For immediate release | October 4, 2011

AASL kicks off new Knowledge Quest webinar series with complimentary webinar

CHICAGO – To mark the launch of the expanded Knowledge Quest website, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will present the first of its Knowledge Quest webinar series complimentary to all attendees. This new series of webinars will explore topics related to the editorial theme of the most recent Knowledge Quest and be presented by authors from the issue. More information on how to register can be found at

The first webinar, “Using Games to Support the Curriculum: Getting Teachers on Board,” will take place at 7 p.m. CDT on Oct. 11, 2011. Presented by Annalisa Crews and Amy Jackson, the session will discuss how board games aligned with the school curriculum can help students learn while having fun. Crews and Jackson will also offer practical suggestions for school librarians to start their own board game program. The webinar will be based on Crews' September/October Knowledge Quest article of the same name, and all webinar attendees will receive a PDF download of the article.

Each webinar in the series will take place on the second Tuesday during the second month of the issue’s publication. For example, the webinar for the November/December Knowledge Quest will be held in December, and the January/February webinar will be held in February. The Oct. 11 session is open and complimentary for all attendees. Subsequent webinars, while still complimentary, will become an exclusive benefit of AASL membership.

“This new webinar series adds to the already great professional resource that is Knowledge Quest,” said Carl Harvey, AASL president. “Attendees will have the unique opportunity to expand on ideas and information while in the company of their peers and the article’s author.”

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.