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Keeling, Mary – Knowledge Quest, 2018
What is the future of urban school libraries? The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) "National School Library Standards" offer a framework for school librarians to reflect on how they can tailor their professional practice to serve their specific school communities. Through the lens of the standards, school librarians can…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Libraries, Library Administration, Standards
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Keeling, Mary; Mardis, Marcia A. – Knowledge Quest, 2017
How does an association prioritize the needs of its members as it introduces new professional standards? What strategies ensure a smooth transition from one set of standards to another? How can a school librarian use new standards to spark and maintain continuous professional growth? One way to ease the transition and prioritize the needs of…
Descriptors: Standards, Librarians, School Libraries, Strategic Planning
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Keeling, Mary – Knowledge Quest, 2013
Mission statements are expected elements of business plans and corporate communications. Yet, practice in creating them and monitoring their impact varies and skeptics wonder about their usefulness. A survey of business literature provides a context for school library mission statements. Mission statements define the nature, purpose, and role of…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Position Papers, Library Administration, Administrative Policy
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Keeling, Mary – Knowledge Quest, 2009
Students learn best from well-designed instruction. To what extent can a school district design a curriculum that supports inquiry learning? How can a district implement consistent inquiry practices in forty schools? In this article, the author discusses Newport News Public School District's journey to inquiry which began in 2004 with a…
Descriptors: School Districts, Reading Instruction, Inquiry, Librarians