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: 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: bit.ly/tdsbTeachersRead
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.
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 bit.ly/tdsbJRI.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Register for for TDSB Google Camp on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at Northview Heights.
Check out Teach Ontario’s online Book Club: Code in Every Class: how all educators can teach programing. Subscribe to the Canadian School Libraries mailing list.
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.
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 http://bit.ly/tdsbstaffVL
Library Technical Services (LTS)
Make sure you have reviewd the LTS September "Welcome" Package 2017/2018
For support: use Chat, email email@example.com, call 395-8285 or check the Library Technical Services AW site for announcements, discussion forum and help links.
Tip: 2 ways to access the Library System:
Library Learning Resources (LLR) overview chart for quick reference
Library Learning Resources Brochure - Please share with your staff.
lists contacts for all departments, including Printing, Logistics and Science Kits, located at Tippett Centre - http://bit.ly/LLRbrochure
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