If you’ve checked into this blog recently you may have noticed a certain dearth of activity. I plead distraction, not inaction. For the past two years a huge portion of my attention has been directed at the formation of a new national organization, Canadian School Libraries (CSL).
Born from the ashes of the dissolution of the Canadian Library Association and following the clear mandate set out by participants in a national survey, CSL has moved forward confidently and aggressively in its short existence. We have now been fully incorporated as a non-profit charitable organization.
CSL’s early accomplishments are impressive. We have published Leading Learning / L’Apprentissage en tête online, partnered with the Manitoba School Library Association to host the fifth Treasure Mountain Canada research symposium, created a vibrant online journal, cultivated partnerships with provincial and territorial associations, and fostered a robust professional learning network with our wide-reaching communications strategy.
Canadian School Libraries is now a member of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations / Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) and the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL), extending our voice and influence nationally and internationally.
I am proud to serve as the first Chair of Canadian School Libraries, working with board members Carol Koechlin, Liz Kerr, Judith Sykes, Richard Beaudry, and past board member Jo-Anne Gibson. This is a working board, so expanding on my (volunteer) board description I could add editor, web developer, graphic designer and business manager.
Now that we are established it’s time to add this blog back into my professional priority list. I seem to still have quite a bit to say about all aspects of school library learning commons practice, and look forward to sharing more over the coming weeks and months.