Libraries have been a place to check out books for centuries. However, checking out things like telescopes or board games would have been unthinkable. Now, its something that is expected of libraries, which are evolving into “libraries of things.”
April 19-25 is National Library Week, and according to an article by the American Library Association, rather than the usual festivities, it is seeking to highlight the ways libraries are offering digital services and resources during the pandemic.
Despite living in a digitized era, millennials were found to be the age group most likely to use public libraries, according to Pew Research Center. This could be because libraries are evolving to keep up with new technology and tools as it becomes mainstream.
The online learning environment provides obstacles for students and teachers alike. Students still need to feel like they have a relationship with their teachers and are in an environment where they can take risks and ask questions, despite being on an online platform, so teachers must adapt to foster this type of environment for their students.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way educators think about teaching and required a process that plans for continued e-learning while also considering activities that promote student wellness in these distressing times.