Director’s Brief: Virtual Learning Commons and Pastoral Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Executive Summary

School libraries have been reinventing themselves to inhabit both the physical and virtual world for many years (Loertscher, 2008, p. 46). As users’ needs have changed, and more of them access resources electronically, the ability of a library to connect with them outside the walls of the physical space has become a cornerstone of effective school library practice. With schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, what was once a part of a successful school library program has now become the primary method of service delivery. School librarians across the United States are devising innovative and flexible means for meeting the needs of their learning communities through a virtual learning commons model and the delivery of pastoral care during this time of crisis.

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