Tuesday, October 22, 2013

DEAR - Lt Governor General proclaims Oct 28th BC School Library Day

Thanks Jeff for all your advocacy!

Proclamation announcement from Jeff Yasinchuk.  VP Advocacy BCTLA Executive

Hi Everyone:


Word has just come down that Lt. Governor General has proclaimed October 28th BC School Library Day! Whoo-hoo!

While it's just for the one year we will continue to lobby to see that the fourth Monday of every October is School Library Day in BC.

Until then...            

Link to proclamation


Hope you're all gearing up for BCTLA Conference and DEAR next week! Please drop by our table where we'll have posters and t-shirts for sale.

Posting DEAR participation for 2013 from Jeff Y

Hi All:

Again this year we are asking participating schools to track the participation numbers.

You can do so here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1zgthUS_Aes2yuh8klCi80EUCsn5nUo0h5p9YrH4cB1U/viewform

Please feel free to send this around your districts to your school contacts for DEAR.

Many thanks!



Sunday, April 14, 2013

27 Things Your Teacher Librarian Does

I loved this uplifting montage of what we do <3

Created by Mia MacMeekin: Creative Commons Attribution non-commercial 3.0 unported License

Head to this link for a larger view of the poster An Ethical Island

Monday, March 25, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Newbery Award Winning Authors - ALA Conference in Seattle

Random House Publishing hosted an author event at the ALA Conference in Seattle. You will hear authors talk about their experiences winning the Newbery Medal and/or receiving a Newbery Honor.  Authors in the discussion include Christopher Paul Curtis, Jenny Holm, Kirby Larson, Louis Sachar, Jerry Spinelli, Rebbeca Stead and Clare Vanderpool.

                                             ALA Author Event - hosted by Random House

                           *The discussion gets underway approximately 6:50 into the video. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Vancouver Public Schools on the Changing Role of Teacher Librarians

Congratulations to Vancouver Public Schools for this great video on the changing role of the teacher-librarian.  Well done!  


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Freedom to Read Week

I want to start by re-posting Jeff Yasinchuk's reminder about Freedom to Read Week.  Thanks Jeff!

Hi All!

Just a reminder that next week: February 25-March 2 is Freedom to Read Week.

www.freedomtoread.ca has great ideas to celebrate including list of challenged books in Canada.

We've started a group on the BCTLA Ning if you want to share ideas to celebrate the fight against censorship in Canada. http://bcteacherlibrarians.ning.com/

Have a great week!


As I watch the Academy Awards I'm reminded of a wonderful film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.   This beautiful silent film won Best Animated Short Film in 2011.  The movie takes place in a magical library full of flying books.  I highly recommend it as it celebrates the important role books play in the lives of its characters.  Last year a book based on the film was created.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Provincial Webinars set to start tomorrow

More than 40 Teacher-Librarians from across the province have signed up to take part in the first Webinar of 2013. 

Tomorrow's session will be hosted by Gordon Powell of Richmond and will run from 4:00-5:00 PM.

If you have never taken part in these webinars I highly encourage you to do so.  They are a great way to learn with your provincial colleagues.  Gordon is a dynamic presenter and always willing to answer questions, give great examples and include lots of humour.   

TL's in SD#68 - Nanaimo-Ladysmith decided to gather together for the webinars.  We have found it a great way to network, help each other learn and collaborate on uses of information from each webinar. 

If you haven't registered you can do so at  https://bctf.ca/bctla/info/pro-dev.html

Squeezing the Juice Out of EBSCO: Canadian Points of View
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 – 4:00 – 5:00 PM (PST)
Presenter: Gordon Powell, Richmond School District
In this web-based presentation, you will learn how the EBSCO database "Canadian Points of View" can be a tremendous resource for your Science, Socials and English students. Access hundreds of Canadian and international sources, review "for" and "against" position papers and learn how to research controversial topics.

I would like to thank West Vancouver SD's Arlene Anderson for organizing these great learning opportunities and Gordon Powell for hosting our first session. 

We hope to see you all online tomorrow.