Library Hangouts

QSLiN Library Hangout: Making Space for Learning at Beechwood Elementary

In April 2017, we visited Beechwood Elementary (Lester B. Pearson School Board) and met with Principal Nicholas Hayter and Library Technician Deborah Harrington. In this second video, Deborah shares with us what has happened so far in the school’s library transformation from a traditional school library into a Learning Commons. Visiting the [...]

QSLiN Library Hangout; Principal Hayter: From Library to Learning Commons at Beechwood Elementary School

In April 2017, we visited Beechwood Elementary (Lester B. Pearson School Board) and met with Principal Nicholas Hayter and Library Technician Deborah Harrington. In this first video, Principal Hayter describes how he saw opportunities to reshape the school's library from a traditional school library into a Learning Commons. Visiting the [...]

QSLiN Library Hangout: PCHS Creating Zones in the Library

In February 2016, we visited with Vice-Principal Lucia Coretti and Library Technician Caroll-Ann Stelle of Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School (Lester B. Pearson School Board) to learn about the changes the school had done to shift their traditional school library to a modern library learning commons. There was so much to learn [...]

Sawyerville Elementary School Library Moving Ahead – New QSLiN Hangout

In May, we shared a hangout with Sawyerville Elementary School’s principal, Norma Humphrey in which she shared her vision for her school’s library.  In this subsequent film that was made eight months later, Principal Humphrey and library volunteer, Linda Mills talk about the progress that they have made this year [...]

New QSLiN Hangouts: Merging Two Libraries, Parts 1 and 2

In 2015, JPPS Elementary School in Montreal sold its building and began the planning process of moving into Bialik High School.  It was decided that the Bialik High School library would merge with the  JPPS Elementary School’s collection so that there would be resources and services available for all grade [...]

Another New QSLiN Hangout: PCHS Listening to Students and Meeting Needs for Technology

In this video, Caroll-Ann Steele, Documentation Technician, Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School, Lester B. Pearson School Board, describes how she approached students at every grade level to find out what services they hoped for in the school’s refurbished library learning commons.  As a result of her informal surveys, laptops, desktop computers [...]

New QSLiN Hangout: PCHS: Modernist Open Concept School Library to an Innovative Learning Commons

In this new QSLiN hangout video, we encounter a new problem: lots of space!  You may not think that this is much of a challenge, but as Caroll-Ann Steele, Documentation Technician, Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School, Lester B. Pearson School Board explains, students can have difficulty navigating around a large area. [...]

New QSLiN Library Hangout – Macdonald High School Library: Going Digital

This short video is long on ideas for making a library, which was built at the beginning of the 20th century, a digitally friendly centre. Maria Cavaiuolo, Documentation Technician, at Macdonald High School in Ste.-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec (Lester B. Pearson School Board) shows how this bring-your-own-device school makes it easy for [...]

New QSLiN Hangout: Macdonald High School Library: Working Together for a Great Library Learning Commons

In this film, Maria Cavaiuolo, Documentation Technician, Macdonald High School in Ste.-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec (Lester B. Pearson School Board) talks about using student and teacher input in transforming the school library to a library learning commons.  Students particularly wanted more comfortable places to sit and more technology available to them. Teachers [...]

Principal Jad Deegan and Macdonald High School’s Library Learning Commons – New QSLiN Hangout

Principal Jad Deegan (Macdonald High School, Ste.-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Lester B. Pearson School Board) enthusiastically points out the advantages of the newly refurbished library learning commons in supporting pedagogy at Macdonald High School. He highlights the advantages of having spaces for collaboration as well as student-friendly computer stations, and laptop or [...]