LGTBQ and Gender Identity

By |2017-06-20T10:52:45-04:00June 19th, 2017|Articles, Blog Posts|

The following blog post from Literacy and NCTE is a super intro to the PBS Media free resource: LGTBQ + Identity Toolkit for Educators. Link to the blog post: http://blogs.ncte.org/index.php/2017/06/lgbtq-identity-toolkit-educators/ If you can get your hands on the June 2017 edition of Education Canada, take a few minutes to read the page 42 article, Queer

13+ Answers to 13 Reasons Why – Literacy & NCTE and CSE

By |2017-05-18T09:33:52-04:00May 18th, 2017|Articles, Blog Posts, teens|

13 Reasons Why came out in 2007 and remains popular with teens to this date. In a world of “flavour of the month” cultural infatuations, the book’s continued popularity says a lot about the sensitive chord it touches in readers and the way in which it reflects the particular concerns and realities of young adults.

How Universal Design Will Make Your Library More Inclusive | School Library Journal

By |2017-05-09T13:11:40-04:00May 10th, 2017|Articles, Blog Posts|

http://www.slj.com/2017/05/diversity/how-universal-design-will-make-your-library-more-inclusive This post from SLJ does a great job of synthesizing the main aspects of Universal Design. Though a part of the article looks at facilitating access for disabled patrons, it also looks at the many faces of inclusion and making our libraries work for all users. It offers many suggestions some of which have

Nicola Davies: Without Libraries We Are Less Human and More Profoundly Alone

By |2017-03-03T17:53:34-05:00March 3rd, 2017|Articles, Blog Posts|

This is one of my favourite library/librarian reads in a long time. Written by Nicola Davies, an author of children's books, it's a passionately and beautifully written op-ed on how vital libraries and professional librarians are to their communities. I thought that my QSLiN friends would enjoy this article. World Book Day: Without libraries we

French lessons: Why a Montreal library could be the model for Ottawa’s new central branch

By |2017-02-23T11:26:14-05:00February 16th, 2016|Articles, Blog Posts|

Check out an interesting article in the Ottawa Citizen about a new vision for Library and Archives Canada in collaboration with the Ottawa Public Library.  Their model for discussion is the Grande Bibliothèque! French lessons: Why a Montreal library could be the model for Ottawa's new central branch -Meg Sinclair

H.O.R.S.E. and Diversity by Mike Hays

By |2019-01-25T14:18:57-05:00February 12th, 2016|Articles, Blog Posts, Books|

This seemed like a particularly appropriate reblog as we are celebrating Black History Month. The author, Mike Hays, stresses the positive side of being different and the need to respond to these differences with empathy. As such, the blog encourages us to embrace cultural differences, to take a new look at stereotypes and their influence and

Current Events and Our Students

By |2016-11-07T10:57:39-05:00November 24th, 2015|Articles, Blog Posts, Howtos, School Libraries|

Given the tragic attacks that we are reading about in Europe and Africa, it is not unlikely that our students will be talking about these sad events.  Several usually reliable websites have suggestions both for parents and teachers.  Library personnel may want to consult their principals and teachers for advice on how to deal with

Washington Study Further Ties Quality Library Programs to Student Success

By |2017-02-23T11:27:00-05:00November 3rd, 2015|Articles, Blog Posts, School Libraries|

This site is worth keeping an eye on if you are looking for recent research on school libraries: Washington State School Library Impact Study: the full report Curated by Lyn Hay See the new study summarized by Carolyn Sun, in School Library Journal, May 26, 2015 “School library programs are positive predictors of student success that

The Interesting Stuff That’s Out There: Online conference, free kids’ news source and more!

By |2019-05-17T10:04:42-04:00October 22nd, 2015|Articles, Blog Posts, Books, Cool Tools, Digital Citizenship, Professional Development, Webinars and Conferences|

Over the summer and at the beginning of the school year, many of us just can't walk away from the library world when we're on vacation. As we sit down to morning coffee, we might see websites, articles and blog posts that we think might be of interest to others.  Here are a few from

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