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Gavigan, Karen – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Although their research agendas may vary widely, school library researchers from around the world share the common goal of conducting studies designed to advance the field of school librarianship. International school library scholars are united in their efforts to prove that quality school library programs can have a significant impact on student…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Research, Advocacy, Partnerships in Education
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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
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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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Bryan, Len – Knowledge Quest, 2018
School librarians must teach media literacy and be on the forefront of defining what media literacy is and why it is important for students and communities. The competencies involved in information and media literacy are interwoven throughout the frameworks in the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) "National School Library…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Role, Media Literacy
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Little, Hannah Byrd – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Students are looking more and more to social media for their daily news. They must learn how to verify this news and how to cite the information. From a very early age, they need to understand how to interact with networked, digital technologies. They need to learn how to use social media and learn how not to be used by it. It is important to…
Descriptors: Social Media, Media Literacy, Information Literacy, School Libraries
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Miller, Angie – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Librarianship is an ever-changing journey that follows the evolution of media literacy. Currently, students live in an Internet world where politicians scream "Fake news!" at reports they don't like; foreign governments create actual fake news; and journalism seamlessly blends the genres of reporting and commenting. Students must learn…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Role, Internet
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Johnson, Mica – Knowledge Quest, 2018
The school librarian at Farragut Middle School in Knoxville, Tennessee, describes how, given the recent surge of fake news, her school was inspired by the new American Association of School Librarians Standards Framework for Learners (2017) to overhaul its website evaluation lessons in the school library program. Concentrating on the Shared…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Role, Librarians, Middle Schools
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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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