As co-editor with Carol Koechlin, I am very pleased with the current edition of the Canadian School Libraries Journal. I’ve provided an excerpt from the From the Editors column in the current edition, below. Please connect to CSL Journal for some great professional reading!
Big Picture Ideas – Growth with Leading Learning
Keeping the Promise: Leading Learning’s 5th Anniversary, by Carol Koechlin and Judith Sykes
Over the past five years Leading Learning has grown as a live document representing current practice in school library learning commons right across Canada. Count the ways !
La bibliothèque scolaire de l’avenir: collaborer pour mettre
en œuvre des carrefours d’apprentissage intégrant un laboratoire
créatif: Un exemple à la Commission scolaire de Montréal, par
Viviane Morin et Audrey Raynault (Editors’ Note: The English version of
this article will be published in this edition by the middle of November
2019)Lacking a provincial standards document, librarians in the CSDM
(Montreal Catholic School Commission) formulated their own vision for
new spaces, working within a Community of Practice (CoP) and eventually
with architects. Design always based on learning needs and vision
supported by Together for Learning and Leading Learning.
Big Picture Ideas – Leadership for Learning
Strong Leadership Builds Libraries: The Vital Role of Administrators in the School Library Learning Commons, by David Mark and Darcy McNee
“Administrators play a vital role in creating the conditions for a successful school library learning commons. Through vision, trust, and flexibility administrators lay the foundation.”
State of the Art: Project-Based Learning in the Library with ELL Students and A First Nations Artist, by Karen Weber and Bryn Dewar
Making learning connections for ELL students and First Nations knowledge that impacts inclusivity in the LLC and whole school culture
Creating Knowledge Building Skills: Designing and Implementing a Knowledge Week, by Jennifer Cain
How one teacher librarian expands on the idea of a celebrating national children’s book week to celebrating creative knowledge building in her school led by work in the library learning commons.
Big Picture Ideas – Research and Professional Learning
TMC6 Research Symposium & Think Tank
Need to know information on how you can participate in TMC6.
Research In Action: An Interview with Judith Sykes
Why is action research particularly important for school libraries in Canada? Learn the how, what, when, where and why of teacher research in the LLC with our own Judith Sykes.
Professional Resources: Problem / Project-Based Learning, by Judy Chyung and Susan Ewing
Another great annotated list of resources to support professional learning in your school, this issue on the topic of Problem/Project-Based Learning.
Big Picture Ideas – On the International Scene
International Corner / Le Quartier international, by Joanne Plante
Promoting international vision based on IFLA school library guidelines and global vision in School Library Manifesto.
La Jornada de Bibliotecas Escolares – The Day of School Libraries, by Alanna King
Talk about big picture! Alanna shares her leadership journey at a library conference in Buenos Aires addressing UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly the digital divide.
Building a Community of School Library Leaders, by Dr. Susan La Marca
Discover how school library associations work together on professional learning and school library advocacy in Victoria, Australia.
REVIEW: Synergy Highlights: The First Fifteen Years, by Dianne Oberg
Don’t miss this review of an important new resource for school library professionals making shifts to learning for the future.
Big Picture Ideas – Working Together to Engage Readers
I Read Canadian Day: On February 19, We Stand on Guard To Read, by Paul Coccia
A shared vision between writers, publishers, book sellers, library associations, libraries of all sectors to promote Canadian (children’s) books, working together with common purpose.
Resource Links Highlights: Recent Canadian Titles Too Good to Miss, by Victoria Pennell
The title says it all. So many great Canadian books. This list is a great entry point into the richness of recent Canadian books for kids.
Canadian School Libraries likes to look at the big picture. We hope that this edition introduces you to the big ideas that drive innovation in school library practice.