Thursday, February 26, 2009

Spring Issue of The Bookmark Available

The spring issue (v. 49, issue 3) of The Bookmark is now available on the BCTLA website. The front-page article is entitled, "Supporting Literacy in Ethiopia through Libraries and Reading Rooms" and is by Dr. Marlene Asselin and Dr. Ray Doiron. Other authors in this issue include Dr. Jennifer Branch, Dr. Diane Oberg, and Margriet Ruurs. In addition, Jennifer Gray-Grant (ERAC) has contributed a Q&A with Judith Kootte on the multi-sector database deal. There are also contributions from The Bookmark's columnists, including Dr. Stewart Savard, John Goldsmith, and Greg Smith, as well as Carolyn Cutt and Pat Parker (BCTLA Reviews).

Check it out at:!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

News from the Canadian Association for School Libraries

The latest issue of the Canadian Association for School Libraries' (CASL) journal, School Libraries in Canada, is now available. Volume 26, Issue 3 has the theme, "News from the Front Lines".

The deadline for CASL's awards draws near! CASL's available awards include:
  • Follett International Teacher-Librarian of the Year
  • Angela Thacker Memorial Award
  • Margaret B. Scott Award of Merit
  • Chancellor Group Conference Grant

This year, a new award has been added, which is not yet mentioned on the CASL website. The new award is the CASL Digital Project Award which, "...honours a Special Digital Project that exemplifies how digital networks contribute to 21st century learning in school libraries. A virtual award stamp from CASL will be given to the recipient/s of this award. Nominees may include school-based, district wide, or province wide projects. These may include, but are not restricted to, Web 2.0 environments and communications that enhance the collaborative nature of information sharing to the benefit of school libraries and learning".

Update: CASL advises that the CASL Digital Project Award can not be awarded until next year.

The application form for CASL's awards is available on CASL's website.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

UBC Teacher-Librarian Program Summer Instructor Needed (Updated)

Update: The deadline has been extended.

UBC is currently advertising for a summer instructor for LIBE 467, "Information Services I". The appointment would be for a part-time sessional instructor in the teacher education program, for Term 2 (June 13-July 31).

"TERM 2 (JUNE 13 – JULY 31)
Monday through Friday, 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Applicants must have a minimum of a recognized master's degree in Teacher Librarianship or MLIS and experience as a Teacher-Librarian in the K-12 school system. Applicants should be familiar with the system’s structure and services, with the various stakeholder groups and with authorities involved in the provision of education in British Columbia. Duties include teaching, holding regular office hours, marking assignments, reporting grades, attending subject area meetings as well as follow-up appointments, where applicable.

Applications can be either mailed or emailed as a word document to:

Dr. Margot Filipenko
Teaching Program Coordinator
Faculty of Education
Department of Language & Literacy Education
University of British Columbia
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Deadline extended until position filled."

See the official posting on the UBC website (and for more information about the position and posting):

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

BCTLA Awards

BCTLA award nominations are now being accepted, with a deadline of April 1st. We absolutely encourage the nominations of deserving individuals for the awards. 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 BC.
  • 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.

The Alan Knight Memorial Award will also be presented to the author of the most outstanding article published in The Bookmark in the last year.

For more information on BCTLA's awards, visit the BCTLA awards site.

Monday, February 2, 2009

"Exemplary School Libraries in Ontario"

On January 28, 2009, a long-awaited report commissioned by the Ontario Library Association and written by Queen's University and People for Education researchers was released. "Exemplary School Libraries in Ontario" reports that ten characteristics make a school library exemplary (from the People for Education press release):

"1. The school library acted as a 'hub' of teaching and learning for the whole school. Both the library and the teacher-librarian were recognized by the rest of the school staff as playing a critical role in supporting the educational outcomes of the school.

2. The principal regarded the teacher-librarian as a key teaching member of the staff and allocated adequate resources to the library.

3. The principal expected classroom teachers to partner with the teacher-librarian.

4. The teacher-librarian collaborated with classroom teachers. They planned lessons together, cooperated on professional development, and even taught classes together.

5. The principal and classroom teachers understood how to work with a teacher-librarian.

6. The teacher-librarian did not have to cover excessive amounts other teachers' preparation time.

7. The teacher-librarian was full-time.

8. The teacher-librarian was an active, dedicated and effective teacher.

9. Classroom teachers and the administrators considered the library a classroom and a place for learning.

10. The school library had multiple roles, beyond book selection, reading and research".

The full report is available at