Monday, February 28, 2011

"Professional Learning and the Lone Wolf"

From Dr. Jennifer Branch, Teacher-Librarianship by Distance Learning Program, University of Alberta

“My name is Jennifer Branch and I work at the University of Alberta as Coordinator of the Teacher-Librarianship by Distance Learning program. My colleague, Joanne de Groot, and I are very interested in the professional development experiences of teacher-librarians. As you know, teacher-librarians often work in isolation and so finding professional development that meets the unique needs of those working in school libraries can be both a challenge and an opportunity. To that end, we are doing a Canada-wide research project where we are interested in finding out more about what kinds of professional development experiences teacher-librarians have had in the past two years. We are also interested in if, and how, the Internet is changing how teacher-librarians get professional development.

Research results will be reported at conferences and in research and professional journals and I think that provincial/national/local associations would find the information interesting for planning to support members in their professional learning. A summary of the findings will be made available - please email and I will sent out a summary directly to your email.

Please find a link to the survey below. A letter describing the survey is found at the beginning of the survey for more information about the project.

Thank you so much in advance for your support of our research. We really appreciate you taking the time to get this survey to as many teacher-librarians as possible. We are hoping to hear from teacher-librarians across the country to gather a rich picture of teacher-librarians professional development.

Best wishes,

Jennifer Branch, PhD
Associate Professor and Coordinator
Teacher-Librarianship by Distance Learning Program
Department of Elementary Education
551 Education Centre South
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Day of Pink Book Displays

Day of Pink Book Displays - Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Day of Pink is rapidly approaching. The BCTF’s Committee for Action on Social Justice (CASJ) would like to seek your support in the recognition and celebration of this important day in schools.

We admire the fact that teacher-librarians are so dedicated to providing students with access to timely, age-appropriate information on a wide variety of issues. We appreciate your willingness to oppose censorship and make schools more inclusive places which celebrate LGBTQ student identities and family realities.

Therefore, we ask that you showcase, exhibit, and display some of the LGBTQ inclusive books within your libraries during the week of February 21–25 in celebration of the Day of Pink.

You can view the Day of Pink posters at
and can order posters from Jacquie Boyer (; please indicate how many of each poster you would like and include a mailing address).

For an annotated bibliography of LGBTQ friendly titles, go to

For more information and resources on the Day of Pink, go to

Thank you for your ongoing support in making our schools safe and accepting of everyone.


James Chamberlain, Assistant Director
Professional and Social Issues