School Librarian Role in Pandemic Learning Conditions
School librarians fulfill five important roles: instructional partner, teacher, leader, information specialist, and program administrator, all of which highlight the profession’s skill at building relationships and creating an inclusive school culture. During the COVID-19 pandemic, schools need this librarian skill set more than ever as they adapt to meet the current needs of learners in a constantly changing learning environment. Chart & Resources | Chart Only
Resources for Libraries
ALA is committed to supporting its members, staff, and all librarians and library workers during these uncertain times and is curating a resource page for the library community. Resources include pandemic prevention, guidance on disinfecting workplaces, and what individual staff and their library users can do to reduce risk of contagion.
Latest CDC Guidance on COVID-19
For the latest resources and developments on COVID-19, check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 website. The site offers information on how the virus spreads, symptoms, and prevention and treatment.
- As you begin to plan for the 2020-2021 school year, the CDC has provided Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes.
Virus Life on Circulating Library Materials
As a part of the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project, scientists have found that the virus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 is not detectable on five common library materials after three days.
AASL Town Halls
AASL for 10 weeks, AASL held town halls for school librarians to connect with AASL leaders and staff about the impact the pandemic is having on schools and the AASL community. For the archive, visit: AASL Town Hall: The Show Must Go On(line).
AASL School Library Surveys
AASL Back to School Snapshot Surveys (Fall 2020)
First Snapshot (August 5-12)
AASL School Library Closure Snapshot Surveys (Spring 2020)
First Snapshot (March 30-April 6)
- Report on school libraries and learners
- Report on school libraries and other educators, and parents/caregivers/guardians
Second Snapshot (April 15-21)
Third Snapshot (May 5- 12)
Access FREE Resources via the AASL Learning Library
The AASL Learning Library (ALL) contains a wealth of FREE resources to help school library professionals whose schools have closed during this pandemic. From webinars to presentations to Knowledge Quest articles and issues, ALL has the resources school librarians need to engage with learners and update their professional practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the following free resources that may help school librarians during the pandemic:
- Virtual Field Trips for the 21st Century Learner (session)
- Reading Goes Collaborative: Leveraging Technology to Promote & Enhance Reading (conference presentation)
- March/April 2019 Knowledge Quest: School Libraries Go Beyond the Four Walls
- May/June 2015 Knowledge Quest: Summer Learning
FREE Vendor Resources for Online Instruction/Activities
Check out the AASL Complimentary Resources Clearinghouse, which lists free activities and resources being offered by AASL vendor partners and exhibitors to school librarians and educators. Share the list with other educators in your school or district to help them engage with their learners. The list will be updated as new resources/activities become available.
Connect with Learners and Update Your Practice with KQ Posts
Learn how to connect with learners, help your fellow educators, and update your practice during the pandemic with these Knowledge Quest posts. Explore digital tools and resources to use in your online instruction with your learners. Discover new books to add to your collection. Find out how to expand your school library practice and your professional learning network. School librarians can subscribe to receive links to the latest posts by submitting their e-mail address in the “Sign Up for Email Alerts” box on the right hand sidebar.
Join the AASL Member Forum to Connect with Colleagues
Join the AASL Member Forum to connect with other school library professionals during the pandemic. The Connect space offers members a platform to talk about the issues they're dealing with during these difficult times. Join today
REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM)
REALM is a research partnership between OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle to create and distribute science-based information and recommended practices designed to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to staff and visitors who are engaging in the delivery or use of museum, library, and archival services. Visit oc.lc/realm-project for more information on the project, research timeline, and committee members. Project updates and resources will be added to this information hub as they become available.