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Foote, Carolyn – Knowledge Quest, 2019
What better way to drive home your vision of future ready libraries than to redesign your library spaces? But across a district, too often, school librarians are tackling this task on their own. Creating a district-wide plan for modernizing school libraries helps a district approach the problem strategically. The Eanes (TX) Independent School…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Facilities, Educational Facilities Design, School Districts
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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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van Hamersveld, Christine – Knowledge Quest, 2019
Hurricane Harvey dealt a devastating blow to the Pasadena Independent School District (PISD) community when it made landfall August 25, 2017, one week into the PISD 2017-2018 school year. Hurricane Harvey affected all PISD stakeholders and all campuses to some extent, displacing more than 2,000 district families and tripling the number of homeless…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, School Districts, School Libraries, Library Materials
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Baker, Sheila F.; Alexander, Bonnie – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Learning in makerspaces involves doing, playing, thinking, experimenting, creating, collaborating, mentoring, inquiring, problem-solving, producing, inventing, designing, building, and sharing (Loertscher, Preddy, and Derry 2013). Whatever the character of a makerspace, all makerspaces have the same goal: to actively engage students in open-ended…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Middle Schools, Library Services
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Mardis, Marcia A.; Kimmel, Sue C.; Pasquini, Laura A. – Knowledge Quest, 2018
The Colorado Study (Lance, Wellborn, and Hamilton-Pennell 1993) and its many replications in other states have demonstrated that when educators and learners had access to a qualified school librarian in the context of a thoughtfully built, adequately resourced, technology rich, and widely accessible school library, learners tended to flourish on…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Science, Research and Development, Theory Practice Relationship
Lambert, Nancy Jo – Knowledge Quest, 2017
This article describes how Nancy Jo Lambert, a school librarian, implemented a flexible library schedule at elementary schools in which she worked collaboratively with classroom teachers. After observing students removing bookmarks from the middle of their books in order to turn the books in by the due date or because their fixed library schedule…
Descriptors: Librarian Teacher Cooperation, School Libraries, Elementary School Teachers, Librarians
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Potter, Tonya; Johnson, Kara – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Students look to their school library to find new books, seek information, creatively solve problems, and use technology. School libraries play an essential role in students' academic growth and development of lifelong learning skills. All of the wonderful resources and services that school libraries provide are easily accessible to the population…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Public Libraries, Users (Information), 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
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Mann, Leah; Rentfro, Jody – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Using concepts such as Design Thinking to create inquiry-based, hands-on learning opportunities centered on student ideation and creation, Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) in North Texas reimagined the role of library instruction through implementation of a Mobile Transformation Lab. The purpose of this lab is to serve the more than…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Active Learning, Inquiry, Hands on Science
Lankau, Louise – Knowledge Quest, 2015
In this article, Summer Creek High School (Harris County, Texas) librarian, Louise Lankau shares a formula for successfully integrating technology via the school library and reaching every department and teacher in a school of 2,500 students and 170 teachers. The challenge is that the teaching staff at Summer Creek increases each year to…
Descriptors: High Schools, Technology Integration, School Libraries, Library Automation
Groff, Suzy – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Sometimes great initiatives in education start with just a glimmer of an idea and a belief that building a foundation under that idea can effect change. That glimmer of an idea came to Bandera Independent School District (BISD) from a middle school English teacher who attended an International Reading Association Conference and heard about…
Descriptors: Libraries, Motor Vehicles, Reading Motivation, Summer Programs
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Graves, Colleen – Knowledge Quest, 2014
A makerspace is a place where makers can envision a project, find an expert, and create something. Libraries have always held programming during which patrons were able to come in and create. The makerspace at the Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, Texas, is available for students every day, so that they can daily create and play with innovative…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, School Libraries, Library Development, Space Utilization
Fuller, Cherry; Kearley, Donna; Byerly, Gayla; Ramin, Lilly – Knowledge Quest, 2014
Synergy may be defined as the collaboration between two or more parties to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate parts. That is exactly what happened in Denton, Texas, when all types of librarians collaborated on a community reading initiative. In 2007 Denton Reads--a One Book, One Community organization--was formed with…
Descriptors: Inquiry, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Reading Programs
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Moreillon, Judi – Knowledge Quest, 2013
Traditionally, school librarians have had two main strategies for impacting the literacy development of students in their schools. One way is through reading promotion efforts: book talks, book displays, or online book trailers, and literacy events such as book fairs, contests, and reading incentive programs. The other way has been through…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Services, Library Materials, Library Development
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Cameron, Stacy; Butcher, Adria; Haight, Christine – Knowledge Quest, 2012
Collaboration and coteaching with classroom teachers and campus specialists are the cornerstones of a successful school library program. Whereas collaboration is the process of planning a lesson or unit of instruction, coteaching suggests a much deeper level of collaboration--one in which both the teacher and campus specialist (be it school…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, School Libraries, Librarians
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