EP 52 Read Into #ONLibChat – How might our school libraries look in the fall if/when we return to school?

By Alanna King

Read Into This co-host Beth Lyons, Ontario School Library Association (OSLA) Vice-President chats with Jenn Brown (OSLA Past-President) about the recent #ONLibChat they facilitated that took place on June 25th and looked at the question- “How might our school libraries look in the fall if/when we return to school?” The chat was an open discussion between school library professionals across Ontario (and BC!) and a few key themes and concerts emerged:
Will school libraries open if/when we return to school?

How might we support community wellness by advocating for the LLC as a safe space for learners?
How can we continue to use the school library space as a centre of support for student health and wellness?

How might we advocate the need to have centralized databases, resources, and school library positions at all Ontario boards to support modern learners?
How might we foster collaboration with educators and other library sectors as a result of what we have learned during this time?
What role can school library professionals play in supporting educators and students in exploring ideas of digital citizenship, privacy, and copyright?

Further chats have been scheduled for July 28th at 7pm and August 25th at 7pm.

Resources mentioned in the discussion:

Toronto Sick Kids Hospital Recommendations for School Reopening: https://www.sickkids.ca/PDFs/About-SickKids/81407-COVID19-Recommendations-for-School-Reopening-SickKids.pdf