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COVID-19 NEWS: 'School Librarians Lead During Pandemic Learning Conditions'
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) published School Librarian Role in Pandemic Learning Conditions, a chart that demonstrates school librarians’ “critical role in meeting the needs of learners in a constantly changing learning environment.” It examines three back-to-school scenarios (face-to-face learning, blended learning, and distance learning), each in relation to five roles of school librarians (instructional partner, teacher, leader, information specialist, and program administrator). The chart can be downloaded with supplemental resources that share information about the learning environments and their possible challenges and opportunities.
“The beginning of a new school year is quickly approaching, and in many parts of the country, decisions about reopenings are still being made,” says Kathy Carroll, AASL president. “Some of us will continue to work virtually, some will return to the building, while others may have to navigate a hybrid model. Regardless of how the year begins, school librarians will be ready.” She adds, “When we talk to our administrators about our plans and strategies, the information contained in the chart and resources can be used to provide evidence of the important role of school librarians. … By working together, school librarians will continue to be leaders in education, regardless of our circumstances.”
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