A School Principal on the Importance of His Library Learning Commons

By |2016-11-07T10:57:37-05:00April 5th, 2016|Blog Posts, Library Hangouts, School Libraries, Videos|

In this new QSLiN Library hangout, Roger Rampersad, principal of Riverdale High School (Lester B. Pearson School Board), talks about the advantages of having a library learning commons as opposed to a traditional library.  The film highlights a variety of ways that a school can upgrade the library's spaces using recycled materials and still have a

QSLiN Hangout at Riverdale High School: Transforming to a Library Learning Commons

By |2016-11-07T10:57:37-05:00March 22nd, 2016|Blog Posts, Library Hangouts, School Libraries, teens, Videos|

When a school library has a set up that can be described as a rabbit warren with shelves obstructing the view, it's time to make a change.  Susan Strano, documentation technician, went to work on making that change with the help of Suzanne Nesbitt, library consultant, at the Lester B. Pearson School Board on the

Increasing Use of a Library With a Learning Centre Model

By |2016-11-07T10:57:37-05:00March 14th, 2016|Blog Posts, School Libraries, teens|

Many libraries are in the process of creating makerspaces as a way to support innovative teaching and learning. Yet, Big Walnut School in Sunbury, Ohio took a different approach as they already had a makerspace in another area of the school. They adopted a learning centre model. You can listen to a podcast describing the different road that

CLA School Library Standards and QSLiN Digital Badges

By |2017-01-26T10:53:46-05:00March 8th, 2016|Blog Posts, Cool Tools, Digital Badges, Professional Development, Webinars and Conferences, QSLiN Updates, School Libraries, Videos|

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

Makerspaces – Yes, You Can!

By |2016-11-07T10:57:37-05:00March 8th, 2016|Blog Posts, Howtos, School Libraries, Videos|

We are all hearing a lot about makerspaces in school libraries.  Wouldn't it be great if there was the time and money to visit other school libraries to see how they have solved the various challenges that come with creating a makerspace within a school library? MakerSpace at Main Library, by 5chw4r7z, https://www.flickr.com/photos/5chw4r7z/15756583153, CC by

Board Games in the Library – Teen Services Underground

By |2016-11-07T10:57:37-05:00February 24th, 2016|Blog Posts, Howtos, School Libraries, teens|

One of our high school librarians recently told me that she loved offering game boards to the teens in her library because they created an opportunity for one-to-one interaction, thanks to the technological disconnect. So, as we look at varying the services and activities offered in high school libraries, there comes this great post from

One More edWeb Webinar for February’s Professional Development Corner

By |2016-11-07T10:57:37-05:00February 12th, 2016|Blog Posts, Cool Tools, Professional Development, Webinars and Conferences|

Curation, Revisited: Aggregating Resources in 2016            Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT Information enthusiasts have been talking about how to best curate resources for some time, but the tools for curation keep changing. While commercial products, come,

Colour Our Collections Week

By |2016-11-07T10:57:38-05:00February 10th, 2016|Blog Posts, School Libraries|

Did you know that Feb 1 to 5 was Color Our Collections Week? The colouring craze is all around us, as a trip to your local bookstore will prove. Coloured illustrations are being shared on social media using the hashtag, #ColorOurCollections. Colouring Station created by Luminita Susan, school librarian at Lasalle Comprehensive High School.

Freedom to Read Week

By |2016-11-07T10:57:38-05:00February 1st, 2016|Blog Posts, Books, Videos|

Freedom to Read Week (FRW) will be held from February 21 to 27. If this is news to you, FRW is Canada’s answer to Banned Books Week. You can order a kit to support this event. Free Web banners, and clip art, in English and in French, can be downloaded to make sure the word

Professional Development Corner for February

By |2017-11-13T12:27:23-05:00February 1st, 2016|Blog Posts, Professional Development, Webinars and Conferences|

 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 have access to the webinar

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