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ERIC Number: EJ1207622
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
Rethinking K-12 Library Services after Hurricane Harvey--Pasadena ISD
van Hamersveld, Christine
Knowledge Quest, v47 n4 p28-33 Mar-Apr 2019
Hurricane Harvey dealt a devastating blow to the Pasadena Independent School District (PISD) community when it made landfall August 25, 2017, one week into the PISD 2017-2018 school year. Hurricane Harvey affected all PISD stakeholders and all campuses to some extent, displacing more than 2,000 district families and tripling the number of homeless learners to 13,203 in the 2017-2018 school year. Three campus libraries sustained serious damage, rendering the library spaces temporarily unusable. district leaders worked with campus personnel to assess damage to campuses, as well as determine the impact of the storm on students and staff. The Libraries and Instructional Materials Department immediately surveyed all school librarians to determine the extent of physical damage to campus libraries, technology, and books. This information was used both for insurance claims and for assessing the level of urgency for repair work and replacement of library furniture, books, and technology. In light of the damage throughout the community and the resulting disruption of daily life for many PISD learners, everyone involved with the PISD school libraries was resolved to continue providing library services and resources regardless of the personal and professional obstacles created by the storm. Collaboration and effective communication with all district departments focused on removing access barriers to library services and resources, ensured that the library remained a consistent part of daily school life, and provided a sense of normalcy and comfort to all students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas