Designing Learning Environments

New Video: Going “Dewey Free” at the NFSB with Joan Fraser-Burton

A little over two years ago, in April 2015 to be precise, we visited with Joan Fraser-Burton at Harmony Elementary, the first school in the New Frontiers School Board (in the Châteauguay valley; just south-west of Montreal) to experiment with going from a traditional DDC organization in their library to a [...]

New Video: Cosplay Makerspaces with Diana and Mary Maliszewski

Back at the QSLiN Library Symposium in March 2017, we had Diana and Mary Maliszewski come and talk to us about the idea of Cosplay Makerspaces. With the continued growth in our schools and libraries of both Cosplay and Makerspaces, combining the two seems like a great idea. An idea [...]

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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 [...]

A New Kind of Book Club by Sarah FitzHenry | Nerdy Book Club

Sarah FitzHenry put a whole new spin on the age old format of the book club! She used the book as more than a discussion starter, and made it come alive. She looked at all the ways in which we learn. She relied on collaboration, was able to play to [...]

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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 [...]

Holy atomic pile, Batman! Here’s a great way to start 2016-2017 in high school libraries!

If you are looking for a way to blast into the new school year, do I have a suggestion for you, … The third edition of BATMAN DAY returns on September 17, 2016. A little fun and silliness will be certain to brighten up the students’ return. DC Comics has [...]

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 [...]