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Education Resources for Out-of-School Learning: Articles & Related Resources for the Librarian and Parents

Welcome to the newly curated LibGuide developed for librarians, teachers, students, and parents as you navigate the coming days during COVID 19.

Using Databases-How to sign in

School Library Journal

Please log in here with the following credentials for full access to
Email:  Password: SLJfullaccess1

We are also providing free access to the digitized editions of our entire magazine archive, including the latest issue. From the homepage, click on "Access Digitized Edition" in the upper left-hand corner. For return visits to the authorized digital editions site, click on “Bookshelf” in the upper right-hand corner to read current and back issues of SLJ.



Parents Lead

Vendor Extension for Minitex

FYI: Trial access for Vendor proposed databases to ODIN through Minitex has been extended into June. You can continue to use those databases!!!!

Copright Issues-ALA

What is Fair Use?

Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 12:37 PM

Subject: Online or video story time and fair use.

I received your message about online story time.  I’m the copyright specialist for ALA, and while I cannot provide you with legal advice, here is my professional opinion.

Because of exigent circumstances (the closing of library etc due to the virus), your use of online technology to deliver story time is a clear fair use, meaning that it is not an infringement to conduct these public performances. 

Here is a good explanation of why this is true:

Some book publishers are making public statements that it’s okay for libraries to conduct online story time considering what is going on in the world.  This is a very nice gesture but I want you to also understand, that even without publisher approval, this use is a fair use.  The social benefits far outweigh any revenue that rights holders would otherwise collect.

Good luck!


Carrie Russell

Director  Public Policy and Advocacy  

ALA Washington Office                                                      


A Crisis - as in School Closures Due to Coronavirus—Justifies Fair Use, Say Librarians


Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research



Tackling Copyright Concerns When Taking Storytime Online


Publishers Adapt Policies To Help Educators        


Author Kate Messner has a page to track publisher permissions for using their books for online storytimes.  


Granted this is an article from a year ago, but we should be knowledgeable on all sides of the coin. No doubt, COVID-19 will impact court cases and copyright laws to come.

For Those Who Have Kids at Home

Exercizing for Staff/Adults

Screen Time Advice from Common Sense Media

Publisher Read-a-louds Permissions

Family Engagement for Early Learners program

Family Engagement for Early Learners

(Updated March 23, 3:45 pm)

Q: How do I register my four-year-old for this program?

A: Families can register for this family engagement early learning program directly by completing the pre-registration form online or by calling 1-888-982-9898.

Q: Who do I contact for assistance?

A: You can contact Carolyn Kueber in the Office of Early Learning at (701) 328-1640.

Q: How can I find more information?

A: Please view the flyer for additional information.



       Special Edition: Skills Training at Home

   Check out the list of helpful, informative webinars at the link below.

AASL Free Resources

I am sincerely hoping that the link above works for all librarians, not just those who have a membership in AASL. If you can't access the articles and documents, you might be able to find them online or through a database. The very first document (also available online) is what the present credentialing committee is using to revise the State Level Standards for library accreditation.

The link above is viewable for everyone because it is in Google Sheets.

Library Journal

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We are also providing free access to the digitized editions of our entire magazine archive, including the latest issue. To access, go to the homepage and click on "Access Digitized Edition" in the upper left-hand corner. For return visits, click on "Bookshelf" in the upper right-hand corner of the Bookshelf-MSI landing page.

Creative Commons


NOTE: All hyperlinks do not work, so live hyperlinks will be listed separately below the document.

We find ourselves at a pivotal moment in history—we must cooperate effectively to respond to the unprecedented global health emergency caused by COVID-19.


With this in mind, we felt it imperative to underscore the importance of open access, specifically open science, in times of crisis. We did so in our recent post, "Now is the Time for Open Access Policies—Here's Why." (Thanks to CC Uruguay, you can also read this post in Spanish.)


One of the most important components of maintaining global health, specifically in the face of urgent threats, is the creation and dissemination of reliable, up-to-date scientific information to the public, government officials, humanitarian and health workers, as well as scientists. The current race to find a vaccine for COVID-19 exemplifies why rapid and unrestricted access to scientific research and educational materials is vital in the most open terms possible.


These are the reasons Creative Commons works with publicly funded organizations to:

  1. Adopt open access policies that require publicly funded research to be made available under an open license or dedicated to the public domain.
  2. Ensure all educational resources are also openly licensed to facilitate dissemination of reliable, practical information to the public.​


How Our Organization Is Responding To COVID-19


Here at CC, we've postponed all work-related travel and canceled the in-person component of the annual CC Global Summit in May. We're a fully distributed nonprofit, meaning all of our staff work remotely (and have for years). Due to this global health emergency, many of you are working from home for the first time. To help members of our community successfully adapt to this new way of working, we put together a post titled "We're a Fully Remote Nonprofit: Here's Some Advice on Working From Home" to offer some advice for both organizations and individuals. 


Here's the gist: On an individual level, try to create a routine that makes you feel productive, included, and motivated. On an organizational level, actively listen to and check in with staff to ensure everyone feels supported and included.


Finally, and most importantly; be safe, be smart, and be kind to one another. 



The CC Team love_cc


Follow our response to COVID-19 via TwitterLinkedin, and/or Facebook. If you have any questions and/or concerns, please reach out to us at To help us continue our work advocating for open access policies and building the tools the world uses to share, please become a Creative Commons supporter


Common Sense Media Parent Advice and Resources

Learning Commons Guide

 A LibGuide of sorts done in Googled Docs by David V. Loertscher, Fran Kompar and Carol Koechlin

SLJ for Teen and Teen Programming

Being a Successful Virtual Teacher

Copyright on Read Alouds-ALA

This webinar is March 31st, at 12:00. Register at the link above.

Compressing Videos to share

This gentleman explains how to compress video files so they can be shared easily and quickly.

Librarian Bookends Homepage

Homeschooling is Not Crisis Schooling

Future Ready Librarians-Copyright

Future-Ready Librarians

Book for Kids Explaining Coronavirus

A New Book for Kids on the Coronavirus.

This book is 24 pages. Parents will need to read this book to younger children.