I have been spending quite a lot of my time over the past weeks and months working on the creation of an new national school library association, Canadian Voices for School Libraries (CVSL).
The dissolution of the Canadian Library Association presented a huge problem for school library practitioners and supporters. There was the possibility of losing not only our national online journal, School Libraries in Canada (SLiC), but our new national standards document, Leading Learning, would also have lost its home base. With these concerns in mind, I wrote a paper for the last Treasure Mountain Canada symposium exploring the potential for a new national school library association. Discussion at the symposium led to the creation of a working group, whose first task was to conduct a national survey.
Results from the survey were overwhelmingly in favour of moving forward. We have now reached an agreement with the Canadian Library Association for the transfer of SLiC and Leading Learning to CVSL, and are busy developing our organizational structure, fundraising, and being proactive about project development.
I invite you to explore these news updates from CVSL:
CVSL Survey Results and Analysis
Introducing Canadian Voices for School Libraries
CVSL Progress Report and Canada Day Challenge!
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Can you help us to build this new organization? Your contribution would be most appreciated.
I’m attending the Canadian Library Association National Forum this week, an event of some historic significance. Indeed, CLA describes the event as a “watershed gathering”.
From the CLA News:
This will not be another conference of talking heads and uncertain outcomes. Instead, we are hosting a forum centered on a key set of library issues of national importance.
Participate with colleagues from across Canada and around the world in focused dialogues and help craft outcomes that will advance the state of libraries and the emerging Federation. In sessions designed to inform and engage, those attending will consider some of the most critical challenges facing libraries in Canada.
This is an action oriented policy and advocacy forum. You will be challenged through discussion and debate, and your contributions will advance libraries in Canada.
We will celebrate the legacy of CLA and we will stimulate a new era of engagement, focus, vitality, and impact. As a community we are embarking on a new path. Help chart the way.
It promises to be an interesting, and perhaps a bit wistful three days. The Twitter hashtag is #CLAOtt16 if you care to follow along.
I’m speaking today!
York Catholic District School Board
May 30, 2016
The Virtual Library Learning Commons
School libraries are reinventing themselves as learning commons and lively hubs of a collaborative learning culture. The virtual library learning commons extends resource access and active learning into online spaces. With a shared vision and collaboration across schools, the YCDSB has a unique opportunity for creating a rich and vibrant library learning commons, with streamlined access to common resources and customized for the needs of each school. Join us as we explore the possibilities, and imagine your new virtual library learning commons.