learning commons

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 [...]

Edwardian Era Library to 21st Century Library Learning Commons

Converting a space to a library learning commons presents many challenges. Most schools were built at a time when the card catalogue and the encyclopedia were the primary means by which students tracked down the information that they needed or found the books that they wanted to read. Many school [...]

New QSLiN Film: Quebec Principals on the Importance of School Libraries

The QSLiN team has been filming great features of school libraries in Quebec for close to two years.  Over time, members of the team have spoken with principals who are very eloquent in expressing the importance of the libraries in their schools to students, teachers, and to all in the [...]

Resources from the 2016 Library Symposium Sessions

Hello, Are you looking for the presentations or list of resources from the various sessions at the 2016 Library Symposium? Well, here is the full list of links to help you out! Gwyneth Jones    The links for all three of the presentations by Gwyneth Jones's can be found on [...]

Book review: The Lego Architect: A book for the learning commons!

This book is published at just the right time with the growing interest in makerspaces and tinkering. As with our learning commons, it is big on multi-tasking and adaptability. The title has a wide appeal whether for Art and Social Science teachers as well as your average Lego® enthusiast. The [...]

A School Principal on the Importance of His Library Learning Commons

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 [...]

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

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. [...]

Increasing Use of a Library With a Learning Centre Model

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 [...]

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? […]