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Johnson, Spencer T.; Ewbank, Ann Dutton – Knowledge Quest, 2018
One of the main responsibilities of school librarians is to teach students to evaluate the credibility of information. There is little evidence to suggest that students are being explicitly taught how to evaluate news obtained through social media. As avenues for giving and getting information evolve, so must ways of teaching students so that they…
Descriptors: Heuristics, Evaluation Methods, News Media, Social Media
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Adams, Erikka – Knowledge Quest, 2018
When the author transitioned from being a public high school librarian to a librarian in a small, experiential learning-based independent high school, she learned that accepting the position meant accepting changing types of leadership, changing types of accountability, and changing expectations from a broader group of stakeholders. This paper…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, High Schools, Private Schools
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Collins, Karla B.; Spisak, Jen R. – Knowledge Quest, 2018
In this article, two teachers describe their transition from pre-K-12 schools to higher education, where they teach college students to be school librarians. Both were at points in their pre-K-12 careers at which they were comfortable and felt good about their abilities, but both were ready for new challenges. While they no longer see the direct…
Descriptors: College Faculty, School Libraries, Librarians, Library Education
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Weisburg, Hilda – Knowledge Quest, 2018
The author believes her professional life can be divided into two parts--being a building-level school librarian and being retired, noting that few librarians she has met planned to enter the profession, and like them, she was an accidental librarian. Though trained to be a high school English teacher, she was offered a job after college as a…
Descriptors: Librarians, Retirement, Masters Degrees, Library Science
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Morgester, Ann – Knowledge Quest, 2018
A library supervisor for the Anchorage (Alaska) School District, credits five things with transforming her perspective throughout her school library career and helping her develop a clear vision and clearly articulated core values. Each of the five required her to move beyond her library and even beyond her district. The most critical opportunity…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Librarian Attitudes, School Libraries, Library Services
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Toure, Chiquita R. – Knowledge Quest, 2018
After 13 years as a middle school language arts teacher, the author earned a second Master's degree to become a licensed preK-12 school librarian. She made the transition to the position of K-8 school librarian, then eventually transitioned to the position of head librarian at the local high school. She found herself challenged to create,…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, School Libraries, Librarians, High Schools
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Elkins, Aaron J.; Nevares, Mary; Dyer, Renee; Bryan, Len – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Although school libraries have changed greatly since the publication of the first set of school library standards in 1920 (National Education Association and North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools 1920), each subsequent iteration of the standards has sought to define the next incarnation of a profession undergoing continual…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Standards, Career Development
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Redding, Carmen – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Carmen Redding writes of her professional journey from teacher to school librarianship to state-level specialist. She begins by describing a common view of school librarians as non-teachers as being an old phenomenon that continues to have life. Being relegated to the position of school librarian was, most certainly in the eyes of some teachers, a…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Professional Development, Specialists
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Marino, John; Eisenberg, Mike – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Instructional collaborations between classroom teachers and school librarians often involve the "research project." These annual assignments (typically) are opportunities to put the inquiry process into practice and provide a rich context for learning. The National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School…
Descriptors: Research Projects, Inquiry, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, School Libraries
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Murphy, Peggy Henderson – Knowledge Quest, 2018
English Language Learner (ELL) students are sometimes a small constituency. Many resources already in the library can be used to enhance their language acquisition, confidence, and cultural fluency--resources such as graphic novels, hi-lo books, and makerspace materials. This article discusses enhancing language acquisition, confidence, and…
Descriptors: School Libraries, English Language Learners, Librarians, Second Language Learning
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Crockett, Lee Watanabe – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Librarians are leaders in growing global digital citizens. The libraries of the future are more than just housing centers for books and media. They are invigorating meeting places and communities where truly meaningful learning and discovery take place. As technology has transformed reading and learning, it has also transformed the vision of the…
Descriptors: Librarians, Role, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Burns, Elizabeth – Knowledge Quest, 2018
The modern school library is a complex social setting "grounded in standards and best practice" (AASL 2018). The new "National School Library Standards" have refreshed the student learning standards and aligned new Shared Foundations to the school library. Additionally, the competencies for learners are now complemented by…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Library Administration, National Standards
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Blakemore, Megan – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Makerspaces, collaborative workspaces stocked with materials and tools for creating, building, designing, and learning, are becoming more and more common in schools and, in particular, in school libraries. Makerspaces in the school library allow for connections between making and literacy. Indeed, such connections are authentic and natural as…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Reading Strategies, Critical Reading, Critical Thinking
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Figueroa, Miguel A. – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Futurists and foresight professionals offer several guiding principles for thinking about the future. These principles can help people to think about the future and become more powerful players in shaping the preferred futures they want for themselves and their communities. The principles also fit in well as strategies to support the Future Ready…
Descriptors: Futures (of Society), Librarians, School Libraries, Models
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Keeling, Mary – Knowledge Quest, 2018
What is the future of urban school libraries? The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) "National School Library Standards" offer a framework for school librarians to reflect on how they can tailor their professional practice to serve their specific school communities. Through the lens of the standards, school librarians can…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Libraries, Library Administration, Standards
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