Canadian School Libraries board of directors released a statement on the role of school libraries during the pandemic

View this email in your browser The Role of School Libraries During the Pandemic On September 23, 2020, the Canadian School Libraries board of directors released a statement on the role of school libraries during the pandemic. The statement expresses concern about cuts to school libraries as the new school year begins, summarizes the contributions of school libraries to student learning, particularly during this time of crisis, and makes three recommendations to ministries of education and school districts. Please share this statement in your networks. Connect to the statement: The Role of the School Library During the Pandemic Further inquiries related to this statement should be directed to Anita Brooks Kirkland, Chair, CSL Board of Directors: anitabk@bythebrooks.ca Statement on the Role of School Libraries During the Pandemic As the 2020-21 school year commences, publicly-funded school districts across Canada are under extreme pressure to provide equitable access to quality educational experiences for all students, including options for in-school and remote online learning. Recognizing that there are very difficult choices to make under these circumstances, Canadian School Libraries (CSL) is extremely concerned that some districts have chosen to reassign school library staff, restrict access to library resources, and in some cases completely close the library and shut down associated programs and services. This range of responses amplifies existing inequities in access to quality library programs across the country and across jurisdictions. Restrictions associated with the pandemic have made access to reading resources extremely challenging. School districts are making massive shifts to online learning and face huge challenges in providing quality learning resources in that environment. Educators strive to provide meaningful learning experiences...

How to guard your social feeds against election misinformation

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National Geographic: How libraries are writing a new chapter during the pandemic

National Geographic: How libraries are writing a new chapter during the pandemic. “AMERICANS’ LOVE AFFAIR with libraries has only grown during the pandemic—and so has their book borrowing. According to OverDrive, which libraries use to loan out digital material, weekly e-book lending across the United States has increased nearly 50 percent since March 9, even as some libraries remain physically closed. Libraries today not only provide free access to books, they also serve as contemporary community centers with shelter from the elements, accessible loos, and—usually—free...