Thursday, 21 December 2017

What's Happening@Your LLC - December 2017

This is the final issue of our Library Learning Resources What's Happening @Your LLC blog for 2017. Please check the upcoming dates for Professional Learning and share key updates with your staff. This issue includes:

  • Mark your calendar for upcoming events, Professional Learning
  • Ontario Library Association - Super Conference
  • Reading for the Love of It Conference
  • From School Library To Library Learning Commons: stories from BC T-Ls
  • New Red School House
  • News In Review & Les Plan: current issues
  • Character Education: Kindness & Caring
  • Virtual Library Spaces: Explore our creation and coding tools
  • January is Tamil Heritage month at the TDSB
  • Library Technical Services: send us your books for cataloguing
  • TDSB Professional Library: Fake News Resource, upcoming #tdsbEd Chat Strength and Struggle: perspectives from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada
Mark your calendar...
Last date to do central ordering of the Forest of Reading book sets is Friday, December 22, 2017.   Use this Order using this link

Upcoming PD Dates:
- New TLs (not previously attending September day) Tuesday February 6th: Register on Key to Learn. Please share this information with anyone you know who is currently/or will be new to the role
-#tdsbEd Chat discussing tdsb teachers read winning book: Strength and Struggle: perspectives from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada on Jan 25, 7:30-8:30 pm
- Secondary TLs - Feb 16th - watch for details in January
- T-L Network Jan/Feb after school meeting dates (online and face-to-face): Register for the Network meeting locations & dates that works best for you. Please register here.

GTA Spring Resource Fair is April 17th 2018
Ontario Library Association - Super Conference

Early bird registration closes January 4th. Invite your administrator to attend one day with you for free! If you are attending don’t forget to sign up for lunch with your fellow TDSB T-Ls. Find out more here. WANTED a convenor for Feb 2 at 9:50 - Canada Reads session with Enid Wray. Please email Alanna King (
TDSB Presenters:
Jan 31:
Sikh-Canadian identity and Contributions:  Supporting Teachers with Resources from K-8, Raman Sarai;  
School Library Tours (Humberside CI & FH Miller), Ruth Hall
Feb 1: Engaging Teachers to Engage Students Through Inquiry Based Learning, Velitchk Apostolva-Gilbert, Jenny Borda; Creating A Reading Culture, Deborah Haines & Gemsy Joseph; Coding For Authentic Learning:  Creating a School Wide Coding Continum, Joel Krentz, Sacha Bozabalian
Feb 2: Canada Reads Amplified: igniting a passion for reading in K - 12 schools, Enid Wray, Celested Kirsh, Tara Mora
Reading For the Love of It Conference, February 22-23/18 in Toronto.
If you are interested in attending this literacy event, speak to your administrator. The Teaching and Learning department is offering the opportunity for 80 grade 7 – 10 educators to attend. You will be notified if you are a successful participant. Classroom teachers and administrators who are interested in deepening their understanding of reading and writing are invited to Register on KEY TO LEARN. Teachers/schools are responsible for registering themselves for the conference. The Teaching and Learning Department will cover the occasional teacher cost by providing each registrant the teacher release code. You must select which date you would like to attend.
For more information, please contact
Professional Reading:  
This publication from school libraries in British Columbia, reads more like a story than a report as of secondary elementary and secondary teacher-librarians share their stories of the journey in transforming their school libraries from traditional library to library learning commons. A great holiday read.
New Red School House
(My Library on the Virtual Library)
A new customizable local school library site, accessible from the Virtual Library, is being developed for us by IT. This will allow you to add your own content that supports programming/outreach specific to your school’s students, staff and community. To move forward with the pilot and rollout, Teacher-Librarian(s) need to be added to the “Teacher Lib local control” user group in the LAS System. A request has gone out to principals to have all teacher-librarians to be added to this LAS group in January. This instructional video shows how to access LAS and the steps to add teacher-librarian(s). Please touch base with your admin to see if this update has been completed.

Watch for information about the upcoming pilot of the new “My Library” local school library site, later this winter.
Virtual Library (Quick Finds section)
Curio - CBC News in Review (gr 7 to 12): monthly coverage of 4 top CBC News stories, video with commentary providing background info, links and a teacher resource guide.
Share November topics with your staff:
Canada's 29th Governor General: Julie Payette, Border Running: Asylum Seekers Head To Canada,The Rohingya Crisis: Is this Ethnic Cleansing?,Northern Lifeline: Churchill's Struggle for Survival
Need the CBC Curio Educator access code? Check

Latest issues for Nov & Dec (Les Plan site) in French & English

Canadian Reader/Nos Nouvelles:
November 2017: Rare discovery in the mud; Hoist the flag.  Montreal: What are you guzzling.
Une découverte rare dans la boue; Hisse ton drapeau, Montréal!; Vous avalez quoi, au juste?
What in the World/Le Monde en Marche
November 2017: Poser un Genou a terre.  ADIEU, GORD DOWNIE.  Becca m’a dit de...; Le référendum catalan; Les prix Nobel 2017; L’édition génique rendue plus facile
December 2017: Canada's 2016 Census results; Hunting grizzlies; Bees in big trouble;
Que dit le recensement au sujet des Canadiens? La chasse au grizzly; Les abeilles en péril
What in the World/Le Monde en Marche:
Quebec's Bill 62 ; Saudi Arabia's powerful prince ; The impact of concussions ; Poisoning our bees
La Loi 62 du Québec; Un prince puissant l’Arabie saoudite; On empoisonne les abeilles
Character Education
This month’s Character Education Trait is Kindness & Caring!
Check out our list for picture books, novels & online resources related to this trait:
Virtual Library: Spaces
How might you introduce students to the Spaces section of the Virtual Library? Explore online tools for Creating and Coding. Great for the holidays and in the new year. Ask students to suggest other resources/tools to add to this space. Use the “contact us” link in the top Virtual Library navigation bar.

January is Tamil Heritage Month at the TDSB
The theme for Tamil Heritage month is Pillars of Our Past: Shaping the Path Ahead  
Tamil Heritage Resources list from the Professional Library
Library Technical Services (LTS)
LTS staff love to see real books!  Send us your cataloguing!  Please fill out a shipping label for each box.  The shipping label file is available here
Please remember items sent to Library Technical Services for cataloguing should be new, linked to the Ontario curriculum or current literature. To ensure your library’s collection is current and inviting, books that are used, damaged, yellowing or older items will not be catalogued. Please contact us if you have a special case.
Let us be part of your “learning conversations”
Visit TDSB Professional Library Pinterest Boards on Makerspaces and Inquiry Based Learning and PLEASE let us know if there are other Pinterest Boards you’d like to see (or any other  questions you’d like answered) at

Have a look at our updated Media Literacy (and Fake News)  Resource List.  Enter your email address to ‘Follow’ the Professional Library’s Blog, and never miss another post.  Join Christina Saunders  Thursday, January 25th, 2018 from 7:30-8:30pm for a #tdsbEd Chat  on Twitter to discuss this year’s tdsb teachers read WINNER: Strength and Struggle: perspectives from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada.
This information in this newsletter supports learning in TDSB libraries and schools. Please share widely within your community and continue the conversation online in the Discussion Forums on our AW Site.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

What’s Happening @Your LLC Sept - Oct, 2017

This is the welcome back issue of our Library Learning Resources What's Happening @Your LLC blog. Every school year provides the opportunity for new beginnings, thinking, challenges and opportunities. In the coming weeks, consider how these key resources/opportunities may support the library program/your learning at your school library learning commons.
This issue includes:
  • Library startup checklist
  • Virtual library new resources for 2017-18
  • School Library Month: Open House and NEW TDSB Teacher’s Read Panel event October 18th
  • Mental Health & Wellness: watch for new book
  • Reading initiatives: Forest of Reading & Just Read It
  • Book Purchasing: GTA Resources Fair and TDSB Contracted Vendor List
  • Author Visits
  • TL Network Meeting dates
  • Professional Learning: Google Camp, Teach Ontario, CSL, TMC and TPL
  • Virtual Library online resources: Les Plan and CBC News in Review latest issues
  • Library Technical Services Welcome Back package 2017-18
  • Library Learning Resources guide to all of our departments/services

Library Startup Checklist
A Checklist for starting the year: to get the library off to a good start - use it as to as a practical planning and as a reflection tool, to identify areas for improvement.
Virtual Library
Virtual Library: what’s new for 2017-18
Check the Announcement on the Library Learning Resources AW site, for tutorials, slide decks, webinars, handouts AND a form to order Learnmarks.

Hint: be sure to discard old Learnmarks. Check that the TL names listed on your school’s VL site are correct for 2017-18. If not email Patricia Elliott.
School Library Month Open House &
TDSB Teachers Read event, Oct 18
October is School Library Month:
Come celebrate at the Library Learning Resources Open House on Wed. Oct. 18th, 3:30-5:30pm! Meet our expert staff and get answers to all your Insignia, Virtual Library, Streaming Media, CollectionDevelopment needs.
NEW this year, the Professional Library is hosting TDSB Teachers Read (4:30 to 5:45), a panel of TDSB Educators presenting the book they think all TDSB should read. Learn more:
REGISTER HERE so we can plan for some light refreshments

Mental Health & Wellness & School Library Month
In honour of School Library Month, TDSB school libraries will be receiving a new book with a focus on Mental Health & Wellness. Equity and well being are at the core of what libraries stand for and a key component of the TDSB Vision for Learning.

What books do your students read that connect to this essential component of healthy living? What community resources might be of interest to your students and staff?
Consider using this new book as part of a Mental Health and Well-Being display.
Forest of Reading: Canada’s largest recreational reading program. Register and purchase books via the 2018 TDSB Forest site. PLEASE REMEMBER, the Forest of Reading is a registered trademark. You must register to use the Forest program names. Forest Registration is cheaper for OLA members. Use the TDSB discount code when registering for an OLA membership.

Library program: Check out this Forest webinar with a TDSB TL to hear more about the Club and connections to library programming. Registered members have access to a password protected Forest site with suggested activies and curriculum connections.

Preview all titles before beginning the club to ensure they are appropriate for your students using the TDSB selection criteria described our Collection Development Guide. Tip: ask classroom teachers to read titles and take part in the club.

Concerns about Forest selections? Contact Co-Chairs of the Forest of Reading, Isabelle Hobbs,  Ruth Gretsinger or the Director of the Forest of Reading, Meredith Tutching. Concerns about handling controversial and sensitive issues in TDSB? Contact Program Coordinator, Ruth Hall.
Fall Book Purchasing
(GTA Resource Fair & Collection Development Tools)

Mark your calendar for the GTA Resource Fair (Nov 23 and 24).

Begin to evaluate your collection needs using:
Developing School Library Collections (Sections 1 - 3) for selection criteria.
Pocket Purchasing Guide: K to gr 8 (TDSB priorities & curriculum strands)
Pocket Purchasing Guide: gr 9 - 10 (TDSB priorities & curriculum strands)

Consider what already exists in the library collection using reports in Insignia:
- Collection Analysis, 1 Flashcard
- Collection Analysis, 2 Flashcard (contact Library Help Desk for support 395-8285)

Review the TDSB Contracted Vendor catalogue from the Purchasing Dept to identify vendors you would like to consult. Purchasing will be providing us with updated instructions re the process for purchasing at the Resource Fair. This will be communicated prior to the fair.
Reading Fun:  Remind students and staff to share what they are reading through Just Read It! for a chance to win books or have their review featured online in “Readers Choice”.
Use the link on the Virtual Library OR

During School Library Month watch for JRI tweets. Add your own tweets to the Just Read It conversation, celebrating Reading Matters.
Want to see Just Read It postings from your school? Email  
Author Visits
If you are looking to book an Author Visit consider contacting:
- Authors Booking Service, who has a partnership agreement with TDSB, represents many children’s authors and provides excellent information on planning a visit, plus a searchable directory on their site.
- Canadian Children’s Book Centre, who coordinate the Grade One Book national program, also has a directory of Canadian authors and illustrators. It is worthwhile to check both!   
TDSB Writer in Residence is taking a hiatus this year to explore options for updating the program.

TDSB Teacher-Librarian  Network Fall Meetings
Teacher-Librarian Network: after school meetings
Are you interested in joining with teacher-librarians to exchange ideas and best practices, discuss challenges and problem-solve?  Teacher-Librarian Network meetings, lead TL Facilitators are opportunities for learning, professional dialogue and sharing to inspire and support your work.
Choose the location that works best for you either near home or work.
Register using this Google Form.
Professional Learning:
Google Camp
Teach Ontario
Register for for TDSB Google Camp on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at Northview Heights.
Follow the action at the national symposium for school libraries, Treasure Mountain Canada, Oct 20-21 in Winnipeg. - if you can’t attend in person, participate online. Check out the TMC Archive for thought provoking resources to inspire your actions.
Attend a free lecture at Toronto Public Library's Osborne Collection: Picturing Canada the changing face of children's book illustration in Canada Oct 19th, 7pm
Virtual Library (Spaces -- Educator resources section):   
Les Plan classroom-ready Eng/Fr resources, current Canadian and international news.
Subscribe on the homepage of the Les Plan site to get updates on new issues.  
Share September topics with your staff!
Canadian Reader/Nos Nouvelles:
Our New Governor General; Do Cellphones Belong in Schools?; Highway to Tuk; Big whales, big trouble; Canada's newest tennis star; Meet Canada's new astronauts; Terry Fox 2017
Notre nouvelle gouverneure générale; Les téléphones cellulaires ont-ils une place à l'école?; La route qui mène à Tuk; La  Course Terry Fox 2017
What in the World/Le Monde en Marche:
Julie Payette gouverneure générale; La crise au Venezuela; Corée du Nord dans la mire; Les téléphones à l’école?
Où est passée la faune canadienne; La situation désespérée des Rohingyas; Harvey, Irma, et Maria; Tout sur les ouragans
Virtual Library (Quick Finds section)
Curio - CBC News in Review (gr 7 to 12): monthly coverage of 4 top CBC News stories, video with commentary providing background info, links and a teacher resource guide.
Share September topics with your staff:
Cod Moratorium: 25 years on; Media and Terror: a parasitic relationship; BC Burning: 2017 summer of the wildfires; Battery Power: Canadian technology powering the future
Need the CBC Curio Educator access code? Check
Library Technical Services (LTS)
Make sure you have reviewd the LTS September "Welcome" Package 2017/2018
For support: use Chat, email, call 395-8285 or check the Library Technical Services AW site for announcements, discussion forum and help links.

Library Learning Resources Brochure - Please share with your staff.
lists contacts for all departments, including Printing, Logistics and Science Kits, located at Tippett Centre -

This information in this newsletter supports learning in TDSB libraries and schools. Please share widely within your community and continue the conversation online in the Discussion Forums on our AW Site.
Your Team at Library Learning Resources