Knowledge Quest

AASL Seeks Bloggers for Knowledge Quest

AASL is seeking bloggers for its newly expanded Knowledge Quest website. To apply, please visit Responding individuals should demonstrate the ability to write a blog post of 250-500 words on a topic of interest to school library and education professionals on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis. The Knowledge Quest blogger position is a minimum one-year commitment, and applicants must be a current, personal member of AASL to be considered.

AASL Seeks Standards and Guidelines Editorial Board Members

AASL is looking for a dynamic group of school librarians to serve on an editorial board responsible for the evaluation and revision of the association’s learning standards and program guidelines. Members of all facets and levels of the profession are invited to apply, ensuring the voices of all school librarians are reflected in the document. Complete details, including responsibilities, qualifications and application procedure can be found on the AASL website.

Welcome to Knowledge Quest

Knowledge Quest (KQ) is the vehicle for school librarians to transform learning. On your quest to enhance your professional practice KQ offers breaking news, inspired blogs, and passionate conversations developing insightful professionals and stronger communities. Make Knowledge Quest your go-to site for all things school library and education related.

AASL Welcomes New Members

AASL would like to welcome all 2013-2014 members to the organization! No matter where you are located—urban or rural, public or independent, whether you are a solo librarian or in a school or district among many—this community is here for you! To find and connect with new AASL members visit us on ALA Connect at

Submit Your Own Infographic for AASL's Infographic Contest

AASL is hosting an infographic recipe contest for adults. Craft your own infographic to teach students how to create an infographic as a product of inquiry. Post your submission on AASL's Facebook page at Test the rubric on your submission and post your feedback as part of your submission. AASL members will then vote for the entry they think best displays how to create an infographic through inquiry.

Explore Inquiry Process Models with the Nov/Dec 2014 Issue

The theme for the November/December 2014 Knowledge Quest is Inquiry. Inquiry continues to play an important part in curriculum and standards in schools across the country. This issue outlines the different inquiry models currently available and how inquiry differs from research. It also investigates inquiry’s connection to and role in the Common Core State Standards.

Nov/Dec 2014 Issue Features Three Additional Online Exclusives

The Nov/Dec 2014 issue of Knowledge Quest also features three online exclusives. Click on the PDFs to read the online exclusives for this issue.

What Kind of Evidence-Based Practice Are You Using?

The upcoming Jan/Feb issue focuses on evidence-based practice. Articles explore active research, information literacy, enabling inquiry in a fixed schedule, innovation, and new tools to enable evidence-based practice.
In preparation for the Jan/Feb issue, we want to know which types of evidence-based practice you use. Take our survey and/or provide your thoughts on evidence-based practice below.
Which types of evidence-based practice have you used in the past year to shape your teaching or advocate for your library?

Sept/Oct 2014 Issue Includes Two Online Exclusives

The September/October 2014 issue of Knowledge Quest also features two online exclusives. Click on the PDFs to read the online exclusives for this issue.

Take a Closer Look at School Library Trends and Foundations with the Sept/Oct 2014 Issue

The September/October 2014 Knowledge Quest theme is Trends and Foundations: A Closer Look. School librarians have a multitude of issues to deal with in their schools and in their school library programs. This issue examines those areas that the busy school librarian may have overlooked or put on the back burner. 

Explore Creativity and Innovation with the May/June 2014 Issue

The May/June 2014 Knowledge Quest theme is Creativity and Innovation. In order to stay ahead of the curve, school librarians must be creative and innovative in their approach to their programs. This issue discusses what creativity is and how school librarians can take creativity to action in their programs.

Mar/Apr 2014 Issue Features Five Online Exclusives

The Mar/Apr 2014 issue features five online exclusives. Read more about library spaces in the following articles:

Browse Library Spaces in the Mar/Apr 2014 Issue

This issue focuses on how school librarians can make the most of all the spaces available to them—both physical and virtual. It features articles on makerspaces, learning commons, joint-use spaces, embedded librarianship, and virtual librarianship.

Go Beyond the Core with the Jan/Feb 2014 Issue

The January/February 2014 Knowledge Quest theme is Beyond the Core. This issue offers current thinking and viewpoints on the Common Core State Standards from outside stakeholders such as staff of public instruction offices, curriculum developers, school administrators, program administrators, critics, and teachers - new grist from many mills for school librarians’ consideration.

Nov/Dec 2013 Issue Features One Online Exclusive

The Nov/Dec issue features an online exclusive from Carol Gordon. Read more below:

Nov/Dec 2013 Issue Poses the Question: Dewey or Don’t We?

The November/December 2013 Knowledge Quest theme is Dewey or Don’t We. This issue of KQ focuses on the issues and questions surrounding the Dewey system versus genre-fied classification. It features panelists from the “Hot Topics” session at the ALA Midwinter Conference.

Delve Deeper into the Future with Four Sept/Oct 2013 Online Exclusives

The Sept/Oct 2013 issue of Knowledge Quest features four online exclusives. Check out the following articles for more information on planning for the future.

Imagine the Future with the Sept/Oct 2013 Issue

The September/October 2013 Knowledge Quest theme is Imagining the Future. This issue explores how to plan for the future. It outlines methods and tools school librarians can use in their programs. Topics include outlining your library’s mission statement, professional development planning, and planning for technology.