For immediate release | September 18, 2012

AASL kicks off new volume of Knowledge Quest

CHICAGO — The first issue of Knowledge Quest Volume 41 will soon be arriving on the doorsteps of members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The September/October 2012 issue of AASL’s official journal covers the topic of Participatory Culture and Learning and was guest edited by Buffy Hamilton and Ernie Cox.

Coinciding with the newly released issue, the AASL website features a variety of additional content and resources related to the theme of participatory culture and learning:

  • An audio podcast with guest editors Buffy Hamilton and Ernie Cox;
  • Registration information for an all new KQ webinar taking place Oct. 9 – Opening the Space: Libraries as a Site of Participatory Culture, presented by Andy Plemmons - the first KQ webinar of the 2012-2013 season is open to AASL members and non-members;
  • Video podcasts from school library leaders Sue Kowalski and Andy Plemmons, who answer the question, “How do you overcome barriers to using social media in school library programs?";
  • Additional resources, including an AASL Essential Link on participatory culture and a spotlight on related content in AASL’s online journal, School Library Research;
  • A new poll relating to the upcoming November/December 2012 issue on personal learning networks.

For information about upcoming issues in Volume 41, additional resources and much more, visit the Knowledge Quest website at

Published bimonthly September through June by the American Association of School Librarians, Knowledge Quest is devoted to offering substantive information to assist building-level school librarians, supervisors, library educators, and other decision makers concerned with the development of school library programs and services. Articles address the integration of theory and practice in school librarianship and new developments in education, learning theory, and relevant disciplines.

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

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