School Libraries 2021: An Ohio School Librarian Documents his Pandemic Year in Pictures

Barberton (OH) Middle and High School media specialist Joseph Vernacotola closed his media centers without notice in March 2020, went through a rollercoaster year and half that saw him reassigned and remote before returning to his library for the 2021-22 school year.

In response to COVID protocols, many school librarians were forced from their space and reassigned as tech support, mobile services providers, and classroom teachers. This is Ohio media specialist Joseph Vernacotola’s story.

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Kara Yorio

Kara Yorio (, @karayorio) is senior news editor at School Library Journal.

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