Rising to the Challenge

Volume 41, No. 5
May/June 2013

The theme for the May/June 2013 Knowledge Quest is Rising to the Challenge. This issue is devoted to the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition and features information related to the event, along with articles on the conference theme.

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Below you will find a variety of related resources and content that tie into the issue.

Table of Contents

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Guest Editor

Sara Kelly Johns is a long-time building-level school librarian who has the best job in the school. Along with teaching at the Mansfield University School of Library and Information Technologies since 2008, she has been AASL President (2007–08) and an associate editor of Knowledge Quest. She is currently the AASL Division Councilor for ALA Council and will begin a three-year term on the ALA Executive Board at the end of the 2013 ALA Annual Conference. She never stops taking snapshots and loves to dance—her husband’s band, Double Axel, covers all of the songs mentioned in the article and many, many more.

Read the Guest Editor column, “What’s on Your Conference Playlist?” by Sara.

Listen to a Podcast interview with Sara about the issue on “Rising to the Challenge”

30 Second Thought Leadership Videos

View video podcasts from school library leaders who answer the question, “What’s the most valuable take-away you got from an AASL conference that you still use today?

School Library Research (SLR) Spotlight

If you liked the May/June 2013 Knowledge Quest articles on “Rising to the Challenge” you may be interested in this research study published in School Library Research (SLR):

Visit the SLR website to view other research articles by volume and author.

Online Exclusives & Additional Resources

Online Exclusive Feature: Students Lead the Way: Student-Centered Leadership Program Transforms Library and School by Gay Lynn Cronin

Online Exclusive Feature: From the Other Side: A Vendor’s View of Conferences by Evan St. Lifer 
Here are some Essential Links related to the conference theme that you may find useful. Essential Links is a wiki that comprises a working bibliography of resources for school librarians, principals, parents, charter school organizers, library para-professionals, government officials, and college instructors. Books, journal articles, websites, and other media are included.

Article from the Archive

We also offer a free feature article from a previous issue that ties that relates to the current issue. Click the link below to read the feature story: “Empowering Learners with Digital and Media Literacy” by Renee Hobbs from the May/June 2011 issue on “Turning the Page in Minneapolis!”

 "Empowering Learners with Digital and Media Literacy