Webinar Series – School Libraries During and Post COVID-19
School libraries reacted quickly to COVID-19 and the lockdowns and changes to schooling systems from 2020 and into 2021.
EduWebinar put together two free webinars about school libraries and the way they quickly pivoted to continue to serve their school communities during COVID-19. I was proud to be part of the first webinar. You can view both webinars on the EduWebinar website, as well as access the fantastic range of resources listed there.
While your school may not be as effected by lockdowns or COVID in general, there are many great ideas and programs that the presenters share.
ACCESS Articles – June 2020
I have been extremely fortunate to be able to contribute two articles to the ASLA ACCESS June edition 2020.
Both articles wouldn’t be possible without the contribution from all the wonderful library teams around Australia who shared their experiences in their roles and during COVID-19.
School Libraries During COVID-19
COVID-19 has, very quickly, changed our world. It seemed to come out of nowhere (though some dystopian writers might say they predicted this years ago) and within a matter of weeks and months, life as we know it has been altered. For many, the impact has been far greater reaching than a change in civil liberties. It’s a heart breaking situation for many.
Within schools, it has sparked quick change. A big drop in attending student numbers. The move to online learning. A very quick learning curve for many as they navigate new technologies and new pedagogies.
Students Need School Libraries Campaign
As a librarian, it’s no surprise that I believe that all students need access to a quality school library run by qualified and enthusiastic staff. Consider reading and all its benefits, exposure to literature that has the potential to expand readers’ lives, minds and world views, and research skills, digital literacy and information literacy, which are even more vital in today’s technology and news-driven world. To me, all of that equals a library. Plus of course, a safe space for young people to retreat to, a place for socialising, a place to receive support, a place of welcome, a place that encourages innovation and creativity. Okay… you get it… I love school libraries and all their possibility and what that means for our students. Which is why I am a supporter of the Students Need School Libraries campaign.