RETSD Library Staff

Part One: Minds On!

Today’s session focuses on the transition from a traditional library to the school library as a vibrant learning commons. Those of us who work in school libraries know that we are building on a strong foundation. Let’s explore what already makes the library a vital part of learning.

The Digital Native: Truth or Myth?

On Your Own

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The 21st Century Learner

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Part 2: Leading Learning with the School Library Learning Commons

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Leading Learning

Leading Learning is available on the School Libraries in Canada website.

The Canadian Library Association released national standards for school library learning commons in Canada at its national conference in Victoria, BC in June 2014.

Leading Learning is a transformational document. Its core theme is how the school library learning commons facilitates learning, and the document sets a framework for growth.

“All schools in Canada need to be able to develop and support excellent school libraries responsive to the diverse needs of learners today and into the future. This means that all schools large and small, urban and rural, public and private, brick and mortar or virtual, need to provide access to teaching expertise in the library as well as best resources, technologies and physical and virtual learning spaces to support learner needs as they evolve. The transitioning of the school library to school library learning commons establishes the vision and structure to address these evolving needs and encourages continuous growth.” (Leading Learning p. 7)

Learn more about Leading Learning, and download the document and bibliography at:

Learning Commons Links

Together for LearningTogether for Learning Website
Together for Learning Document
Together for Learning: Supporting Principals
T4L: Ideas for Implementation
Loertscher & Koechlin: Library to Learning Commons (Article in Education Canada)
Loertscher & Koechlin: The School Learning Commons Knowledge-Building Center
Brooks Kirkland: Transforming Library Spaces
Brooks Kirkland: The Virtual Library as a Learning Hub
Brooks Kirkland: Digital Literacy: Opportunities in the Learning Commons
Koechlin & Brooks Kirkland: Collaborative Leadership: A Learning Commons Model. ASCD Ontario, The Trillium (July 2014)

Part 3: Re-Imagining YOUR School Library

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A few pictures to get the ideas flowing…
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Learning Environment Resources

Brooks Kirkland: Transforming Library Spaces
Brooks Kirkland: The Virtual Library as a Learning Hub

Brooks Kirkland, Koechlin & Di Sabatino: Teen Territories: Creating their special spaces in libraries

Together for Learning: The Learning Commons
Together for Learning: Creating and Transforming Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces

Ontario Ministry of Education: The Third Teacher: Designing the Learning Environment for Mathematics and Literacy, K-8

Your Library Learning Commons Leadership Team

NoTLWho should be on your school’s Learning Commons Leadership Team?

  • Consider ALL of the Leading Learning standards
  • Consider your own unique competencies/contributions
  • Identify missing/needed competencies/contributions
  • Think about your whole school community
  • Think about your peers across the school division

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