Monday, March 30, 2009

BCCSL/CWILL BC Press Release: "Children and Children’s Authors Rally Behind School Librarians"

Today, the BC Coalition for School Libraries (BCCSL) and Children’s Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia (CWILL BC) issued a press release, "Children and Children’s Authors Rally Behind School Librarians".

The press release states that, "as B.C. school boards review budgets for the next year, school children and children’s authors across British Columbia have rallied to send a message to them: 'Don’t cut school librarians or school library hours any further!"” The submissions from children include True Stories: The Effect of Funding Cuts to School Libraries. The letters, which were solicited by CWILL BC, will be sent to school boards and principals by the Coalition.

According to the September 2008 "Education Funding" brief submitted by the BCTF to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, between 2001-02 and 2007-08, 20.8% of teacher-librarian positions were lost in B.C., a net total of -191.83. Thank you to the BC Coalition for School Libraries (BCCSL) and Children’s Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia (CWILL BC) for taking a stand.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Last Call for BCTLA Awards

Wednesday, April 1st is your last chance to nominate someone or be nominated for one (or more) of the BCTLA awards. We strongly encourage all nominations.

Possibilities include:
  • Diana Poole Memorial Award of Merit, which honours teacher-librarians who are making an outstanding contribution to teacher-librarianship at and beyond the school level.
  • Val Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes the lifetime commitment and achievement of teacher-librarians who have made outstanding contributions to teacher-librarianship, school libraries, and/or to BCTLA.
  • BCTLA Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes the efforts of non-teacher-librarians who have made an outstanding contribution in support of effective school library programs in B.C.
  • Ken Haycock Professional Development Grant, to further the professional development of a member of the BCTLA, to be used for any credit or non-credit course, workshop, conference or program in the field of teacher-librarianship.
  • William H. Scott Memorial Award, which provides $500.00 to a local Chapter’s in-service, or to workshops or guest speakers in the field of teacher-librarianship.

It's your last chance for 2009! For more information on BCTLA's awards, visit the BCTLA awards site, or contact your Chapter Councilor or one of the BCTLA Executive members.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

BCTLA This Week

Congratulations to The Bookmark's long-time "New on the Net" columnist John Goldsmith who has been awarded the Premier’s Awards for Teaching Excellence for Distributed Learning! Check out the latest installment of "New on the Net" on the Virtual Bookmark.

Thanks to Moira Ekdahl and Val Hamilton, who staffed a BCTLA display table at the BCTF's New Teachers Conference on Friday and Saturday last week.

Val was very busy this week! She and I also worked on and finished the revisions to the BCTLA Constitution and By-Laws. The next step is to produce a final version of the draft new document for comment.