For immediate release | March 21, 2023

AASL Opens Call For Knowledge Quest and School Library Research Editorial Board Members

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks a dynamic group of school library professionals to serve on the Knowledge Quest (KQ) and School Library Research (SLR) Editorial Boards. These publications move the profession forward by highlighting school library best practices and emergent research in the field. For more information and the application, visit

“AASL's professional publications are essential resources for school librarians. One of the reasons I am so proud to be part of the AASL community is how willing everyone is to share their expertise and experiences with each other so we can all continue to learn and grow” said AASL president-elect, Courtney Pentland. “Writing for AASL publications has given me the opportunity to explore and engage with my work in new ways and provided an avenue for continued advocacy at the local and national levels. There is so much value in not just reading these journals but participating in their creation. If you are someone who is passionate about sharing school library stories and enjoys collaboration, please consider joining the editorial staff for Knowledge Quest (KQ) or School Library Research (SLR). “

The Knowledge Quest Editorial Board works under the direction of the chair and editor to ensure the journal’s features, articles, content experts, and authors are relevant, current, and meet the needs of AASL’s diverse membership and the school library profession. Members of the editorial board identify the focus of feature articles and topics for related articles for each issue, along with potential content experts and authors. Members also serve as liaisons to content expert(s) to help direct, shape and review the editorial content for each issue.

Pentland notes, “Knowledge Quest is a touchstone that provides access to thoughtfully curated sources of inspiration that provide a depth of knowledge and includes a diversity of perspectives from across the country. School Library Research is vital to our profession, because it is a journal focused solely on peer-reviewed research related to school libraries which is incredibly rare.”

The SLR Editorial Board works under the direction of the SLR Editor(s) to review manuscripts in a timely fashion and ensure the research journal is relevant, current, and meets the needs of AASL’s diverse membership. Members of the editorial board will review manuscripts and encourage submissions. They are also expected to offer insight and suggestions for additional research areas for coverage as well as promote the content and value of SLR.

“The editorial boards for both of these publications provide a vital service that helps us build new knowledge and think critically about our professional practice. As someone who has had the opportunity to write for Knowledge Quest in the past, I am incredibly grateful to those who volunteer to provide guidance and direction for these publications,” said Pentland.

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Central on April 14, 2023. Applicants will be notified by June 1.

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Allison Cline

Deputy Executive Director