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According to the preface, "in light of the growing multicultural population in the United States, twenty-first-century library services will require culturally competent librarians."

For years AASL has been addressing cultural issues in its official journal, Knowledge Quest. This collection brings together articles that touch on a wide variety of issues related to culture, including:

•cultural literacy

The nine articles from Knowledge Quest, beginning with a column from long-time Knowledge Quest editor Debbie Abilock, are accompanied by new material from Patricia Montiel-Overall, Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Library Science Resources at the University of Arizona.

The full list of contributors includes:

Patricia Montiel-Overall
Debbie Abilock
Hilary Crew
Steven Herb
Sara Willoughby Herb
Kay Bishop
Jennifer Bishop
Philip Lee
Laurie Dias-Mitchell
Elizabeth Harris
Lance McCready
Taghreed Alqudsi-ghabra
Lori S. Mestre



Introduction by Patricia Montiel-Overall

School Library Services in a Multicultural Society: The Need for Cultural Competence—Patricia Montiel-Overall

Educating Students for Cross-Cultural Proficiency (Homepage column)—Debbie Abilock

Transforming the Hidden Curriculum: Gender and the Library Media Center—Hilary Crew

A Focus on Fathers: The Role of Males in Children's Literacy Development—Steven Herb and Sara Willoughby-Herb

Gender and Racial Bias in Juvenile Computer Books—Kay Bishop and Jennifer Bishop

Publishing Spanish-Language Books in the United States—Philip Lee

Multicultural Mosaic: A Family Book Club—Laurie Dias-Mitchell and Elizabeth Harris

Making Space for Diverse Adolescent Male Identities in School—Lance McCready

Knowledge: The Cornerstone to Ethnic Sensitivity (On My Mind column)—Taghreed Alqudsi-ghabra

Improving Computer-Use Success for Students of Diverse Backgrounds—Lori S. Mestre

Patricia Montiel-Overall

Patricia Montiel-Overallis Assistant Professor at the School of Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona.

Donald C. Adcock

Donald C. Adcock is Director of the School Library Media Program at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University.

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library program services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to empower leaders to transform teaching and learning.