Canadian School Libraries

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).

CSL Poster

Click on this infographic for a summary of CSL’s organizational progress.

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.

In the meantime, please do visit the CSL website to explore the extensive resources on offer. Please be sure to subscribe to our newsletter.

Canadian School Libraries

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Looking forward to TMC5!

Treasure Mountain Canada (TMC) is a research symposium and think tank that serves as an incubator for much-needed research into school library practice. The first four symposia collectively have generated close to one hundred action research and academic papers. It was because of TMC that the national standards document, Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada, was conceived and developed, with input from every province and territory in Canada.

In less than a month we assemble once again, this time in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This symposium is being held in partnership with the Manitoba School Library Association.

The TMC5 theme is Culturally Relevant and Responsive School Library Learning Commons, expanding on the MSLA conference theme, Truth in Our Stories: Seeking a Path to Reconciliation.

I am very pleased to be on the TMC planning committee. TMC is now a project of the new national organization, Canadian School Libraries, which I chair.

Learn more about TMC5.

Follow our progress on the TMC Blog, and with our Twitter hashtag, #TMCanada2017.


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Action is Eloquence at the DPCDSB

I’m presenting today!

Action is Eloquence

Leadership from the School Library Learning Commons

A presentation for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board Elementary Teacher-Librarian Professional Learning Session
September 5, 2017

What does teacher-librarianship look like in 2017? How deep an impact has learning commons thinking had on practice? What progress are we making in Ontario, across Canada, and internationally? This presentation provides a window into teacher-librarianship for the 21st century, and proposes ideas for collaborative leadership from all stakeholders to advance the school library learning commons.

Storefront Session Title PageStorefront Session: Associations

Professional associations provide you with resources and programs, learning opportunities, and a powerful professional learning network. Associations empower you with a voice to demonstrate the value of the school library learning commons.

Connect to the session materials page.

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