With many educators returning to school, I have been thinking especially about my school library colleagues and friends, and of the unique challenges they’re facing. This quote by Jarrett J. Krosoczka sums up what I’ve been particularly pondering. If you’re a school librarian, whether you’re beginning your year in person, virtually, or somewhere in between, your school library is still essential. It may look different right now, and you might be rethinking how you typically do nearly everything. But, the connections, skills, resources, knowledge, and stories you continue to share will remain crucial to the students you serve. No matter how school libraries look and function this fall, librarians are still at the heart of them.
This profession already faces challenges from those who don’t quite understand what happens in a modern school library (ex: only checking out books all day). But, to add to that, now there’s the stress of re-examining how you teach and serve your school communities during this unusual time. Yet, librarians are innovators and creative thinkers. I see all the collaborating, planning, and learning taking place right now in preparation for this year, and I’m so proud to be a part of this profession. I’m thinking of you all and wishing everyone a safe and healthy school year.
Below, please find a few resources which may be helpful for school librarians trying to plan for this unusual year ahead.
- AASL Pandemic Resources for School Librarians
- Extended Permissions from Publishers for Read Alouds
- Distance Learning with PBS
- Tools for Visual and Distance Learning (Common Sense Media)
- Planning Guide for Reopening (DEMCO)