeling and rating systems…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Librarian Attitudes, Intellectual Freedom
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
Doyle, Miranda – Knowledge Quest, 2015
It's the whispering and giggling that tips off the school librarian, and the growing circle of students gathering around a book or computer screen. The students have discovered something, and it's probably not just a funny cat video or a particularly fascinating diagram of a medieval castle. Maybe it's a book about: puberty, an art book with a few…
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, Censorship, Library Materials, Library Services
Panter, Suzanna L. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
School librarians act as servants of the school community and protectors of students' rights, and it is the ethical duty of school librarians to champion student privacy and resist threats to it. This article addresses the legality of this process based upon the 2007 article "How Does the Family Rights and Privacy Act [FERPA] Affect You"…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Library Administration, Library Services
Stenzel, Carolyn – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Carolyn Stenzel is the Library Department chair and Upper School librarian at the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland. She is a member of AASL and is the Independent Schools Committee Chair for the Virginia Association of School Librarians. She was awarded the AASL Frances Henne Award in 2014. In this article she shares her experiences as a…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarian Attitudes, Librarians, Social Networks
Boyer, Brenda L. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
High school seniors' success in making the transition to college hinges greatly on their ability to perform college-level research. Studies pointing out failure to provide this critical preparation abound (Head 2013; Head and Eisenberg 2010). Helping students make this leap is the topic of much research and discussion between members of the…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, College Readiness, High School Seniors, Research Projects
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
Boulden, Danielle Cadieux – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Learning analytics has been defined as the measurement, collection, analysis, and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs. The potential use of data and learning analytics in educational contexts has caught the attention of educators and…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Data Collection, Data Analysis, School Libraries
Grigsby, Susan K. S.; Helfrich, Jennifer; Deissler, Christa Harrelson – Knowledge Quest, 2015
This article describes how school librarians in Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) in Georgia addressed a concern regarding the performance evaluation tool that stemmed from the passing of House Bill (HB) 244, which was passed in response to the state's Race to the Top (RT3) application requirements. The bill became law on July 1, 2014, and the…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), College School Cooperation, Evaluation Methods, Teacher Evaluation
Schroeder, Eileen E.; Fisher, Stacy – Knowledge Quest, 2015
In 2010 the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) responded to rapid changes in school libraries by convening the "Wisconsin School Library Summit: Envisioning 21st Century Learners and School Library Media Programs." Summit participants discussed the future of school libraries in Wisconsin. During the summit, several…
Descriptors: Library Role, Librarians, School Libraries, Standards
Dotson, Kaye B.; Clark, Christine – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Using technology in the classroom for learning is no longer new and innovative; it is expected and even demanded. K-12 teachers have a responsibility to employ technology tools in multiple ways to teach and foster students' development of 21st-century skills and enhance researching, learning, and creating. School librarians can be instrumental in…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Technology Education, Technological Literacy, School Libraries
Shepherd, Craig E.; Dousay, Tonia; Kvenild, Cassandra; Meredith, Tamara – Knowledge Quest, 2015
School libraries are untapped resources for fieldwork by preservice teachers. Many school librarians have expertise in pedagogy and standards-based curriculum development, both for information literacy and for technology integration. By forging partnerships with teacher-preparation programs, school librarians can provide fieldwork sites rich in…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, School Libraries, Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation
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
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