School Library Staff: Essential to Supporting Students Adapt and Succeed in the Unprecedented 2020-21 School Year

July 31, 2020 School Library Staff: Essential to Supporting Students Adapt and Succeed in the Unprecedented 2020-21 School Year The Ontario School Library Association (OSLA) membership consists of more than 1,300 members who are front-line educators and school library professionals necessary for delivering Ontario’s primary and secondary curriculum. This includes making sure students have the digital and critical thinking skills they need to succeed in college, university, or a career in the skilled trades. As school boards plan for the 2020-21 school year, school library staff will be essential to supporting students adapt and succeed to a new normal. We recognize that a return to school will create new challenges for school boards and educators to adjust in response to the pandemic. The school library learning commons, led by school library professionals, transcends the physical library space. With a school-wide perspective and experience as curriculum and technology leaders, school library professional staff are integral to this successful adjustment. Throughout the COVID-19 shutdown, school library professionals have already demonstrated the impact they have on students. School libraries and school library professionals have been at the epicentre of this shift to emergency distance learning, providing essential technology leadership and curriculum support to staff and students. School library professionals have worked overtime, making sure that curriculum-supporting learning continued. According to an OSLA survey, school libraries and library professionals are delivering support for educators every day by: The curation of digital learning resources; Support of students, parents, caregivers, and teachers in using distance learning technology; Sharing virtual programming options with students and teachers; Co-teaching classes and supporting curriculum linkages; and Moving in-person programming such...

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