Journal Review of Knowledge Quest by S.Engler
The journal I picked to review is called Knowledge Quest. Knowledge Quest is an academic journal that focuses on school libraries. I chose this journal because of my interest in school libraries and how I believe they are the center of the school, so naturally I wanted to read more on how they are changing. This journal, that is published by the American Library Association and has five issues throughout the year, does exactly this.
After reading a few articles from the first issue, I was starting to notice a theme going on and so I just quickly read the other articles titles and noticed they went with this theme. I then went on to the other issues and they also surrounded around one theme for the whole issue. I think doing the journal this way gives people a different perspective on how the theme can fit into the library in different ways. Those themes in order of the issues I read go as follows: Being Engaged in Schools, Community, Profession, Students, and Games; Solo Librarians; The Future of School Librarians; Collaboration and Co-Teaching; Caring in Libraries; Participatory Culture; PLN’s (Personal Learning Networks); Comic books/Graphic novels; Mentoring; The upcoming themes of the AASL Conference.
The first issue, instead of coming out in January, comes out in September when school starts and goes until June when school is over with. In each issue they have 15-20 articles covering the featured topic in a variety of different ways. For example in the issue that covers comic books and graphic novels, the articles cover everything from bringing graphic novels into the classroom through instruction to how it inspires students who don’t like to read to pick up a graphic novel and read. One of my favorite issues was about Caring and the articles cover a variety of how librarians use care in the library. In the article The Transformative Power of Care it says, “Without care a school library and its program cannot thrive. We know this intuitively. We also know that care can be demonstrated only by action.” (Nesi 2012) The issues all have at least one article that demonstrates their action. They are all so passionate about what they are writing about and that seems to be the reoccurring theme in this journal. Each issue also covers the theme differently in every article, but they all have the concept of including how the topic fits into education, ways to promote and engage students in using the library, and some form of using new technology.
“As Knowledge Quest readers know, school librarians and media specialists understand more about information as an entity than anyone else in their settings. They know where current and accurate information can be found; how information is organized, stored, and presented; and how information can be used to foster deep and meaningful learning. Who better to take the lead in the information-based learning of the future?” (Neuman 2012) This comes from the issue on future, and it is an insight on what kinds of things the journal talks about, and how they are all on the same goal. That goal is being able to understand information, and to find diverse ways to educate students on how to use that information.
In Knowledge Quest a lot of the articles cite the American Library Association, and the American Association of School Librarians websites. These websites offer everything that goes on in the library, events, conferences, grant applications, publications and journals, professional tools, and more. It is a great source to have for any librarian. The authors also use a lot of educational sites as well, one of those includes www.corestandards.org, which is a site that tells us what the core standards for math and language arts are and who has adopted those standards. Surprisingly there are only 5 states that haven’t adopted the standards. The authors also use a lot of different blogs as well as other educational journals.
The American Association of School Librarians president writes a column for every issue while they are the president. Knowledge Quest seems to be based around the AASL, and the authors and guest-editors are teachers or school librarians from around the nation. This journal is a great resource for upcoming school library media specialists and for those who have been in the game a while and trying to find new ways to promote their library.
As someone who wants to work with youth in either a public or school setting I believe this journal can be a great resource to be aware of. It may be centered on a theme each issue, but it also gives a variety of ways to use that theme. Whether it is about the future, collaboration, comic books, or caring this journals main theme is about trying to make your library the best it can be.
Nesi, Olga M.. “The Transformation Power of Care.” Knowledge Quest 40 no.5 (May/Jun 2012) p. 8-15. September 2013. Academic Search Premier.
Neuman, Delia. “Here Comes The Future.” Knowledge Quest 40 no.3 (Jan/Feb 2012) p. 24-28. September 2013. Academic Search Premier.