School buildings may have closed as the coronavirus pandemic swept across the country, but teaching and learning didn’t stop—they just moved in new directions. Administrators, teachers, and staff transitioned quickly to take learning online, a move that provided new opportunities even as it brought consistent challenges.
As teachers work to share curriculum in new ways, school librarians face a similar challenge: how best to reach students? A visit to the school library is a highlight of many students’ weeks, but delivering those resources to students who are no longer on campus calls for creative thinking and an adept use of technology—two things school librarians have in spades.
From great change comes great opportunity
Today’s school librarians possess extraordinary expertise in collaboration, research, and use of technology–attributes that are serving them well during uncertain times. They’re finding innovative ways to work with teachers, students, and administrators to keep kids learning and engaged during these unprecedented times.
Shannon Miller, Innovation Director of Instructional Technology and Library Media at Van Meter Community School in Iowa, says school librarians have a remarkable opportunity to not only make a difference in the remote learning taking place now, but to also help shape the change that will inevitably impact education and school libraries going forward.