New Knowledge Quest bloggers ready to address topics important to school librarianship

For Immediate Release
Mon, 06/15/2015


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)


CHICAGO – The slate of bloggers for the newly expanded Knowledge Quest website has been announced by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Launched in January, the site is the vehicle to empower school librarians as they transform learning for their students. It offers breaking news, inspired blogs, and encourages conversations to inspire insightful professionals and stronger communities. Knowledge Quest can be viewed at

With new posts appearing daily starting July 8, 2015, the bloggers will cover evergreen topics including collaboration, intellectual freedom, and advocacy as well as growing trends such as makerspaces, converting to learning commons, gaming, and emergent technology.

The slate of bloggers, which consists of school library professionals from elementary school to academia, includes:

  • Joann Absi, media coordinator, Eugene Ashley High School, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Helen Adams, online instructor for the school library & instructional technology department at Mansfield (Pa.) University.

  • Anne Akers, school library program coordinator and assistant clinical professor in the school of education at University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

  • Cathy Collins, library media specialist at Sharon (Mass.) High School.

  • Ashley Cooksey, library media specialist at West Magnet Elementary in Batesville, Ark.

  • Julie Marie Frye, research associate at Indiana University, who will co-write with Vaughn Nuest, head of the university’s Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility.

  • Amy Gillespie, librarian and college counselor at Hill Top Preparatory School in Rosemont, Pa.

  • Kelly Hincks, lower school librarian at Detroit Country Day School in Bloomfield, Mich.

  • Cassy Lee, learning commons coordinator, at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco, Calif.

  • Hannah Byrd Little, library director at The Webb School of Bell Buckle in Bell Buckle, Tenn.

  • Heather Moorefield-Lang, assistant professor at University of South Carolina’s school of library and information science.

  • Diana Rendina, media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, Fla.

  • Maureen Schlosser, library media specialist at Colchester (Conn.) Elementary School.

  • Megan Shulman, librarian at Humboldt Junior Senior High School in Humboldt, Tenn.

  • Daniella Smith, assistant professor in the department of library and information sciences at the University of North Texas.

  • Connie Williams, National Board Certified Teacher librarian, Petaluma (Calif.) High School.

Focused on enhancing professional practice, the new site builds on the strong foundation provided by AASL’s bimonthly journal. Knowledge Quest articles focus on the integration of theory and practice in school librarianship and new developments in education, learning theory and relevant disciplines. The Knowledge Quest site will continue this tradition and also offer informal opportunities for professional conversation.

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.