Creativity and Innovation

Volume 42, No. 5
May/June 2014

The theme for the May/June 2014 Knowledge Quest 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. 

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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

Jami Lynn Jones is associate professor in the Department of Information and Library Science at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Her research focus is teen resilience and creativity. She is the creator of the Florida Association for Media in Education’s Amanda Award that recognizes school librarians who develop programs that build the self-esteem and resilience of teens. Her most recent book, coedited with Lori Flint, is The Creative Imperative: School Librarians and Teachers Cultivating Curiosity Together (Libraries Unlimited 2013).

Read the Guest Editor column, “Caution: Nurturing Creativity Is Not for the Faint of Heart.” pdf icon

Listen to a podcast interview with Jami about the issue on “Creativity and Innovation.”

30 Second Thought Leadership Videos

View video podcasts from school library leaders who answer the question, "How can school librarians foster creativity and innovation in their school library programs as part of the assessment-driven atmosphere in education today?"

School Library Research (SLR) Spotlight

If you liked the May/June 2014 Knowledge Quest articles on “Creativity and Innovation,” you may be interested in this research study published in School Library Research (SLR):

School Libraries and Science Achievement: A View from Michigan’s Middle Schools

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

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: “Sci-Fi, Storytelling, and the New Media Literacy” by Mega Subramaniam, June Ahn, Amanda Waugh, and Allison Druin from the September/October 2012 issue on “Participatory Culture and Learning.”