Thursday, March 6, 2008

BC Book Prizes

The nominees in the seven BC Book Prizes' categories were announced today—you can view the full lists on the excellent BC Book Prizes website at The BC Book Prizes were founded in 1985 and celebrate BC writing, illustrating, and publishing. The award finalists will be announced at a gala celebration on April 26, 2008 (tickets available on the BC Book Prizes site).

Did you know that a BC teacher-librarian sits on the BC Book Prizes Board of Directors? For the past three years, BCTLA and BCTF have been represented ably by Judy McConnell, teacher-librarian at Port Moody Secondary School. Thank you, Judy!

Nominees for the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize:

  • The Alchemist's Dream by John Wilson (Key Porter Books)
  • Baboon: A Novel by David Jones (Annick Press)
  • The Corps of the Bare-Boned Plane by Polly Horvath (Groundwood Books)
  • For Now by Gayle Friesen (Kids Can Press)
  • Porcupine by Meg Tilly (Tundra Books)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Next Issue of The Bookmark

The next issue of The Bookmark is scheduled for publication on June 15. Please submit articles, units, booklists, and anything else for publication on or before April 11. To submit, contact Angie MacRitchie, Senior Editor of The Bookmark, at Alternatively, submit materials for publication through the Virtual Bookmark. The next issue will be made available electronically. Be sure to check out the current issue, Winter 2008, published electronically in February! Note that the document opens in Abode and may take some time to download.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

School Library 2.0 Discussions This Week...

There will be two school library 2.0 chat events this week...on Tuesday, March 4, join Joyce Valenza, Doug Johnson and teacher-librarians from around the world in a discussion (live audio and a chat room) hosted by WOW2.0. Joyce and Doug are well-known for their incredible work in and for school libraries as well as for their famous blogs (Joyce's NeverEndingSearch and Doug's Blue Skunk Blog). On Tuesday at 6 p.m. PST, join the conversation at (no registration required).

Closer to home, beginning on Thursday, March 6 and running until Friday, March 14, Judith Kootte will be facilitating the discussion "School Libraries: Are They Relevant?" on the LearnNowBC Learning Community site. Judith is the Technology and Information Services Coordinator for Richmond School District and is a past-president of BCTLA and CASL. The discussion will focus on questions such as "Do school libraries really contribute to students' learning?" and "What role do school libraries play in a world of easy and open access to digital resources?". To join the discussion, you must be a member of the LearnNowBC Learning Community. Join at To view and join the discussion, login to the site and click on "Discussions".

BCTLA @ New Teachers' Conference

Members of the BCTLA Executive manned a display table at the BCTF's New Teachers' Conference on Friday, February 29 and Saturday, March 1. Over the two days, Val Hamilton, Moira Ekdahl, Amanda Hufton and I handed out a one-page summary and a brochure of what the BCTLA and B.C. teacher-librarians can do for and with new teachers, as well as copies of older issues of The Bookmark and sample lessons.

In support of the day, Val created a BCTLA blog for new teachers at with links to recently published unit and lesson plans. Altogether, the two days provided for an opportunity to introduce approximately 50 student teachers, new teachers, and TOCs to BCTLA and to teacher-librarianship in the province. Thanks to Val, Moira, and Amanda!