Kicking Off the New School Year

Updated: Aug 15, 2020

Well, it's back to school time for many of us! If we were on site, we'd be thinking about library orientation. Well, guess what?!! You still need to be thinking about library orientation!

How are you going to conduct orientation? You might get some ideas in the The Digital Librarians' Survival Toolkit, which is a free eBook crowdsourced by librarians for librarians. It will be released this weekend. I'll share it on social media once it gets posted.

This eBook might have some ideas you can use to create your orientation. There are sections on creating a live-stream show, podcasting, screen recording, setting up a remote learning space, and so much more! There's bound to be some fun way you can create a digital library orientation.

By the way, who were you thinking about? Students or teachers or families? They could each use an orientation customized to their interests! Be sure to add it to your LMS and/or website.

Meanwhile, like every year, you are busy helping everyone get ready for the start of school. You may have social distancing in-service days or you may do them remote. Remember to take a look at AASL's chart that shows how we do our roles from three perspectives: face to face, remote, and hybrid.

In particular lets look at our role as instructional partners. I know that many of you are working remote or hybrid right now. When your principal asks you to provide some in-service training for back-to-school, please step up! You were made for this kind of thing! AASL shares on their chart, that we as librarians " Support and provide PD to orient educators to digital resources, platforms, and librarian collaboration."