AASL hosts town hall to build community during pandemic

For Immediate Release
Fri, 03/20/2020

Contact:

Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

312-280-4383

jhabley@ala.org

CHICAGO – On Tuesday, March 24, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will host a town hall to give school library professionals the opportunity to gather as a community and discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on schools, educators, and learners. All are welcome to participate in the AASL Town Hall: The Show Must Go On(line) beginning at 11:00 a.m. Central. Visit www.ala.org/aasl/townhall at the time of the meeting to join the discussion. Registration is not required. 

“This last week has seen most of us in the United States move from thinking about coronavirus as an abstract topic and contemplating ‘what would happen if’ to being personally impacted through school closings and other uncertainties,” said AASL President Mary Keeling. “The importance of community during unprecedented times cannot be overstated. Please join AASL leadership, AASL staff, and your peers for a discussion on best practices as we switch the delivery of our learning. We’ll also explore managing our own stress and anxiety, as well as our learners’, as we watch the situation evolve. I have seen so many amazing and creative solutions shared by educators across social media platforms to benefit the learners and families we serve. This is an extraordinary time, and we are seeing extraordinary responses from you.”  

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.   

Comments

Hi, all-

I was wondering what ideas were to reach High School students to let them know help and e-resources are still available- besides emailing them and posting on websites.

 

-Jodi

Good Morning Jodi,

As I work at a high school that is now closed, I was wondering the same thing and would love to hear ideas.  I have added additional pages to our library website highlighting new distance learning tools as well as information about Covid 19 from the WHO and the CDC. I have posted links on community website pages as well. I have had Zoom meetings with faculty to offer support as well. As for our students who receive special education services, I will begin to create tutorials that they can access. I hope this helps and be well.

 

Jen

 

Good Morning Jodi,

As I work at a high school that is now closed, I was wondering the same thing and would love to hear ideas.  I have added additional pages to our library website highlighting new distance learning tools as well as information about Covid 19 from the WHO and the CDC. I have posted links on community website pages as well. I have had Zoom meetings with faculty to offer support as well. As for our students who receive special education services, I will begin to create tutorials that they can access. I hope this helps and be well.

 

Jen