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2021 AASL National Conference

Research Empowering Practice: Professional Practice

Oct 23, 2021 2:20pm ‐ Oct 23, 2021 3:20pm

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Standard: $6.99
Members: $0.00


Is This What We Signed Up For? Librarians’ Discourse around Access during the COVID-19 Pandemic -We will share research and discuss the discursive practices of school and youth librarians in blogs written in fall 2019 during the COVID-19 pandemic. We used discourse analysis to study multi-author blogs published by AASL, ALSC, and YALSA. Among the findings were that the librarians’ language indicated they value access to library services; they believe young people want and need services such as book borrowing; and that libraries are social goods, essential in a pandemic. Rural School Librarians Anchoring Community Mental Health - One in five children has or will have a serious mental illness. Often, communities lack accessible, acceptable, and appropriate mental health supports. This project intended to determine current efforts among school libraries and communities to promote mental health literacy and to determine rural school libraries’ capacity to promote community health literacy. Findings of an IMLS funded study will be shared in addition to how they align with the CASEL SEL standards. Where Personal and Practical Meet: Reading Habits of School Librarians and Classroom Teachers - This session will present data related to research conducted to examine the reading habits of teachers and school librarians. The research relates to how teachers and school librarians impact the reading motivation of their students as well as how they make selections for their school libraries and classroom libraries.


  • Dr. Rebecca J. Morris, Teaching Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jenna Kammer, Assistant Professor of Library Science, University of Central Missouri
  • Kerry Townsend, Library Media Coordinator, Columbia Public Schools
  • Denice Adkins, Professor, Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri
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