Here's what library professionals are saying.
As my library system grows, the old ways that we served our community are beginning to not work so well. I want to find more inclusive ways to serve everyone in our community. I'm also newly a youth services supervisor, so I want to learn more so that I can empower my staff.
I teach 20-30 one shot instruction sessions per semester, and I have tried to incorporate elements of diversity, equity, and inclusion into each session. This session seems like a great opportunity to learn about what others are doing well and will let me take that information and immediately apply it to my own teaching.
During 2020 with the COVID pandemic, almost every parent became a homeschooler. Although we had many materials for assignments, etc., I did not feel that we adequately addressed the curriculum needs of homeschoolers. We are looking to expand our workbooks and curriculum, so this session may give us guidance to do it in a comprehensive manner.
We are seeing the lowest reading scores in our school in a very long time. Because my state has implemented a new law that will require 3rd graders to read on level or be retained, our school is constantly looking for ways to improve reading. This session sounds like it has a unique approach to literacy.
There are MANY sessions I'm interested in attending, but as a newer youth services librarian in a new state in a new library (1 year old today), I'm trying to find more ways to acknowledge the large-scale fatigue, trauma, and isolation that many families and children in my community are experiencing. Incorporating small, consistent practices in my regular programming--and information/advice on how to do so will help.
I love the idea of using technology for the power of good AND I firmly believe in the essential, critical need for digital literacy, as our society puts more and more info, opportunities, etc, solely online. This session sounds like an incredibly practical and timely approach, and I can't wait to hear more!
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