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Osborne, Amanda T. – Knowledge Quest, 2019
The author began thinking about 3-D printing in 2014 when she learned that the Mississippi Library Commission would loan school libraries a printer for programming. At the time, she was a brand new school librarian who had recently transitioned from being an English teacher, so she was learning about the maker movement in libraries and all the…
Descriptors: Printing, Visual Aids, School Libraries, High Schools
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Calzada, Becky – Knowledge Quest, 2019
How can relationship building and demonstrating impact on learning be done? As professionals, school librarians must seek out opportunities to lead or work with others in the area of programming. Much can be done in the library space but when the programs occur outside the school library, a librarian's willingness to be adaptable is leveraged and…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Role, High Schools
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Klober, Kelly – Knowledge Quest, 2019
Kelly Klober, the school librarian for Danville's (Arkansas) sole elementary school, provides school library services for the school's three hundred and twenty-five students. With the help and support of the learners, faculty and staff, and the community-at-large, together they have transformed the school library from a place that houses books…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Drama, High School Students
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Jaaskelainen, Kristal; Deneen, Musetta – Knowledge Quest, 2018
As the future arrives faster and faster one must ask continually, what do kids actually need from their formal education today and tomorrow? Continuous innovation of method and strategy must be integral to the practice of all teaching professionals. Equitable educators must take a look at the learners in front of them, when and where they stand,…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Teacher Collaboration, Independent Study
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Adams, Erikka – Knowledge Quest, 2018
When the author transitioned from being a public high school librarian to a librarian in a small, experiential learning-based independent high school, she learned that accepting the position meant accepting changing types of leadership, changing types of accountability, and changing expectations from a broader group of stakeholders. This paper…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, High Schools, Private Schools
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Toure, Chiquita R. – Knowledge Quest, 2018
After 13 years as a middle school language arts teacher, the author earned a second Master's degree to become a licensed preK-12 school librarian. She made the transition to the position of K-8 school librarian, then eventually transitioned to the position of head librarian at the local high school. She found herself challenged to create,…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, School Libraries, Librarians, High Schools
Martin, Crystle – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Learning to code has been an increasingly frequent topic of conversation both in academic circles and popular media. Learning to code recently received renewed attention with the announcement of the White House's Computer Science for All initiative (Smith 2016). This initiative intends "to empower all American students from kindergarten…
Descriptors: Librarians, Role, Coding, Computer Science
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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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Casstevens, Susan – Knowledge Quest, 2017
The joint-use library is a place where people of all ages, interests, and income levels can find items of interest at no personal cost. The mission of A. H. Meadows Public and High School Library in Midlothian, Texas, is to offer what other public libraries provide: educational and entertainment resources to a community. Yet, the staff also wants…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, School Libraries, High Schools, School Community Relationship
Agosto, Denise E.; Abbas, June – Knowledge Quest, 2016
In thinking about teens and online risks, school librarians need to know researchers generally agree that, despite the popular image of pedophiles and criminals lurking online waiting to harm innocent young people, in reality social media use is only about as risky as most everyday social interactions in the offline world (Agosto and Abbas 2013).…
Descriptors: Social Media, Safety, Adolescents, Internet
Murphy, Nora G. – Knowledge Quest, 2016
Just as fluency isn't knowing every word in a language, source literacy isn't knowing every source. It is, instead, the ability to interpret from context, to know what to ask, to read the clues, and to use the understanding brought from knowing about other sources. A person fluent in source literacy is able to do this automatically, the way you…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Teaching Methods, Information Sources, Technology Uses in Education
Silverman, Karyn N.; Piedmont, Joy – Knowledge Quest, 2016
In schools around the country, students are increasingly asked to create visual representations of ideas and information. Slideshows, infographics, and websites have become nearly as common as text documents. Years are spent teaching students grammar and paragraph construction so that they can become strong written communicators, but rarely is the…
Descriptors: Visual Literacy, Adolescents, Social Media, Critical Thinking
McPherson, Heather; Dubé, Margot – Knowledge Quest, 2016
Information literacy (IL) is a multifaceted skill that encompasses information seeking, identifying research questions, finding answers to research questions, and then evaluating and using information appropriately (ALA 2001). Much research has been conducted on the low level of IL found amongst high school students. Failure to make connections…
Descriptors: High School Students, Information Literacy, Action Research, Critical Thinking
Boyer, Brenda L. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
High school seniors' success in making the transition to college hinges greatly on their ability to perform college-level research. Studies pointing out failure to provide this critical preparation abound (Head 2013; Head and Eisenberg 2010). Helping students make this leap is the topic of much research and discussion between members of the…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, College Readiness, High School Seniors, Research Projects
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