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Cheby, Lisa – Knowledge Quest, 2016
The traditional way of teaching research often lacks actual information-literacy instruction and, thus, fails to teach students how to be independent researchers. Teachers may help students regain curiosity by guiding them to shift their idea of research from a fact-finding and presentation exercise to a process of inquiry that includes gathering…
Descriptors: Research Skills, Skill Development, Concept Mapping, Search Strategies
Kodama, Christie; DiScala, Jeffrey; Weeks, Ann Carlson; Barlow, Diane L.; Jacobs, Leah; Hall, Rosemary – Knowledge Quest, 2016
In this article, the authors discuss the Lilead Fellows Program, funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This innovative approach to professional development (PD) is for school district library supervisors. It is based upon widely accepted principles of quality PD, and is in its second year of operation with an…
Descriptors: Fellowships, Professional Development, School Libraries, Leaders
Schutte, Annie – Knowledge Quest, 2016
Literacy does not happen in a single lesson or course. There are no shortcuts to gaining mastery over a skill set, whether it is reading literacy, information literacy and research skills, online literacy and digital citizenship, or visual literacy. School librarians dream about a perfect integrated curriculum: there is ample time for…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Curriculum Development, Integrated Curriculum, School Libraries
Coleman, Mary Catherine – Knowledge Quest, 2016
This past school year, the author set out to develop lessons that incorporated the design thinking process into her literature exploration curriculum in the school library. Design thinking is a term that the author has heard many times over the past few years in the context of education. Design thinking has been incorporated into the school…
Descriptors: Design, School Libraries, Cognitive Processes, Thinking Skills
Fontichiaro, Kirstin; Oehrli, Jo Angela – Knowledge Quest, 2016
As many states move forward with adoption or adaptation of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards, Common Core State Standards, and/or Next Generation Science Standards, students are expected to be fluent with data: to collect and analyze it, create figures and tables, integrate quantitative…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Data Collection, Data Analysis, Skill Development
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Kelley-Mudie, Sara; Phillips, Jeanie – Knowledge Quest, 2016
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st-Century Learner mandate that students are equipped with the skills they need to pursue lifelong learning. The Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and C3 Framework for Social Studies Standards all advocate for genuine student inquiry, and the…
Descriptors: Librarians, Library Associations, School Libraries, Standards
Murphy, Nora G. – Knowledge Quest, 2016
Just as fluency isn't knowing every word in a language, source literacy isn't knowing every source. It is, instead, the ability to interpret from context, to know what to ask, to read the clues, and to use the understanding brought from knowing about other sources. A person fluent in source literacy is able to do this automatically, the way you…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Teaching Methods, Information Sources, Technology Uses in Education
Silverman, Karyn N.; Piedmont, Joy – Knowledge Quest, 2016
In schools around the country, students are increasingly asked to create visual representations of ideas and information. Slideshows, infographics, and websites have become nearly as common as text documents. Years are spent teaching students grammar and paragraph construction so that they can become strong written communicators, but rarely is the…
Descriptors: Visual Literacy, Adolescents, Social Media, Critical Thinking
Foote, Carolyn – Knowledge Quest, 2016
When secondary school librarians teach students digital life literacies, they help students perceive that librarians can provide support for real-life problems. The more librarians work with students, create inviting library environments, and have positive engagements with students, the more they change student perceptions of librarians in…
Descriptors: Success, Academic Achievement, School Libraries, Librarians
Vaughan, Lauri J.; Smith, Sue; Cranston, Meredith – Knowledge Quest, 2016
Teachers become experts in their discipline and its writing conventions after years of study. However, they ask students who switch subjects five or six times a day to change disciplinary lenses every hour or so. This article presents an alternative to the established approach of simply integrating generalized information literacy skills into…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Intellectual Disciplines, Information Skills, Reading Skills
Levin, Sarah Jane – Knowledge Quest, 2016
As a school librarian, one of the author's goals is to teach students to become responsible citizens who recognize a sense of purpose and place in the larger community. Many schools have core values that reflect a desire for students to develop a broad community mission and purpose, often through programs with thoughtful curricula, including…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Role, Civics
Dando, Priscille – Knowledge Quest, 2016
How school librarians focus on activating critical thinking through traditional literacy development can proactively set the stage for the deep thinking that occurs in all literacy development. The critical-thinking skills students build while becoming accomplished readers and writers provide the foundation for learning in a variety of…
Descriptors: Literacy, Critical Thinking, School Libraries, Librarians
Woolls, Blanche – Knowledge Quest, 2016
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) as an American Library Association division is sixty-five years young in 2016. This article describes the AASL as a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The author presents: (1) Early Days in ALA; (2) AASL as a Division; (3) AASL's Future; and (4) Commemorating the Past by Paying…
Descriptors: Librarians, Library Associations, School Libraries, Library Science
Martin, Ann M. – Knowledge Quest, 2016
Reaching the "leadership zone" happens when librarians tap into the extraordinary skills lying within to overcome obstacles and transform sometimes-difficult situations into meaningful outcomes. Maturing into an experienced leader who stays in the leadership zone requires knowledge, training, and practice. This article provides tactical…
Descriptors: Librarians, Library Skills, Library Services, School Libraries
Ballard, Susan D. – Knowledge Quest, 2016
As the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) celebrates sixty-five years in 2016 as a division of the American Library Association (ALA), it is wholly appropriate to examine the life of the organization contemplating what the future holds for school librarians. It is important to understand the past and abiding certainty and steadfast…
Descriptors: Librarians, Library Associations, School Libraries, Library Science
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