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Pelayo, Elizabeth – Knowledge Quest, 2020
Some people see the school library as merely a place for books and materials, but for many students, it is a refuge and a place where they can relax and feel safe. School libraries are more than receptacles of books, technology, and audiovisual needs; they are sanctuaries for many students dealing with issues outside of school. Whether it is…
Descriptors: Trauma, School Libraries, Safety, Library Role
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Wittmann, Paula; Fisher-Allison, Nancy – Knowledge Quest, 2020
This piece focuses on creating a safe space for several subsets of the elementary school student population, including Muslim students, children with autism spectrum disorder, and students with social-emotional challenges. These groups do overlap and intersect, and they are united in their reliance on the library as a refuge. However, school…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Elementary Schools, Elementary School Students, Muslims
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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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Waitman, Kay – Knowledge Quest, 2020
This article discusses how the author, Kay Waitman, provided a safe and welcome environment in her school's library, by creating an "Our Languages" collection of books in the first languages of all her students, from Espanõl to Hmong to Yup'ik Eskimo. She also partnered with a local furniture store, Scan Home, to create a large, cozy…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, School Libraries, Native Language, Books
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Sexton, Keungsuk – Knowledge Quest, 2020
This article discusses how the Kindness Initiative at the Dr. Michael Conti School in Jersey City, New Jersey, where the author is the school librarian and a literacy support teacher, promotes a climate where students feel accepted. As they progress from pre-K through middle school, students are exposed to social justice literature designed to get…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Educational Environment, Inclusion, Altruism
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Kaaland, Christie – Knowledge Quest, 2020
Christie Kaaland shares the journey of Washington state's school library legislative advocacy that has led to passage of eight legislative bills. The article stresses the importance of having a full legislative advocacy team including a lobbyist, knowledgeable practitioner advocates, and external champions.
Descriptors: School Libraries, Advocacy, State Legislation, Lobbying
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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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Stripling, Barbara K. – Knowledge Quest, 2020
Advocacy is an ongoing imperative for school librarians. This article examines the role of inquiry in empowering students to learn critical skills in literacy and inquiry and develop their own agency. It also outlines advocacy strategies to share the impact of inquiry-based learning.
Descriptors: School Libraries, Advocacy, Student Empowerment, Inquiry
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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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Soulen, Rita Reinsel – Knowledge Quest, 2020
First-year teachers require a discrete standard of practice. By mentoring and collaborating with these teachers under the Continuum of Care model, school librarians can provide supports to increase new teacher resilience, decrease burnout, and increase commitment to the profession.
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, School Libraries, Librarians, Librarian Teacher Cooperation
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Dawkins, April; Gangwish, Kim; Harlan, Mary Ann – Knowledge Quest, 2020
This article details how reading and literacy fit into the "2019 ALA/AASL/CAEP School Librarian Preparation Standards." It outlines the differences between the 2010 and 2019 standards and discusses how other standards influenced the development of the school librarian preparation standards.
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Library Education, Reading
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Jorgenson, Sarah; Burress, Rene – Knowledge Quest, 2020
This article details an action research project designed to determine the diversity of one high school library's top 100 titles. It outlines the results of the analysis and details how school librarians can review the diversity of their collections.
Descriptors: High Schools, School Libraries, Diversity, Content Analysis
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Churchill, Sara – Knowledge Quest, 2020
This article summarizes the findings of a 2017 qualitative, multiple case study that explored the factors that impact gifted students' recreational reading selections. It offers an overview of the steps school librarians and other educators can take to foster independent reading habits in gifted students.
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Independent Reading, Recreational Reading, Reading Interests
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