With recent figures showing another year of cuts to public libraries in the UK, what is the role of the school library in an age of austerity and ‘digital divide’? Here, Richard Gerver – president of the School Libraries Association – outlines his advice to all schools on how to recognise the power of libraries, why they are vital, central hubs within every school and how they can transform learning outcomes for all.
It’s safe to say that the past year has been full of uncertainty, upset and often loss, as the global COVID-19 pandemic transformed the way we live and work. Schools in many countries have been closed for months at a time during virus spikes, with teachers and parents alike having to quickly adapt to the ‘new normal’, scrambling to turn kitchens into classrooms. As the vaccination programme starts to roll out in full force around the world, and we begin to approach some semblance of normality, many of us are reflecting on what the long-lasting implications of the pandemic might be.
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