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Madsen, Janet; Rinio, Deborah – Knowledge Quest, 2021
School librarians in Alaska have worked diligently to see the American Association (AASL) Standards Framework for Learners adopted by the state board of education from December 2018 until September 2020, when they were approved by the Alaska State Board of Education. The standards will be formally adopted after being signed by Alaska's Lieutenant…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Standards, Program Implementation, Elementary Secondary Education
Journey for Justice: Helping Teens Visualize the Civil Rights Movement through Primary Sources and Graphic Novels
Gaivgan, Karen – Knowledge Quest, 2021
This article presents activities for pairing three graphic novels with primary sources to teach the civil rights movement to teens. Reading civil rights-related graphic novels, and reviewing corresponding primary sources, can provide students with a deeper understanding of this tragic time in U.S. history and provoke discussions about racial…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, United States History, Activism, Primary Sources
Barnett, Cassandra – Knowledge Quest, 2021
This article describes the process and strategies used in Arkansas to make the "AASL National Framework for Learners" the basis for the state's learning standards for school libraries. In addition, it provides details on the plan for helping school librarians fully implement the newly revised state standards into their curriculum.
Descriptors: State Standards, School Libraries, Educational Change, Professional Development
Lewis, Kathryn Roots; Kordeliski, Amanda; Pennington, Cherity; Spangler, Timmie – Knowledge Quest, 2021
This article explores the process the Oklahoma State Department of Education went through to adopt the AASL Standards and the professional development opportunities the department and the Oklahoma School Librarians developed to teach their fellow school librarians about the National School Library Standards.
Descriptors: State Standards, School Libraries, Professional Development, Librarians
Mackley, Allison – Knowledge Quest, 2021
Pennsylvania school librarians have ongoing professional learning opportunities to build compelling and inclusive experiences for learners in their libraries and within the school community. From learning the basics about the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Integrated Standards Frameworks to building innovative curriculum and…
Descriptors: Library Associations, School Libraries, Library Administration, Program Implementation
Boyd, K. C. – Knowledge Quest, 2021
K.C. Boyd discusses how school librarians can advocate for school libraries and school library services. She details how to turn frustration into strategic advocacy efforts by highlighting the school librarian's role as an essential literacy partner in students' academic achievement.
Descriptors: School Libraries, Advocacy, Elementary Secondary Education, Student Rights
Rose, Maegen – Knowledge Quest, 2021
Content expert Maegen Rose details her journey to becoming a school librarian, her struggles in working in an independent school, and how her identity as a Black educator affects her instruction and engagement with her students.
Descriptors: African Americans, Librarians, School Libraries, Private Schools
Darnell, Jean – Knowledge Quest, 2021
As a Black school librarian in Texas, there's one set of rules for her colleagues and another for Jean Darnell. Here she shares the difficulty she has endured trying to empower students to become active and engaged citizens while challenging school traditions. As an educator and school librarian for almost twenty years, she hesitated to even join…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, African Americans, Social Justice
Leading a School Library as My Authentic Self: How My Identity Transformed the School Library Culture
Almeida, Adrienne – Knowledge Quest, 2021
After earning her second Master's degree, the author decided to leave her twenty-plus-year tenured English as a new language teaching career in the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) to become the director of middle school and upper school library services at a K-12 independent school in New York City. It was the first year she would…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Administration, Urban Schools, Private Schools
Long, Erika – Knowledge Quest, 2021
Erika Long explores the lack of diversity in school librarianship and the delicate balance of standing firm in one's Blackness while building relationships with students and leveraging limited resources to provide rich experiences that prioritize #OwnVoices books.
Descriptors: African Americans, Librarians, School Libraries, Experience
Quilantan-Garza, Karina – Knowledge Quest, 2021
While many of the digital tools and pedagogical tactics the author learned prior to the pandemic offered her insight into the successful implementation of a library's resources, the question of how she would leverage school library's services has evolved into opportunities of reevaluation, growth, and transformation during a global pandemic. Her…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, School Libraries, Library Services
Burch, Kerrie; LeBlanc, Susan – Knowledge Quest, 2021
The New York State School Library Systems were established in 1984 for the purpose of providing professional development, consulting about library programs and practice, coordinating cooperative collection development, facilitating interlibrary loans, and supporting regional and state-sponsored electronic resources. There are currently forty…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Services, Librarians, School Closing
Stewart, Christopher A. – Knowledge Quest, 2021
Christopher A. Stewart describes how he used the power of virtual and outside opportunities to empower his students to have hope in the future by making their voices heard and grounding their learning in historical truths about race, ethnicity, and representation.
Descriptors: Educational Change, School Libraries, COVID-19, Pandemics
Reading the Room: Sustaining Our Libraries by Identifying and Responding to the Needs of Our Communities
Sannwald, Suzanne – Knowledge Quest, 2021
The idea of "reading the room" borrowed from the business world applies to how school library professionals can identify and responsively meet the needs of users. By stepping up to do work even when it is not requested, and yet in alignment with our mission, we can help sustain our library programs.
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Personnel, Library Role, Library Education
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