B R I T I S H
SUMMER 2009 VOL 49 ISSUE IV
C O L U M B I A T E A C H E R L I B R A R I A N S
Celebrating Summer professionalism
The Bookmark wishes to share the
wealth of our BCTLA colleagues and
their achivements during 2008-2009
school year. Sharing some of the
achievements of teacher-librarians recipients. We all feel proud to have BC sented at the BCTLA Conference.
during the school year is a challenge teacher-librarians recognized for their
because the teacher-librarian com leadership and excellence in education. Criteria
munity is so busy. Along with a brief Like Michelle Farqharson recently said Individuals nominated for the award
description, we have provided you in a VTL video, “Working with teachers should be demonstrating the plan
with a summary of our current award is what teacher-librarians are all about... ning and implementation of a school
that is what we are here for..” library resource centre program of such
(vsb) exemplary quality that it is serving as a
IN THIS Some of the most significant educa
Issue tional change and educational progress
is initiated with healthy school libraries
model for others. They should also be
involved in one of the following areas:
1. Service to the profession through
EXECUTIVE COLUMN and energetic and knowledgable teach the BCTLA and related organizations.
Heather Daly-President ..................5 er-librarians. 2. Commitment to professional
Angie MacRitchie-Editor..................3 growth through continuing education,
Meet Our Stars................................7 On behalf of all BCTLA members, research, or participation in national
school libraries and B.C. students, organizations.
FEATURE congratulations to everyone for your
3. Sharing of ideas and resources
successful school library initiatives, through such means as workshops and
Teacher-librarians Initiatives.............8 advocacy and hard work!
BCTLA DIANA POOLE MEMORIAL
PRO-DEVELOPMENT This year’s winner of the Diana Poole
AWARD OF MERIT
Summer Opportunities.................20 Award of Merit is Karen Lindsay,
OCLC Webjunction......................21 teacher-librarian at Reynolds Secondary,
Introduction SD61. Karen is the president of the
BOOK REVIEWS The British Columbia Teacher- Greater Victoria Teacher Librarians’
Library Tools-A. Smith...................33
Librarians’ Association honours practic Association and second vice president of
ing teacher-librarians who are making the BCTLA. She tirelessly led the Drop
an outstanding contribution to school Everything and Read(DEAR) campaign
J. Goldsmith-New on Net.............22
librarianship in British Columbia. This
S. Savard-Science Fiction............29
that spread throughout the province
award may be given annually by the
BCTLA Executive and, if given, is pre- Celebrating p.8 >
the VIRTUALBOOKMARK: http://virtualbookmark.typepad.com
Table ofSUMMER 2009
• PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
by Heather Daly ...............................................................................................................................5
• BOOKMARK EDITOR
by Angie MacRitchie ........................................................................................................................3
Meet Our Stars -Moira Ekdahl and Val Hamilton................................................................................7
British Columbia Teacher-librarians Celebrate Professionalism- awards and initiatives........................1
CLA Awards: Montreal and BC Successes ....................................................................................8
• TEACHER-LIBRARIAN COLUMNISTS
New on the Net by John Goldsmith ............................................................................................22
Top 10 by Greg Smith ............................................................................................................. ....24
Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature by Stewart Savard ............................................................29
• PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Webjunction B.C. ...........................................................................................................................21
IASL Conference 2009...................................................................................................................41
BCTLA Conference Richmond 2009..............................................................................................42
Reading Promotional Tools for Teacher-librarians by Al Smith.........................................................38
BLOG THIS ISSUE
Blog this edition:
S U M M E R 2 0 0 9 V O L 4 9 I S S U E I V
that their efforts are noticed and BIO
Anotherdown of school is
year appreciated. Congratulations to all
winding and here at
The Bookmark we are wind
ing up to produce our 50th Please enjoy this issue and be proud
to be a teacher-librarian. We have is a teacher-
Anniversary Edition of the librarian at
BCTLA’s journal. We are excit much to celebrate!
ed about the issue which will Lake
be published in October 2009 Please send questions or comments Elementary,
and in the meantime would to: Editor SD #23,
like to celebrate the successes email@example.com or blog Kelowna.
with us at: She has been a BCTLA
and achievements of our BC http://virtualbookmark.typepad.com Executive member for several
teacher-librarian colleagues. In I look forward to hearing from you! terms as Vice-President Chapter
this issue you’ll find a complete Angie MacRitchie Relations and this is her sec
listing of awards offered by the Senior Editor ond term as Senior Editor of
BCTLA as well as this year’s The Bookmark. Angie is also
recipient for each of them. a COTLA executive member.
We’ve also included the nation As well as spending time with
her family, Angie is a musician
al and international awards and enjoys reading, quilting and
presented to BC Teacher- attempting to play ice hockey.
Librarians this year. We are so You can contact her at angie.
proud of our colleagues! firstname.lastname@example.org
Though school library programs
are once again in jeopardy, teacher-
librarians around this province
continue to provide the best services
possible to our staffs and students. I
know many TL’s who give tirelessly
of their own time, mentoring new BLOG THIS ISSUE
colleagues, working with students VIRTUAL BOOKMARK
who need that extra connection and
time, planning with classroom teach Blog this edition:
ers, and volunteering within their http://tinyurl.com/celebratetl
own local associations, advocating PARTICPATE-LEARN-GROW!
for school library programs. Most of
those teacher-librarians just see it as
part of the job and won’t receive an
award or any other recognition this
year. They should know, however,
BCTLA Executive 2009-2010
POSITION NAME EMAIL SCHOOL # WORK#
President Heather Daly email@example.com Coquitlam SD 604-937-6380
Past-President Bonnie McComb firstname.lastname@example.org (on Teacher Exchange) 250-655-2737
FVP Chapter Relations. Sylvia Zubke email@example.com David Livingstone 604-713-4985
VP Advocacy Karen Lindsay firstname.lastname@example.org Reynolds Sec 250-479-1696
Communications Halia Hirniak email@example.com Laity View El. 604-463-7108
Liaison Chair Moira Ekdahl firstname.lastname@example.org Vancouver SB 604-713-5016
Recording Secretary Al Smith email@example.com Kelowna Sec. 250-762-2805
Treasurer Chris Evans firstname.lastname@example.org Manoah Steves El. 604-668-6660
Working & Learning Amanda Hufton Kaela2@shaw.ca Walter Lee El. 604-668-6210
Bookmark Editor (apt) Angie MacRitchie email@example.com Shannon Lake El. 250-768-1553
Conference Chair (apt) Bonnie McComb firstname.lastname@example.org (on Teacher Exchange) 250-655-2737
Cont.Education (apt) Lynn Turner email@example.com Thornhill Junior 250-635-9141
Cont.Education (apt) Michele Farquharson firstname.lastname@example.org Kerrisdale El. 250-635-9141
Web Steward (apt) Val Hamilton email@example.com Retired 778-888-5643
Publications (apt) Al Smith firstname.lastname@example.org Kelowna Sec. 250-762-2805
BCTLA Executive: recipients-The CLA/CASL announced British Columbia Teacher Librarians’ Association, as the 2009
recipient of the Canadian Association for School Libraries/Angela Thacker Memorial Award
BCTF EXECUTIVE 4
From Your President
W ith this issue of The who have been honoured with
Bookmark, we focus national awards this school year
on celebrating the accom and who are celebrated in this issue
plishments of B.C. teacher- of The Bookmark. How about our
librarians. As this school year incredible Karen Lindsay, winner
comes to a close, I would also this school year of two awards from
like to celebrate the dedication the Canadian Library Association
of the award-winning mem and Canadian Association for School
bers of the 2008-2009 BC Libraries, as well as the 2009 winner
Teacher-Librarians’ Association of the Diana Poole Memorial Award
Executive. I salute Sylvia of Merit (BC Teacher-Librarian of
Zubke, Karen Lindsay, Bonnie the Year) Award?
McComb, Halia Hirniak, Al
Smith, Lauren Craze, Amanda In addition to the elections, the
Hufton, Lynn Turner, Angie April BCTLA Spring Council and
MacRitchie, Bonnie McComb, AGM saw the addition of new pub
Moira Ekdahl, and Val lications and opportunities. An
and appointed at the BCTLA important new document, the Book
Hamilton, all volunteers who Spring Council and AGM meeting
gave thousands of hours of Levelling and School Library
which was held as part of the first Collections Position Statement,
their own time this year. annual BC Library Conference in was passed unanimously. This posi
Thank you to our Treasurer, Lauren April. In addition to the returning tion statement is hopefully the first
Craze, who is moving on to other Executive members, we welcome of many and is intended to provide
challenges and will be missed on the new Executive members Chris a well-researched defense to sup
Executive. Evans (Vancouver) as Treasurer and port teacher-librarians should they
Michele Farquharson (Vancouver) be asked to level school library col
I would also like to extend very as Co-Continuing Education Chair. lections. Another new document
special congratulations to our long introduced this spring was the
time Continuing Education Chair, Michele Farquharson may be famil Chapter Grant application form.
Lynn Turner, who will be retiring iar to you as the 2008 winner of The Chapter Grant process will pro
from her teacher-librarian posi the Diana Poole Memorial Award vide funding to BCTLA Chapters
tion at Thornhill Junior Secondary of Merit (BC Teacher-Librarian of to engage in activities and initiatives
School in Terrace this June. I am the Year) Award. Michele has also which will have positive impacts
pleased to report that although Lynn recently been recognized by the for school libraries and teacher
is leaving Thornhill, she is not leav Canadian Association for School librarianship and that will enable
ing us, and will be continuing on as Libraries as the winner of the 2009 the BCTLA to meet our goals. Last
Co-Continuing Education Chair as Follett International Teacher- but not least, the BCTLA
part of the 2009-2010 Executive. Librarian of the Year award. She is K-12 Information Literacy
The new Executive was elected one of several B.C. teacher-librarians
I N - C I R C U L AT I O N 5
Benchmark Project continues and Library Month and related activi School in Coquitlam. A few months
an update is available at : ties is available on the International after starting at Millside, a 0.6 posi
http://infolitbctla.pbworks.com/ Association of School Librarianship tion at Panorama Heights Elementary
School, also in Coquitlam, became
All of the new documents, as well website at http://www.iasl-online.org/events/
available and I became 1.0.
as the 2008-2009 Annual Report on islm/.
the activities of BCTLA, are avail For the past few years, I have
able on the newly revised BCTLA On October 22nd and 23rd, been the Library and Information
website at http://bctf.ca/bctla/. BCTLA welcomes everyone to join Coordinator for School District #43
us in Richmond for our annual (Coquitlam). I work within the dis
trict’s Staff Development Department
This summer, numerous oppor conference. This year’s theme is
on a variety of initiatives and in a vari
tunities are available for teacher- “Champions of Literacy” and fea ety of areas, all related to library and
librarians. Several summer institutes tures incredible sessions and a social information. Much of my role involves
and online discussions, courses event at the Richmond Olympic supporting new teacher-librarians. I
and conferences are underway, Oval. For more information and to develop professional development
including, “Your School Library, register, visit the conference website opportunities such as teacher-
librarian learning teams. This year we
Part 2: Information Literacy with at http://bctf.ca/bctla/conference/index.html.
had two Mentorship Learning Teams
Web 2.0”, which includes as a pre We hope to see you there! and one ICT Learning Team involving
senter former BCTLA President twenty teacher-librarians in profes
Pat Parungao. BCTLA members That’s all for now! For up-to-date sional learning.
receive a discount when registering BCTLA news and events, visit me
for this online opportunity. In late anytime on the BCTLA President’s I proudly represent School District
#43 and Coquitlam school librar
August, BCTLA’s Liaison Chair, Blog, “In Circulation” -
ies as the district’s ERAC video and
Moira Ekdahl, will be attending the http://bctlaincirculation.blogspot.com/! learning resources contact, on the
International Association of School Metro Teacher-Librarian group, on
Librarianship Conference in Italy 1 our Educational Technology District
on behalf of BCTLA. A team of Advisory Committee, as a Histor!ca
teacher-librarians from Vancouver judge, on the Tri-Cities Literacy Now!
Committee, on the community Adult
will also be attending. The B.C.
delegation would welcome any other BIO Literacy Working Group, and on
the District Literacy Plan Steering
teacher-librarians who wish to join
them. Please contact Moira at mek
email@example.com for more informa
is the current
I am a member and former Executive
tion. President of the member of the Coquitlam Teacher-
BCTLA and a Librarians’ Association, and have
District Librarian, held several positions with BCTLA,
Looking ahead to the fall, October Coquitlam School including Chapter Councilor,
again will be Canadian Library District #43. Secretary, The Bookmark Senior
Month and International School Editor, Vice-President Chapter
Library Month. This year’s Relations and Co-President. I also
work on the Canadian Library
Association’s Copyright Working
See what’s happening in School
District #43 libraries by visiting the
Teacher-Librarian and SD43 Library
System site at:
Canadian theme is, “Your Library, My educational background includes http://public.sd43.bc.ca/district/library
Your World Now More Than Ever”. a Bachelor of Science (Cell Biology _________________________
and Genetics), a Bachelor of
For the second year, BCTLA will Education (Middle Years - Science),
be distributing Canadian Library VIRTUAL BOOKMARK
a Diploma of Education (Teacher-
Month posters and bookmarks to Librarianship), a Master of Library and BLOG THIS
every public school in B.C. The Information Studies, and a Master of http://tinyurl.com/hdaly
International Theme is, “School Archival Studies, all from UBC. I start
Libraries: The Big Picture”. More ed my career as a teacher-librarian
working 0.4 at Millside Elementary
information on International School
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Meet Our Stars HAMILTON and MOIRA EKDAHL
V A L H A M I LT O N What Would Val Do? development. I am charged with enacting
• New Teachers Conference? Val would... “the vision for school libraries” here in
Work the desk for 9 hours on a Vancouver, a vision that is informed
Val Hamilton, veteran BCTF and
Saturday by research, by strategic directions that
BCTLA member of good standing is
•Need a BCTLA web site? Val would... emerged from the work of Dr. Ken
now retired; however, she continues to
Create a site while all others are having Haycock in his report on our school
volunteer countless hours toward the
lunch libraries (2001), by assessment of the
goals of the
•Cannot find the Annual Report from 1998? changing nature of our work, and by the
Val would... conversations of teacher-librarians about
have the document online before the what is best practice.
tives and public
meeting adjourned I started my job here two years ago.
general. Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/valhamilton Inundated as I was with information to
be shared with TLs, I madly forwarded
Val has worked Roast Val at: everything until they pleaded for mercy.
http://virtualbookmark.typepad.com/val_hamilton/ No problem, I assured them. I saved up
the important ones and sent one very
on the BCTLA
large email on Fridays. Please, begged
Executive for decades in various capaci
MOIRA EKDAHL my TL-colleagues already beleaguered
ties. Her recent projects included devel
by masses of email! It seems I was over
oping and maintaining the BCTLA web
Moira Ekdahl has acted as Liaison loading their email capacity; boxes were
site, publishing BCTLA News blogs
Chairperson for the BCTLA for three overflowing.
and moderating the BCTLA Forum.
years. Recently Since then, I have taken to blogging. My
She continues to be involved in edu
Moira was TL colleagues can go there when they
cation and community projects. Her
instrumental in want to ... and I haven’t given any pop
expertise and insight have not only been
creating the Book quizzes yet, although every so often I
good business for teacher-librarians but
Levelling and throw in an enticement just to see if they
a huge inspiration to those whom have
School Library are reading.
enjoyed working with her.
Collections Position In fact, my blog has regular readers in
Statement. Calgary, Toronto, nearby districts, and
Since 1990, she has battled breast
She will also places like Australia so I do love to do it --
cancer twice, along with the rigours of
represent BCTLA and my colleagues are happier now. Yes,
chemotherapy, radiation, bilateral mas
at the International there are now no complaints about my
tectomies and five years of Tamoxifen.
Association of School Libraries Conference overuse of email!”
She espouses the virtues of Relaxation
Therapy and Therapeutic Touch avail in Padua, Italy. Moira is currently the
able at the B.C. Cancer Agency and School Library Consultant for SD39 BLOG WITH MOIRA at:
Vancouver. Through hundreds of email http://tlspecial.blogspot.com
says “they are a major part of my being
alive”. People who know Val would say and blog messages, Moira is involved in
it is her passion for life and dedication most aspects of BCTLA business. We celebrate professionalism
to commitment that make Val’s life by honouring two bright stars
special. Although Val is retired from of the BCTLA.
teaching and enjoys activities like Geo What Would Moira Do?
caching around Vancouver, she still When swamped with email?
finds time and energy to always help Moira response was, “My work is to
others. - Angie and Al provide professional support for teacher-
librarians and direction for program
M E E T O U R S TA R S 7
From p.1: Celebrating...
and had thousands of people including Haycock Professional
children, teachers, community mem- Development Award
bers and politicians reading at the same is Christine Evans,
time on National School Library Day teacher-librarian at Tyee
in October, 2008. In her own school, Elementary School in SD
Karen has successfully inspired her 39, Vancouver. Christine
entire school to take part in D.E.A.R. has been a teacher since
each day for 15 minutes. She shared this 1978 and a teacher
initiative with other teacher-librarians librarian since 1987. She
at the provincial BCTLA conference in has been a member of
October and it is a huge undertaking! VTLA and BCTLA since
BCTLA offers their congratulations to 1991. She is a BCTLA
Karen on this well deserved award! chapter councilor and
Check out her travel blog for a ter- this April took on the
rific summary and feel of the CLA role of BCTLA Treasurer.
Conference in Montreal. Christine plans to attend
http://clamontreal2009.blogspot.com/ the IASL conference this
September in Padua, Karen and Michelle and presenters at CLA in Montreal.
K E N H AY C O C K Italy. We can look for- Consideration will be given to proj-
PROFESSIONAL ward to Christine’s account of the IASL ects which have been completed in the
DEVELOPMENT AWARD conference in a future issue of The previous year; or to a continuum of
Bookmark. Congratulations Christine! activities extending over a longer period
Introduction We’ll look forward to your insights in and which have, currently, a positive
The British Columbia Teacher- the fall. impact on school library service at the
Librarians’ Association recognizes the
individual school, district, provincial or
need to further the professional devel- DISTINGUISHED
opment of the BCTLA by giving
an award to be used for any credit
or non-credit courses, workshops, “...Christine Evans plans to attend the IASL Conference this
conferences or programs in the September in Padua, Italy...”
field of teacher-librarianship.
SERVICE AWARD national level.
To be eligible for the award an applicant Introduction This year’s winner of the Distinguished
must be: The British Columbia Teacher- Service Award is Ross Davidson,
1. A Canadian citizen. Librarians’ Association recognizes the Principal of Scott Creek Middle School
2. A resident of British Columbia. efforts of individuals other than practic in SD43. Ross is a tireless supporter
3. A member of the BCTLA. ing teacher-librarians who have made an of school libraries in Coquitlam and
4. A holder of a valid BC Teaching outstanding contribution in support of founder of Hog Wild for Reading, a
Certificate. effective school library resource centre charity that has raised over $100,000
Terms of the Award programs in British Columbia. for school libraries.
The recipient shall:
1. Use the award monies within 12 Criteria Congratulations Ross!
months of presentation. The award may be presented annually
2. Provide proof of registration for the by the BCTLA for outstanding service ALAN KNIGHT
course, workshop, conference or pro- in support of school librarianship. The MEMORIAL AWARD
gram. contribution made by the recipient(s) of
3. Submit an article to The Bookmark. the award should be: Introduction
4. Receive payment of award monies The British Columbia Teacher-
upon proof of completion of the course, (a) outstanding in its own field; Librarians’ Association and the Editorial
workshop, and conference or program (b) altruistic; and Board of The Bookmark recognize the
and submission of the article to The (c) significant in terms of the continu- contribution to communica-
Bookmark. ing history of school library service. tion in teacher-librarianship
This year’s recipient of the Ken made by the submission of
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* This award may be given annually
“ ...Ross Davidson, Principal of Scott Creek Middle School
is a tireless supporter of school libraries in Coquitlam and founder of Hog
by the BCTLA Executive Board and, if
given, is to be presented at the fall con
ference or the AGM.
Wild for Reading...” * This award may be given to more
outstanding articles to The Bookmark. to congratulate Pat Kirkey and Jim than one recipient in a year.
Criteria Gillett for their outstanding work in * Nominees may be practicing or
This award will be presented annually The Bookmark! retired school or district-based teacher-
by the BCTLA for the most outstand librarians.
ing original article submitted to The B C T L A V A L H A M I LT O N * Nominations, following the
Bookmark during the past calendar LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT approved format, may be forwarded to
year. The article may be either practi AWARD the BCTLA Executive Board by local
cal or theoretical in nature but must be chapters or by individual members of
significant in terms of the continuing The British Columbia Teacher- the BCTLA.
history of school library resource centre Librarians’ Association recognizes the * Nominations should be sent to the
service in British Columbia, contribute lifetime commitment and achievement Communications Officer by April 1st
to the professional growth of teacher of teacher librarians who have made * The BCTLA Executive shall adjudi
librarianship and reflect cate the award.
the generosity of shar Nominations shall be considered for
ing ideas with others. only the year in which they are received.
For 2008, the Alan This year’s recipient of the Val
Knight Memorial Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award
Award recipients are is Judith Kootte, Coordinator of
Pat Kirkey and Jim Technology and Information Services
Gillett from Central for SD 38, Richmond. Judith is a for
Okanagan School mer BCTLA president (1994-95), win
District 23. In The ner of the Alan Knight Memorial Award
Bookmark’s spring (1993), the first chair of ERAC’s video
2008 issue, Kirkey and committee, a school library technology
Gillett contributed an leader, and a contributor of articles to
article entitled “Literacy numerous journals and national-level
documents. Judith’s contributions to
school libraries and teacher-librarian
ship include over 15 years of commit
ment to our profession and passion
at the school, district, provincial, and
national level. Congratulations on a
well deserved award, Judith!
BCTLA WILLIAM H.
Top: Michelle Farqhuarson-CLA Awards The British Columbia Teacher-
Left: Jim Gillett, Pat Kirkey-COTLA AGM
Right: Karen Lindsay-CLA Awards
Librarians’ Association recognizes the
need to encourage professional develop
and Advocacy: An Author Visit ment within chapters of the BCTLA.
Program” They followed that article in Each year the William H. Scott
the Fall 2008 issue with a second article Memorial Award will provide $500.00
entitled “A Crash Course in Staging a to a local chapter for in-service, work
Major Literary Event”. Along with that outstanding contributions to teacher shops, or guest speakers in the field of
article they provided sample letters, librarianship, school libraries, and/or to teacher-librarianship.
forms and schedules to help interested the BCTLA. Eligibility
readers plan their own event. This Criteria: To be eligible for an award, a chapter
author event guide was well received by The award may be presented annually must be:
many readers and demonstrated how by the BCTLA for an outstanding, sub 1. An active, registered chapter within
useful a resource The Bookmark can be. stantial and recognizable long-standing the BCTLA.
contribution to the BCTLA, school 2. An active participant in the
On behalf of the BCTLA I would like libraries, or teacher-librarianship. Council Meetings.
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3. Up-to-date with chapter reports During this past school year, there features teacher-librarians working
and all required documentation for the have been many other recognized with students at Charles Dickens
BCTLA. events, projects and school library Elementary, Kerrisdale Elementary,
The recipient of the William H. programs that exemplified pro Tecumseh Annex,
Scott Memorial Award for 2008 is fessionalism. A brief summary is and Vancouver
the Langley Teacher Librarians’ intended to illustrate the diversity Technical
Association. of programs Secondary pro
With this finan around the duced by Moira
cial award, the province. Ekdahl, Vancouver
Association plans Share your School Board’s
to “design and stories with Teacher-Librarian
provide a CTAP us and we’ll Consultant and our
(Commitment recognize BCTLA Liaison Chair, the video pow
to Action your excel erfully demonstrates “school libraries
Program) staff lence in an in action” and I would urge everyone
development upcoming to take a look! Once you have watched
series that focus issue of The the video, check out the other inquiry
es on Inquiry Bookmark. pages on the Vancouver teacher-
Based Learning”. librarian inquiry wiki site.
They plan to do A few more http://schoollibraryprogram.pbworks.com/Video-
this “through successes... Project
collaborative teaching, as a model
for research for all grade levels in the BCTLA POSITION NEW TEACHERS’ AND
school district”. Congratulations to the S TAT E M E N T STUDENT TEACHERS’
Langley TL Association! CONFERENCE.
BCTLA was pleased to announce the
BCTLA HONORARY LIFE release of our first position statement, The BCTLA and New Teachers’ and
MEMBERSHIP “Book Levelling and School Library Student Teachers’ Conference. Val
Collections”. Moira Ekdahl , Heather Hamilton, Moira Ekdahl and Mary
The BCTLA Honorary Life Daly and their team worked tirelessly to Locke worked the service desk to sup
Membership is not awarded every year publish this much needed document. port new teachers and provide aware
but only when there is a nomination for This position statement addresses the ness of the role and services teacher-
someone who has given tremendous ser levelling of existing school library col librarian colleagues can provide.
vice to the BCTLA, teacher-librarian lections. It is intended to provide a well- http://bctlanewteachers.blogspot.com/
ship and school library programs. This researched defense to support teacher-
year the Honorary Life Membership librarians should they be asked to level BC BOOK PRIZES TOUR
is awarded to Lynn Turner, teacher- school library collections.
librarian, SD 82, Terrace. Lynn has Dozens of schools hosted the BC wide
been BCTLA’s Continuing Education In addition to being presented to and author visits of the BC Book Prizes.
Chair for more than a decade and passed unanimously at the April 2009 Many school librar
has made great contributions at the BCTLA AGM, the position state ies participated and
provincial level. She has made presen ment has been presented to the BCTF integrated projects
tations on behalf of school libraries, Executive and to PSAC (Provincial around this annual
developed brochures to support new Specialist Advisory Committee). It literary event.
teacher-librarians and teachers, devel has also been requested by the BCTF’s
oped contact information for teacher- Teacher Newsmagazine for publica
librarian speakers, and most recently tion. It is BCTLA’s hope that the “Book
has coordinated the K-12 Information Levelling” Position Statement will be
Literacy Benchmark Project which she the first of many such official positions.
previewed at the BCLA Conference in see page 12
http://infolitbctla.pbworks.com/ VA N C O U V E R - T E A C H E R BCLA CONFERENCE
Lynn is retiring this June and this is a The British Columbia Library
much deserved recognition of her years As part of their year-long Teacher Conference 2009 in Burnaby looked
of service and commitment. Inquiry project, Vancouver teacher- a bit different this year. Thanks to
librarians have created and made avail the relentless advocacy and the recep
Congratulations, Lynn! able a video, “Teacher-Librarians: tive BCLA planners, over 30
Supporting 21st Century Learners”. BCTLA Chapter Councillors
The professionally produced video attended 2 sessions free of
F E AT U R E : C E L E B R AT I N G P R O F E S S I O N A L I S M 10
charge. The feedback was terrific and http://www.sd61.bc.ca/gvtla/
BOOKS FOR BOYS WIKI
the networking was very benficial. Be sure to join Richmond for
Check out BCLA 2010 in Penticton. Champions of Literacy in October
aspx BCTLA FORUM
OKANAGAN AUTHOR BCTLA Forum>Google groups> man
WEEK ager and moderator Val Hamilton(ret),
has witnessed a busy discussion group.
The Annual Education Week Author The benefits of this web 2.0 forum over
Visit program enjoyed the presenta the old listserv are many: reduce your
tions of David Bouchard. Over 3000 email inbox, threaded messages, RSS
students enjoyed his story telling and feeds, documents, easy interface and a
music. Over 400 people attended the wide range of expertise. From veterans
free community night. Jim Gillett has like Val to novices, they all have wisdom
announced that Kenneth Oppel will to share. Check it out!
Angie MacRitchie, Sara Parmar. David Bouchard, http://groups.google.com/group/bctla-forum
be the speaker for Education Week Sharon Bede, and Alan Knight Memorial recipients:
Author Visit 2010. Deborah Ellis Pat Kirkey and Jim Gillett Subscribe to RSS feed:
is also confirmed for the 2011 visit http://groups.google.com/group/bctla-forum/
and corporate sponsors and SD23 are http://bctf.ca/bctla/conference/index.html
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Kirkey and Jim Gillett will continue tour3/page2.html
to help out on the Education Week
Committee but will be stepping back BCTLA LAUNCHS NEW
slightly. Angie MacRitchie has agreed BCTLA PSA-PQT
WEBSITE TEACHER INQUIRY
to lead the group for 2010 along with
committee members: Sarah Parmar, PROJECT
No fanfare. Just doing business to help
Wendy Beaudoin, Misty Smith, TL’s. The new site has been in devel About the Project
opment for just under The BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association
a year. It is designed to is the recipient of one of three $7500
be a one-stop source grants for PSAs to engage in teacher
and entry point to all inquiry through the Program for
of our blogs, wikis, Quality Teaching (PQT). This BCTF
resources, publications, initiative, made possible by a grant from
contacts, events, and the Province through the BC Ministry
governance materials. of Education, aims to co-ordinate and
Al Smith has said, to expand the Federation’s pilot study
“I have been updating
and uploading a new
work in teacher inquiry led by the
fresh BCTLA website. BCTF’s Program for Quality Teaching
Victoria- Implementing a Library Science course in high school We want to make this and the Research and Technology
site your portal to BCTLA Division in 2007–08.
Sharon Bede and Al Smith. news, events and support. We have plans
to expand and solidify service points for Focus
VICTORIA all our great TL colleagues.” Our inquiry focus will be around the
CONFERENCE 2008 Share your ideas, good reads, ques work of Dr. Ross Todd, “Knowing and
tions, events and successes. Showing How School Library Programs
The Greater Victoria Teacher-librarians Please contact Al Smith about any Help Students Learn”. Our general
Association hosted the BCTLA thing related to the BCTLA website or questions are: how can we evaluate our
Conference 2008. The GVTLA’s suc the Virtual Bookmark! work by what students have learned and
cessful Mission Literacy was hosted http://bctf.ca/bctla/info/membersonline.html not by what we do, and knowing this,
at Spectrum Secondary School. The http://bctf.ca/bctla/contacts.html how can we respond to Todd’s question,
Conference was preceded by an firstname.lastname@example.org “What would you answer?”
Author’s Festival throughout Greater http://twitter/virtualbookmark
Victoria schools. The keynote speaker, or SMS 250.878.0578 According to Dr. Ross Todd (Rutgers),
Richard Van Camp, shared stories Any correspondence related to the it is time to illuminate the formational
that inspire and empower. Dozens of Bookmark should contact Angie (student learning, knowledge creation,
relevant and well run workshops were MacRitchie at use, production, sharing, and
a strong example of excellence in the email@example.com reading literacy) and transfor
profession. mational roles....
F E AT U R E : C E L E B R AT I N G P R O F E S S I O N A L I S M 11
Constitution and Bylaws with an April,
Todd, Ross. 2004. Knowing and show 2010 approval date in mind. The cur
ing how school library programs help rent Committee has developed some
students learn. http://www.accessola.com/ progressive ammendments in a Draft
osla/toolkit/Resources/Knowing+Showing_ 2010 BCTLA Constitution and Bylaws
RossTodd.ppt to be presented at the 2009 BCTLA
AGM for consideration.
B C T L A I N F O R M AT I O N The focus of the revision is to make the
LITERACY K-12 Constitution and Bylaws much shorter
B E N C H M A R K S P R O J E C T- and clearer. Changes to the governance
of the BCTLA includes revisions to the
The New 3Rs in Education are BCTLA Executive.
Reading, Research, and Resources
The BC Benchmarks Project uses a
three-dimensional model in which
strands, benchmarks, and dimensions
of student learning serve as a frame for BLOG THIS
Information Literacy; that is, http://tinyurl.com/celebratetl
-STRANDS that represent the aspects PARTICPATE-LEARN-GROW!
of all school library programs --
Reading, Research, and Resources, the
new 3Rs in Education, are learning
outcomes drawn from teacher-librarian
and teaching experience, from IRPs,
from related documents, and from new
understandings about literacies
-BENCHMARKS, as opposed to a
scope-and-sequence or list of skills to be
introduced, reinforced, and so on; that
is, within benchmarked periods, content
learning outcomes can be matched to
what students need to be able to do by
for grades 3, 7, 10 and 12
-DIMENSIONS of student learning,
student as information seeker, as infor
mation processor, as communicator, and
as reflective learner
-THEME: WINDOWS that portrays
the relationship of students to the world
in terms of what they know about it and
Sylvia, Karen, Val, Chris- Spring Council 2009
The BCTLA Constitution and Bylaws
were last revised in 2004. Three
Executive members—Bonnie McComb,
Heather Daly, and Val Hamilton—have
been working on revising the BCTLA
F E AT U R E : C E L E B R AT I N G P R O F E S S I O N A L I S M 12
BCTLA Position Statement
individual students gained through rela There is little evidence to support the
BOOK LEVELLING AND tionships built over time, and with the decision to acquire and build levelled
SCHOOL LIBRARY students themselves to help them come collections in our schools. While cer
independently to the right reading level tainly supporting the literacy industry,
COLLECTIONS and the right book. Teacher-librarians the notion of applying a single strat
and teachers of literature eschew word egy to entire collections eliminates
counts and syllabic structures as mea the importance of both balanced and
BCTLA Annual General Meeting, sures of readability, looking instead for differentiated approaches to literacy
April 2009 literary merit, sophistication of ideas, development in schools, threatens to
developmental appropriateness, capacity turn rich and dynamic collections into
The practice of levelling books, used to for engagement, or maturity of theme extended bookrooms, may be largely
support guided reading instruction in or language. budget-driven, and is incompatible with
classrooms, is not con the goals for school library programs.
sistent with the values Research into the field We know that it limits choice and may
of teacher-librarians and of reading literacy cause children to miss “great reads.”
should not be applied supports the position Capable readers may not choose books,
in part or in whole to that book levelling is perceiving them to be too low for them.
school library collections. something that ends Students may miss light reading oppor
Children have opportu with classroom guided tunities that are, in Stephen Krashen’s
nities in well-developed reading programs and is view, conduits to more substantial read
school library programs not meant to apply to ing or, in Jim Trelease’s terms the very
to acquire, develop, and classroom libraries or, “home-run” books that turn a child on
use important lifelong by obvious extension, to reading more. Worse still, it may
skills that will enable to the school library exacerbate reluctance and resistance to
them to select indepen collection (Fountas & reading, stigmatize struggling readers,
dently their own reading Pinnell). “We seem and mislead others into believing that
materials. Levelled col to be in the midst of reading level is the important criterion
lections, whether located a levelling mania in in choosing a “just-right” book.
in school or classroom libraries, inhibit which massive amounts
the use of authentic strategies for selec of time, money and energy are devoted References
tion and directly contradict the message to organizing books by reading levels
Dzaldov, B. S. & Peterson, S. Book Leveling and
of pursuing reading for the interest and … teachers are driven to attach a level Readers. The Reading Teacher. 222-224. November
passion it inspires. to every text that students encounter 2005. Retrieved March 2009 from ProQuest
during their school day” (Dzaldov &
Students have access to school libraries Peterson). Teachers, in so doing, are Fountas, I. & Pinnell, G. S. Leveled Books K-8:
Matching Texts to Readers for Effective Teaching.
and to teacher-librarians to learn and well-intentioned as they “whitewash” Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2006.
practice the skills for finding the “just over the diversity factors of selection
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right” book to read. School library pro noted above in order to reduce the Portsmouth, N.H.: Libraries Unlimited. 2004.
grams build in opportunities for child frustration students might experience
Reuter, K. Teaching Effective Book-Selection
or young adult readers to engage in the that unquestionably confounds literacy Strategies and Inspiring Engaged Readers in the
complex task of finding a book that development. But these teachers act to Library Media Center. Library MediaConnection.
April/May 2008. 26 (7) 18-20. Retrieved March 2009,
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al interest for them, that speaks to their as they are also reducing the field of
Rog, L. J. & Burton, W. Matching texts and read
life experiences or cultural identities or choice, researchers suggest, where they ers: Leveling Early Reading Materials for Assessment
gendered reading preferences, or that need to be building connections and and Instruction. The Reading Teacher. Dec 2001/
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Trelease, J. The Read-Aloud Handbook. New York:
thing that simply needs to be explored read and enabling them to reach beyond Penguin, 1985.
more deeply. Teacher-librarians, as their assessed level, usually measured by
Wedwick, L. & Wutz, J. Bookmatch: How to Scaffold
specialist teachers, work with these sets a single standardized test which, inter Student Book Selection for Independent
of understandings about book selection, estingly, many would argue is inappro Reading. Newark, DE: International
Reading Association, 2008.
as well as particular knowledge about priate assessment practice.
P O S I T I O N S T A T E M E N T- B O O K L E V E L L I N G 13
Encore-Annual Report 2009
being able to access BCTLA resources and Auditor General. Several articles
INSPITE OF THE for projects and professional develop were prepared for the BCTF’s Teacher
C U R R E N T C L I M AT E , ment has been drafted. The BCTLA’s Newsmagazine, including one for the
08-09 WAS A VERY first position statement, on book level special election issue.
PRODUCTIVE YEAR ing, has been written with the hope of
more to come. Planning for provincial PSAC (Provincial Specialist Association
View the complete report as presented professional
to Chapter Council members in April development
Quick Picks> http://bctf.ca/bctla/ will be taking
President’s Report the addition
Submitted by Heather Daly of a second
Executive Meetings (1-Day: October, Continuing
April; 2-Day: September, January) Education
I can’t tell you how hard the Executive Chair for
has worked this year on behalf of teach 2009-10.
er-librarians. From Drop Everything BCTLA has
and Read planning to communicat joined with
ing with BCTLA members to writing other pro
articles and grant proposals, your 2008 vincial and
09 Executive deserves every accolade. territorial
I salute Sylvia Zubke, Karen Lindsay, school library
Bonnie McComb, Halia Hirniak, Al associations
Smith, Lauren Craze, Amanda Hufton, in beginning
Lynn Turner, ¬Angie MacRitchie, dialogue about
Bonnie McComb, Moira Ekdahl, and a national advocacy strategy. We have Council) and the BCTF (Throughout
Val Hamilton, all volunteers who gave also, for the first time, begun to con Year)
thousands of hours of their own time sider funding teacher-librarian speakers PSAC (Provincial Specialist Association
this year, including engaging in four in- and representatives to attend school Council) is composed of each of the
person meetings totalling five full days, library conferences, including the presidents of the BCTF’s 33 PSAs. The
to their love of school libraries and their CLA/CASL Conference and the IASL council comes together for two full-
belief in the work of B.C.’s teacher- Conference. BCTLA also continues to day meetings three times a year. Major
librarians! work on the first provincial Information issues at PSAC, common to all PSAs,
Literacy framework. included problems with PSA member
Modernizing BCTLA Governance and ship lists and renewals. As a result, PSA
Operations (Throughout Year) Communication (Throughout Year) membership work has been assigned to
A major focus of the year, and in the The BCTLA is known internationally an alternate department at BCTF and
years to come, will be the moderniza for our incredibly strong web presence. new structures have been developed.
tion of BCTLA’s governance and opera The “BCTLA - In Circulation” blog, PSAC has also been involved in the PSA
tions. Changes that have already taken available at http://bctlaincirculation. Task Force, which included a survey of
place have included The Bookmark blogspot.com/, is just one of our com PSA members and a report with recom
becoming an online, open access munication venues. “In Circulation” mendations.
journal that is being used as a model acts a newsletter about what is happen October: BCTLA Conference, NSLD
by other associations. The BCTLA ing at BCTLA. The BCTLA Forum and Drop Everything and Read
Constitution and Bylaws were revised has been active this year, as has the (DEAR)
in 2008-09 and a draft document was Executive email list (to the tune of This year’s Canadian Library Month
produced for consideration. For the ~2000 messages). The BCTLA received (October 2008) was just amazing.
first time in years, new awards have press coverage this year due to the Drop Canadian Library Month posters and
been instituted, including a Lifetime Everything and Read campaign and bookmarks were sent to all public
Achievement award and possibly an National School Library Day. In addi school districts from BCTLA for dis
award for New Teacher-Librarian of the tion, numerous letters were written to tribution to school libraries. We also
Year. A process for BCTLA Chapters government, the Lieutenant Governor,
ANNUAL REPORT 14
had a fabulous BCTLA conference in also been involved in discussions with Daniel Pink’s book A Whole New
Victoria! Thank you to the Greater ERAC throughout the year in a consul Mind to Chapter Councilors. Chapter
Victoria Teacher-Librarians’ Association tative role on the multisector database Councilors were to meet with their
for all of their work. Immediately fol implementation. In particular, BCTLA MLA and discuss education and school
lowing the Conference, we celebrated has offered suggestions on the toolkits libraries. Distributed posters for Drop
National School Library Day and and training which will be launched in Everything and Read.
Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) late April 2009 through 2010. October
challenge. The DEAR challenge was •Made arrangements for the Chapter
an incredible success. Thank you to AWARDS AND GRANTS Councilor Meeting for Saturday,
everyone who participated and to the (Spring 2009) October 24 at the Harbour Towers
Executive for all of their work in plan We were thrilled in early Spring 2009 in Victoria. Updated the Chapter
ning for the day. In particular, I would to be announced as one of three PSAs Councilor Handbook, photocopied and
like to thank Karen Lindsay and Bonnie to receive a $7500 grant for a Program distributed it to members at the meet
Chapman for their inspiring initiative. for Quality Teaching teacher inquiry ing, and mailed copies to those unable
group through the BCTF. Nine teach to come. Got the BCTLA membership
LIAISON WITH er-librarians are currently engaging in list from the BCTF and distributed this.
LIBRARIES, professional learning around evidence- •Updated the Chapter Councilor mem
A S S O C I AT I O N S , based practice in B.C. school libraries. bership list, collected reports from the
O R G A N I Z AT I O N S , A N D We are also excited to be awarding all of Chapter Councilors, and sent these
MINISTRY the BCTLA awards this year and have to our Web Steward, Val Hamilton.
(Throughout Year) news of a number of national awards Participated in the Drop Everything
A continuing focus for BCTLA has to be announced for B.C. teacher- and Read campaign.
been liaison in particular with public, librarians. November
academic, and special libraries and •Sent reminders out about filling in the
other provincial library associations. ONGOING CHALLENGES: Working and Learning Survey.
BCTLA has continued to be repre Memberships and Conference January 2009
sented on the Library 2020 Interim Attendance •Organized the hotel, rooms and food
Steering Committee. This year, the Although 2008-09 has been a year for the BCTLA Executive Meeting –
Library 2020 project produced consul of hard work and great successes, we January 23-24, La Quinta, Richmond.
tation reports and BCTLA sponsored continue to have some challenges as an Acted as liaison with BCLA to organize
two school library consultation ses association. Our conference numbers the Spring Council.
sions and submitted detailed feedback. are still lower than we would like and •Sent out information about the April
We were also involved in planning our membership has fluctuated—from Meeting, the online Teacher-Librarian
and executing the “West Beyond the 395 to 505 to 354 throughout the year. conference at yourschoollibrary.org
West: B.C. Digitization Symposium” It is my hope that the efforts of the on February 20, and asked Councilors
in December, and with the support of BCTLA Executive, Chapter Councilors, to send in nominations for BCTLA
the BCTF we were able to bring twenty and the BCTLA membership will Awards and to recruit BCTLA mem
educators to the event. BCTLA is also result, over time, in increased and sus bers.
pleased to be a part of this year’s inau tained membership and conference February
gural BC Library Conference, through attendance. •Sent out information for the April
the integration of our annual Spring Spring Council meeting, for nomina
Council and AGM into the conference. F I R S T V I C E - P R E S I D E N T, tions for the BCTLA awards and to
Chapter Councilors will attend BCTLA C H A P T E R R E L AT I O N S ’ S recruit members for the BCTLA, and
meetings in the REPORT sent out the latest BCTLA membership
morning and the list.
Conference in Submitted by Sylvia March
the afternoon. Zubke •Kept track of who is coming to the
With BCLA and BC Library Conference and answered
BCLTA (the BC September 2008 questions about hotel and BC Library
Library Trustees’ •Made arrange Conference registration.
Association), we ments for the hotel April
were involved in and rooms for the •Acted as liaison with BCLA to orga
the development BCTLA Executive nize the Spring Council meeting at
of WebJunction Retreat, September the Holiday Inn Express Metrotown.
BC, an online pro- 19-20 at the Updated, photocopied and handed
fessional and staff development portal Holiday Inn Riverport, Richmond. out Chapter Councilor Handbooks.
for B.C. library staff. BCTLA members The Executive met Friday evening, Handed out updated BCTLA member
will be able to create profiles and take September 19 and all day Saturday, ship lists, and updated the CC member
online continuing education courses September 20. ship list.
through WebJunction BC. BCTLA has •Bought and distributed copies of •Made arrangements with the Sandman
ANNUAL REPORT 15
Signature Hotel in Richmond (rated #2 Past President’s Report Throughout the 2008-09 school year,
hotel in Richmond by Trip Advisor!) Submitted by Heather Daly, for Bonnie the BC Coalition for School Libraries
for the Saturday, October 24 Chapter McComb(exchange) (BCCSL) has continued to do wonder
Councilor meeting after the BCTLA CONSTITUTION ful work for school libraries in B.C. In
conference in October 2009. REVISION March 2009, the BCCSL joined with
The BCTLA Constitution and Bylaws the Children’s Writers and Illustrators
SECOND VICE were last revised in 2004. Three of British Columbia (CWILL) for
P R E S I D E N T, Executive members—Bonnie McComb, the press release, “Children and
ADVOCACY’S REPORT Heather Daly, and Val Hamilton—have Children’s Authors Rally Behind School
Submitted by Karen Lindsay been working on revising the BCTLA Librarians”. True children’s stories of
Constitution and Bylaws with an April, the effects of school library funding cuts
The role of the Second Vice-President, 2010 approval date in mind. The were solicited and children wrote let
Advocacy is to support teacher-librar Draft 2010 BCTLA Constitution and ters, which are available on the BCCSL
ians in their districts, keep the role of Bylaws will be presented at the 2009 website at http://www.bccsl.ca/letters.
teacher-librarians in the public eye, and BCTLA AGM for consideration. The htm. The Coalition sent the stories and
raise public awareness of our issues and focus of the revision is to make the letters as packages to superintendents,
successes. To this end, in 2008-09 I Constitution and Bylaws much shorter DPAC chairs, and Board of Education
have: and clearer. Changes to the governance trustees in early April 2009. In addi
•Supported BCTLA members whenever of the BCTLA includes revisions to the tion, some of the letters and stories
required on the BCTLA Forum. BCTLA Executive. were faxed to all schools in B.C., to the
•Provided ongoing liaison with CASL attention of the principal.
by posting messages of interest to our Nominating Committee:
members and bringing issues of interest No official nomination forms have been C O M M U N I C AT I O N S
to the attention of the Executive. received. The following people have OFFICER’S REPORT
•Spoke at the BCTLA Conference on allowed their names to stand for the fol Submitted by Halia Hirniak
the importance of daily silent reading. lowing elected Executive positions:
•Became BCTLA’s liaison to the BCTLA Awards
Canadian Association for School President – Heather Daly (Coquitlam) This year the BCTLA received a record
Libraries (CASL) national advocacy First Vice-President, Chapter Relations number of nominations for its many
dialogue – Sylvia Zubke (Vancouver)
awards and we were thrilled to have so
•Joined the nation-wide consultative Second Vice-President, Advocacy –
many dedicated teacher-librarians and
group for Canadian Library Month to Karen Lindsay (Victoria)
library supporters to choose from to be
represent the BC school library perspec Communications Officer – Halia
the recipients of the awards.
tive Hirniak (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows)
Promoted year two of the Drop Recording Secretary – Al Smith
Here is the list of some of the BCTLA
Everything and Read challenge by: (Kelowna)
Award winners for this year:
•Working with the BCTF to get posters Treasurer –
Diana Poole Memorial Award - Karen
and a staff alert made and distributed to Working & Learning Conditions
schools to promote DEAR. Chairperson – Amanda Hufton
Ken Haycock Professional Development
•Composing press releases and sending (Richmond)
Grant - Chris Evans (Vancouver)
them to media outlets across the prov Distinguished Service Award - Ross
ince. The following members have put their Davidson (Coquitlam)
•Creating a template to assist BCTLA names forward for appointed positions: Alan Knight Memorial Award - Pat
members in contacting their MLAs Kirkey (Kelowna, retired) and Jim
about joining the campaign. Publications Coordinator Gillett (Kelowna)
•Being interviewed by journalists from – Al Smith (Kelowna)
William H. Scott Memorial Award -
the Times-Colonist and Vancouver Sun. Web Steward – Val Hamilton
Langley Teacher-Librarians’ Association
•Writing numerous letters to Ministry (Vancouver, retired)
Val Hamilton Lifetime Achievement
of Education officials and the Premier. Senior Editor, The Bookmark – Angie
Award - Judith Kootte (Richmond,
The Minister of Education issued an MacRitchie (Kelowna)
official press release saying MINISTER Conference Chair – Bonnie McComb
BCTLA Honorary Lifetime
BOND DROPS EVERYTHING AND (Saanich)
Membership - Lynn Turner (Terrace)
READS. The Premier sent me an email Continuing Education Chair –
congratulating the BCTLA on this ini Lynn Turner (Terrace) and Michele
New Award Motion
tiative. Farquharson (Vancouver)
A motion will be brought forward at the
•Gathering information from schools Liaison Chair – Moira Ekdahl
2009 BCTLA AGM to create a “New
that participated in the October DEAR (Vancouver)
Teacher-Librarian of the Year” Award to
challenge in order to be able to con honour exemplary and inno
tinue to track our progress. BC Coalition for School Libraries vative work and accomplish
(BCCSL) ments by a BCTLA member
ANNUAL REPORT 16
who has been in the role for five years LIAISON CHAIR’S Red Cedar and Stellar Book Awards –
or less. REPORT There will be three galas held this year,
Submitted by Heather Daly, for Moira in Victoria, Coquitlam, and Cranbrook.
Letters in Recognition of Executive Ekdahl This is a pilot year for the new gala
Member Involvement structure.
All members of the current BCTLA Association of Book Publishers of BC
Executive will be recognized for their (ABPBC) – We continue to support BC SENIOR EDITOR, THE
service to the Association in letters Books for BC Schools and Canadian BOOKMARK’S REPORT
which will be sent to their respective Aboriginal Books Submitted
districts and individual school adminis for Schools and BC by Angie
trators. Book and Magazine MacRitchie
WORKING AND BC Book Prizes – In 2008,
LEARNING CONDITIONS Word is, there may three issues
CHAIR’S REPORT be no BCTF repre of The
Submitted by Amanda Hufton sentative TL needed Bookmark
on this committee. were pub
See The Bookmark issue.... BCLA – Heather lished
Daly worked with online in
The survey was once again launched BCLA and BCLTA February,
with National and International School on the WebJunction June and
Library Day on October 20, 2009. The BC portal, which October. A
questions on the survey stayed the same includes school library Hon. LG. Stephen Point- Battle of the Books, Kelowna print copy
with the exception of the question re information. Sylvia was given to
the formula for identifying the “flexible” Zubke was very involved with BCLA Chapter Councilors at the October and
scheduled library time. This question in the planning of the Spring Council April Council meetings.
has been problematic over the years as meeting to coincide with the BC
we have tried to get closer to a compa Library Conference. The 2009 Alan Knight Memorial
rable number between all districts. At Award is to be presented in June to
the suggestion of the BCTF researchers, YAACS – Mary Locke is BCTLA’s Jim Gillett and Pat Kirkey for the most
the question was simplified into two representative to YAACS. Mary sent outstanding article in The Bookmark
questions, whereby the teacher-librarian a note to YAACS asking for their sup in 2008. The winner was selected by
could first identify how much FTE time port for school libraries in Spring 2009 a committee from School District 23
is allotted to the library and then, out during budget time, which was sent to Central Okanagan. Next year, a differ
of that amount of time, identify how the YAACS listserv with encouragement ent school district will be asked to pro
much of the time is flexibly scheduled from the YAACS President. vide this service.
teacher-librarian time. Library 2020 – Presidents’ Report pro
vides updated information. There will be a small issue in June as
This year there were 100 fewer surveys Digitization Symposium – Presidents’ well as the report of the Working and
received than last year. We are looking Report provides updated information. Learning Conditions Survey Results.
into the reasons for this, wondering if BCCSL – See the Past President’s The next issue following this will be
it is due to further school closures and Report. published in October 2009 and will
declining membership. If there are any CASL– We are thrilled that this year’s be the 50th anniversary issue of The
suggestions by Chapter Councilors as to TL of the Year (Follett International/ Bookmark. The plan is for the 50th
why the response rate isn’t 100%, please CASL Award) will be a BC teacher- issue to be printed as well as published
e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. librarian! The CASL Breakfast and online. $10,000 has been budgeted for
AGM will be held as part of the CLA this. Congratulatory advertising will be
This year, there will be one paper pub Conference on May 31 in Montreal. sold to help with the cost.
lication that will show the data for the Karen Lindsay will represent BCTLA.
2008-09 year, as well as a comparison CWILL – Joint sponsorship with To make the 50th Anniversary Issue a
to earlier years. The qualitative data BCCSL – See the Past President’s great keepsake, we need each chapter to
will continue to be analyzed. As the Report. contribute something. Some ideas are:
BCTF is involved in other projects, the CLA – Karen will attend the CLA
estimated time for the publication is in Conference from May 29 to June 2. •A story of major changes and develop
May 2009. IASL – BCTLA is in the process of ments in your district/chapter
joining IASL as an association member. •Celebrations or big events that took
The IASL conference will be held this place over the years
summer in Padua, Italy. Moira Ekdahl •Major hurdles (overcome or otherwise)
will represent BCTLA. •The impact that technology has had
on your programs, including circula-
ANNUAL REPORT 17
tion, web 2.0, databases, etc. Library Conference will be of benefit to
•A story of a major player in your dis all BC Library Conference delegates. This spring, the committee hopes to
trict, perhaps a teacher-librarian who put a very initial draft of the docu
was there for 30 years and retired in The Richmond Teacher-Librarians’ ment onto the BCTLA website for
1990; what changes they saw, etc. Association will host the 2009 examination and feedback from teacher-
BCTLA Conference at Richmond librarians. A professional writer will be
•A feature of a school library in your Secondary School. The theme will hired to work with the committee for
district that you feel is an extraordinary be “Champions of Literacy” and will the final draft, which will be both in
model feature former National Librarian web and hard copy formats. An execu
•A unit of study using newest technol of Canada and author Roch Carrier tive summary will also be produced.
ogy and sources as the keynote. Of particular inter It is hoped that this document will be
•An interview with someone who has est is the Thursday night wine and endorsed by a variety of groups, includ
“seen it all” cheese being planned at the Richmond ing teacher-librarians, academic and
•A reflective piece Olympic Oval. Come for the tour of public librarians, school districts, and
the Olympic speedskating venue and perhaps the Ministry of Education.
If you have an idea and you wish to run meet the 2010 Winter Olympics mas Initial outlines of the document—enti
it by me, please send a brief descrip cots! Incredible and inspiring learning tled “Reading, Resources, and Research:
tion to email@example.com and I will take place on the Friday. We hope The New 3 Rs in Education”—will be
will get back to you as soon as possible. all teacher-librarians will join us on presented by the committee at the BC
Remember, it’s okay to delegate this task October 22-23 in Richmond. Library Conference in April 2009.
to a reliable colleague in your Chapter!
CONTINUING As CE chair, I would like to take this
These submissions will need to be in E D U C AT I O N C H A I R ’ S opportunity to thank Moira, Julie, and
by the end of June (please keep photos REPORT Michele for their extraordinary efforts
separate from the article as attachments) Submitted by Lynn Turner and dedication to making this project
so that work can be done over the sum a success, and to the BCTLA Executive
mer to edit, proofread, collate, etc. It The main focus for Continuing for their support.
is really important that we receive a sub Education this year has been the devel
mission from every Chapter. opment of a K-12 framework of skills Early on in the position of CE chair,
for information literacy. Last Spring, I undertook to encourage those post
CONFERENCE CHAIR’S a group of about 6-8 teacher-librarians secondary institutes with teacher
REPORT met to launch the project and to decide training programmes to include
Submitted by Heather Daly, for Bonnie on a direction from which to approach teacher-librarians at some point in the
McComb the subject. When the call went out in preparation of pre-service teachers.
September for the first working com Suggestions covered the spectrum from
The fantastic 2008 BCTLA mittee meeting, however, only three a very short presentation (“What Your
Conference was hosted in Victoria, at people were able to attend. Moira Teacher-Librarian Can Do For You”)
Spectrum Community School, by the Ekdahl, Julie Robinson, and Michele to a collaboratively planned-and-taught
Greater Victoria Teacher-Librarians’ Farquharson, in addition to the CE unit during a practicum. It seems now
Association. The conference had the chair, began the task of deciding what that many student teacher programs
theme, “Mission: Literacy—Teachers would be included in a K-12 skills are requesting such involvement.
and Teacher-Librarians: Not-So-Secret framework; what the finished product Furthermore, teacher-librarians are
Agents of Change”. The conference would look like; what the timelines seeking out the student teachers in their
was preceded by a successful Author’s should be; and what categories would schools, and are working with them.
Festival and marked the beginning be covered by each person. The BCTLA also has a presence at the
of BCTLA Chapters utilizing online New Teachers’ Conference.
conference registration systems. While Although some of the first ideas have A couple of years ago, a list of workshop
the conference was wonderful, with been modified, and timelines have presenters was put together with input
incredible speakers, food, and vendor been lengthened, the goal has remained from teacher-librarians around the
displays, there were again not as many the same: to produce a document province. It is now time to update that
conference delegates as there have been focused on information literacy with list, both for presenters and for possible
in previous years. benchmarks of skills at Grade 3, 7, workshop topics.
10, and 12. These benchmarks have
Throughout Spring 2009, Sylvia Zubke been selected from B.C. IRPs as well as Few universities in Canada offer courses
worked with the BC Library Association from “scope and sequences” from other in teacher-librarianship. For those who
to ensure the integration of the BCTLA jurisdictions, both national and inter are interested:
Spring Council and AGM as part of the national. There will also be a section University of British Columbia:
annual BC Library Conference. It is bridging to the skills required for suc eplt.edu.ubc.ca/courses/onlinecourses.php
hoped that the involvement of a large cessful research at college and university University of Alberta
number of teacher-librarians in the BC libraries. www.quasar.ualberta.ca/tl-dl/
University of Prince Edward Island
ANNUAL REPORT 18
San Jose State University
UBC is also sponsoring a Digital
Literacy Summer Institute.
Information for teachers will soon be
WEB STEWARD’S EVERY TEACHER-
REPORT LIBRARIAN NEEDS TO
Submitted by Val Hamilton B E U P T O D AT E W I T H
Web Site (www.bctf.ca/bctla/) CALLED BCERAC. THIS
In July, I met with Angie MacRitchie C O N S O R T I U M I M PA C T S
and Al Smith in Al’s library at Kelowna W H AT W E U S E E A C H
Secondary School. We spent the D A Y. N O V E L S , S O F T
afternoon discussing the future of the W A R E , D ATA B A S E S . . .
BCTLA online. Al has since been rede
signing the BCTLA web pages. ERAC has just posted its video stream WEB 2.0 MUST VIEW:
ing white paper, Building a Video
BCTLA Forum (http://groups.google.ca/ Streaming Plan. As more districts and RiP: A remix manifesto is a documen
group/bctla-forum?hl=en) schools consider moving into video tary film about copyright and remix
As you can see below, we currently have streaming, ERAC is working to provide culture. You can contribute to the film,
239 members on our BCTLA Forum. them with information about issues and follow the conversation on the
For information on how to join, please associated with the change. social networks with RSS, Twitter or
go to http://tinyurl.com/dzzgy3. I have suc Facebook.
cessfully blocked all spam sent to the ERAC’s new electronic bulletin board
Forum so please join. eTalk offers educators a way to lurk and FILM: RIP a remix manifesto
learn or post suggestions... http://www3.nfb.ca/webextension/rip-a-remix-
I have 2 news blogs that feed directly
into the BCTLA Forum: A FIRST for NFB! ERAC has just
http://bctlanews.blogspot.com/ and established a ground-breaking agree NFB
http://bctlabctfnews.blogspot.com/. ment with the National Film Board Download from iTunes
(NFB) to provide every public and http://tinyurl.com/c2yxs4
Other blogs to visit are: independent school in BC with com
•http://bctlaincirculation.blogspot.com/ plimentary access, for one year, to the
•http://virtualbookmark.typepad.com/ NFB’s online collection of French and
•http://bctlanewteachers.blogspot.com/ English Canadian films.
We have a number of wikis:
•http://prod.pbwiki.com/ Video Streaming White Paper:
Facebook ERAC ALERT: see page
•http://www.facebook.com/group. -Download Newsletter e-Update
php?gid=2511772046 -Subscribe to ERAC news.
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THE USE & BENEFITS
OF SOCIAL MEDIA IN
Monday, July 20
July 20, 21, 23, 24, 2009 Collaborative Writing Tools... Wikis,
Directory of Web Sites and Networks
Cost: $100 per workshop, or $320/4 with Kedrick James & Natasha Boskic
Location: UBC Campus,
http://eplt.educ.ubc.ca/programs/institutes/ Tuesday, July 21
dlc.php Collaborative Discussion Tools... Social
Networking, Groups, Bookmarks
with Maryam Moayeri
The Digital Literacy Centre in the
Department of Thursday, July 23
Language and Literacy Collaborative Creation Tools... Google
Education, Sites, Youtube, Flickr, etc.
UBC Faculty of with Kedrick James & Natasha Boskic
Education, is offering
4 exciting summer Friday, July 24
workshops explor Collaborative Research Tools...
ing the value of social Wikipedia, Delicious, etc.
media software use for teachers and with Jeff Miller & Scott McMillan
The workshops offer discussion of a Register:
number of examples and guide partici firstname.lastname@example.org
pants in hands-on sessions to under tel. 604-822-2013
stand the possibilities of using collab
orative software in the classroom. The
classes are 5 hours each, including a
one hour lunch break.
21ST CENTURY SCHOOL LIBRARIES
The first Your School Library online conference –
Transforming School Libraries with Web 2.0 – was held
over February and attracted in excess of 200 delegates.
According to participant feedback, it was highly success
ful in stimulating debate and discussion about the school
library in the Web 2.0 world.
The Transforming School Libraries online conference has
Once again, the conference will be “held” on the collabora started.
tion website Sosius.com. Delegates will use this as a base Please tune in to one of the related blogs:
camp to explore the Web 2.0 world. “Your School Library,
Part 2: Information Literacy with Web 2.0”, which includes http://librarian.edublogs.org/
as a presenter former BCTLA President Pat Parungao. http://donnadesroches.ca/
W O R K S H O P F A C I L I T A T O R S . . . . S E E P. 5 2
BCTLA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 20
the administration of coopera
WebJunction– WebJunction BC is a place for BC
tive projects for libraries in British
Columbia. Our first project is the
British Columbia library staff, trustees and volunteers Sitka ILS Consortium, which will
joins online learn to meet online to learn and share
information about all types of librar
transition from a government-run
entity to one governed and admin
ing community for ies. istered by the members of the
library staff WJBC is supported by the BC
cooperative. Any library can join
the cooperative and be instrumental
Library Association, the BC Public in guiding the development of the
April 2009—WebJunction, the Library Services Branch, the BC cooperative and its projects.
leader in online learning for library Library Trustees’ Association and the
staff, is working with the British BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association, MLA Library Receptions
Columbia Library Association as well as our WebJunction partners When: Friday, June 26, 2009 - All
(BCLA), British Columbia Teacher- across North America. Day
Librarians’ Public Knowledge Project Scholarly
Association, BRITISH Publishing Conference (3 days -
and the British COLUMBIA Vancouver)
Columbia SCHEDULE OF When: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 -
Library Trustees EVENTS All Day
Columbia, the first WebJunction
Upcoming library events at British Browse Webjunction BC:
learning community created for
libraries outside the United States. Second International m-Libraries BLOG JUNCTION
Members of the three associations Conference (2-days Vancouver) BlogJunction British Columbia
and public library staff and volun When: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - All A weblog for the WebJunction
teers in British Columbia will have Day British Columbia community.
access to courses, articles, discussions http://webjunctionworks.org/bc/blog
and a professional network that will The second international m-Librar
keep their skills up-to-date and help ies Conference, held and spon Subscribe to News:
their libraries stay relevant to current sored by the University of British RSS
user needs. Columbia in conjunction with
Athabasca University, The Open 1
As part of the online learning com University and Thompson Rivers
munity, WebJunction–British University, will be held June 23rd
Columbia members will connect
from across the
nity using social
and professional networking tools;
and 24th of 2009 at University of
create and publish their own con British Columbia’s Vancouver cam
tent; participate in discussions and
form interest groups of interest; take
First AGM of the BC Libraries
courses on a wide range of business,
technology and library skill subjects;
When: Thursday, June 25, 2009 -
and engage in an online community
experience that makes learning fun.
( OCLA )
The BC Libraries Cooperative is
a new organization charged with
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NEW ON THE NET
Contributors JOHN GOLDSMITH
website is filled with valuable literacy http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf826227.tip.html
May 2009 resources for teachers, volunteers, adult
learners, tutors, parents and students. This site is describes as a web site that
There are free online courses which will help teachers make the connection
by John Goldsmith focus on the best practices for literacy between theory and practice by explor
E-mail: email@example.com instruction and lifelong learning habits ing some online resources related to lit
Blog: http://www.detools.ca a library of resources for literacy devel eracy, themes, literature circles, technol
opment which includes print articles ogy, and learning. (Weekly Favourites)
EDUCATION: and podcasts. Resources can be accessed
by keyword, drop down boxes or by Reading Resources.Net
The Worksheet Library subject, grade, resource type or content http://www.readingresource.net
http://www.worksheetlibrary.com/ partner. The grade levels include the
usual K-12, as well as vocational edu “Reading Resource.net offers free
The Worksheet Library is quite liter cation, adult education, community resources and materials for teachers and
ally a web site filled with worksheets college and higher education. (Linda parents or anyone interested in teaching
(approximately 11,000) on every topic Hof-Webbits) children with dyslexia and other reading
imaginable from Kindergarten to high difficulties to read. The site was devel
school. Worksheets are grouped by KiddieRecords oped by a certified speech and language
subject, grade level and standards (US http://www.kiddierecords.com/ pathologist plus an early childhood
criteria). 650 are available at no cost. reading teacher.” (Education World Site
The rest require a subscription fee. In KiddieRecords is a web site featuring Reviews)
addition members and non-members free recordings of popular children’s
can sign up to receive a free worksheet radio programs
each week. from the 1940’s &
‘50’s. Many of the
ENGLISH shows were as well
known back then LIBRARIES
Can I Have A Word as Sesame Street and the Muppets are
http://www.barbican.org.uk/canihaveaword/ today and featured well known period Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected
actors and lavish production values. http://www.thejointlibrary.org/autism/
“Can I Have A Word” is a web site (Diane Flynn Keith – ClickSchooling)
designed to inspire creative writing at This site provides “a customer service
the middle and secondary school level. Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance training video primarily for library staff
The site features four projects includ Science, Magic and Medicine to help them serve individuals with
ing the elements, the human body, the http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/harrypotter
autism and their families more effec
Odyssey, and changing voices. These sworld/index.html
tively. The video focuses on what you
four projects cover the various areas of need to know about autism and will
creative writing such as descriptive writ This web site is a companion to a trav
eling exhibition “created to explore the empower you with specific techniques
ing, conversational and narrative prose, to offer more inclusive service to this
creative character prose, and influential link between Harry Potter and the his
tory of science.” The site features illus growing and underserved population.”
writing. Teachers will find worksheets Also includes print resources and links.
and poems, classroom displays, teacher trated essays comparing Harry Potter’s
world with the history of science in the (Librarians Internet Index)
tips, and a link to download the Flash World Digital Library (WDL)
animation to their desktop for easy areas of potions, monsters, herbology,
viewing in the classroom. (Education magical creatures, fantastic beasts, and
World News Letter) immortality. Also includes lesson plans,
online activities, and a bibliography. Launched in April 2009, the WDL
Thinkfinity Literacy Network “makes available on the Internet, free
http://literacynetwork.verizon.org/tln/ (Librarian’s Internet Index)
of charge and in multilingual format,
Literature Learning Ladders significant primary materials from
The “Thinkfinity” Literacy Network cultures around the world,” includ-
ing manuscripts, maps, books, musical
scores, recordings, films, prints, and pho The Virtual Body BIO
tographs. Browse by place, time, topic, http://www.medtropolis.com/vbody.aspx
type of item, or institution. Developed by NEW ON THE NET
a team at the U.S. Library of Congress, The Virtual Body is an web site with John Goldsmith
with contributions by national librar incredibly detailed graphics and anima John is a regular
ies and with the support of UNESCO tions of various aspects of the human
body, including the brain, skeleton, contributor who
and companies and private foundations.
(Librarians Internet Index) the heart and digestive system. (Kim focuses on vetting
Komando’s Site of the Day”.) new online resources
SCIENCE for teacher-librarians.
SOCIAL STUDIES John Goldsmith is
CERES Project currently working as
http://btc.montana.edu/CERES/ Digital Karnak an online educator with the Fraser
http://dlib.etc.ucla. Valley Distance Education School, a
edu/projects/Karnak/ position he assumed after working
many years as a Junior and Senior
Website devoted Secondary Teacher Librarian.
to the ancient
of the god Amun firstname.lastname@example.org
in Karnak (near http://www.detools.ca
Features a “time
This Center for Educational Resources the development of the temple complex VIRTUAL BOOKMARK
(CERES) project provides “an extensive (view by date or by pharaoh or other
library of on-line and interactive K-12 leader), video animations of the temple BLOG THIS
science education materials for teach model, modern video footage of Karnak http://tinyurl.com/newonthenet
ing astronomy.” These resources include and Luxor, photos, and instructional
online lessons on topics such as planet texts on topics such as daily ritual, PARTICPATE-LEARN-GROW!
sizes and lunar phases, two “virtual mis architectural features, and construction
sions” that show “sequences of NASA methods. (Librarians Internet Index)
images linked to the paths of the Voyager
and Galileo missions,” information on 1
education standards, and related material.
Gardening With Kids
Part of the “Thrifty Fun” web site,
Gardening With Kids is packed with
helpful suggestions and ideas to interest
and involve young people in garden
ing such as giving kids their own space,
using kid sized tools using child friendly
themes. (Weekly Favourites)
Isla Earth Radio Series
The Isla Earth Radio Series is a fun and
engaging weekday radio program/podcast
with an information rich website and free
monthly newsletter called the e-Digest.
Their team of science writers and editors
scour the planet for breaking news about
the issues most critical to the health and
well- being of this island we call Earth.
They bring you the latest on alterna
tive energy development and about the
environmental and conservation work of
community groups and organizations. An http://www.unshelved.com/PimpMyBookcart/
excellent website/resource for environ
mental science educators.
Contributors FROM OUR PSA COLLEAGUES
GREG’S TOP TEN
Exciting Ideas and Opportunities for Social Studies Teachers and Students!
2008-2009 5. Great War Letters Project. Young
Canadians ages 14-18 are invited to
pen a letter imagining what it was like 1.Asians, First Nations and the History
EXCITING IDEAS AND
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOCIAL
to serve in the First World War. The of the Vote in BC. Plan to attend this
STUDIES TEACHERS AND contest starts Sept.8, 08 and is to coin discussion in Vancouver on October
STUDENTS! cide with the release of the new movie 28/08. Check out all the other teacher
Passchendaele. resources at this site.
YEAR IN REVIEW PICKS http://www.dominion.ca/passchendaele www.cchsbc.ca/
6. Kalahari Library Project. How about 2.BC Mining Class of the Year Contest.
SEPTEMBER 2008 a class or school citizenship project to Win this contest and your whole class
help support literacy among children will become expert gold panners.
http://tinyurl.com/greg0809 in the southern Kalahari? A simple and Check out all the other great ideas from
guaranteed way to make a difference in the BC Mineral Resource Education
1. The Amazing Heritage Challenge. the lives of children. Program.
A great new resource for BC Grade 10 http://www.kalaharilibraryproject.com/adopt.html http://www.bcminerals.ca
Social Studies teachers and students. 7. Law Courts Education Society. 3.The Canadian Social Studies Super
These lessons are a perfect combination Another new resource to help teach Site. This site contains an annotated list
of exciting activities, curriculum rele ers and students understand our legal of quality websites for Canadian social
vance and real world engagement! http:// system. This resource even has a talking studies educators and anyone interested
www.tsa.gov.bc.ca/heritage/education_training/ guide named Alex who will help you in Canada.
lesson_plans.htm through the website. http://www.ualberta.ca/~jkirman/
2. Civic Mirror. CM is an educational http://www.courtsofbc.ca 4.ExploraVision Awards Competition
simulation that turns “classrooms into 8. Michelle Mulder. Need a refreshing This competition gives students in
countries” and “students into citizens”. start for a unit on government, citizen grades K-12 the chance to create their
Check out the “testimonials” button. ship or social responsibility for grades own vision of the future. Win thou
http://www.civicmirror.com/whatitis.php 4-7? Meet Michelle, a Victoria based sands $.
3. Federal Election Coming? Another author of historical fiction. www.exploravision.org
great new site created for teachers and http://www.michellemulder.com 5.The History of Metropolitan
students in anticipation that a federal 9. Sierra Club BC. Empower your stu Vancouver. A great site with all kinds of
election will be called soon. Great ideas dents to appreciate the many values and teacher resources and quizzes.
to start off the school year! perspectives surrounding environmental http://www.vancouverhistory.ca/index.htm
http://bestlibrary.org/election/ and sustainability issues and to take 6.Google History On-line- One
4. Geography and Beyond! Fantastic ACTION in a fun and credible way. Newspaper at a Time. Google has just
new sites created in BC as a portal to www.sierraclub.bc.ca/education launched a new service to make old
hundreds of geographic ideas, lessons, 10. Social Studies Videos On Sale! From newspapers available for everyone.
research topics, maps and a whole lot October 6-24, ERAC will host its annu Look back in time! Check this out!
more. Check out both sites! al sale of videos with discounted prices http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/
http://elibrary.sd71.bc.ca/socials/geography and free shipping! Remember BC teach bringing-history-online-one-newspaper.html
canada.html ers have checked out all these videos. 7.Mapleleafweb. A non-partisan
http://elibrary.sd71.bc.ca/socials/geography http://www.bcerac.ca/ Canadian political education web-site
world.html Catalogue2008ERAC2008Catalogue.aspx for teachers, students and the “atten-
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tive” public. 2. BC 150 Resources. More new and http://historywire.ca/en/index
http://www.mapleleafweb.com/ exciting ideas and lessons to help stu 7. Law Courts Education travels BC.
8.Teachers Are Agents For Change. dents and teachers celebrate BC’s 150th The Law Courts Education Society of
Plan to attend the BC Social Studies Anniversary. BC will hold 6 regional law workshops
Teachers Fall Conference in Coquitlam http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/bc150/ for teachers in early 2009. Kelowna,
on October 24/2008. Check out all the 3. Comfort Women- a play by Prince George, Surrey, Coquitlam,
great workshops and get a look at the Chungmi Kim. Watch this Off- Vancouver and Victoria. Contact
latest Social Studies Broadway hit based on a true story Marylou Leung at
or call 604-660-9874 to attend.
8. Online Publishing for Social Studies
Teachers. Check out Judith Comfort’s
site on why, what and how to publish
as well as a portal to other great Social
9. Women in World History. This
unique site is full of information and
resources to help you learn about wom
en’s history in a global context.
10. The World Factbook. Straight from
the Central Intelligence Agency! This
CIA resource is one of the best sources
for up to date information on all the
countries of the world and it even has
1. British Columbia Moments. Your
( Ross Todd, CLA Montreal 2009) “How to be Constructive with Web 2.0: Powering up Minds, words could be engraved in stone on
not just Machines.” Karen Lindsay’s Blog- http://clamontreal2009.blogspot.com/ the grounds of the Parliament Buildings
in Victoria forever! The Deadline is
resources . about three women who survived the December 12,2008. Just do it!
http://www.bctf.ca/psas/bcssta/ shame of a terrible chapter in Asian www.leg.bc.ca/speaker/moments/index.htm
9.Teacher Professional Development history. Special student performance 2. Canada at a Glance. This tiny free
Sourcebook. This American Social Nov.21/08 in Coquitlam BC. Contact publication is a must have for all social
Studies/History site may be the most Kevin Sung email@example.com studies teachers and students. Use up to
complete interactive, on-line resource for tickets. Sponsored by date facts when making sense of media
for K-12 educators anywhere! www.alpha-canada.org headlines.
http://directory.teachersourcebook.org/cat 4. Green Learning. Comprehensive, http://www45.statcan.gc.ca/2008/
egory_index.cfm?category=8 fun and free lessons aligned to the BC cgco_2008_000-eng.htm
10.The 11th hour of the 11th day of curriculum and designed to help stu 3. Coalition Governments in Canada.
the 11th month. Judith Comfort has dents participate in their own learning This may be the hottest topic in
just updated her site to assist teachers regarding today’s complex energy and social studies classrooms this month.
and students with new Remembrance environmental issues. Definition, history, types and a lot more
Day resources. http://www.greenlearning.ca/ for educators at this hot site.
www.bestlibrary.org/nov11/ 5. History of Quebec. Get to know La http://www.mapleleafweb.com/features/coali
Belle Province a little better. This site tion-governments-canada
NOVEMBER 2008 has all the information plus great self 4. Fort Langley National Historic Site.
scoring tests and tutorials. A great Canadian resource that should
1. Being Victorian. Welcome to Victoria http://www.lbpsb.qc.ca/~history// be on every BC teachers’ and students’
BC circa 1858-1914! Visit this great 6. History Wire. HW invites your per must visit list during BC’s 150th anni
new site with an innovative format and spectives, stories and opinions on the versary.
written for Social Studies 10. relevance of history in understanding http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/bc/lang
http://www.bcpcc.com/Outreach/ss10/index. current events, the importance of his ley/index_E.asp
htm tory education and much more. 5. Human Rights Day.
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December 10, 2008 is Human Rights Canadian history. Book a performance tion? Then check this out!
Day. Passages to Canada has new today! http://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/index_e.
resources to help teachers celebrate this http://www.canadianamusical.com/ aspx?ArticleID=20439
occasion in their classrooms. www.pas 4. How Well Do You Know Your 3. The Great Canadian Geography
sagestocanada.com World? Check out this fun way to find Challenge. Register today for this
6. Macdonald and Laurier Days. A new out how well you know world politi friendly competition for grades 4-10. A
interactive WEB site dedicated to tell cal geography. Be warned- it could be great opportunity for your students and
ing us all about the accomplishments addictive! school to shine! www.geochallenge.ca
of two great Canadian nation builders. http://www.minijuegosgratis.com/juegos/ 4. Horizons. The second edition of
Great prizes too! hwdykyworld/hwdykyworld.html Pearson’s much-used grade 10 Social
www.macdonald-laurier.ca 5. Jack Pine. Social studies and opera? Studies text is about to be published.
7. Phyllis Arnold Professional Yes it can be done! The Vancouver Check it out and you may win a class
Development Award. An award to help Opera will be touring BC schools this set.
Canadian teachers participate in pro year educating and entertaining chil http://www.pearsoned.ca/school/horizons2/
fessional development conferences or dren about our forests. 5. National Film Board. Happy
http://www.vancouveropera.ca/index. Birthday NFB! To mark its 70th birth
courses in geography. php?option=com_content&task=view&id=177
http://www.ccge.org/ccge/english/Pro_devel day the NFB has an online Screening
opment/programs_phyllisArnold.asp Room giving instant access to over 700
6. Peace & Reconciliation Study Tour
8. Shafran Teachers’ Conference. movies. Check it out!
to China & Korea. Join with other
Sponsored by the Vancouver Holocaust http://www.nfb.ca
social studies teachers for this memo
Education Centre, this day will focus 6. Okanagan History Vignettes. Stories,
rable summer journey of discovery and
on discussions around comparative pictures, maps, lessons and answer keys
genocide and literary approaches to the http://www.alpha-canada.org/StudyTour/index. all about one of BC’s most beautiful
Holocaust. Register today. htm and historic valleys.
7. Pearsonpulse. A great new blog site
9. Transatlantic Outreach Program. The tory/cover.htm
created by Pearson Education Canada
purpose of this free teacher study tour 7. Open School BC. Not just for cor
for history and law teachers. A cool
to Germany is to provide Canadian respondence students any more. OS
place to exchange ideas!
social studies teachers with global provides exciting packaged courses for
understanding from an international many social studies courses and is avail
8. Show What You Know-Media
perspective. able to teachers, schools, students and
Literacy Contest. Grade 3-12 students
are invited to develop a multi media
project about poverty and sustainable
10. Youth Ambassadors of 8. Refugees. Do you know that 33 mil
development. Great prizes!
Remembrance. Students are challenged lion people (the population of Canada)
to create a 3-5 minute video in honour are stateless refugees today? Check out
9. Spirit of Mandela Week. A challeng
of Canadians who served or are serving this site for info. maps and project ideas
ing initiative for Canadian students to
the cause of peace and freedom. This including “Gimme Shelter”.
help raise money in order to change
Legion sponsored contest is open to all www.unhcr.org
the lives of children in South Africa
grade 10-12 students in BC and the 9. Teaching For Thinking. This BC
through a curriculum based program.
Yukon. www.spiritofmandela.ca company designs digital learning world
http://www.legionlegacies.org/userfiles/image/ history materials that challenge the
10. What in the World. A new social
youth-ambassadors/YAPosterContest.pdf imagination and stimulate higher order
studies resource designed to enhance
students’ understanding and interest thinking skills.
in current events. A great resource for http://www.teachingforthinking.com/index.html
JANUARY 2009 10. XA:YTEM. A 9,000-year-old
http://www.lesplan.com/en/publication/what Aboriginal village site that contains
1. Better Classroom Guidebooks. world-le-monde-en-marche-level-1 “BC’s oldest house” at 6,000 years
Crossword puzzles linked to the BC old! Wow and just a short drive from
social studies curriculum and common FEBRUARY 2009 Vancouver!
resources. A great way to learn! www.xaytem.ca
www.bcguidebooks.ca 1. Blogs, Wikis and Podcasts. Meet Will
2, BC Youth Parliament. BCYP offers Richardson the guru of how these new MARCH 2009
students aged 14-18 an opportunity to technologies are changing education.
be involved in the parliamentary system Feb. 20th in Sannich. 1. Access.ca. A new way to find social
in their own community. http://literacy.sd63.bc.ca/ studies lesson plans, articles, and multi
http://www.bcyp.org/main.html 2. The Colonel Douglas H. Gunter media resources for all grade levels. This
3. Canadiana Musical Theatre. The History Award. Are you a senior high is the way to find what you need in
CMT Company creates and performs school history student? Do you want your classroom!
musicals drawn from pivotal points in $1,000 to continue your history educa http://access.ca/home.html
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2. Canadian Olympic School Program. in BC’s Okanagan Valley, WNC is an eng/Home
Free downloadable lesson plans, interac international people-to-people organiza 8. Provincial Capital Commission’s
tive components, contests and stories tion that supports community initia Student Travel Subsidy Program.
about Olympians designed for students tives to alleviate hunger, disease and This school year the PCC spent over
between grades 2 and 12. poverty. Get involved today. $200,000 so more than 5,400 students
http://www.olympicschool.ca/ http://www.worldneighbours.ca/ could travel to Victoria. Check out the
3. Face To Face: The Canadian activities and curriculum connections
Personalities Hall. FTF presents 27 APRIL 2009 and plan to bring your class next year.
outstanding Canadian men and women http://bcpcc.com/Outreach/Student_Travel_
whose ideas and contributions have 1. BC Public Education Election Kit Subsidies.htm
transformed this country. Check out 2009. Great ideas for teachers plan 9. Student Vote BC. SV aims to
these lessons, activities and games. ning to hold an all candidates’ meeting empower teachers to facilitate election
http://www.civilization.ca/cmc/exhibitions/hist/ in their classroom and to give students curriculum in their classrooms as well as
biography/biographi100e.shtml insights into public education decision- to engage families in elections through
4. Governor General’s Award for making. dialogue and activities with their chil
Excellence in Teaching Canadian http://bceducation.wordpress.com/ dren.
History. Canada’s National History 2. BC’s 39th Provincial General http://www.studentvote.ca/home.html
Society is looking for Canada’s best Election: May 12, 2009. Judith com 10. United Nations Cyberschoolbus.
teachers of Canadian History and Social fort has done it again with the creation A great site aimed at all social studies
Studies. of a new site to help BC teachers and grade levels to help students learn more
http://www.historysociety.ca/gga. students understand the upcoming elec about international issues. Lessons,
asp?subsection=rul tion. “This election is an opportunity to games, classroom project ideas and
5. LIFE photo archive hosted by bring real life into the classroom”. information-this site has it all.
Google. Wow! For the first time search http://www.bestlibrary.org/bcelection/ http://www.cyberschoolbus.un.org
millions of photographs from the LIFE 3. Canadian Social Forum. Join with
photo archive from 1750 to today. Lots other educators and community lead M AY 2009
of Canadian content! ers for the first Canadian Social Forum
http://images.google.com/hosted/life targeting Canadian poverty-both urban 1. BC Teachers’ Institute on
6. Making Space. A new free resource and rural. Witness, experience and par Parliamentary Democracy. An intensive
available from the BC Ministry of ticipate in what can happen with people professional development opportunity
Education to help teachers deal with working together. for grade 4-12 social studies teachers.
social justice issues across the K-12 cur http://www.ccsd.ca/csf/2009/ Apply today!
riculum. 4. The Honorable Steven Point. BC’s http://www.leg.bc.ca/info/bcti/
http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/irp/program_deliv 2. The Commons. “If people won’t
Lieutenant Governor has made a pledge
ery/ss.htm come to the museums, the museums
to visit as many schools as possible dur
7. Our Roots, Our Future: will go to the people”. Check out these
ing his term. Invite him to your school!
Experiencing Canada’s National pictures from the archives of 24 muse
Historic sites in the Classroom. These ums from around the world.
5. The Memory Project. The MP is
lessons help students understand how http://www.flickr.com/commons?PHPSESSID=
designed to connect veterans and stu
nationally significant places, people and ea7b4da468f5935f24b65f41dbfc356f
dents online and in classrooms across
events interacted to create the story of 3. Elementary Education Resources-
Canada. Over 1,500 veterans are avail
Canada. Social Studies-Geography. Another
http://www.pc.gc.ca/apprendre-learn/prof/ able to visit classrooms and to share
their stories with youth. great super site with all kinds of lessons,
racines-roots/index_e.asp games and ideas to help make geogra
8. The Premiers. CPAC presents an http://www.thememoryproject.com/index.asp
phy come alive in an elementary setting.
unprecedented new TV event start http://www.pitt.edu/~poole/eledGeography.html
ing March 1/09 that focuses on the 6. Meyer & Gita Kron & Ruth
4. “The Good Nazi”. A new movie that
premiers and provinces that shaped Kron-Signal Award for Excellence in
documents how John Rabe helped save
a nation. Check out BC’s W.A.C. Holocaust Education. Awarded annu
over 250,000 Chinese from death. This
Bennett on March 8/09 at 6pm PST. ally to a BC elementary or secondary
is part of the “multiple perspectives”
www.cpac.ca teacher for commitment to teaching
that is stressed in the BC curriculum.
9. The Summits of Canada. Join about the Holocaust and its lessons for http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/festival/
with schools and teachers from across humankind. Apply today. film-review-john-rabe-1003939509.story
Canada and the world for this unique http://vhec.org/development.html 5. Kids’ Stop. A fun zone for students
look at Canada from the rare viewpoint 7. The Prime Minister’s Award for and teachers to find lots of interest
of a mountain expedition. Lessons Teaching Excellence. If you know of ing facts about Aboriginal history and
included! someone who should be recognized, language, educational games and stories
http://www.summitsofcanada.ca/canatrek/ please encourage applications. Benefits and classroom resources.
expedition/expedition.html for teachers, schools and boards are “tre http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/ach/lr/ks/index-eng.
10. World Neighbours Canada. Based mendous”. asp
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6. Seal hunt in Canada. A great oppor 5. Dignity For All. DFA is a new
tunity for a classroom debate. Have campaign for a poverty-free Canada. BIO
students check the internet for seal hunt Schools, teachers and students can all be
“facts”. Then debate the pros and cons
and then maybe make your findings
a part of this project to make Canada a
better place for everyone.
is a teacher-
known. Start with a search engine like http://www.dignit, placws and things yforall.ca/ librarian in
Google. www.google.com 6. The Importance of Geography in the School District
7. Statistics Canada. Free lessons deal School Curriculum. This easy to read #53. Along with
ing with Aboriginal studies, economics, made in Canada pamphlet will answer his monthly
Canadian Studies, civics, environment, your questions about why a good geog contributions to
geography, history and law. A very raphy education is a necessity for your The Bookmark
active site! students. and BC
Teachers’ Association website, he
8. Teachers’ Institute on Canadian 7. Images Canada. IC provides access
has produced several public and pri
Parliamentary Democracy. Spend to thousands of images of Canadian
vate sector educational resources.
this November in Ottawa with social events, people, places and things that
studies teachers from across Canada. make up our collective heritage.
Comments and ideas-
Submission deadline extended. Apply http://www.imagescanada.ca/r1-220-e.html
Contact Greg at 250-485-8295
today! 8. Media, Mass Culture and Historical
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Sites/LOP/Education/ firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thinking. Plan to attend another great
TeachersInstitute/index.asp?Language=E Check out all the 100 Top 10 Picks
BCSSTA Conference October 23rd,
9. Teachers Introduction to Cuba Tour. from last year at the BC Social
2009 in Port Coquitlam, BC. http://
Win a free trip to Cuba August 1 to www.bctf.ca/bcssta/conference/conf_2009/ Studies Teacher’s Association
8, 2009.Witness an education system conf_2009_index.html website.
based on equality and optimism. Apply 9. Mineral Resources Education http://www.bctf.ca/bcssta/
today! http://HelloCuba.ca/ Programs of BC. These good folks need and click on: links
10. Unicef. When students ask-what your help to ensure they are meeting the
can I do to help the children of the needs of teachers and students in their
world? Help them take action with educational programs. Please take a few
Unicef. moments to give them your feedback.
http://www.unicef.ca/portal/SmartDefault. Contact Sheila Stenzel at
10. National Day of Reconciliation.
JUNE 2009 Mark June 11/2009 on your calendars
to remember and discuss the first anni
1. Canada’s Political History Newspaper versary of the Government of Canada’s VIRTUAL BOOKMARK
Assignment. An educational and fun apology for the attitudes and policies BLOG THIS
end of the year activity for your stu that led to residential schools. http://tinyurl.com/top10year
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ideas at this site too. http://www.histo- PARTICPATE-LEARN-GROW!
2. Canada Remembers. Remember
Canada is still at war. Check out this Watch for GREG’s TOP 10 Each
site for classroom ideas you can use over Issue of the Bookmark
the next few months. http://vac-acc.gc.ca/
remembers/sub.cfm?source=canrem Comments and ideas-
3. Canadian Index of Wellbeing. Set Contact Greg at 250-485-8295
to launch June 10, 2009, the CIW will email@example.com .
look at our standard of living, health, Check out all the 100 Top 10 Picks
community vitality, education, arts, cul from last year at the BC Social
ture, recreation and lots more. Studies Teacher’s Association
4. Courses in Heritage Studies. Do you http://www.bctf.ca/bcssta/
want to improve your skills and knowl and click on: links
edge related to heritage studies? Check
out this site.
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Amongst the Best: Arthur C. Clarke (2008) Michael
Crichton also died in 2008 his works,
including Jurassic Park, were often
Thomas Disch (2008) David turned into popular movies.
Authors Worth Consideration Eddings (2009) Philip José Farmer
by Stew Savard (2009) James Rigney Jr., writing as Robert
eLibrarian, David Gemmell (2006) Gary Ernest Jordan, passed away in 2007. Many
Comox Valley Gygax (2008) David Feintuch (2006) secondary libraries have whole shelves
Robert Jordan - pen name for James of his Fantasy novels. Readers returned
Libraries celebrate successful authors Rigney Jr. (2007) Stanislaw Lem over and over to the tales of Rand, and
every day. How do libraries celebrate (2006) his companions, as they attempted
their success? Libraries celebrate the Madeleine L’Engle (2007) Andre to complete their complex quest.
success of an author when they pur Norton (2005) Fred Saberhagen Madeleine L’Engle, the well-loved writer
chase additional copies of a work or (2007) of young adult fiction, died in 2007.
new works by an author. New publi Kurt Vonnegut (2007) Meg Murry, her youthful protagonist
cations from these writers are eagerly in a Wrinkle in Time, became a model
awaited and promoted. Year-by-year, In early June of 2009 David Eddings for the smart, but sometime awkward,
and novel-by-novel, the parts of a col passed away. Memorable, amongst female characters that now routinely
lection, based on their works, grow. A his more than two dozen novels, were appear across many genre. Lloyd
shelf full of books by the same author is the stories of the youthful Garion who Alexander also passed away in 2007.
a form of a library’s celebration of their would grow to rule an empire and Taran, one of his best-known charac
success and influence. Sparhawk who would rescue a prin ters, wishes to be a great hero. While
cess and save promoted
Sadly, over the last four years the voices a kingdom. and given the
of some of the most successful and Building on title Assistant
influential authors, within the Fantasy the themes Pig-Keeper,
and Science Fiction genres, have been found in many Taran longs
stilled. This leaves us with gaps to historical fic for more.
fill. Before this happens, it might be tion Eddings’ His adven
appropriate to find the time this fall works provided tures, written
to celebrate the contributions of these a vehicle for for younger
authors and broaden the audience who many youth audiences,
have read their works. ful readers often provid
Amazon.ca to model ed a spring
Writing largely themselves board to
within the Fantasy and Science Fiction upon. Arthur other works
genres, the 18 authors identified below C. Clarke of fantasy
published hundreds of works that passed away in and historical
form core elements of many collec 2008. One of fiction.
tions. Collectively, these authors sold the ‘deans’ of
more than 100 million copies of their Science Fiction British
works. Building on the shoulders of (along with writer David
the authors who preceded them, these Asimov and Gemmell
individuals set many of the stylistic Heinlein), he died in 2006.
standards for the current generation of was perhaps His fantasy
writers in these and other genre. They best known novels, often
became the authors that others aspired for his Space involving
to emulate. By any measure they Odyssey quests which
achieved success. series, Clarke’s challenged
writings also the honour
Lloyd Alexander (2007) David detailed the invention of geostationary of his characters, routinely featured
Arneson (2009) Robert Lynn Asprin communications satellites that allow Druss the Legend. His work shaped the
(2008) us the use of cable, cell phones and characters and conflicts that can be seen
Octavia E. Butler (2006) some parts of GPS systems. Michael in the works of many younger writers.
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S AVA R D ’ S S TA R G A Z I N G . . . .
Andre Norton, who passed away in with works set outside of the United - Stewart Savard
2005, started her career writing histori States and the United Kingdom. David
cal fiction before moving on to fantasy Arneson and Gary Gygax created the
and science fiction. Many of her works role playing Dungeons and Dragons tewart Savard
dealt with protagonists who must face game, which has morphed into doz is a teacher-librarian in the
coming-of-age challenges. Probably ens of books in the Dragonlance and Comox Valley. He maintains the
her best-known works were the Witch other series by Margaret Weis and Courtenay Middle School library
World series. Norton was so well Tracy Hickman and into a slew of fan website and has a passion
regarded by her peers, for her promo tasy computer games such as World of ate interest in Science Fiction,
tion of strong, well-written novels for Warcraft. Their passing, about a year Fantasy and Historical Fiction.
young adults and her support apart, has been much com Stew has also been known to
of young writers, that they mented on in gaming and enjoy road biking. He is, however,
created the Andre Norton writing circles as a profound still trying to learn to: “Stay on the
prize (which is presented loss. bike. Stay ON the bike!” 1
yearly in conjunction with the These Fantasy and Science
Nebula Awards). Fiction authors set the tone
for much that has followed
Several of these authors by newer authors. They were
identified above may not amongst the best writers of our VIRTUAL BOOKMARK
be well known to all read time. We will and should miss
ers. Stanislaw Lem with them and should find ways to BLOG THIS
some 30 million copies in 40 celebrate their successes and
languages was an influential the success of the writers they PARTICPATE-LEARN-GROW!
author across much of Europe have inspired.
Advocacy Tips for Your Library Program
by Karen Lindsay your school. Plan events that promote
Here are a few ways to raise your profile the love and importance of reading for
in your school and district while keep your students. Pilot daily silent read
ing up your morale: ing if your school is not already doing
1.Focus on providing service so.
a. to students, (obvs!) 5. Attend at least a few PAC meetings
b. to colleagues (How about getting a per year, and not just when they’re
holiday reading list together? Or mak handing out money. Show them how
ing a webpage for each subject area, to access the database bundle from
showing links to recommended web- home, or demonstrate Inspiration or
sites. Collaborate with teachers in its the online catalogue. When they give
creation. Or use de.lic.ious social book you money, show up with the books
marking to keep track of them.) and you bought with the funds and a big
c. to your administrators (They have thank you. They’ll be amazed at how
research needs, too. Make sure they few books their donation purchased
have an account on EBSCOhost and and may be motivated to give you a
show them how to subscribe to alerts bigger piece of the pie next time.
for their favourite journals.) 6. Keep your credentials and skills cur
2. Make sure that someone other than rent. Make sure your personnel file is
you knows the specifics of how and up to date.
what you contribute to your school 7. Build your LSA and if you haven’t
community. When you do something already done so, join the BCTLA.
special, notify your principal, PAC, meetings, but do not waste their time.
Superintendent and/or Trustees. When Have something useful to say, or dem
you look good, the school looks good onstrate that will help them deliver
and they look good. their PLOs.
3. Be on the agenda for all or most staff 4. Join or form a literacy committee at
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News and Alerts
Twitter in Plain English by Common
Teacher newsmagazine More administrators, fewer teachers The following is a transcript for the
The May/June 2009 issue is now At a time when teachers are receiving video: ‘Borrowing Money in Plain
online.... layoff notices, our research shows many English.’ by Lee LeFever
http://bctf.ca/publications/TeacherNewsmag. districts have spent the last several years
aspx?fid=6536&id=18494 hiring more administrators relative to A quick and plain English intro the
the number of teachers. ... micro-blogging service Twitter.
BCTF Summer Leadership http://bctf.ca/uploadedFiles/Publications/ Follow us:
The 2009 conference will be held in Research_reports/2009TD01.pdf http://www.twitter.com/commoncraft
Vancouver from August 24 to 27.
Online registration is now available. .... Report to the Community Category:How To
http://bctf.ca/NewsAndEvents.aspx?id=12622 Teachers have made presentations to Tags:
trustees, parents and the community commoncraft paperworks plainenglish
Education funding falls short outlining the intolerable teaching and blogs howto tutorial technology socialme
The analysis of the Ministry of learning conditions in their districts and dia twitter microblogging
Education budget 2009 reveals that have proposed solutions to improve stu
funding is not sufficient to cover costs. dent learning.... http://www.commoncraft.com/twitter
Funding is projected to decline signifi http://bctf.ca/IssuesInEducation.aspx?id=10720 http://www.youtube.com/
cantly over the next three years. .... watch?v=ddO9idmax0o
N E T W O R K AT:
Google groups> moderated by Val Hamilton
BCTLA President and Val Hamilton
-Spring Council Burnaby 2009,
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Share Your Successes treasures
As part of our press releases you and that have the potential of enabling
association’s goal to can use to plan your the BCTLA to meet our goals”. The
month. BCTLA is pleased to present our new
support members, we are
Chapter Grant Program and informa
calling for your contributions- tion and application
whether events, project suc Don’t forget, we
will collect all your form! An editable ver
cesses or lessons and units, we sion is also available.
would like to share your news bers and narratives! We hope that eligible
with our readers. Visit Facebook or BCTLA Chapters will
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Tell us what you would like to read... GRANT PROGRAM sional development opportunities that
Email us what topics you would like to will benefit BCTLA Chapter members
read about. At the BCTLA AGM on April 18, and BC teacher-librarians as a whole.
email@example.com 2009, a motion was carried to the The BCTLA Executive looks forward to
effect, “That as of May 1, 2009, a receiving completed application pack
Chapter Grant fund of no less than ages from our Chapters!
‘Drop Everything and Read’ Day $4000 each year be created and made
available through an application pro Quick Picks>Chapter Grant>
is Monday,October 26th. It is also
cess to BCTLA Chapters for teacher- http://bctf.ca/bctla/
National School Library Day. It is
the first monday after our BCTLA librarian initiatives and professional
Conference in Richmond... development that have the potential
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Library Tools AN EVOLUTION OF LIBRARY DISPLAYS
An Old Approach Feels New stacks or any wall space. You can repeat
Promoting Reading the same process for smaller 5x7 signs
with Tools-Old and I’ve changed my approach recently for desks and counter space.
New in that I now believe the process a
By Al Smith patron undergoes to find a book,
whether research or recreation, is
PERHAPS A FORGOTTEN more multi-dimensional than the The grand display or bulletin board
A S S E T T O P R O M O T past. The initial reason is that stu obviously has a unique purpose and
ING READING IS ALL dents (and teachers) now have so valuable impact; however, the small
AROUND YOU. YOUR many digital tools at their surprise display
L I B R A R Y S PA C E A N D finger tips; however, I also works well too.
E N V I R O N M E N T. think that there are two I’ve started tag
other powerful variables in ging books by
play. Smith Theory: inserting a paper
When teacher-librarians think of bookmark slipped
1. Students seem starved
‘new’ book displays they likely for more social interaction in the books. A
conjure up visions of Amazon. with peers and adults Just-Read slip has a
com, Shelfari, and other web 2. The brain needs ana patron and a brief
2.0 models. Despite immersing log modalities to create rating or comment.
myself in new media and web 2.0 new ideas and synthesize
information. I’ve added more
because of the power to share, front cover displays
I believe we miss out
I am in fact shifting my modus when we sacrifice analog and targeted and
operandi to the traditional dis devices for just digital varied showcase
play- analog rocks! After read tools. Nevertheless, the titles and themes.
ing Garr Reynolds’, Presentation suite of new digital tools Most librarians
Zen, I started rethinking some is easier and more power ( Bryan Adams ) have used thematic
ful than ever. To ignore displays to promote
of the old faithful tools. I have resources and learning opportunities. I
them is a peril as well.
been revisiting the craft I learned have had some interesting success when
teaching elementary school. Picture Frames adding more random and varied dis
“... despite web 2.0 tools, varied book displays and frequent
Example: I pulled a cof
fee table book during
‘book talking’ are still essential communication tools...” our annual Cancer Week
fundraiser. Bryan Adams
photography book was a
Tactile and visual chart paper, Breast Cancer research project. I placed
tripods, acrylic holders, furniture, Picture frames are an attractive and
efficient way to display promotional it along a shelf behind my desk. I had
hemp baskets, bookcases, sticky material. Whether new posters, self more amazing conversations with kids
notes, chalkboards, etc. all have made promotions, or even photogra because they were invited to browse
an attraction to phy, frames draw the with an attached signage. The photo of
particular stu attention of patrons. a bald woman obviously was part of the
One simple way is to initial attraction. It created a chance to
dents. talk meaningfully with teens about can
create a letter size sign
of book covers with cer, photography, rock and roll music.
My creative instinct A display out front and center seldom
has led me to embrace quotes or statements.
Print the sign on Inkjet gets my teenage students talking or
‘hi-touch’ has gener even looking. The best interaction has
ating some benefits photo paper and hang
with a matt board and been born of the smaller discreet dis
for students but also play, especially those close to my desk.
nurtured my librar glassed frame. (Opus,
Michaels, etc. have sizes I invite kids to flip through the large
ians soul. coffee table books by having them out
and options.) Display them on ends of
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on the tables and counters. Although as much as the reading itself. Case in world. A day filled with a series of
I may risk some damage to expensive point? Literature Circles. I believe this spontaneous unstructured librarian-
books, most patrons I’ve surveyed find strategy works because it sets up and student conversations is a good day.
the visual clues valuable. Maybe the values the social and conversational
media is the message? Buy some coffee nature good literature can engender. OPAC
Margaret Ruurs wrote in the last Your school catalogue is an obvious
Bookmark about ‘Teachers As Readers’ but often underutilized tool for your
TAR. library program.
Sometimes a cata
“...All participants who are logue system can be a
teachers agree that the book challenge for library
group helps them to know patrons. Using the
what their students are read OPAC is a good
ing and gives them a better platform to teach
grasp of which books to use K-12 search skills
and recommend….All of and online reading,
the TAR group participants including how web
I talked to agreed that the interfaces vary. I edit
experience has enriched their my station defaults
lives as readers by making to always show
them read books they would advanced boolean
not otherwise have selected fields. The inter
and through the rich discus face provides a daily
Book Shelf Signage sions that follow....” teachable moment
(Bookmark Vol 49 Issue III p.35 ) for rehearsing nar
I have not finished some areas because rowing and broaden
of time and money but...shelf sign hold * International Reading Association ing terms. Use your OPAC to ‘boolify’
ers and some subject headings signage Teachers as Readers: Perspectives students but also use the lookup sta
helps. You still need to teach classifica on the Importance of Reading in tion as a niche for books displays and
tion systems but some clues benefit the Teachers’ Classrooms and Lives, IA other objects. I often place small acryl
browsing shy patron. Also place more book, Michelle Commeyras, Betty ic signs near the OPAC to promote
book covers within your shelving. After ShockleyBisplinghoff, and Jennifer contests or events.
a serious weeding, I started placing Olson, editors, 2003,
more books up on stands and vertical see: http://marketplace.reading.org A relatively new addition to the catalog
facing the aisles. My logic was if it is Reprinted from Reading Today, IRA environment is the ability to link or
good for Chapters it must be good for February/March 2006 with permission integrate other web
us too. Our circulation evidence proves from the author, Margriet Ruurs. see based services. One
it. Anecdotal and cir Bookmkark Winter 2009. way is to create URL’s
culation data show that of your catalogue
visible books, especially I believe the informal con queries and use the
non-fiction, get borrowed versations with students links in emails, blog
more frequently than are a force for learning. posts, and other bul
items tightly shelved in Varied displays increase the letins- even Twitter
the stacks. opportunity to talk to one updates.
another and can make the https://twitter.com/literat
library space a stimulating eowl/status/2299202937
Adults As Readers
environment. Anything in Another power
your library that generates ful service feature
Modeling reading is per
conversation is not bric-a that some catalogu
haps the most important
brac but rather a powerful ing software has is
criteria for encouraging ( http://www.life.com/)
library tool. I used to always ‘syndetics-the ability
children to read. Research
read books with my players during my to embed book cov
shows that boys, whose father was fre
coaching years. While riding a bus on a ers and other bib
quently seen reading, eventually read
road trip, I always had a book front and liographic informa
more themselves as adults.
centre. While sitting around in gym tion into your local
bleachers waiting for games, I always OPAC queries. My
A lively discussion can develop around
read a book- Always! I now bring the Mandarin system( sadly old) can auto
the book we have all recently read. The
same logic to my teacher-librarian matically display links to Amazon titles
discussion around the content is valued
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of individual search results. My favou of potential for sharing and informing Alerts to promote using Novelist Plus
rite is the option to get Ebsco’s Novelist your library patrons. Database. You create a specific query
to provide a reference to my biblio and subscribe to the query RSS feed.
graphic records. The ability to research Web 2.0 The messages can be a Blogger gadget
books and quickly see if the title is in a or a web page asset. I use the URL
collection is very nice. Whether book cover images, video alerts for emails to faculty booked
content or user generated writing, web into the library. Example. History
Another serendipitous benefit of having 2.0 has it all. teacher gets an email link focused
a variety of displays around your sta on Ebsco alerts of the upcoming
tions is just fun. For a couple months a If you have licensing or permission unit. It also works well for other
year, I put out a scrabble board for open for images( Amazon, Novelist, etc.) Ebsco databases such as author study,
community play. No signs, no specific then why not make a slideshow of new sciences, etc.
rules, just a public challenge to add to book covers? Try out Picasa or Flickr The link below will request you sub
the board. I do the same with chess to assemble a web album from your scribe to Ebsco query Passchendaele.
sets. The boys really seem to like it and computer files. Link or convert your http://rss.ebscohost.com/
if nothing else it is an ice-breaker. slideshow for your blog, web page or AlertSyndicationService/Syndication.asmx/
.doc handout or pdf. One nice feature GetFeed?guid=1838083
Library Web Sites for Picasa I’ve used is I created a Picasa
Screensaver from book covers and then
An obvious asset to school libraries I activate it all day long Other web 2.0 resources harness tech-
is their online platform. Regardless on my flatscreen so nologies that have
of what software or ISP you have, when I am idle patrons potential for a
teacher-librarians have powerful tools see an animated show teacher-librarian
to engage readers and promote read of book covers that are wishing to expand
ing resources. Email alerts, RSS feeds, in our collection. service points online.
Wish Lists, banners, links, widgets and
other cloud computing options are free Use Google Docs to share files and Use Delicious tags and bundles to deliv
ways to share book related content. presentations of books, authors or new er content to students with one specific
Amazon has a service called Amazon arrivals, etc. URL. You can create your own tags(
Associates. Their intent is to grow the subject headings) and bundles ( groups
store experience but the same power Use your private network or favourite ) so that a grade, curriculum or class can
can be exploited for free. At no charge blogger to have a literature circle class be targeted with a list of pre-selected
and some technical inquiry, librarians share viewpoints, writing tasks, etc. Just web addresses.
can provide value added information plan your implementation and skill LibraryThing.com is your own per
to their online library. Implementing requirements in advance. sonal catalogue platform with many
Listmania or embedding search boxes add-ons and network of fellow readers.
can help engage more patrons. If you The web 2.0 world has offered us all You can query titles from Amazon or
cannot manage the technical side, then the new technology RSS newsfeeds. UBC Library. Collect, Sort, Comment,
Goodreads and Shelfari follow similar
functions. The power of these services
try to find an ally or associate that can Librarians can now automate the pub is that any user can aggregrate content
help implement your vision. lishing of book news, messages, etc...by and implement the data as they need
Amazon Wishlist: using RSS tools. it. Example. Doing a Unit Next Week-
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/registry/registry.html?i Romantic Poetry? Query and tag items
e=UTF8&type=wishlist&id=A77P7XMAYQUQ In Blogger you navigate the Layout of interest and then create links to your
Window to add Gadgets that pro- tag.
User friendly blog vide extra utilities such as http://www.librarything.com/author/vassanjimg
ging tools now Blog Rolls, Search Boxes or
make a powerful Aggregated Posts from other http://www.librarything.com/tour/
platform avail- Example. The BCTLA web Writeboard is a service where users
able to the average site now has President can write, share, revise, compare
librarian. The Heather Daly’s blog posts web based documents. Writeboard
scope can be as scrolling in without the web is perfect for...
simple as posted news or complex with master manually entering anything. -Authors, journalists, PR folks, edi
threaded group discussion activities and tors, and publishers
even online book clubs. The scope is Try it now>>> http://bctf.ca/bctla/ -Bloggers or freelance/independent
almost infinite. The addition of RSS writers
and Social Networking has added layers My current favourite is using Ebsco -Letter writers, songwriters, poets,
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comedians, creatives Lastly an attractive tool is streaming
-Students, professors, and groups video. The ability to easily integrate
Moore, Julianne. “Freckleface
collaborating on a paper clips from YouTube or GoogleAuthors,
Strawberry.” (01 Jan. 2007): 32.
http://writeboard.com/ etc...provides potential to share insight
Novelist Plus. EBSCO. [Library
in reviews, author biographies, etc.
name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 23
Slideshare is a popular presentation Example. Like her freckles, Julianne
June 2009 <http://search.ebscohost.com/
service that allows sharing of pow Moore’s second book, Freckle Face
erpoint files and other common files. Strawberry has literary and personal
Similar to the functionality of Google hooks everywhere. A small display could
Docs. match up with a storytime or book talk.
‘Katie Davis’. WTNH.com. May 23
http://www.slideshare.net/ “... Actress Moore’s exuberant heroine
2009. Online. June 21, 2009.<URL>
with strawberry-red freckles and hair
Odiogo is a service that digitizes is back in this second outing. A bright
your blog post into an audio file. The palette and a classic cartoon feel should
directory of posts include links and prove eye-catching, as Freckleface navi
downloadable mp3. You can even gates the world of
have the audio versions subscribed playground activi
via iTunes podcast. ties: ...”
http://podcasts.odiogo.com/the-virtual-book (Novelist Plus)
mark/podcasts-html.php Read More at Novelist.:
With iTunes the scope of possibilities is Persistant Link
endless. iTunes-U is an academic vault
for seniors or college( too american) http://www.youtube.comwatch?v=qvZl1x670K8
but the free podcast library at iTunes is Another library resource is
huge. CBC channel is terrific for books television or webTV. There
or current news promo. are often short segments on
While you are inves authors and books that can be used. If
tigating CBC try you have a PVR even better....Example:
out YouTube chan WTNH- interview with Katie Davis
nels. ‘The Hour’ has ‘Books
many contemporary http://www.youtube.com/user/WTNH
get your kids to Dad’s and Kids Can Enjoy
create their own Together’. Ms. Davis is the
author podcasts. In 2009, I’m going to award-winning author/illustrator of
try ‘Hamlet Radio 1079’ ....the podcasts seven picture books, including Who
don’t need to be stored on a public serv Hops and Kindergarten Rocks!
er. Access from behind a private group Read More about author Katie Davis
or school LAN. at Novelist: Persistant Link
Be Creative and Have
fun but be aware about
copyright and reprinting
anything online! So pol
ish up those traditional
‘hi-touch’ displays play
with a new web 2.0
device in order to build
BLOG THIS ISSUE
a stimulating library Blog this edition:
environment that pro http://tinyurl.com/smithtools
Wallwisher.com is a simple way to motes reading. PARTICPATE-LEARN-GROW!
post news or get others to share- such as -Al Smith. Kelowna
planning an event or discussing a novel.
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Reviews BC BOOKS
Staff: Red Cedar & Stellar Book Awards
COORDINATOR: Vancouver - Thousands of children in Grades 4 – 12 across the
716 Schreiner Street
province are cracking spines and flipping pages as part of BC’s Red
Kamloops, BC V2B 5V3 Cedar and Stellar Book Award free 5-month “read
Phone: 250-376-0069 a-thons.”
The Young Readers’ Choice Awards Society
EDITOR: founded Red Cedar, for students in Grades 4 – 7,
Carolyn Cutt and Stellar, for students in Grades 8-12, to pro
1368 West 57th Avenue mote quality Canadian children’s literature and to
Vancouver, BC increase literacy among youth. The Red Cedar Awards and Stellar
V6P 1S8 Award are all administered by the Young Readers’ Choice Awards
Phone: 604-266-2225 Society.
BLOG REVIEWS AT:
Nominees are announced during Canadian Children’s Book Week
http://tinyurl.com/feb-reviews in November.
BCTLA REVIEWS NOT AVAILABLE Between November and April, participants are invit
THIS ISSUE...CHECK OUT THE ed to read and review at least five of the nominated
GOLDEN LIST IN OUR 50TH books from each category. Students then vote for
ANNIVERSARY EDITION. their favourite titles in April. Red Cedar and Stellar
Award winners are announced in May at regional Red
BLOG BOOKS Cedar galas around the province with readers and
BLOG REVIEWS AT: authors in attendance.
http://tinyurl.com/feb-reviews For titles and authors, student reviews, and teacher’s resources visit
http://www.redcedaraward.ca or http:// www.stellaraward.ca 1
BCTLA REVIEWS is asking for review
ers. If you are interested in reviewing
materials visit the BCTLA website to
download the form:
CASL welcomes Dr. Toni Samek and Dr. Dianne Oberg from
the University of Alberta as guest editors for this new edition
of SLIC Online. Volume 26 Issue 2
Also well worth the price...
Achieving Information Literacy.
BCTLA BOOK REVIEWS 7
Name Email Topics
Rick Mulholland firstname.lastname@example.org 1. “You have been sent to the
Principal’s Office – now what”?
2. Planning book events – NSLD
3. Bringing your library program alive with themes
4. How can the school library program
support my teaching?
Diane email@example.com Graphic novels in the classroom
Lesley Edwards firstname.lastname@example.org 1. Web essentials
2. Using technology in research
3. Avoiding plagiarism
4. Breathing life into time-worn assignments
5. Web in the Classroom (book)
6. Meaning in Data (book)
Lynn Turner email@example.com 1. You and your teacher-librarian – A dynamic duo
2. Avoiding plagiarism
3. Evaluating websites
4. Importance of the school library
Karin Paul firstname.lastname@example.org 1. Censorship
2. Freedom to read
3. Battle of the Books
John Caldwell 519-4784 Multiple areas. He has gone to several districts as a consultant and he
teaches at UVic (Summer Library Institute)
Joan Saunders email@example.com Book clubs with your library support
Aaron Mueller Moira Ekdahl or Pat Parungao Various Media Literacy topics
North Vancouver TLs North Vancouver School District Web in the Classroom (book)
Mary Whyte SD71 (Comox Valley) 1. Non-fiction reads providing more for a variety of readers
2. Involving students in your library program (secondary)
3. Integrating critical challenges into research projects
4. Graphic novels – not a genre: How to appeal to a broad range of
students – (secondary)
Mary Whyte Blogs and wikis
and Val Hamilton
Karen Lindsay firstname.lastname@example.org Developing an advocacy plan
Phyllis Schnider email@example.com Newly Broken Spines
(New books to share)
Moira Ekdahl and Just Copy, Cut and Paste (Plagiarism)
Al Smith firstname.lastname@example.org 1. Using Web 2.0 to develop a school library program
2. Building advocacy into your daily library program activties
Marlene Asselin and Supporting Literacy for the Information Generation
THE BOOKMARK - SUMMER 2009 38
Working and Learning BY AMANDA HUFTON
27th Annual Survey of
WORKING AND LEARNING CONDITIONS
Public School Libraries in British Columbia
A supplement print edition of the Bookmark
is the Report of the Working and Learning Survey findings
Watch for the 2009 Survey Bulletins
Check Web Site News
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Gary Hayes & Laurel Papworth 2008, Creative Commons
Offered by the
The Use and Benefits of Digital Literacy Centre
Social Media in the Classroom
Summer Workshops July 20-24, 2009
Seats in each workshop are
The Digital Literacy Centre in the Department of Language and Literacy Education,
UBC Faculty of Education, is offering 4 exciting summer workshops exploring limited to 20 participants...
the value of social media software use for teachers and students. Apply earlier to ensure
The workshops offer discussion of a number of examples and guide participants in your registration!
hands-on sessions to understand the possibilities of using collaborative software
in the classroom. The classes are 5 hours each, including a one hour lunch
The Workshops The registration form is available on the
website (posted below), or request one
Monday, July 20 Collaborative Writing Tools... Wikis, WebLogs, etc. from:
with Kedrick James & Natasha Boskic • email@example.com
• tel. 604-822-2013
Tuesday, July 21 Collaborative Discussion Tools... Social Networking, Groups, Bookmarks
with Maryam Moayeri Cost:
• $100 per workshop
Thursday, July 23 Collaborative Creation Tools... Google Sites, Youtube, Flickr, etc. ($85 for graduate students), or
with Kedrick James & Natasha Boskic • $320 for all 4 days
Friday, July 24 Collaborative Research Tools... Wikipedia, Delicious, etc. Refreshments will be provided during breaks,
with Jeff Miller & Scott McMillan but please bring your own lunch.
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 2071 West Mall - Ponderosa
The Instructors F103, UBC Campus
Educational Technology Manager, External Programs & Learning Technologies & Course Designer
UBC instructor and new media artisan
Jeff Miller Additional information can be found
Manager, Distance Learning for the Office of Learning Technology & MET Instuctor on the website, or by contacting:
Scott McMillan Dr. Michael Boyce
Backend Web Application Developer for the Office of Learning Technology for Program Information
Maryam Moayeri 604-822-5368
Teacher and a PhD student at the University of British Columbia firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the website for instructor bio’s...
Faculty of Education | Department of Language & Literacy Education | EPLT
I M A G I N AT I O N
• October 22-23, 2009
The “Imagination” theme will
be explored with Phyllis Simon • Keynote: ROCH CARRIER
of Vancouver Kidsbooks. Also A national treasure and a
Puppetry and an Elizabethan Feast
champion of Canadian culture.
are among the flights of fancy you’ll
• Keynote: Olympic athlete
enjoy along with the imaginings of
fantasy author David Ward.
• Wine and Cheese at the
I N F O R M AT I O N
Your brain will be bursting with • Conference Web Site
“Information” about Canada
Information and Registration
because Red Cedar author Vivien
Bowers will present, and more...”.
I N N O VAT I O N
Welcome to the BCTLA Fall 2009 Conference!
Raymond Jung will present the lat-
October 22nd and 23rd of 2009 in the Olympic Venue City of Richmond BC
est “Innovations” in webpages and
We’re proud to present our keynote speaker; none at 5:30 PM at the Legacy Suite of the Richmond Olympic
podcasting. and more....
other than Roch Carrier; a national treasure and a Oval. Come enjoy a glass of wine or a soft drink and nib-
champion of Canadian culture. As a Canadian writer, ble on cheese, crackers, vegetables and fruits while gazing
Register soon .... he touched our hearts with books like La Guerre, Yes down onto the magnificent ice arena below you.
Conference, Sir! He was a director of the Canadian Council for There will be two forty minute tours of the building offered
October 22-23, 2009 the Arts from 1994 to 1997 and served as National throughout the evening. The first tour starts at 7:25 PM
http://bctf.ca/bctla/conference/ Librarian of Canada from 1997 to 2004. Carrier is an and the second will start at 8:10 PM. The Olympic mascots
ardent supporter of libraries and children’s literacy. appear during these tours.
The Thursday night wine and cheese will be at the The main conference is being hosted by Richmond
Legacy Suite of the spectacular Richmond Olympic Secondary School, located at 7171 Minoru Blvd.,
Oval. Come and catch the Olympic excitement! Take Richmond BC, V6Y1Z3 There’ll be exciting workshops,
a tour of this inspiring and innovative building and inspiring speakers and great literacy displays from a variety
meet the Olympic Mascots! The BC Teacher-librarians’ of vendors. See you there!
Association invites you to a Social Evening, beginning
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