Monday, April 28, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
The focus of the forum was on preschool literacy and adult literacy. What I took away from this forum is that for the very first time Canadian leaders have put aside their titles, regions, interest groups, and differences to say that literacy is a goal that transcends all of these divisions. One of the ideas is that we should not have a Ministry of Education but a Ministry of Human Development (from birth do death) that is concerned with learning and training for all Canadians.
What about school libraries? What about schools? Several speakers such as Adrienne Clarkson and Linwood Barclay talked about the importance of supporting the public school system, but beyond that we weren't directly included. I don't think this is a slight. At this point, I think the focus is on helping adult immigrants become literate and helping support families and pre-school children. These are the two groups where support is needed. I do think this is an opportunity to advocate for good school libraries to support the middle of the continuum.
I hope, as Dr. Fraser Mustard suggested, that this forum is the beginning of a national concern with literacy and that we have another forum in two years to continue the work.
Friday, April 11, 2008
The Children's Writers and Illustrators of BC (CWILL BC) also has a blog - CWILL BC Blog & News. All of your (and your students') favourite local children's writers and illustrators are contributing to and commenting on the blog articles.
Join North Vancouver teacher-librarians Lesley Edwards (The WebFooted Booklady - http://bookminder.blogspot.com/) and Hazel Clark for Elluminate Live! sessions through the Virtual School Society Online Learning Community. To join, log on at http://community.bcedonline.ca/bced. To view the recorded sessions, click on "Explorer" at the top of the page. Under "Discussions" in the tree, click on "Groups". Click on "ERAC LearnLink" and then "Recorded Elluminate Sessions". Enjoy learning about social bookmarking and Google Notebook from Lesley and Hazel!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I also am a member of a number of distribution lists and listservs in addition to the BCTLA Forum. I find it incredibly useful to be on the various BCLA (BC Library Association) listservs. You can subscribe in one location to thirteen different lists, including the Main BCLA list, and the list for the BCLA's Young Adult and Children’s Services section (YAACS). Other library lists that I've joined include the Canadian Coalition for School Libraries (CCSL) Forum. You must apply to join the CCSL Forum, but they're more than happy to welcome teacher-librarians to the list.
Other lists that I've joined keep me appraised of what's happening in copyright (K-12) and curriculum. In terms of copyright, the Council of Ministers of Education (CMEC), maintain a K-12 copyright information site and often release bulletins. The latter have been more frequent of late, and you can keep up-to-date on CMEC's positions regarding copyright in the K-12 sphere by subscribing to InfoCMEC. Finally, the BC Ministry of Education has launched a Curriculum Information Updates listserv, which lets members know when new curriculum and other materials have been posted to the Ministry website. To subscribe, click here and scroll down to "Curriculum Information Updates".
Those are some of my favourite e-newsletters and distribution lists. Do you know of any others that are useful?
Saturday, April 5, 2008
- Libraries as access point
- Libraries as ICT learning centres
- Libraries for continuing education
- Libraries for specific needs
- Libraries for cultural heritage
A sixth area, "Libraries for cultural diversity", is also referenced on some of the database pages.
The database can be used in two ways. To add a success story, you must be a member. This involves filling in a simple form, which can be found at http://www.tribalpixel.ch/ifla/members.php?a=register. To search through the success stories that have already been added, you will find that there are many searching options available, including search by project category, project field, continent, and country. To see what has already been added in the field of "School Libraries and Resource Centres", click on Project Field and find "School Libraries..." in the list (currently it's eleventh from the top). Next, click on search. I see that the California School Library Association has already added a success story. Hopefully, members of BCTLA will add the great things that are happening in B.C.'s school libraries to the database!
The BCTLA Executive will be considering a request for BCTLA to become a member of IFLA. What do you think?
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
The 2008 Fast Forward Educational Media Showcase, where videos and DVDs will be previewed for next year's ERAC video catalogue, will be held on April 30-May 1st at the Capilano College Sportsplex in North Vancouver. Numerous teacher-librarians will be attending, including Moira Ekdahl, BCTLA's Liaison Chair.