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Collins, Karla B.; Spisak, Jen R. – Knowledge Quest, 2018
In this article, two teachers describe their transition from pre-K-12 schools to higher education, where they teach college students to be school librarians. Both were at points in their pre-K-12 careers at which they were comfortable and felt good about their abilities, but both were ready for new challenges. While they no longer see the direct…
Descriptors: College Faculty, School Libraries, Librarians, Library Education
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Weisburg, Hilda – Knowledge Quest, 2018
The author believes her professional life can be divided into two parts--being a building-level school librarian and being retired, noting that few librarians she has met planned to enter the profession, and like them, she was an accidental librarian. Though trained to be a high school English teacher, she was offered a job after college as a…
Descriptors: Librarians, Retirement, Masters Degrees, Library Science
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Morgester, Ann – Knowledge Quest, 2018
A library supervisor for the Anchorage (Alaska) School District, credits five things with transforming her perspective throughout her school library career and helping her develop a clear vision and clearly articulated core values. Each of the five required her to move beyond her library and even beyond her district. The most critical opportunity…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Librarian Attitudes, School Libraries, Library Services
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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
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Elkins, Aaron J.; Nevares, Mary; Dyer, Renee; Bryan, Len – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Although school libraries have changed greatly since the publication of the first set of school library standards in 1920 (National Education Association and North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools 1920), each subsequent iteration of the standards has sought to define the next incarnation of a profession undergoing continual…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Standards, Career Development
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Redding, Carmen – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Carmen Redding writes of her professional journey from teacher to school librarianship to state-level specialist. She begins by describing a common view of school librarians as non-teachers as being an old phenomenon that continues to have life. Being relegated to the position of school librarian was, most certainly in the eyes of some teachers, a…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Professional Development, Specialists
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Marino, John; Eisenberg, Mike – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Instructional collaborations between classroom teachers and school librarians often involve the "research project." These annual assignments (typically) are opportunities to put the inquiry process into practice and provide a rich context for learning. The National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School…
Descriptors: Research Projects, Inquiry, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, School Libraries
Reese, Debbie – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Debbie Reese, a former elementary school teacher and assistant professor in American Indian Studies, publishes the blog American Indians in Children's Literature. Tribally enrolled at Nambe Pueblo, her book chapters and articles are taught in university classrooms in English, education, and library science across the U.S. and Canada. She is…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Minority Groups, Racial Factors, Cultural Differences
Kvenild, Cassandra; Shepherd, Craig E.; Smith, Shannon M.; Thielk, Emma – Knowledge Quest, 2017
In a climate of increased interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), school libraries have unique opportunities to grow collections and cultivate partnerships in the sciences. At the federal level and in many states, STEM initiatives encourage hands-on exposure to technologies and open the door for student-led discovery of…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Robotics, Information Technology, Learning Resources Centers
Stivers, Julie – Knowledge Quest, 2017
This article asks: What messages are school librarians sending to students of color if the only authors invited to visit schools are white? The author argues that bringing authors of color--image makers--to schools to speak to, and work with, students of color is a vital piece of culturally relevant library practice. School librarians must…
Descriptors: Librarians, Middle Schools, Librarian Attitudes, Racial Attitudes
Bunner, Teresa – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Teresa Bunner works as the high school literacy coordinating teacher for the Wake County (NC) Public School System in Raleigh. In this article she discusses the concept of Culturally Responsive teaching as a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students' cultural reference in all aspects of learning. She describes how she and her…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Faculty Development, Student Diversity, Teacher Student Relationship
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
Kumasi, Kafi D.; Hughes-Hassell, Sandra – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Historically, the canary served to warn coal miners of the presence of dangerous gases. When the canary stopped singing or was found dead, the miners knew a serious problem required immediate attention. Like canaries, racialized youth in inner city schools are a litmus test for the health of the entire educational system in the United States. They…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Youth, Literacy, At Risk Persons
Cooke, Nicole A.; Hill, Renee F. – Knowledge Quest, 2017
It is widely understood that effective children's and youth librarians must be innovative, aware of current/popular trends, and able to build rapport with young patrons. However, more emphasis must be placed on the fact that it is essential for these librarians to be prepared to identify and meet the needs of a patron population that is becoming…
Descriptors: Librarians, Cultural Awareness, Annotated Bibliographies, Cultural Pluralism
Jackson-Brown, Grace M. – Knowledge Quest, 2017
This article shares the story of the author's involvement in a national literacy initiative known as the African American Read-In (AARI) in Springfield, Missouri. The article highlights successes that public school librarians and university librarians are experiencing as they work together to promote diversity and reading through a community-wide…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Libraries, College Libraries, Librarians
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