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Research Study from Idaho again confirms the positive impact of school library programs on student success.






Please add your stories, experiences,plans and progress here as you work to transform your libraries to meet the needs of 21st Century learners


Congratulations to Pat Parango for her award the Ken Haycock Professional Development Grant . Read about Pat's dedicated work to transform school libraries in Canada http://bctlaincirculation.blogspot.fr/2012/06/pat-parungao-is-2012-recipient-of-ken.html . It was wonderful to have you with us in Ottawa for TMC 2012.


Roger Nevin, Kawartha Pine Ridge D.S.B. in Ontario will be presenting his work creating a virtual learning commons for his school at New England School Library Association (NESLA) conference on January 15, 2010 in Boston entitled: Knowledge/Learning Commons: The Future of School Libraries?

Check out the NESLA Brochure  to see who else will be there! Congratulations Roger.


NEW Presentations have been added to The New Learning Commons wiki - don't miss Dr Joyce Valenza's video, Wonderful World of Apps



New Ontario Document for School Libraries was introduced and celebrated at OLA SuperConference on February 27, 2010

Together for Learning; School Libraries and the Emergence of the Learning Commons is available in English for your study. Watch for the French version in May. Read more

A couple of news items from the Waterloo Region District School Board in Ontario:

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new WRDSB Library Learning Commons website at: http://library.wrdsb.ca

The site is a truly collaborative effort from a group of about twelve elementary and secondary teacher-librarians, with some contribution from others in the board. It is rich in content, from video book trailers to engage readers, to downloadable organizers and tutorial videos to help young researchers. And this is just the beginning - we have great plans for ongoing content development. Please do check it out! Also, consider following us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/wrdsblibraries


Dr. David Loertscher and Carol Koechlin will be presenting a full-day workshop at Huron Heights Secondary School Library in the WRDSB on April 29: Moving Towards the School Library Learning Commons. We are looking forward to this event. We are using it to launch our implementation of the new Ontario document, Together for Learning: School Libraries and the Emergence of the Learning Commons.

Update from the Waterloo Region DSB: The workshop I mentioned above was a huge success. We are truly energized here, and imagining all of the possibilities. You can read about our day on our new Library Learning Commons website: http://library.wrdsb.ca/blog/2010/05/02/learning-commons-with-loertscher-koechlin/


Comments (2)

kelly.diiorio@... said

at 11:17 pm on Jan 6, 2010

In Niagara, we are slowly making some progress toward developing Learning Commons in some of our elementary schools. At each Teacher-Librarian Association meeting we are sharing ideas for transforming spaces so that they are more welcoming and inviting and go beyond the traditional uses of the library. We are encouraging the use of technology through TL Tech Sharing sessions in which TLs from across the board share their uses of Web 2.0 tools - wikis, blogs, Glogster, RSS feeds, etc. to motivate students and reach beyond the walls of the physical library to the virtual space.
At Quaker Road School in Welland, Ontario, the TL and administration is actively working toward a Learning Commons. Tomorrow I am attending a kickoff to a contest in which the students, the true users of the space, are being challenged to redesign the library. The principal has informed the students of the budget, and we have given them, in very 'kid-friendly' language, a basic understanding of the Learning Commons philosophy. The winning entry will in fact dictate the design of the new space. Talk about student voices being heard!

Greg Harris said

at 11:24 am on May 17, 2010

At Simcoe County DSB, Tim Gauntley is presenting the keynote at our annual TL Conference on June 4. Together for Learning is a key component of Tim's address. Principals from all schools were formally invited to attend.

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