Tuesday, April 28, 2009

2009-10 BCTLA Executive Election Results

The elections and appointments for the 2009-10 BCTLA Executive were held at the BCTLA AGM on April 18, 2009.

Your 2009-10 BCTLA Executive:

President: Heather Daly (Coquitlam)
First Vice-President, Chapter Relations: Sylvia Zubke (Vancouver)
Second Vice-President, Advocacy: Karen Lindsay (Victoria)
Past President: Bonnie McComb (Saanich)
Communications Officer: Halia Hirniak (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows)
Recording Secretary: Al Smith (Kelowna)
Treasurer: Chris Evans (Vancouver)
Working and Learning Conditions Chair: Amanda Hufton (Richmond)
Continuing Education Chair: Lynn Turner (Terrace) and Michele Farquharson (Vancouver)
Publications Coordinator: Al Smith (Kelowna)
Senior Editor, The Bookmark: ­Angie MacRitchie (Kelowna)
Conference Chair: Bonnie McComb (Saanich)
Liaison Chair: Moira Ekdahl (Vancouver)
Web Steward: Val Hamilton (Vancouver, retired)

Friday, April 24, 2009

Karen Lindsay is 2009's B.C. Teacher-Librarian of the Year

The BC Teacher-Librarians' Association is pleased to announce that Karen Lindsay is the 2009 recipient of the Diana Poole Memorial Award of Merit. This award honours the B.C. Teacher-Librarian of the Year, a practicing teacher-librarian who is making an outstanding contribution to teacher-librarianship at and beyond the school level in British Columbia.

Karen has been a teacher for thirty years, including seven years experience as a teacher-librarian. She is currently the teacher-librarian at Reynolds Secondary School in Victoria. In addition to teaching in British Columbia, Karen has taught in France and Australia on teacher exchanges. Karen’s Masters degree is from the University of Alberta and was awarded in part for her thesis, “Teacher/Teacher-Librarian Collaboration: A Study of Instructional Choices Made By Frequent, Moderate, And Non-Users of School Library Services”. Her previous awards include the CASL Chancellor Group Conference Grant (2005).


At the school level, Karen is an exemplary and visionary teacher-librarian. One of the highlights of her practice is school-wide sustained silent reading; every classroom at Reynolds Secondary School participates in daily silent reading for fifteen minutes each day. Karen also is a school-based leader in other areas. Her highly collaborative school library program ensures students are utilizing online databases and video streaming in their learning. As a technology leader in her school, Karen has created a virtual school library site and has included there an annotated list of web 2.0 technologies and ideas for use by both teachers and students in the classroom.

At the district level, Karen is involved with the Greater Victoria Teacher-Librarians’ Association (GVTLA), where she has proven herself to be a champion advocate for teacher-librarianship and strong school library programs. In 2007, she was largely responsible for two significant grants to school library programs: one was a $200,000 one-time funding boost and the other saw all schools in the district upgraded to Follett's Destiny Library Manager system. In 2008, Karen served as the registrar and presented as the GVTLA hosted the BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association Conference in Victoria. Karen now serves as President of the GVTLA.

In particular, however, it is Karen’s work at the provincial level that really demonstrates her exceptional leadership competencies. Since assuming her currently-held role as the Second Vice-President, Advocacy, for the BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association (BCTLA) in 2006, Karen has been an amazing communicator, writing numerous letters to Ministry of Education officials, the Premier, the BC Teachers’ Federation, and the B.C. Auditor General in support of the need for teacher-librarians, the role of the teacher-librarian in promoting literacy, and the importance of strong school library programs.

Karen is also a very frequent contributor to the BCTLA Forum discussion group, where she is an invaluable mentor to B.C. teacher-librarians. She serves as BCTLA’s liaison to the Canadian Association for School Libraries (CASL) and has accepted an invitation to be one of two B.C. contacts for Canadian Library Month. Karen is the only teacher-librarian in Canada currently representing a province as a contact. Karen’s has also contributed to the promotion of teacher-librarianship through the development of the 2008 Drop Everything and Read! (DEAR) campaign to celebrate National School Library Day.

Karen is a frequent contributor to the CASL listserv and will serve as BCTLA's representative to the CASL national dialogue on school library advocacy. In May 2009, Karen will attend CASL business meetings at the 2009 CLA conference in Montreal as BCTLA's official representative. She has also contributed to teacher-librarianship at the national and international level through publication, including several articles in School Libraries in Canada and Teacher Newsmagazine. Her past articles include "Ode to a Teacher-Librarian: Making Your Poetry Section Come Alive", "Mourning the Loss of the District-Teacher Librarian" and "Teacher/Teacher-Librarian Collaboration - A Review of the Literature". Karen was also the Guest Editor of School Libraries in Canada's Volume 25, Issue 2 in 2005.

Karen Lindsay has been and continues to be an exemplary school-based teacher-librarian, a district leader and advocate, and a provincial mentor and role model with national connections. She has given exceptional vision and inspiration and a sense of cohesion to school libraries.


BCTLA will be honoured to recognize our Second Vice-President, Advocacy, Karen Lindsay, as the 2009 recipient of the Diana Poole Memorial Award of Merit and 2009's B.C. Teacher-Librarian of the Year, at the 2009 BCTLA Conference on Friday, October 23, 2009 at Richmond Secondary School in Richmond, B.C.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Judith Kootte is the Recipient of the 2009 Val Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award

The BC Teacher-Librarians' Association is pleased to announce that Judith Kootte is the 2009, and first-ever, recipient of the Val Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award. This award has been created to recognize the lifetime commitment and achievement of teacher-librarians who have made outstanding contributions to teacher-librarianship, school libraries, and to the BCTLA.

For the past fourteen years until her retirement this past March, Judith was the Coordinator of Technology and Information Services for Richmond School District. Her role included guiding Richmond’s District Resource Centre and Library Administration Centre, providing support for the selection, acquisition and management of learning resources, assisting and supporting teacher-librarians in Richmond’s school libraries, and working in areas related to information policy and educational technology for the district. Judith’s work has been exceptional and she is renowned provincially as an expert in the selection and provision of learning resources. Her district resource centre catalogue and district digital library are cited as an example of what is possible in this regard. Judith has provided a level of access to quality teaching and learning resources that is exemplary.

Judith has shaped learning resources policy in the province. She was the first chair of ERAC’s Video Committee, and has been a member of the Video Committee and ERAC’s Learning Resources Advisory Committee since the conception of both. In the 2008-09 school year, Judith also played a key role in developing toolkits and training for the multi-sector database bundle (EBSCO, World Book, Encyclopedia of B.C.). In addition to learning resources, Judith is passionate about technologically mediated learning and she has always been at the forefront of the use of technology in education. Her commitment to understanding how technology and research can make a difference to student learning continues to be evident in her recent presentations, including one on the use of online databases at ERAC’s Professional Learning Contacts symposium in Fall 2008. Judith was one of the four members of the project team involved in the development of the Information and Communications Technology Integration Performance Standards which were adopted by the Ministry of Education.

At approximately the same time as starting in the Coordinator role in Richmond, Judith became President of the BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association, a position she held for one year, 1994-1995. As Past President, Judith led a successful revision and adoption of a new constitution and by-laws document for the BCTLA and represented the BCTLA as a speaker at the 1997 BCLA Information Policy Conference. In 1997, Judith also received her Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UBC, completing her thesis entitled, “Who Has The Key? Accessing the Technology Citadel”.

Judith is a frequent author and contributor of articles related to school libraries, learning resources, and educational technology. Her publications have appeared in numerous journals, including School Libraries in Canada and The Bookmark. Judith’s latest contribution, a Q&A on the multi-sector database deal, was published in the Winter 2009 issue of The Bookmark. The article was written to assist teacher-librarians across the province in understanding and implementing the multi-sector database bundle in their schools and districts. Judith’s excellent articles have been recognized in many ways, not least through the Alan Knight Memorial Award, which Judith won in 1993.

Judith has also contributed to the development of teacher-librarianship throughout Canada through her contribution to national-level documents including Students' Information Literacy Needs in the 21st Century: Competencies for Teacher-Librarians. Her work at the national level has also included volunteering for several positions on the Canadian School Library Association (CSLA), including the position of Communications Officer and President. In the early years of this decade, Judith served as BCTLA’s liaison specifically to CSLA.

Judith’s contributions to school libraries and teacher-librarianship include years of commitment to our profession and passion at the school, district, provincial, and national level. BCTLA will be honoured to recognize Judith Kootte as the 2009 recipient of the Val Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, at the 2009 BCTLA Conference on Friday, October 23, 2009 at Richmond Secondary School in Richmond, B.C.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Key Decisions from 2009 Spring Council/AGM

The 2009 BCTLA Spring Council and AGM was held this past Friday and Saturday as part of the BC Library Conference in Burnaby, B.C.

Motions that were passed:

  • That the BCTLA formally thank the BC Coalition for School Libraries and the Children’s Writers & Illustrators of British Columbia for their incredible efforts towards attaining healthy school libraries in B.C. in 2008-2009.
  • That a BCTLA “New Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award” be created to celebrate the achievements of very worthy teacher-librarians with under five years teacher-librarian experience, to be awarded annually beginning in the 2009-2010 school year.
  • That the William H. Scott Memorial Award be changed from a Chapter Grant award of $500 to a BCTLA conference grant award, to be awarded annually beginning in the 2009-2010 school year.
  • That as of May 1, 2009, a Chapter Grant fund of no less than $4000 each year be created and made available through an application process to BCTLA Chapters for teacher-librarian initiatives and professional development that have the potential of positive impacts at the district level and that have the potential of enabling the BCTLA to meet our goals.
  • That the BCTLA Position Statement on Book Levelling be approved and published.

The BCTLA Executive and Chapter Councilors also:

  • Discussed upcoming events, including the 2009 BCTLA Conference "Champions of Literacy" which will be held October 22-23 in Richmond and the Drop Everything and Read! 2009 campaign;
  • Received updates on ongoing projects, including the revision of the BCTLA Constitution (for ratification in 2010), the 2009 Working and Learning Conditions Final Report (scheduled for publication in May 2009), and the BCTLA Information Literacy K-12 Benchmarks Project;
  • Heard a presentation by Mary Locke for the BC Coalition for School Libraries about what the Coalition has been doing in support of school libraries in B.C. this year;
  • Shared teacher-librarian and school library issues and successes in Chapters this Spring;
  • Celebrated the BCTLA April Award Ceremony and the 2009-10 Elections and Appointments.

BC Library Conference workshops given by BCTLA Members

  • "Open Access High School Library" with Judith Comfort (Coquitlam). View Judith's site and check out the feedback from one of the attendees at the workshop!
  • "Library Liaison – Strategies for Connecting and Collaborating with Community, Faculty, and Teachers" featuring Andy Lum (Delta) with librarians Randy Gatley and Sally Taylor.
  • "The New 3 Rs in Education: Reading, Resources, and Research" with Lynn Turner (Terrace), Moira Ekdahl (Vancouver), Michele Farquharson (Vancouver), and Julie Robinson (West Vancouver).

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated! Check out our photos of the 2009 AGM/Spring Council!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Langley Teacher-Librarians' Association Receives the 2009 William H. Scott Memorial Award

The BC Teacher-Librarians' Association is pleased to announce that the Langley Teacher-Librarians' Association is the 2009 recipient of the William H. Scott Memorial Award.

The William H. Scott Memorial Award annually provides $500.00 to a local Chapter in-service or to Chapter workshop(s) or guest speaker(s) in the field of teacher-librarianship. With the award, the Langley Teacher-Librarians' Association will design and provide a CTAP (Commitment to Action Program) staff development series focusing on Inquiry-Based Learning. The purpose of the series will be to, "introduce and implement Inquiry-Based Learning, through collaborative teaching, as a model for research for all grade levels in the school district".

Throughout the 2009-10 school year, Langley teacher-librarians and classroom teachers will commit to and come together for action research team meetings which will utilize Alberta's Focus on Inquiry: A Teacher's Guide to Implementing Inquiry-Based Learning as a resource. The group's learning will be communicated to other teacher-librarians through a publication for The Bookmark or Virtual Bookmark.

The Langley Teacher-Librarians' Association will be recognized as the 2009 recipient of the William H. Scott Memorial Award at the BCTLA AGM and Spring Council, 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at the Holiday Inn Express Metrotown in Burnaby, B.C.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Pat Kirkey and Jim Gillett Recieve the 2009 Alan Knight Memorial Award

The BC Teacher-Librarians' Association and the Editorial Board of The Bookmark recognize the contribution to communication in teacher-librarianship made by the submission of outstanding articles to The Bookmark. Each year an award committee is formed in one of B.C.’s school districts. This committee selects the most outstanding article in The Bookmark for that year and the Alan Knight Memorial Award goes to the contributor(s). For 2009, the award recipients are Pat Kirkey and Jim Gillett from Central Okanagan School District, School District 23.

In The Bookmark’s Spring 2008 issue, Kirkey and Gillett contributed an article entitled “
A Crash Course in Staging a Major Literary Event”. Along with that article they provided sample letters, forms and schedules to help interested readers plan their own event. This author event guide was well received by many readers and demonstrated how useful a resource The Bookmark can be.

On behalf of the BCTLA I would like to congratulate Pat Kirkey and Jim Gillett for their outstanding work in The Bookmark!

Angie MacRitchie
Senior Editor, The Bookmark


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Christine Evans Receives the 2009 Ken Haycock Professional Development Grant

The BC Teacher-Librarians' Association is pleased to announce that Christine Evans is the 2009 recipient of the Ken Haycock Professional Development Grant.

Chris was awarded her Diploma in Teacher-Librarianship from UBC in 1991. She is currently a 0.6 teacher-librarian at Tyee Elementary School in Vancouver where she runs a school library program based on cooperative program planning and teaching. She has embraced technology as part of her program, teaching database use, search strategies, and website evaluation.

Since 1991, Chris has been a member of BCTLA and VTLA (Vancouver Teacher-Librarians' Association). Chris has served as VTLA's Secretary and Treasurer and is currently Co-President. Chris has also been an active member of the VTLA's Professional Development Committee, assisting in the organization of VTLA's annual "Winter Tonic" event. In 2004, Chris was a member of the organizing committee of the BC Teacher-Librarians' Association Conference which was hosted by Vancouver.

With support from the Ken Haycock Professional Development Grant, Chris will attend the International Association of School Librarianship conference in Padua, Italy, from August 31st to September 4th. The theme of this year's conference is, "School Libraries in the Picture: Preparing Pupils for the Future". Chris will attend pre-conference and workshop events at the conference and will write an article about her learning and experiences for a 2009-10 issue of The Bookmark.

Chris will be recognized as the 2009 recipient of the Ken Haycock Professional Development Grant at the BCTLA AGM and Spring Council, 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at the Holiday Inn Express Metrotown in Burnaby, B.C.

Lynn Turner Receives 2009 BCTLA Honorary Life Membership

The BC Teacher-Librarians' Association is pleased to announce that Lynn Turner is the recipient of BCTLA Honorary Life Membership.

Lynn is the exceptional teacher-librarian at Thornhill Junior Secondary School in Terrace, B.C. Over her career as a teacher-librarian, Lynn has been a tireless advocate for school libraries at the school and district level. Within Terrace and the surrounding area, she has taken up the opportunity of working with public and academic libraries by acting as a leader to foster a continuum not only of learning but also of technology and service.

Lynn has been BCTLA’s Continuing Education Chair for at least a decade and has made a significant impact at the provincial level. In this time, Lynn has made valuable contributions as a member of the BCTLA Executive and has played an important role in ensuring that northern B.C.'s teacher-librarians have a strong voice at BCTLA.

As Continuing Education Chair, Lynn has:
  • Made numerous presentations on behalf of school libraries;
  • Developed brochures to support new teacher-librarians and teachers;
  • Developed contact information for teacher-librarian speakers;
  • Contacted teacher education programs to promote teacher-librarian education;
  • Coordinated the K-12 Information Literacy Scope and Sequence Project.

In addition, she will be presenting on the K-12 Information Literacy Scope and Sequence with members of the project team on Saturday, April 18, 2009 as part of the BC Library Conference.

Lynn will be recognized as a 2009 recipient of BCTLA Honorary Life Membership at the BCTLA AGM and Spring Council, 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at the Holiday Inn Express Metrotown in Burnaby, B.C.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Openings for UBC TL Sessional Instructors - 2009-2010

UBC is currently advertising for instructors for 2009-2010. Note the application deadline of April 30, 2009. From Dr. Marlene Asselin:

"Current Openings: Teacher Librarianship Online Sessionals

The Department of Language & Literacy Education has an opportunity for part-time Sessional appointments in the online teacher librarianship diploma and certificate program for the 2009 – 2010 academic year. We are accepting applications for the following courses:

1 Position for each of the following:


  • LIBE 461: Administration of the School Library Resource Centre (September - December 2009 and January - April 2010)
  • LLED 462: School Library Resource Centre Programs (January - April 2010)
  • LIBE 463: Selection of Learning Resources (September 2009)
  • LIBE 465: Organization of Learning Resources (May - August 2009 and January - April 2010)
  • LIBE 467: Information Services 1(January - April 2010)
  • LLED 469: Resource-based Teaching (September - December 2009)
  • LIBE 477: Special Topics in Teacher Librarianship: School Library 2.0 (January - April 2010)

Course outlines can be viewed at http://eplt.educ.ubc.ca/courses/onlinecourses.php

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. Preference is given to applicants with experience in online course delivery systems. Duties include teaching, holding regular office hours, marking assignments, reporting grades, and attending subject area meetings as well as follow-up appointments, where applicable.

Please mail or email as word documents: Cover letter indicating the course(s) you are interested in teaching along with an updated CV; names, positions and contact information of two references, to:

Dr. Margot Filipenko, Teaching Program Coordinator
University of British Columbia
Faculty of Education
Department of Language & Literacy Education
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
EMAIL: margot.filipenko@ubc.ca

Application Deadline: April 30, 2009.

Due to the number of applications we receive, we are unable to confirm receipt of submissions over the phone or by mail, nor can we provide the status of applicants except to those who are selected for an interview.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply".

See the official posting on the UBC website (and for more information about the position and posting) at http://www.lled.educ.ubc.ca/currentjobs.htm.

CLA Survey of Challenged Materials and Policies

The Canadian Library Association's Advisory Committee on Intellectual Freedom annually surveys Canadian libraries, including school libraries, on intellectual freedom issues in the preceding year. Please consider completing the survey if materials or policies have been challenged in your school library in 2008.

The purpose of the survey is to, "...gather data about the nature and outcomes of challenges to library materials (e.g., books, magazines, DVDs, CDs) and policies (e.g., collection management, access to Internet and facilities) initiated in publicly funded, Canadian libraries (e.g, public, school, academic) between January 1 and December 31, 2008. Your responses will help inform the Committee's policy and advocacy work".

The survey is available from April 1 until April 30 at:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=RWKKQYVxVLEmmGOLOE_2b4_2fQ_3d_3d

Update: The survey has been extended until May 8, 2009.