Moira Ekdahl, Teacher-Librarian Mentor for the Vancouver School Board and BCTLA Liaison Chair, has been announced as the 2011 winner of the CASL Angela Thacker Memorial Award.
The award, "has been established in memory of Angela Thacker, teacher-librarian, library coordinator, and school library colleague, mentor, leader and advocate who served the Association for Teacher-Librarianship in Canada (ATLC) and the Canadian School Library Association (CSLA) in many capacities. This Award honours teacher-librarians who have made contributions to the profession through publications, productions or professional development activities that deal with topics relevant to teacher-librarianship and/or information literacy".
From the Canadian Library Association (CLA) press release: "...she started as a classroom teacher in 1972, mostly teaching in secondary English and Social Studies classrooms and acknowledges 'she is ever so grateful for the wonderful teacher-librarians that she worked with as a classroom teacher and for the collegial relationships that have encouraged and supported her work as a teacher-librarian'.
Moira acquired her Teacher-Librarian Diploma from UBC in 2003 and also holds a Masters degree in Social and Educational Studies (1993). Moira...has co-authored, “Book Levelling and School Library Collections”, a position statement response from the BCTLA and the subsequent position statement on school library programs, “School Library Programs, Teacher-Librarians and Effective Teaching and Learning”, and most recently, she co-authored the BCTLA InfoLit Task Force publication, The Points of Inquiry: A Framework for Information Literacy and the 21st Century Learner (2010). She has contributed to other significant campaigns and initiatives partnered with the BCTLA Executive which includes the DEAR campaign (Drop Everything and Read), the Downtown Eastside Women’s Book Club.
Moira provides leadership and professional development services and resources for teacher-librarians in the Vancouver School Board related to reading, information literacy, school library program and curriculum support documents and technology integration. She communicates, and collaborates online through a blog, and wiki and tweets fellow teacher-librarians. She developed and maintains a blog, titled TL Weekly Special Report. She is also a member of various library associations, school and district committees.
As VSB Teacher-Librarian Consultant/Mentor, Moira contributes to professional development, information literacy initiatives, publications, and literacy programs in the Vancouver district to support school libraries and teacher-librarianship.
Moira is a leader and mentor--a very worthy recipient of the 2011 Angela Thacker Memorial Award".
The Angela Thacker Memorial Award will be formally presented at the Canadian Association for School Libraries awards ceremony on May 27, 2011 in Halifax. On behalf of BCTLA, congratulations to Moira Ekdahl!