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Takeda, Jenny – Knowledge Quest, 2019
What are ways to draw attention to the need for an annual library budget? How can school library leaders advocate for equitable library budgets across a school district? These are questions the library services team of three district librarians researched before taking the first steps toward making transformational change in the Beaverton School…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Materials, Budgets, Advocacy
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Lechtenberg, Kate; Phillips, Jeanie – Knowledge Quest, 2018
The National School Library Standards require school librarians to make equity a value that permeates the entire school library community. Creating displays to celebrate diversity is not enough. We cannot allow ourselves to approach diversity as a "social good," in which isolated programs serve marginalized students without challenging…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Social Justice, Library Role, Library Services
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Altobelli, Rachel – Knowledge Quest, 2017
It's easy to imagine no gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) students are at a given school, and, therefore, no need exists to court controversy and potential challenges by providing LGBTQ materials. LGBTQ students are everywhere, though, and they are at increased risk for a host of issues, including bullying, assault, and…
Descriptors: Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Library Materials, Library Services
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Kordeliski, Amanda – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Working with tweens and teens can be challenging. They can be hard to reach and sometimes frustratingly difficult to engage. As a secondary school librarian, the author has often been asked about the philosophy and practices she has implemented in her library to keep students engaged and help them remain active library users. One of the things…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Services, Student Motivation, Motivation Techniques
Miller, Beth – Knowledge Quest, 2016
This article addresses the question of what app or website is appropriate for teachers to use for classroom instruction. While most school districts have safety policies related to the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) implemented by means of software and district firewalls, this…
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Web Sites, Computer Uses in Education, Computer Security
Adams, Helen R. – Knowledge Quest, 2016
The American Association of School Librarians and its members have always been champions of intellectual freedom. It is a core value of school librarians and has been--and remains--an integral part of AASL's culture. Intellectual freedom is deeply embedded in AASL's standards, position statements, member-focused publications, conferences, award…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Intellectual Freedom, Librarians, Library Associations
Butler, Rebecca P. – Knowledge Quest, 2016
School librarians work with a variety of individuals; the largest groups are usually made up of students (most often K-12, but perhaps also preschoolers), teachers, and administrators. However, it is also possible that school staff, students' parents and guardians, and even the community at large might participate in school library functions and…
Descriptors: Copyrights, School Libraries, Librarians, Definitions
Stripling, Barbara K. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Culture involves behavior, attitudes, beliefs, and invisible norms and expectations. The question for school librarians is: How is a culture of intellectual freedom built, and what is the role of the librarian? School librarians are expected to be instructional leaders from "the middle." They are not in positions of authority over other…
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Intellectual Freedom, Librarians, Role
Pekoll, Kristin – Knowledge Quest, 2015
The American Library Association's (ALA's) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) strives to educate librarians and the public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries, and it will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary in 2017. Libraries are a forum for information and ideas (under the First Amendment), and librarians are…
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, Libraries, Librarians, Library Services
Adams, Helen; Moskalski, Michael D.; McBride, Linda L. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
School librarians often wonder whether school superintendents and school board members understand and support intellectual freedom for students in K-12 schools. In this article, an administrator and a school board member discuss their thoughts and the actions they took to support access to information in the face of formal challenges to school…
Descriptors: Access to Information, School Libraries, Superintendents, Administrator Attitudes
Batch, Kristen R.; Magi, Trina; Luhtala, Michelle – Knowledge Quest, 2015
The article is divided into three sections. The main section, "Filtering beyond CIPA: Consequences of and Alternatives to Overfiltering in Schools" (Kristen Batch) describes factors that contribute to the overimplementation of CIPA. Internet filtering is a routine practice in public schools and libraries. The Children's Internet…
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, Information Policy, Library Administration, Library Policy
Martin, Ann M. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
This article asks the question: How well versed are school librarians on issues related to labeling and rating systems? As school librarians continue to design and implement resource location schemes to assist patrons, they must recognize the difference between using labels to create interest in books or implementing labeling and rating systems…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Librarian Attitudes, Intellectual Freedom
Seroff, Jole – Knowledge Quest, 2015
In this article, the author states that school librarians can contribute to an atmosphere that supports intellectual freedom by drawing attention to the subtle messages about community values--messages that are communicated by virtue of what is included or excluded from curricular and co-curricular offerings. The author address issues with…
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, School Libraries
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
Genay, Tina – Knowledge Quest, 2015
This article describes the author's (an elementary school librarian) journey as she researched various bike bookmobile programs in the United States. Though the three programs had different target audiences, all the bike bookmobiles that she observed generated excitement and interest in reading. Public interest for each program was high. People…
Descriptors: Program Descriptions, Phenomenology, Library Services, School Libraries
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