Many districts across the U.S. are being faced with new legislation and a growing interest in their classroom library collections from parents, the public, and local government. But just how are districts minimizing the disruption for building librarians and teachers while maintaining students’ access to and use of classroom libraries? Districts like Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) in Florida needed a quick, efficient solution to elevate classroom libraries.
In this webinar hosted by School Library Journal, Allison Kibbey, director of instructional technology & library media at OCPS, speaks to balancing new state guidelines and regulations, supporting her team of librarians and teachers, and maintaining focus on the benefits of independent reading and its impact on literacy outcomes. The district’s close partnership with Beanstack led to the rapid development of a new feature set in beta, the Classroom Library Connector. This extension of Beanstack enables district and school media specialists to streamline cataloging efforts and strengthen collaboration with teachers by showcasing classroom libraries and increasing student engagement with classroom books.
Watch this timely discussion as schools, libraries, and ed tech companies continue to strike a balance between compliance and cultivating school reading culture.