Monday, June 21, 2010

2010 DEAR Posters Available

The BCTLA is pleased to announce that the 2010 Drop Everything and Read posters are now available on the BCTLA website at!

This year, three posters have been created and these have been made available in both English and French, in multiple sizes.

English DEAR Poster Samples:

Pre-printed posters will not be sent to B.C. public schools this year. Instead, teacher-librarians and any others are invited to choose and print their own posters from the BCTLA website. Join us in celebrating National School Library Day and Drop Everything and Read Day on October 25, 2010!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

BCTLA Conference Registration Now Open!

2010 BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association Conference
October 21-22, 2010

The Central Okanagan Teacher Librarians' Association (COTLA) is proud to be sponsoring the 2010 British Columbia Teacher-Librarians' Association (BCTLA) conference, October 21-22.
The conference will be hosted at Kelowna Secondary School (1079 Raymer Avenue, Kelowna). In addition to a comprehensive conference itinerary and social events, there will be three keynote addresses:

  • Dr. Jamie McKenzie will outline the exciting new roles of the 21st-Century teacher-librarian and talk about the stance, attitude and strategies required to turn challenge into opportunity

  • Well known television personality, Dr. Art Hister, will talk about taking care of your health so that you can live with more energy, more happiness, and less stress, and

  • The "Disruptive Innovators" (Donna DesRoches and Carlene Walter) will discuss how social media has redefined the role of the teacher-librarian.

With 31 distinct sessions covering everything from 21st-Century libraries and technologies, to the art of writing and the culture of reading, the conference promises to be of interest to a wide range of teaching professionals. For more information on the conference, its sessions, and registration procedures, visit the conference site at

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Pat Parungao Wins the 2010 CASL Follett International Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award

Pat Parungao, a Vancouver teacher-librarian and former President of BCTLA, has been announced as the 2010 winner of the CASL Follett International Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award. The award honours each year a teacher-librarian, "who has made an outstanding contribution to school librarianship within Canada through planning and implementing school library programs, based on a collaborative model which integrates library and classroom programs".

From the Canadian Library Association (CLA) press release: "Pat has been a teacher-librarian since 1982 and is recognized as an outstanding teacher-librarian, consultant, writer, professor, and advocate for school libraries and learning in her district and province. She works collaboratively with a wide variety of teachers at Gladstone Secondary School to create teaching units and projects around assessment for learning, literacy, and curriculum. Her colleagues, supervisors, and administrators (in K-12 and post-secondary) praise her highly for her work.

Throughout her career, Pat has demonstrated her passion for libraries and learning and she 'believes strongly that students benefit when they have teacher-librarians who develop school library programs and who are qualified in teacher-librarianship'. Within her district, Pat has worked as a teacher-librarian in both elementary and secondary school libraries, as a Teacher-Librarian Consultant, and as a Cooperative Program Planning and Teaching Resource teacher (ESL emphasis).

In the K-12 division, Pat has contributed to key initiatives in the province of British Columbia from information and technology skills development, critical thinking, cultural diversity and bibliography publications such as, Canada’s Year of Asia Pacific Multicultural Bibliography. She has written many articles in professional publications and she has co-presented at various workshops, including the BCTF Program Against Racism workshop, "Cultural Diversities – Literary Gifts" based on the annotated bibliography.

At the post-secondary level, she has written, designed, and taught courses at the University of British Columbia online and face-to-face which includes the UBC Information Literacy Project for teacher candidates in the Faculty of Education.

As a teacher-librarian, educator and advocate, Pat has been a dedicated, active member in professional associations such as VTLA (Vancouver), BCTLA (British Columbia), CASL (Canadian Association for School Libraries), BC Library Association and BC Coalition for School Libraries. She is also a recipient of a provincial award".

Pat attended the Treasure Mountain school library institute and the CLA conference in Edmonton on June 2-5, where she received her award. On behalf of BCTLA, congratulations to our friend Pat Parungao!