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CLA School Library Standards and QSLiN Digital Badges

The Quebec School Librarians Network (QSLiN) has adapted the CLA school library standards guide, Leading Learning, into a digital badge professional development program. This digital badge program is an alternative form of professional development for all library personnel to help them with the transition of traditional school libraries into school library learning commons; but first, you may wonder why digital badging and what is digital badging anyway? Digital badges themselves are a way to display one’s accomplishments online and have become more pervasive, from university courses to travel reviews such as on Tripadvisor. They offer a unique way to learn or improve new skills or competencies often in an interactive and dynamic way. Why use digital badging for professional development? […]

Literacious: Everyday Advocacy – Week of Tuesday, March 1

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By | March 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, School Libraries|Tags: , |0 Comments

Freedom to Read Week, February 21 – 27

During Freedom to Read Week, libraries focus on the issues of free access to reading material and censorship. We know that every institution, every school has a line. Not everybody agrees where that line should be drawn, but the line is there. It is very important that we keep talking about that [...]

2 New QSLiN Films on School Board/District-Wide School Library Advocacy

If you're looking for ways to work with other library personnel in your school board or district to raise the visibility of your library programs or to have a comprehensive vision of what your library programs should encompass, you may want to watch the two films at the bottom of [...]

By | February 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Howtos, School Libraries, Videos|Tags: , |0 Comments

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

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 [...]

New QSLiN film: Information Literacy and Current Events

https://youtu.be/lykLsPyd6GM?list=PLwrt0pwMw5MsHgZ_5sVthoNM5dXxeyxB_ Current Events can be a tricky subject for both high school students and teachers; this kind of information can be hard to find.  All of us think that we're pretty savvy when it comes to knowing what's going on and yet, sometimes we can be caught off guard by [...]

An Open Letter to Those Who Give Kids Banned Books

As we get ready to celebrate Freedom to Read Week (February 21 to 27), I thought this post about the importance and impact of books on kids was right on point. “Difficult” books are a safe way for many teens to live through trying experiences and gain some perspective. This [...]

Professional Development Corner for February

 Welcome to February's Professional Development Corner. We hope you find this useful and don't forget to send in any new events that you would like us to add. Webinars - American Association of School Libraries Attendance during the live webinar is open to all and is complimentary. Only AASL members and AASL eCOLLAB subscribers will [...]

QSLiN.Org Has a New Look!

QSLiN.org has a cool, modern look! Though the fonts and colours of QSLiN.org  have changed, you will still find the same school library-related content that QSLiN.org has always offered, including past blog posts and features. Our Library Hangouts page has a new format that will make it easier for you to find [...]

CLA Standards Highlighted With Relevant Films on QSLiN Youtube Channel

Now that the QSLiN CLA Library Learning Commons Digital Badges are ready for you to use, there is another way to supplement your understanding of the CLA standards over and above participating in the badge program.  The QSLiN team has created a YouTube playlist for each of the five CLA learning commons standards [...]