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Lambert, Nancy Jo – Knowledge Quest, 2017
This article describes how Nancy Jo Lambert, a school librarian, implemented a flexible library schedule at elementary schools in which she worked collaboratively with classroom teachers. After observing students removing bookmarks from the middle of their books in order to turn the books in by the due date or because their fixed library schedule…
Descriptors: Librarian Teacher Cooperation, School Libraries, Elementary School Teachers, Librarians
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Potter, Tonya; Johnson, Kara – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Students look to their school library to find new books, seek information, creatively solve problems, and use technology. School libraries play an essential role in students' academic growth and development of lifelong learning skills. All of the wonderful resources and services that school libraries provide are easily accessible to the population…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Public Libraries, Users (Information), Library Services
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Henley, William – Knowledge Quest, 2017
William Henley shares how his first-day experience as a new English teacher influenced him to do everything in his power as a graduate student to mitigate the same first-day terror as a school librarian. He knew he had to get as much practical experience with school libraries as possible. These experiences added layers of invaluable context to…
Descriptors: Librarians, Library Science, School Libraries, Experience
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Rothman, Allison – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Demands for school technology innovations, implementation of 1:1 device models, and increased interest in digital media highlight complicated issues such as funding, equity, and decision making for e-book collection development and programming in school libraries. School librarians considering purchase of e-books for school libraries still cannot…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, School Libraries, Public Schools, Educational Technology
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Altman, Susan – Knowledge Quest, 2017
In this article, Susan Altman shares her experience of working as a library assistant at Forest Heights Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina, while taking classes in the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Program at the nearby University of South Carolina. She discusses getting acquainted with the students, faculty and…
Descriptors: School Libraries, School Personnel, Elementary Schools, Library Education
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Reade, Tripp – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Tripp Reade is the school librarian at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. This article describes how he redesigned his school's library orientation program after learning about escape rooms and a variant known as puzzle rooms. Puzzle rooms present players with a set of challenges to solve; they require "teamwork,…
Descriptors: Puzzles, Library Instruction, School Libraries, Teamwork
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Sannwald, Suzanne – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Suzanne Sannwald is the school librarian at West Hills High School in the Grossmont Union High School District, in San Diego's East County region. While working for a couple of years in a corporate setting prior to her current position, Sannwald learned about everything from organizational development and leadership to marketing and customer…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Users (Information), Librarians, Library Services
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Altobelli, Rachel – Knowledge Quest, 2017
It's easy to imagine no gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) students are at a given school, and, therefore, no need exists to court controversy and potential challenges by providing LGBTQ materials. LGBTQ students are everywhere, though, and they are at increased risk for a host of issues, including bullying, assault, and…
Descriptors: Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Library Materials, Library Services
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Dooly, Dustin L. – Knowledge Quest, 2017
We seem to instinctively crave information that confirms our biases. Rather than learning knowable things, we shrink inside ourselves and hunker down with the familiar, comfortable information that feeds our narrative of what we think we know, of how we think the world works. Students do not naturally know how to open up their perspective to other…
Descriptors: Information Seeking, Information Literacy, Empathy, Interpersonal Relationship
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Allen, James – Knowledge Quest, 2017
If you stopped by and visited the author's school library in Eminence, Kentucky, it would be difficult to predict everything you might see and experience. You might see first-grade students browsing and finding books to check out, a ninth-grade student using a compound miter saw to prepare parts for a project in an engineering class, a fifth-grade…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Services, Library Development, Performance Factors
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Wilder, Phillip M. – Knowledge Quest, 2017
As an educator who recognizes the critical role of librarians and the too few conversations among literacy researchers and librarians, in this article the author presents a unifying conception of literacy, a conception to buttress collaborative efforts to support all students. The first section uses the experiences of David (pseudonym), a…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Literacy, Library Services, Library Development
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Mardis, Marcia A. – Knowledge Quest, 2017
As the sun rises over the horizon each day, we rarely get the opportunity to consider how the new day contributes to the month that forms part of a season that culminates in the year. A year's progress guides and shapes the development of all growing things. Though not necessarily in a tidy twelve-month cycle, while developing the new standards…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Associations, National Standards, Library Development
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Hobbs, Renee – Knowledge Quest, 2017
It's indisputable: disinformation, hoaxes, propaganda, and hyper-partisanship are increasingly global phenomena. Educators, librarians, policymakers, and community leaders are wondering about the implications of the changing information landscape. Anyone can publish and promote anything, and increasing political polarization is being combined with…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Media Literacy, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Misconceptions
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Robinson, David E. – Knowledge Quest, 2017
This article will explore the basic tenets of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in relation to collaborative curriculum development and implementation; provide a case study examination of UDL principles in action; and suggest school library curricular activities that provide opportunities for multiple means of representation, action, and…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Access to Education, Partnerships in Education, Curriculum Development
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Kordeliski, Amanda – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Working with tweens and teens can be challenging. They can be hard to reach and sometimes frustratingly difficult to engage. As a secondary school librarian, the author has often been asked about the philosophy and practices she has implemented in her library to keep students engaged and help them remain active library users. One of the things…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Services, Student Motivation, Motivation Techniques
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