Snapshot of a School Library During COVID-19 #5
Janine and her library team at Mater Dei College, Edgewater in WA, have been busy supporting staff and students, while also making some updates to their library collections. She answered our questions to give us some more information about the tasks she and her team have been up to.
What has been the focus for your school library/ role during the COVID-19 crisis?
We have been working from home since 26/03/20.
The whole school is using Microsoft Teams and I have set up a Library Team with the following channels:
Genre and Reading Lists
The first 2 days were a trial of remote learning and then it was extended and we had to make decisions quickly so I opened the Library on 30/3//20 for the morning to enable staff and students to borrow and organised class novels to be left at Student Services for students to collect.
I have also set up a staff book club on Teams.
What major tasks have you achieved?
One of my staff members also works in Archives, so she has been working on that from home.
Another has been cataloguing books from home.
We have just begun genrefying the Library and have been putting books into genres that had not previously been assigned a genre.
Creating reading lists for books that will not have their own genre, e.g. school stories.
Training – Clickview and Infiniti.
What has been the result for staff and/or students?
A good examination of the catalogue and organisation of resources on paper that will make it easy to organise books when we return to the Library.
Promotion of databases and ebooks and audio book collections.
Dissemination of online learning resources.
What other information would you like readers to know?
If remote learning is to continue we would look at solutions for the community to borrow resources form the Library.
Working together to ensure student access to high quality school library services.
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