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Pelayo, Elizabeth – Knowledge Quest, 2020
Some people see the school library as merely a place for books and materials, but for many students, it is a refuge and a place where they can relax and feel safe. School libraries are more than receptacles of books, technology, and audiovisual needs; they are sanctuaries for many students dealing with issues outside of school. Whether it is…
Descriptors: Trauma, School Libraries, Safety, Library Role
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Wittmann, Paula; Fisher-Allison, Nancy – Knowledge Quest, 2020
This piece focuses on creating a safe space for several subsets of the elementary school student population, including Muslim students, children with autism spectrum disorder, and students with social-emotional challenges. These groups do overlap and intersect, and they are united in their reliance on the library as a refuge. However, school…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Elementary Schools, Elementary School Students, Muslims
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Gay-Milliken, Lisa; DiScala, Jeffrey – Knowledge Quest, 2020
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 34 percent of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth have been bullied on school property (2017). The challenges are significant for LGBTQ youth with some stemming from local culture and community location. School librarians need to work hard to ensure that…
Descriptors: LGBTQ People, Bullying, School Safety, At Risk Students
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Toran, Melanie A. – Knowledge Quest, 2020
School libraries are places where people seek solace--not just by burying their heads in books to see themselves in the characters or to look up information on a topic they can't bring themselves to ask friends, but as a safe haven, or third space, from those who have prejudices based on one's sexuality. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,…
Descriptors: School Libraries, LGBTQ People, Educational Environment, Social Bias
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Gabaldón, Barbara – Knowledge Quest, 2020
Many of the descriptions of public libraries as sanctuaries provide myriad examples of ways in which they serve the underserved: language circles, English language learning and citizenship classes, and access to technology for the homeless, to name a few. In the school library, if librarians are providing sanctuary only to those who feel…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Library Role, Library Services
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Waitman, Kay – Knowledge Quest, 2020
This article discusses how the author, Kay Waitman, provided a safe and welcome environment in her school's library, by creating an "Our Languages" collection of books in the first languages of all her students, from Espanõl to Hmong to Yup'ik Eskimo. She also partnered with a local furniture store, Scan Home, to create a large, cozy…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, School Libraries, Native Language, Books
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Sexton, Keungsuk – Knowledge Quest, 2020
This article discusses how the Kindness Initiative at the Dr. Michael Conti School in Jersey City, New Jersey, where the author is the school librarian and a literacy support teacher, promotes a climate where students feel accepted. As they progress from pre-K through middle school, students are exposed to social justice literature designed to get…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Educational Environment, Inclusion, Altruism
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Northern, Sam; Gardner, Melissa – Knowledge Quest, 2019
In Kentucky the school library is regarded as the hub of the school community and integral to teaching and learning. The power of the school library lies in the programming, resources, services, and instruction it provides educators and learners to support learning. Stakeholders come to appreciate Kentucky's school libraries because of their…
Descriptors: School Libraries, State Legislation, State Departments of Education, Librarians
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Knapp, Nancy Flanagan – Knowledge Quest, 2019
School librarians play a key, though often unrecognized, role in teaching literacy skills (Knapp 2011; Lance and Hofschire 2012; Scholastic 2016). Research over two decades has repeatedly confirmed school libraries' and librarians' significant impact on learners' literacy achievement. Studies in more than twenty states and several Canadian…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Educational Games, Early Reading
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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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Emrich, Val; Senior, Erin; Ford, Gregg; Hicks, Laura; Riesett, Brandon – Knowledge Quest, 2019
Openly licensed educational resources (OER) are an untapped opportunity for free, quality resources to expand a school library collection. As with any library asset, they must be evaluated to ensure that they are in fact free and openly licensed. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has created an OER repository and has learned…
Descriptors: Open Source Technology, Shared Resources and Services, School Libraries, Library Materials
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Ivory, Amy; Viens, Lisha – Knowledge Quest, 2019
When talking about collection development, few school librarians think about databases. Databases provide learners with a one-stop shop for cross-curricular, up-to-date, vetted information in a structured and easy-to-manipulate format for class projects. To be successful learners, students need to know how to use a database to find the information…
Descriptors: Databases, Library Materials, High School Students, Search Strategies
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Robertson, Nikki D. – Knowledge Quest, 2019
The Internet and the advent of e-books have launched school libraries beyond brick and mortar, allowing patrons 24/7 access to the resources they seek. With these technological advancements, an often-iterated question arises as to the relevance of libraries and librarians now that access to information previously available through print,…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Materials, Shared Resources and Services, Technology Uses in Education
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Moorefield-Lang, Heather – Knowledge Quest, 2019
The collection in a school library should reflect the community it serves. When curating information and ideas for new books and materials in the school library, the school librarian should communicate with students, faculty, parents, and administration through a variety of digital tools and resources. Input from your school community is crucial…
Descriptors: Library Materials, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Computer Mediated Communication
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Agee, Schenell – Knowledge Quest, 2019
Collection development is the core of every school library, and successful school librarians know that meeting all learner needs can contribute to their success. When curating their collections school librarians must consider learners with visual, hearing, physical, and cognitive impairments. The school librarian should work with a team (other…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Access to Education, Educational Opportunities, School Libraries
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