Monday, May 23, 2011

Important Blog Posts

Two very well-respected British Columbian educational bloggers have recently written posts about teacher-librarians, and learning commons respectively.

On his blog, SD45 West Vancouver Superintendent Chris Kennedy describes his understanding of the important role of teacher-librarians in
"My Take on Librarians" (May 23, 2011). In his post, Chris writes, "My experience has been that next to the principal, the teacher-librarian is often key in moving the learning agenda forward. In schools that are moving forward, it is very often the teacher-librarian, working side-by-side with teachers on staff, who find new ways of working with students".

In his post, Chris mentions the blog post of John Oliver Secondary School (Vancouver School Board) principal Gino Bondi about the transformation of John Oliver's school
library into a learning commons. In "Our Learning Commons: One 'How To' For 21st-Century Learning" (May 16, 2011), Gino describes what observers will encounter in the learning commons and what it will look like. In his vision, "The Learning Commons is a real world whole school approach to creating such a new collaborative learning model. In joining the collaborative dynamics of the school library with technology-rich labs and expertise and providing a seamless portal of flexible physical and virtual learning resources and spaces. Top that with relevant participatory learning experiences and students will be energized to make meaningful connections and develop strategies for successful learning".

Check out the blogs of Chris Kennedy and Gino Bondi, and check out what great things are happening in BC school libraries!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ABPBC Call for Teacher-Librarian Evaluators

From The Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC):

"Call for Teacher-Librarian Evaluators

BC Books for BC Schools
and Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools

The Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC) is calling for experienced reviewers to join the evaluation for our catalogues.

Evaluators will select resources from submissions from publishers that have a match to the BC curriculum for the BC Books catalogue. The Aboriginal catalogue will be distributed across the country so knowledge of curricula in other jurisdictions will be helpful for evaluators. For both projects, evaluators will also write the annotations and identify curricula match and grade levels.

Evaluators must be available over the summer to undertake this work. Books will be mailed to evaluators in early July. Annotations of selected books are submitted via email and must be completed by August 15, 2011. Evaluators will work under contract from their homes and must declare their self-employed income to Revenue Canada. Evaluators will be paid $25 an hour.

If you are interested in joining either of the above evaluation teams or both, please send a résumé and sample review of a book of your choice by mail, fax or email to:

Margaret Reynolds
Association of Book Publishers of BC
600-402 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 1T6
Fax: (604) 684-5788
Email: margaret@books.bc.ca

Please indicate the kinds of books that you are most interested in reviewing. Reviewers must, however, be prepared to evaluate a wide range of titles. The ABPBC is particularly interested in hearing from teacher-librarians with an interest in First Nations material K-12, secondary level evaluators and those who can review French material.

Evaluators who have previously worked with the ABPBC need only send an expression of interest, however, they will not be guaranteed a position. In order to ensure the quality of this program, the ABPBC encourages fresh voices on our team. Only selected annotators will be contacted.

DEADLINE: June 12, 2010"


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Judith Comfort Wins the 2011 CASL Follett International Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award

Judith Comfort, teacher-librarian at Dr. Charles Best Secondary School in Coquitlam, BC, has been announced as the 2011 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 press release: "Judith’s current practice as teacher-librarian at Charles Best Secondary School in Coquitlam, BC, and previous experiences as a teacher, professional writer, and teacher-librarian has been attested to and recognized by teachers, students and colleagues throughout her thirty-five year career. Judith began her teaching career 1975 at Liverpool Regional High School in Nova Scotia.

Judith successfully integrates 21st century literacy skills between library and classroom programs and her practice supports quality teaching and learning in face-to-face and virtual environments. Judith recently stated that, “she constantly pushes boundaries and as a master teacher-librarian, she is an information specialist working in collaboration with teachers in an evolving digital age”. She believes that “transparency is advocacy” and her comprehensive web site, Dr. Charles Best Secondary School Library provides recommended print, virtual and digital resources, strategies, lessons and activities to support teaching and learning across curricular areas.
Judith ensures that information literacy is embedded in her collaborative units and lessons are developed collaboratively with teachers at the school. Her numerous units, and lessons, in a range of subjects, reflect a strong interest in global perspectives, information bias, media literacy, and the ethics of information use. Judith promotes reading and literacy through various events and strategies and enables students and teachers to engage, interact and develop 21st century skills through technology integration, and the use of virtual library resources and programs. She is knowledgeable in library collection development, and incorporates Web 2.0 technologies and resources to support curriculum.

Judith has contributed as a leader and advocate for school library-related campaigns and initiatives at various levels including, school, district, and provincial levels (British Columbia) and has been a member of the BCLA, CTA, BCTA, BCTLA, CTLA, BCTLE, the Writer’s Federation of BC and CUPE. She has been a teacher-librarian presenter at conferences within Canada and in 2010 she was the keynote speaker at the Saskatchewan School Library Association Conference.

Judith is an online and offline mentor for teacher-librarians and teachers. Like many of her fellow teacher-librarians, she is a lifelong learner, and is committed to literacy, information literacy and technologies to enhance learning. Her school web site and personal site are informed by years of experience and collaborative planning with teachers and quality teaching with students.

Judith is a role model and exemplary teacher-librarian who is very deserving of the 2011 Follett International Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award".

Judith will receive the Follett International Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award at the Canadian Association for School Libraries awards ceremony on May 27, 2011 in Halifax. On behalf of BCTLA, congratulations, Judith!


Heather Daly Wins the 2011 Margaret B. Scott Award of Merit

Heather Daly has been announced as the 2011 winner of the CASL Margaret B. Scott Award of Merit. According to CASL, "the Margaret B. Scott Award of Merit honours an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Canadian school librarianship at the national level".

From the Canadian Library Association (CLA) press release: "Heather Daly stands out for the professional qualities that exemplify leadership in school libraries in Canada. Her vision, motivation and energy have contributed immensely to school libraries in the province of British Columbia.

Heather is currently the Library and Information Coordinator for School District #43 (Coquitlam) in British Columbia. She has taken and fulfilled opportunities to lead – in her school district, her teacher-librarian association and her professional union, and reaches out across Canada with the BCTLA President’s blog, In Circulation, and her participation in CASL-PAC, the Provincial Advisory Council of the CASL, the Canadian Association for School Libraries. She is a member of the Canadian Association for School Libraries and serves on the Copyright Working Group for the Canadian Library Association.

Heather represented British Columbia’s school libraries as part of BC Library 2020, composed of leaders from the public, academic, special and school library communities who worked together on visioning and celebration for the BC library community, and to identify new opportunities for collaboration among BC’s library sectors. With the BC Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium (ERAC), an association of BC public school districts working together on software, video and learning resource acquisition and evaluation, Heather has served as writer/reviewer and on its advisory committee.

As President of the British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association (BCTLA), Heather has forged the association into a powerful, highly-achieving body and an agent of change. Heather’s support of BCTLA’s award-winning DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) event held annually in celebration of National School Library Day has led to this program being adopted by the Manitoba School Library Association (MSLA), with interest from even more jurisdictions for next year. BCTLA’s professional, well-considered evaluation and statement against the practice of assigning reading levels to students’ reading material appears in their 2009 position statement Book Levelling and School Library Collections, which has been influential at the national and international level.

In 2007, Heather supported the formation of BCTLA’s Information Literacy Task Force which had the goal of developing provincial learning outcomes for information literacy. The result is The Points of Inquiry: A Framework for Information Literacy and the 21st Century Learner, which was published in 2011. Along with another CASL award winner, Mary Locke, she wrote the 2008 article School Libraries as Classrooms, which was published in BCTLA’s The Bookmark journal.

Heather Daly’s career is a model of dedication, encapsulating the perseverance that accompanies the passion of an individual for a valued and essential component of education in Canada – its school libraries. CASL is honoured to grant this award in recognition of Heather’s important achievements already made and in anticipation of the new and future goals for school library advocacy across Canada that we know she will accomplish".

The Margaret B. Scott Award of Merit will be formally presented at the Canadian Association for School Libraries awards ceremony on May 27, 2011 in Halifax.


Moira Ekdahl Wins the 2011 CASL Angela Thacker Memorial Award

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!


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Sylvia Zubke is 2011's BC Teacher-Librarian of the Year

The BC Teacher-Librarians' Association is pleased to announce that Sylvia Zubke is the 2011 recipient of the highest honour of the BCTLA, the BC Teacher-Librarian of the Year -- Diana Poole Memorial Award.

Now, Sylvia would be the very first to say that she's gonna let me finish, but that it's Beyoncé who truly deserves the award.

Not this time, Sylvia...this one is all yours!

This award honours a practicing teacher-librarian who is making an outstanding contribution to teacher-librarianship at and beyond the school level in British Columbia. Recipients of the award are teacher-librarians who have planned and implemented a school library program of such exemplary quality that it serves as a model and inspiration for others.

Sylvia Zubke's school library program at David Livingstone Elementary School in Vancouver, BC, is just that. In addition to being an incredibly beautiful person, inside and out, Sylvia is absolutely a school library leader in the province. Every day, she is inquiring into and challenging and redefining traditional concepts of elementary school library service. She does this by approaching every single opportunity and challenge with the amazing and genuine attitude of "welcome!". Hers is a school library program completely alive with the vision of being welcoming to all.

Sylvia is powerfully collaborative and her library is completely accessible. Everyone feels comfortable working with Sylvia and she works with all of the classes at David Livingstone each year. In addition to working with classes, Sylvia also ensures that the families of her students have a role in the library. All have borrowing privileges at David Livingstone, including the younger siblings of students.

Sylvia has been inspired by and is inquiring into how to take the learning commons concept more commonly seen at the academic library or secondary school library setting into an elementary school. Less shelving, new furniture, increased access, different approaches; David Livingstone Elementary may just be the only school library in the province equipped with both a SMART Board, and a dollhouse. She has noticed that usage has increased and that entire families come in to the school specifically just to visit the library! What her inquiry might ultimately find is yet to be known, but it is certain that something special is happening at David Livingstone.

Sylvia has introduced significant technology to the library, including databases, a 17-station computer lab, and a SMART Board. She has experimented with the use of clickers (SMART Response system) and notably, she has taught everyone in the school (staff and students) how to use databases. Sylvia is most well known, however, as THE provincial leader in the use of interactive whiteboards in the school library. She is a key member of the David Livingstone / BCTF / UBC SMART Board inquiry project (ongoing for several years). In addition to using her own SMART Board constantly with her students, Sylvia has presented over twenty workshops in the past five years to community members and educators, including teacher-librarians, classroom teachers, senior management, and pre-service teachers in her district, at conferences (including at the BCTLA conference), and at UBC.

At the district level, Sylvia is an exemplary leader and mentor. In addition to SMART Board workshops and support, Sylvia has presented workshops on VSB's Horizon library automation system and has presented on the role of the teacher-librarian to TOCs and to Parent Advisory Councils. She has mentored new teacher-librarians for at least the past eight years, including working side-by-side with new teacher-librarians in weeding collections. She is a member of the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association Technology Committee and is a member of VSB's School Library Resource Centre Consultative Committee. Sylvia has also worked with VSB District Learning Services in support of the implementation of new curriculum, such as by participating as a team member in the development of a bibliography of science resources.

Sylvia has also made incredible contributions with the Vancouver Teacher-Librarians' Association (VTLA) and the BC Teacher-Librarians' Association. She has presented to the Vancouver School Board in support of school library staffing (an amazing presentation described as being "major" and "dramatic"). She was the Chairperson of VTLA from 2004-2007 and also chaired the organizing committee for the 2004 BCTLA conference "Celebrating School Libraries" which was held in Vancouver. She has recently been an exceptional Conference Chairperson and Vice-President, Chapter Relations for BCTLA.

Those who nominated Sylvia for this award mention the words "collaboration", "accessible", "open", and "welcoming" over and over. Her admirers say, "she's been instrumental in creating a collaborative culture amongst teacher-librarians in Vancouver". Sylvia is much loved by all who have the great pleasure of knowing her. We know that she will always be instrumental, and influential, in integrating technology and rethinking service with "welcome" in mind, and in heart.


BCTLA will be honoured to recognize Sylvia Zubke as the 2011 recipient of the B.C. Teacher-Librarian of the Year -- Diana Poole Memorial Award at the 2011 BCTLA Conference on Friday, October 21, 2011 at Burnaby Mountain Secondary School in Burnaby, BC.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Al Smith Receives the BCTLA President's Award

At the 2011 BCTLA AGM, a new award was proposed and approved, to be called the "BCTLA President's Award", and to be given at the discretion of the BCTLA Executive to honour particularly outstanding teacher-librarians for their work and contributions.

In actual fact, we proposed this award with one person in mind -- Al Smith. From creating Drop Everything and Read posters and the new BCTLA logos, to developing the new BCTLA website, to managing the BCTLA Twitter feed, to formatting issues of The Bookmark, to hosting the 2010 BCTLA conference, all while providing continual encouragement and inspiration, Al is quite simply the best! On top of his contributions to BCTLA and COTLA, Al works with Sharon Bede to provide the students, staff, and community of Kelowna Senior Secondary with one of the most amazing and exciting school library programs in the province, complete with exemplary service. Thank you, Al, from all of us, and congratulations!

From Al:

"This custom-crafted award is such a nice gesture everyone. It has come at an ironic but never more appreciated time. I was just thinking how good it felt to see Nicola recognized. I remember telling people about her when I met her at Victoria Conference and have been networking with her ever since. It is what makes the BCTLA such a vital group. Everyone reaches out to others of all stripes and shades. TLs are generous people. Finding candidates for awards is easy. Selecting them is much harder because we have so many talented, humble and hard working souls. It is a wondrous thing in a way to be surrounded by such gifted people. I've been blessed to work with this current Executive and past TLs. Working closely with people like Angie has made me stronger. Sharing leadership with people like Heather, Karen, Moira, Bonnie, Halia, Sylvia, Pat, Val, etc. has been an enlightening and enriching challenge. Having opportunities to network with people like Jeff, Arlene, etc. has been so rewarding. Working as a teacher-librarian has been the most demanding and rewarding portion of my 31 years in teaching -- that says a lot considering the amazing assignments and colleagues I've had the pleasure of working with.

What is so poignant for me at this moment is the my room with a view. Not the beautiful library at Kelowna that I get to work in each day but the shoulders of giants I get to stand on. TL colleagues like Pat Kirkey, Joan Eaton, Colleen Knox, Bill Fleming, Don Rampone, John Pendray, Jan MacCrimmon, etc., etc., and many more from the Okanagan were role models of inspiration. They modeled teacher-librarianship before I knew what it meant. Years ago, I was encouraged to join this misunderstood fraternity and work in the library at Mount Boucherie Secondary School by Sharon Bede, 1995 BCTLA Award of Merit (Diana Poole) winner. You don't say no to Sharon. Although inspired, trained and well-mentored, I joined the KSS Library still a TL novice but landed into the welcome arms of Kay Treadgold, 1994 BCTLA Award of Merit (Diana Poole) winner and 2001 CLA Follett Teacher Librarian of the Year recipient. The midas touch of these two skilled and passionate women has to rub off onto even the crudest of biblio-peasant. Well, to say I was swimming in good luck is obvious, and to say I am in debt is inadequate. Kay moves onto TL nirvana (retirement), and guess who moves to KSS -- Sharon. How cool is that! Now we are conspiratorial bibliovores having the time of our lives. What is so rewarding is that our staff and students know it too. They enjoy being with us as we endeavour to make the library experience special. To receive recognition for my service is humbling and appreciated but oddly a trophy guilded with guilt because teachers should be so blessed to choose this career and follow those giant footsteps.

I used to carry an inferiority complex, not having finished an MLIS, but soon realised that the role of a teacher-librarian is not as much about the science as about the art. The art of crafting content, pedagogy, faculty and learners into something so beautiful it looks easy. TLs soon need to learn how to lead, collaborate and plan. They have needed to in-service, retrain and technologically upgrade faster than anyone. No other department in a school has changed its daily practice so dramatically in the past decade as the library. Teacher-librarians need to strategize and manage funding and so much more all while being told they are redundant or irrelevant or "non-enrolling". The teacher portion of TL precedes the librarian portion for very important reasons. We all suffer the stereotypes of the librarian (especially us men) but wear them with pride because it is those attributes that can make you such a powerful teacher. The job is very complex and the rewards sometimes seem so remote yet we persevere.


I'm feeling rather sheepish really because I know so many of you work your little tails off. To receive this inaugural award named the "President's Award", while Heather holds office as President, could not be more meaningful to me. I cannot envision a PSA President more iconic than Heather. Since joining the BCTLA as a CC and Exec member, I was awash in womanhood and wondered what feminist trap I had found myself in. Presidents Pat, Bonnie and Heather all were so welcoming and professional I always felt motivated to be a contributor not a spectator. Now I reflect on that frightful time as something very special indeed. A huge thanks from my peers -- nothing compares to that. This award is recognition from like-minded professionals who carry similar aspirations in their hearts. A thank via email is simply not suffice. I will thank you all properly in the fall at the BCTLA conference!"

BCTLA will be honoured to recognize Al Smith as the 2011 and inaugural recipient of the BCTLA President's Award at the 2011 BCTLA Conference on Friday, October 21, 2011 at Burnaby Mountain Secondary School in Burnaby, BC.


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Nicola Kuhn is 2011's New BC Teacher-Librarian of the Year

The BC Teacher-Librarians' Association is pleased to announce that Nicola Kuhn is the 2011 recipient of the BC New Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award. Kootenay-Columbia teacher-librarians; Back Row: Sandi Lamont, Maureen Mattson, Rick Galliver, Nicola Kuhn (with flowers), Heather Johnston, and SD20 Superintendent Jean Borsa; Front Row: Marilyn Lunde, Corinne Tamelin, Tracey Minor, Louise Sidley, and Lisa Vanness (missing: teacher-librarians Carmen Davis and Darlene Ross-Barrett).

Nicola is the teacher-librarian at Rossland Secondary School in Rossland, BC. In the less than three years that she has been a teacher-librarian, Nicola has epitomized the qualities of a 21st-Century learner and facilitator. She has embraced a leading role in her school and in the district in focusing on the integration of technology and inquiry-based learning.

At Rossland Secondary School, Nicola is the Lead Literacy Teacher, the Technology Infusion Teacher, and the Department Head for Humanities/Language/Technology, and she supports the school's Academy program in both English and French. She has revised the library website into a blog and has brought an energy to the staff and to the school library, which is the hub of the school and a place that students and staff love to visit. She is proactive and works collaboratively with her colleagues to ensure students understand how to learn. She models her love of learning with everything that she does, including beginning a Masters degree in Teacher-Librarianship at the University of Alberta (watch for Nicola's article on evidence-based practice and the school library in an upcoming issue of BCTLA's journal The Bookmark).

At the district level, Nicola provides her expertise on several district committees, including the District Professional Development Committee where she promoted inquiry-based learning. She is in demand as a facilitator of professional development in particular in the areas of technology, inquiry-based learning, and personalized project-based learning. Her "Infusing Technology In The Classroom" and "After School Learning" sessions provide hands-on experience using technology tools (web 2.0, social bookmarking, wikis, blogs) and collaborating and planning with teacher-librarians while demonstrating how to teach for understanding.

Nicola is passionate about the work and role of the teacher-librarian. An active member of BCTLA and the Kootenay-Columbia BCTLA Chapter, she has been a key voice in ongoing efforts to maintain teacher-librarian staffing in her district. Chapter Councillor Marilyn Lunde called recent good news from the strong Kootenay-Columbia Chapter with its eleven teacher-librarian members, "a beacon from a little lighthouse, none the less, continuing to shine", and Nicola has contributed significantly to ensuring that SD20 has strong school library staffing and programs.

Nicola is admired and respected by all who know her and she demonstrates "incredible knowledge, insight and passion regarding the role a teacher-librarian plays in today's school". She has made an outstanding contribution to teacher-librarianship at and beyond the school level in British Columbia and is demonstrating the planning and implementation of a school library program of such exemplary quality that it serves as a model and inspiration for others.

BCTLA will be honoured to recognize Nicola Kuhn as the 2011 recipient of the New B.C. Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award at the 2011 BCTLA Conference on Friday, October 21, 2011 at Burnaby Mountain Secondary School in Burnaby, BC.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Greg Smith Receives the 2011 Distinguished Service Award

The BC Teacher-Librarians' Association is pleased to announce that Greg Smith is the recipient of the 2011 BCTLA Distinguished Service Award.

Greg is an incredible, committed Social Studies educator and he is currently the President of the BC Social Studies Teachers' Association. He is also a long-time friend of BC teacher-librarians. For years, he has provided the BCTLA Forum with a monthly “Top 10 Picks” Social Studies resource list, helping to keep BC teacher-librarians up-to-date with what is available as socials resources. In 2009, when BCTLA was involved in assisting in the organization of the BC Digitization Symposium, Greg was specifically asked to attend (supported by BCTF). He made great contributions toward the success of the event and the involvement of classroom teachers and teacher-librarians in supporting and having a voice in BC history digitization efforts.

However, one of Greg’s greatest contributions was (and is) his strong sentiment that, “…we need teacher-librarians back!" in BC schools. We know that if it hadn't been for Greg's support, the health of school library programs and services in BC would be far worse than it is today.

In summary, Greg is a Social Studies teacher extraordinaire, and an amazing friend of BC teacher-librarians. His efforts on our behalf are worthy of being recognized with the BCTLA Distinguished Service Award in this year of his retirement from South Okanagan Secondary School in Oliver, BC and the teaching profession. Congratulations, and thank you, Greg!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

April Hilland Receives the 2011 Ken Haycock Professional Development Grant

The BC Teacher-Librarians' Association is pleased to announce that April Hilland is the 2011 recipient of the Ken Haycock Professional Development Grant.

April became a teacher-librarian in 2007 and is currently the teacher-librarian at Glenwood Elementary School in Maple Ridge. She is an active member of the Maple Ridge Teacher-Librarians' Association and the BCTLA, recently serving as Chapter Councillor. She is currently working on her Master in Education (Teacher-Librarian Speciality) degree at the University of Alberta.


With support from the Ken Haycock Professional Development Grant, April will be taking the course "Process of Curriculum Development" as part of her University of Alberta program. Her goal is to ensure that she is prepared to bring her library into the 21st Century, with a better ability to understand how curriculum is built and how to better coordinate it within the school and in the context of 21st-Century learning. As she says, "the 21st Century, with all of its technology, tools, and changing job market is demanding a change in how and what we teach our youth. I believe that as leaders in schools, teacher-librarians need to be some of the first on board to match the curriculum with the needs of the 21st Century".

The BCTLA was pleased to recognize April Hilland as the 2011 recipient of the BCTLA Ken Haycock Professional Development Grant at the 2011 BCTLA AGM on April 16 in Vancouver.