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 Links to Explore and Resources to Consider




School Libraries in Canada http://www.cla.ca/casl/slic/slicindex.html

Teacher Librarian http://www.teacherlibrarian.com/index.html

The Teaching Librarian http://www.accessola.com/ola/bins/content_page.asp?cid=118-124

Flip this Library: School Libraries Need a Revolution by Dr. David Loertscher



Libraries Reinvent Themselves to Serve Digital-age Students

The posting below looks at some exciting changes underway at today’s campus libraries.  It is by  Thomas K. Grose and is from the March 2010 issue  of PRISM.



Unlearning How to Teach  by Erica McWilliam http://j.mp/8LwFbA 




OSLA The Research http://www.accessola.com/osla/bins/content_page.asp?cid=630-639


Evidence Based Library and Information Practice http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/EBLIP


Horizon Report, 2010 (trends in technology) at: http://www.nmc.org/horizon


What If ?Discussion paper published by the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA)  What If ?


Important Background for TM Canada - A position paper by Ross Todd/Carol Gordon on the importance of school libraries




State of Learning in Canada http://www.ccl-cca.ca/pdfs/SOLR/2010/SOLR-2010-Report-FINAL-E.pdf




David Warlick http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/


Neverendingsearch - Joyce Valenza http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/blog/

Weblogged – Will Richardson http://weblogg-ed.com/

Eclectechlibrarian - Carlene Walter http://eclectechlibrarian.blogspot.com/

Classroom Tech Tips Donna Desroches http://donnadesroches.ca/


iLibrarian by Elyssa Kroski   http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/


Information Wants to be Free by Meredith Farkas http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress


Infomancy by Christopher Harris  http://schoolof.info/infomancy/ 


Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Wes Fryer   http://www.speedofcreativity.org/


The Librarian in Black - Sarah Houghton-Jan  http://librarianinblack.net/librarianinblack/


Blog without a Library - Amanda Etches-Johnson    http://www.blogwithoutalibrary.net/


Coolcatteacher Blog - Vicki Davis  http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/


School Library Blog - Example Kind-Gr 8 community information site - Gianna Dassios TDSB http://chinelibrary.blogspot.com/



Do School Libraries Need to Have Books? — May 17, 2010 — Annie Kidder, Paul Kay and Diane Maliszewski discuss the evolution of the school library and whether or not computers are slowly replacing books.  Interview done by TVO - Television Ontario. Diane and Paul are council members for Ontario School Library Association (OSLA).


21st Century Ed in New Brunswick http://schools-at-the-centre.ning.com/video/21st-century-education-in-new?xg_source=shorten_twitter


Trends to watch 2011 Horizon Report http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHUufQm_gdA&feature=youtu.be




The New School Learning Commons http://schoollearningcommons.pbwiki.com/


Wiki With Us http://wikiwithus.pbwiki.com/FrontPage


Flat Classroom Project Wiki - Vicki Davis   http://flatclassroomproject2008.wikispaces.com/


Flat Classroom Projects Portal  http://www.flatclassroomproject.org/


Red Maple Reading Wiki - School based Literature Circles project - Gianna Dassios TDSB




Twitter - who to follow


http://twitter.com/willrich45            Will Richardson

http://twitter.com/joycevalenza       Joyce Valenza

http://twitter.com/ALA_TechSource  ALA Techsource

http://twitter.com/coolcatteacher    Vicki Davis

http://twitter.com/odietech             Scott

http://twitter.com/curriculum21       Heidi Hayes Jacob

http://twitter.com/Larryferlazzo       Larry Ferlazzo

http://twitter.com/ASCD                  ASCD

http://twitter.com/dwarlick              David Warlick

http://twitter.com/rogernevin          Roger Nevin

http://twitter.com/ellyssa                Ellyssa Kroski

http://twitter.com/mwesch              Mike Wesch

http://twitter.com/LibTeacher          Lisa Dempster, TDSB

http://twitter.com/resourceshelf      Resource Shelf

http://twitter.com/davidloertscher    Dr. David Loertscher




CLA Canadian Library Association http://www.cla.ca


CASL Canadian Association of School Libraries http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=CASL2


SLIP School Libraries Information Portal http://www.clatoolbox.ca/slip/


Canadian Education Association http://cea-ace.ca/home.cfm


OLA Ontario Library Association  www.accessola.com


British Columbia Teacher-Librarian Association http://bctf.ca/bctla/


Manitoba School Library Association http://www.manitobaschoollibraries.com/schoollibraries.htm


Saskatchewan School Library Association http://www.ssla.ca/index.htm


PEI Teacher Librarians Association http://www.edu.pe.ca/peitla/index.htm


International Association of School Libraries http://www.iasl-online.org/


National Council of Teachers of English NCTE http://www.ncte.org



21st-Century Learning


Framework for 21st Century Learning



AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aaslproftools/learningstandards/standards.cfm


ISTE’S National Educational Technology Standards for students  http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/ForStudents/NETS_for_Students.htm


The New Media Literacy Project http://newmedialiteracies.org/


BC  K-12 Information Literacy Benchmark Project  http://infolitbctla.pbworks.com/


Joyce Valenza's 14 ways T-Ls can Teach Social Media   http://www.techlearning.com/article/23558/ 


Meredith Farkas's Spring 2010 Online Web 2.0 course  http://sociallibraries.com/sp10/rss.xml  


Video - Students attitude through integrating Technology (this project was done in collaboration with the Learning Commons)


Video - Work @ your library - Nebraska Library Commission PSA  Interesting video on what a modern library / Learning Commons should look like


Video - $3000 Portable Computer Lab (run through the Learning Commons in a secondary school)


Setting up Google Apps through the Learning Commons http://sites.google.com/a/adamscott.ca/www/googleappsproject


WEBCAST - Vick Davis and David Rose discussion of the digital classroom and building expertise through technology -from Scholastic's Expert Talks series, Aapr. 21, 2010





Professional Resources


Teacher Librarians Supporting Student Learning http://www.saskschools.ca/curr_content/teachlib/index.htm


Research Helper http://www3.sympatico.ca/sandra.hughes/sandra.hughes/research/default.html


Info Zone http://www.pembinatrails.ca/infozone/


SSLA Showcase 2008 http://ssla.wikispaces.com/Showcase+2008#toc9


Mulitmedia Presentations


What does a Teacher Librarian Really Do?





Comments (6)

diana.maliszewski@tdsb.on.ca said

at 8:25 pm on Oct 1, 2009

Would it be okay for students to join your Learning Commons wiki? My intermediate students have been exploring the concept and have not yet found this treasure trove. However, you'd be excited to see and hear what they HAVE found and their thoughts about the idea.

Kathy Kawasaki said

at 10:17 pm on Jan 23, 2010

Hi Carol,
I think we need to add a list of people to follow on Twitter. Fastest way to keep up!

hallruth said

at 5:47 pm on Jan 24, 2010

Although a little dated Young Canadians in a Wired World – Phase II (2003-2005) is a study that I still like to reference. http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/research/YCWW/phaseII/

"When students are asked how they like to get their information for school assignments, the Net is the clear winner over books from a library." Sixty-two % of Grade 4s students prefer the Internet, over the library. The number rises to 91% by grade 11. I'm not sure why the study saw the library as separate from the net. This is something we all need to address through Treasure Mountain Canada. However the study goes on to say that 'When students are asked what Internet-related subjects they would like to learn about in school, the top choice for 68 per cent is “How to tell if information you find on the Net is true or not.”'
This lines up with a diagnostic survey we've done in January 2010 with 15 grade 9 science classes at our school. When asked "what is your greatest challenge when doing research on the internet, on average 70% of kids said "finding information which is reliable", rather than "finding too much information" or "not finding the information". Kids are asked to provide bibliographies, use MLA or APA styles but not given many opportunities to learn how to evaluate the information they find. When we explained the whole purpose of a bibliography is NOT simply to avoid plagiarism but MORE IMPORTANTLY to tell your reader where you found the information and who created it, the business of creating a list of sources became so much more valuable. It also was a perfect lead into using our Knowledge Ontario databases, which most kids did not know about and needed instruction to learn to search effectively.

I see TMC as an opportunity to articulate effective school library programs, examine them in the light of the learning commons model of education and make connections to reforms and best practice across the education sector.

diana.maliszewski@tdsb.on.ca said

at 6:48 pm on Mar 7, 2010

Just a thank you - used this page to help me find more information for my capping paper on exemplary school library programs. Much appreciated. My eyes are burning from all the reading!

Donna Baumbach said

at 9:37 am on Jun 7, 2010

An archive of twets tagged #tmcanada can be found here: http://www.twapperkeeper.com/hashtag/tmcanada

Carol Koechlin said

at 9:49 pm on Nov 22, 2010

Peter Pappas post to share with school leadership teams: 9 Questions for Reflective School Reform Leaders http://peterpappas.blogs.com/copy_paste/2010/11/9-questions-for-reflective-school-reform-leaders.html

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