Library Spaces

Volume 42, No. 4
March/April 2014

The theme for the March/April 2014 Knowledge Quest is Library Spaces.

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.

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Below you will find a variety of resources and content related to the issue.

Table of Contents

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Guest Editor

Pam Harland is the school librarian at Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston, New Hampshire. She serves as the president of the New Hampshire School Library Media Association and is an adjunct instructor at Plymouth State University, where she teaches in the Library Media Specialist/Technology Integrator Certification program. She is the author of The Learning Commons: Seven Simple Steps to Transform Your Library (Libraries Unlimited 2011). Follow her on Twitter @pamlibrarian and read about library spaces on her blog Pam Librarian

Read the Guest Editor column, “Think, Create, Share, and Grow in Your Library Space This Spring!” pdf icon

Listen to a podcast interview with Pam about the issue on “Library Spaces.”

30 Second Thought Leadership Videos

View video podcasts from school library leaders who answer the question, “How do you break down the walls of your library to impact all aspects of school learning?”

School Library Research (SLR) Spotlight

If you liked the March/April 2014 Knowledge Quest articles on “Library Spaces,” you may be interested in this research study published in School Library Research (SLR):

Use of Audiobooks in a School Library and Positive Effects of Struggling Readers’ Participation in a Library-Sponsored Audiobook Club

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

Online Exclusives & Additional Resources

Online Exclusive Features

AASL Essential Links

Here are some Essential Links on Library Spaces 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

AASL offers 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: “Opening the Space: Making the School Library a Site of Participatory Culture” pdf icon by Andy Plemmons and David C. Barrow from the September/ October 2012 issue on “Participatory Culture and Learning.”