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

Monday, 12 June 2017

June 2017

Just in time for summer, your last blog post for this school year. Here's what we've fired up to serve in this issue:
1. TL Survey - please fill this out to help us build our communication email list
2. June Wrap Up - tricks and tips
3. DLL application - the deadline was June 9th but the application form is still open...
4. OTF Summer Institutes - great opportunity for PD, and travel, the price is right!
5. Library Learning Resources: dates for our August Summer Institutes
6. Canadian School Libraries - read up on school library practice from our new national association
7. Treasure Mountain Canada 5 - Culturally Relevant & Responsive School Libraries
8. TD Summer Reading Club
9. Character Ed Lists - June is Perseverance
10. Starred Reviews from the Professional Library & how to avoid the "summer slide"
11. We're open this summer! Library Technical Services, Professional Library & Teaching Resources are available to help you during the summer months, online and face-to-face.
12. Thank you to our TL Facilitators and to all of you
TL Survey
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We need your help to keep our TL community connected. Please take a moment to fill out the  ELEMENTARY QUICK survey SECONDARY QUICK survey for 2017-2018!!

Keeping you informed and connected is a priority for the Library Learning Resources department. We need your help to know who will be a TL  next year.  This information is used to create  our SSV listserv (group email) which we use to sent you important updates.  It won't take long!
June Wrap Up
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June is a busy month! Here is a list of helpful tips including a Webinar from Library Technical Services to walk you through various aspects of setting: Final Due Date, Running Reports, Year End Statistics, Summer Circulation, etc. If you are considering circulating books to students over the summer please discuss this with your administrator.  
Looking to recycle VHS Tapes, C.D.s and other electronic equipment? Click here for details [Source: the EcoSchools Toolkit, Section 3: Reduce Impact on the Environment: Waste Minimization - page 53]
Applications for Digital Lead Learners for 2017-2018
Digital Lead Learners (DLL) are a Professional Learning Network of volunteer elementary and secondary teachers interested in and dedicated to supporting the curriculum and the global competencies through deep learning with the use of technology.  
A number of teacher-librarians are already part of the DLL community. If you are facilitating purposeful use of technology to enhance learning, please consider applying for this role.
Use the application link to apply here - The deadline says June 9th, but applications are still open...
OTF Summer Institutes
OTF The Summer 2017 Institutes provide 2 and 3 day Summer Institutes in a variety of locations across the province. The $50 enrolment fee covers workshop registration and accomodation. This is a great way to travel and meet other educators while getting some great Professional Learning. Check here for details.
This summer’s workshops include: Inquiry; indigenous perspectives; technology and more including…
Authentic Inquiry & Fake News: Students Thinking Critically in a Digital World (Grades 9-12). Offered by the
Ontario School Library Association (OSLA), and The Association of Library Consultants and Coordinators of Ontario (TALCO) July 12-14,  Niagara-on-the-Lake
Library Learning Resources Summer Institutes (August)
Please mark your calendars for upcoming Summer Institutes:
Wednesday August 23 - New TLs (all day)
Wednesday August 23 - Experienced TLs (afternoon)
Thursday August 24 - Experienced TLs (morning)
Details and registration information will be posted on AW and by email before the end of June.
Canadian School Libraries, our national school library association, has released the first issue of Canadian School Libraries Journal,  the only national publication focusing on school library research and practice. The new journal is rich in content, and presented in a pleasing and dynamic online interface. The journal website also houses the archives of the publication School Libraries in Canada.
Treasure Mountain

Culturally Relevant and Responsive School Library Learning Commons.

Invitation to Participate in the 5th Treasure Mountain: a learning opportunity to discuss and debate current Canadian research on the role and impact of school libraries in education. This  year's theme is Culturally Relevant and Responsive School Library Learning Commons.

Teacher-librarians and educators are invited to submit papers for this fifth symposium entitled: Truth in Our Stories: Seeking a Path to Reconciliation examining issues in the school library learning commons that speak to Indigenous education, human rights, diversity and inclusiveness. Papers are required by October 1, 2017. Details re the call for papers.  The Culturally Responsive SLLC webpage has resource links to get you thinking. Find out more about how you can participate in TMC5.

Elementary students will be receiving information about the TD Summer Reading Club, run by Toronto Public Library with their report card. TLs have also been sent letters and promotional material from the Toronto Public Library about the summer reading club. Please make your staff, students and parents aware of this summer reading opportunity where kids can track their reading online and find great books and fun stuff to do.
Character Education Lists
June is Perseverance! Check out the Professional Library’s list of JK-12 fiction and multimedia resources supporting the June Character Education trait: Perseverance
What can you do to help students avoid the “summer slide”? Studies show that many students lose knowledge and skills over the summer. Let's keep them engaged and encourage our students to read over the summer. If you would like to read more about the summer slide, click here to access some articles, collected by our TDSB Professional Library. Check out this month’s  starred reviews. here, and share with your colleagues and students to promote exceptional summer reading!
Library Technical Services
Tippett is open over the summer! Please send in or drop off your cataloguing and have them ready for the shelves for September start up.
Library Technical Services
Professional Library & Teaching Resources

Are you or your colleagues:
  • Taking AQ courses?  Teaching different grades/courses next year?
  • Looking for some fresh reading and ideas to kick start a new school year?
The Professional Library and Teaching Resources are open July and August to help you find books, articles, eBooks, kits, DVDs, streamed media for the classroom, Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 [flyer].
Library Teaching Resources
(416) 395-5148,or  email  
Check out our new Teaching Resources video.
Professional Library  
(416) 395-8289 or email .
Check out our great education  blog
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Teacher-librarian Regional Facilitators
On behalf of all teacher-librarians, thank you to our regional facilitators for their leadership and willingness to support our colleagues in sharing program ideas, facility revitalizations, integration of inquiry, STEM, GAFE/digital tools, celebrations of reading, making, coding and innovation in the library program.
Thank you for keeping our teacher-librarians connected and forwarding the work of our library learning commons as active hubs for learning! Your efforts help our teacher-librarian community thrive!

Thank you TDSB K-12 Teacher-librarians
Thank you for your commitment and hard work over this past year. Your students and staff have benefited from the opportunities, resources and expertise that you bring to this role. Your efforts to create a thriving Library Learning Commons, responding to the needs of your school. In collaboration with colleagues and students, demonstrate the power of the Library Learning Commons to make a positive difference in students’ lives and how they learn.

Wishing you all the best for a relaxing and restorative summer. You’ve earned it!