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Stenzel, Carolyn – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Carolyn Stenzel is the Library Department chair and Upper School librarian at the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland. She is a member of AASL and is the Independent Schools Committee Chair for the Virginia Association of School Librarians. She was awarded the AASL Frances Henne Award in 2014. In this article she shares her experiences as a…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarian Attitudes, Librarians, Social Networks
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
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
Boulden, Danielle Cadieux – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Learning analytics has been defined as the measurement, collection, analysis, and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs. The potential use of data and learning analytics in educational contexts has caught the attention of educators and…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Data Collection, Data Analysis, School Libraries
Grigsby, Susan K. S.; Helfrich, Jennifer; Deissler, Christa Harrelson – Knowledge Quest, 2015
This article describes how school librarians in Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) in Georgia addressed a concern regarding the performance evaluation tool that stemmed from the passing of House Bill (HB) 244, which was passed in response to the state's Race to the Top (RT3) application requirements. The bill became law on July 1, 2014, and the…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), College School Cooperation, Evaluation Methods, Teacher Evaluation
Schroeder, Eileen E.; Fisher, Stacy – Knowledge Quest, 2015
In 2010 the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) responded to rapid changes in school libraries by convening the "Wisconsin School Library Summit: Envisioning 21st Century Learners and School Library Media Programs." Summit participants discussed the future of school libraries in Wisconsin. During the summit, several…
Descriptors: Library Role, Librarians, School Libraries, Standards
Dotson, Kaye B.; Clark, Christine – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Using technology in the classroom for learning is no longer new and innovative; it is expected and even demanded. K-12 teachers have a responsibility to employ technology tools in multiple ways to teach and foster students' development of 21st-century skills and enhance researching, learning, and creating. School librarians can be instrumental in…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Technology Education, Technological Literacy, School Libraries
Shepherd, Craig E.; Dousay, Tonia; Kvenild, Cassandra; Meredith, Tamara – Knowledge Quest, 2015
School libraries are untapped resources for fieldwork by preservice teachers. Many school librarians have expertise in pedagogy and standards-based curriculum development, both for information literacy and for technology integration. By forging partnerships with teacher-preparation programs, school librarians can provide fieldwork sites rich in…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, School Libraries, Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation
Harper, Meghan; Deskins,Liz – Knowledge Quest, 2015
This article describes a collaborative project designed to use action research to assess and advocate for innovative design changes in a school library. The high school library was in its fifth year of service, and yet the layout of the library was not meeting the learning and technological needs of 21st-century high school students. The purpose…
Descriptors: Action Research, School Libraries, Library Development, Advocacy
Edwards, Jason – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Jason Edwards travels to schools and libraries across the nation performing educational enrichment programs, such as his Monster Hunt Library Skills-Building Adventure Program, for librarians and students. In this article, he shares tips that he has gleaned that may help librarian/programmer partnerships function more smoothly. Three of the…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Partnerships in Education, Interpersonal Relationship
Todd, Ross J. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
This author states that a professional focus on evidence based practice (EBP) for school libraries emerged from the International Association of School Librarianship conference when he presented the concept. He challenged the school library profession to actively engage in professional and reflective practices that chart, measure, document, and…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Evidence, Best Practices, Advocacy
Subramaniam, Mega – Knowledge Quest, 2015
A seminal dialogue on evidence based practice (EBP) at the International Association of School Librarianship in 2001 encouraged a worldwide paradigm shift in school librarianship from rhetorical and advocacy defenses to evidential documentation. Ross Todd described EBP as evidence for practice, evidence in practice, and evidence of practice (Todd…
Descriptors: Library Research, School Libraries, Evidence, Best Practices
Ballard, Susan D. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
The author reveals in this article that her action research journey in the land of evidence-based practice was not her own idea. She writes that she was lured by the profession's finest scholars who advocated for reflective dispositions for practitioners to improve their practice and demonstrate the school librarian's critical role in teaching and…
Descriptors: Action Research, Evidence, Best Practices, Reflection
McGrath, Kevin G. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
School library programs have measured success by improved test scores. But how do next-generation school libraries demonstrate success as they strive to be centers of innovation and creativity? These libraries offer solutions for school leaders who struggle to restructure existing systems built around traditional silos of learning (subjects and…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Innovation, Library Role, Library Services
Messenger, Caroline Gordon – Knowledge Quest, 2015
More than twenty years ago reading researchers sought to capture the behaviors good readers demonstrated to make meaning from their reading. By shifting the focus away from what was wrong, researchers were able to study and discuss what worked. A comprehensive list of reading strategies emerged from this research. This was an important discovery.…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Literacy, Evidence, Classroom Environment
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