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Cellucci, Anita; Harland, Pamela – Knowledge Quest, 2022
It is essential school librarians understand and demonstrate how they impact the school culture, implement school and district goals, and form positive relationships within the school community. However, some school librarians have difficulty understanding the connection between advocacy, leadership, and acting in a leadership role. As a result,…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Administration, Standards, Librarians
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Altobelli, Rachel; Fedeli, Kris; Dunn, Allison; Kennelly, Margaret – Knowledge Quest, 2022
March 2020 kicked off a period of unprecedented change and new experiences for all school librarians, but for one group of school librarians, the months to follow would be incredibly unique. In this article, three elementary school librarians share their experiences as brand-new school librarians, seeing everything with new eyes at the exact…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Lewis, Courtney – Knowledge Quest, 2022
The pandemic prompted Courtney Lewis and her fellow school librarians to dig deep and acknowledge that their information literacy instruction followed a just-in-time philosophy. Essentially, limited just-in-time information literacy instruction is like teaching a kid how to play soccer for seven days out of each year and expecting them to be a…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Library Instruction, Individualized Instruction, Pacing
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Kimery, Lindsey – Knowledge Quest, 2022
Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) is the second largest school district in Tennessee. With 159 schools, 79,651 students, and 126 languages spoken, the student population is incredibly diverse, not only culturally but also socio-economically. MNPS shifted to virtual learning in late March 2020 on the heels of devastating tornadoes that ripped…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Educational Change, Reading
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Fuhrman, Cathi – Knowledge Quest, 2022
In March 2020, K-12 schools tried to quickly get all teachers up to speed on remote learning. School librarians, ever the leaders in education, quickly jumped in, creating and offering what was needed for their schools, students, and teachers. American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Town Halls and state and regional virtual spaces were…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Electronic Learning, Distance Education
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Pentland, Courtney; Moreillon, Judi; Lester, Kathy; Strong-Beebe, Tricina; Ward, Laura – Knowledge Quest, 2022
Amid the ongoing pandemic, school librarians across the country have been facing a different kind of battle, one that has been going on for years in some cases: the fight for every student to benefit from the instruction and carefully curated resources a certified school librarian can provide. Several states are working to introduce or retain…
Descriptors: Advocacy, School Libraries, Librarians, COVID-19
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Rudes, Jillian – Knowledge Quest, 2022
If you are ready to add a Manga collection to your school library, Rudes offers everything you need to know to get started. Understanding Manga, how this genre connects to reading and literacy, as well as programming, and titles by age group are offered to get you started.
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Library Services, Library Materials
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Calzada, Becky; Cruz, Nicole; Gerding, Jacob; Rose, Maegen; Sannwald, Suzanne – Knowledge Quest, 2022
This group of school librarians from across the country answer questions from "how do you approach collection development," to "share a story of a book you added to your collection that had a meaningful impact on a student," as well as preparing for challenges and the importance of EDI in collection development.
Descriptors: Library Services, Library Materials, School Libraries, Librarians
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Croft, Melanie Lewis – Knowledge Quest, 2022
Croft presents her study results that explored how district leaders can be equipped to support their school librarians in the absence of an official district school librarian supervisor. Croft offers suggestions for practice to assist school librarians in partnering with district leaders to provide the knowledge and experience district leaders…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Elementary Secondary Education, Librarians, Administrator Role
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Altobelli, Rachel; Lambert, Nancy Jo – Knowledge Quest, 2022
Altobelli and Lambert reflect on recent attacks on the LBGTQ+ community and the tendency to assume representing this community in a school library collection isn't necessary. They ask readers to consider, what about learners whose identities a school librarian may or may not know. They offer both LGBTQ+ term definitions as well as collection and…
Descriptors: LGBTQ People, Inclusion, Library Materials, Library Services
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Krutka, Kim R. – Knowledge Quest, 2022
Krutka reflects and shares her journey to reevaluate her work as a school librarian, through personal professional development, and the action plans created. Krutka offers examples of monthly library themes, updating the collection, reconsidering library signage, and professional development.
Descriptors: Equal Education, School Libraries, Librarians, Library Services
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Grenier, Casey; Lynn, Lauren – Knowledge Quest, 2022
Grenier and Lynn present collection development strategies that include student voice, diversity audits, and the value of weeding.
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Materials, Library Services, Student Participation
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Williams, Melissa – Knowledge Quest, 2022
Williams presents using personalized book baskets to connect learners to books that will ignite enthusiasm for reading, encourage expansion of reading genres, and allow the school librarian to understand and support students on a deeper level.
Descriptors: Books, Reading Motivation, School Libraries, Librarians
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Philippi, Liz; Calzada, Becky – Knowledge Quest, 2022
Calzada and Philippi approach the topic of collection development by using Kerby's (2019) four steps, including (1) knowing your standards, (2) knowing your learners, (3) knowing the curriculum, and (4) identifying your selection criteria.
Descriptors: Library Services, Library Materials, School Libraries, State Standards
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Chun, Traci; Cooksey, Ashley; Kleinmeyer, Lynn – Knowledge Quest, 2021
Mindfulness has been a hot topic recently as many educators were forced to work from home over the past year and a half. Supporting students using mindfulness is a great way to model self-care behaviors, while being a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on. School librarians have a duty to ensure students find a safe haven in the school library.…
Descriptors: Metacognition, School Libraries, Library Services, Elementary Secondary Education
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