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Byrne, Librarian of Congress Discuss Pandemic Education Challenges, Library Resources

Press Release

Date: Sept. 2, 2020
Issues: Education

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) recorded a Facebook Live discussion with the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, on the education challenges facing parents, students, and teachers during the coronavirus pandemic and Library of Congress digital resources available to help. Also joining to discuss the library's extensive digital resources is Lee Ann Potter, director of the library's Office of Learning and Innovation.

Congressman Byrne said: "We are all concerned with making sure that our children get the education they need and deserve as we go through this pandemic, and I'm extremely grateful to Dr. Hayden and her staff for offering resources to help make sure our children get the very best education possible."

Dr. Hayden said: "We understand that this is a challenging time in this new digital environment and so we want to make sure the Library of Congress' resources were developed and available in ways that are engaging but also that will give everyone an opportunity to get into this treasure chest."

The recorded video includes discussions of positive steps schools have taken to adapt this fall and how can the library can assist them, resources to help parents struggling to balance jobs and childcare, and the multiple library resources for teachers.

Some of the Library's extensive digital resources discussed include:

the Library's new website for public programming, https://www.loc.gov/engage, where you can find National Book Festival Presents interviews with authors as well as original programming with the U.S. Poet Laureate and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature
programming and activities specific to families at https://loc.gov/families
best practices for using the Library's online education resources in virtual classrooms at https://www.loc.gov/education/
an online tour and discussion of the Library's current exhibits at https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/current/
discussion led by library experts of items in the Library's digital collection at https://loc.gov/collections/
Veterans History Project online resources at https://www.loc.gov/vets/
By the People -- the Library's crowdsourcing initiative where the public transcribes and makes available original correspondence of historical figures at https://crowd.loc.gov/