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!

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Spring 2017 (April & May)

What's on the menu for this issue: 
  1. TDSB News: Mental Health Week; new School Activities Directory; Network bandwidth upgrade
  2. TDSB 2017 Award of Teaching Excellence to TL Douglas Penfold
  3. TL Year End Celebration June 15th & Upcoming TL Regional Network Meetings
  4. OLA annual Super Conference Proposals for 2018 Conference due May 29th
  5. Book Week theme: Read Across Canada
  6. Stand for Youth: CBC citizenship awareness contest due May 31
  7. Edugains Literacy: Book Project 2.0 & 2.1 (a TL reimagines book clubs/novel studies)
  8. School Libraries Canada (our national organization) & call for papers for Treasure Mountain 5, research symposium/think tank in Winnipeg, Oct 20 & 21
  9. Elections Canada: order bilingual free student brochure
  10. Latest Updates: Virtual Library, Les Plan, CBC News in Review, Character Education lists, Just Read It/Writer in Residence author visit winners
  11. Painting/carpeting/renovation collection pack up support
  12. What's Ahead

Children’s Mental Health Week

TDSB’s School Activities Directory

New Bell Wide Area Network (WAN)

Children’s Mental Health Week is May 1—5, 2017, and the TDSB theme for this year is #WellBeingMatters. See Professional Library mental health and wellness resource lists here.

The TDSB’s School Activities Directory is an internal online listing of all pre-qualified and approved vendors for various school activities.  The current focus of the Directory is excursion venues.  In the future, it will also include event facilities, for example, for proms and semi-formals. Visit to access the Directory. If a venue you are interested in is not listed, please ask the vendor to complete the online application on the Purchasing website:

New Bell Wide Area Network (WAN): all schools are being upgraded to a new wide area network (WAN) to resolve network issues for schools connected on the Bell legacy network and to provide additional bandwidth capability for some schools already on the Cogeco network. IT anticipates work will be completed between July 2017 and December 2018.
Douglas Penfold, 2017 Teaching Excellence Award
We’re excited  to congratulate to Douglas Penfold  who has been awarded a 2017 TDSB Award of Teaching Excellence. Written by My-Linh Hang Coleman who nominated Douglas: “Douglas A. Penfold is the Teacher-Librarian and ELL Teacher at Sloane Public School, whose continual advocacy in all areas of teaching curriculum, equity, character education and social justice has influenced and transformed the learning and thinking of students, staff, educators and community members alike. Douglas’ work promotes gender equity, celebrates Aboriginal cultures, deconstructs anti-homophobic attitudes and creates safe and positive spaces for people of all creeds, races, social class and sexual orientations.”

Thanks My-Linh for sharing the great work that TLs do!
Mark the date!  
TL Celebration
June 15 & Final dates for Regional TL Network meetings
Canapes & Conversation - Thursday June 15, 4 - 7.  
Join your colleagues and the Library Learning Resources team for our annual celebration at the Granite Brewery & Restaurant, 245 Eglinton E. (at Mt. Pleasant). If you are retiring please let us know. Friends of school libraries are also welcome!
Use this invitation to RSVP to Tracy Bruno, Library Learning Resources Office Administrator by May 26th.
If you have dietary restrictions, please let Tracy know.

It's not too late to register for our last Elementary TL Regional Network Meetings May 11 & 30th.
2018 OLA Super Conference: May 29 deadline for session proposals
Do you have a program,  or resource or ideas to share with your Ontario TL colleagues? Why not submit a proposal to the Ontario Library Association's Super Conference 2018. The 2018 theme is Fearless by Design.
There is no charge to attend on the day you present!
The deadline for session proposals is May 29. Have questions, need help, contact a TL Facilitator, past presenter or Program Coordinator, Ruth Hall. This is an exciting way to share your work - don’t be shy!
Read Across Canada: Book Week, May 6-13
Sponsored  by the Canadian Children's Book Centre and the TD Bank, Read Across Canada is the theme of this year’s Book Week. Click here to get posters and bookmarks, featuring Ian Wallace’s stunning illustration, for your classroom or library. - See more at:
STAND FOR YOUTH CONTEST citizenship contest, in collaboration with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and CIBC, invites students age 4 to 21 to share experiences, dreams and goals for Canada: #StandForCanada. Describe, share, show what it means to you (or your class) to be Canadian or live in Canada. All types of submissions are encouraged. Up to $10,000 in prizes to be won. Contest closes May 31. Use these new  elementary and secondary Citizenship Teaching Guides with lesson plans and activities to guide students.
EduGains Literacy
Book Project 2.0 and Book Project 2.1: reimagining novel studies. Check out these videos and facilitator guide to a reading group started by a Peterborough TL to move book club/novel study to a deeper level of engagement, guiding students to think deeply about ideas related to their reading.

Canadian School Libraries (CSL) is our national school library organization dedicated to professional research and the development of the school library learning commons in Canada. Follow:  Twitter, Facebook or join the mailing list. Visit their website. CSL connects school library practitioners and educators across Canada in the collaborative pursuit of delivering exemplary practices reflective of current professional school library learning commons standards.

Find out about Treasure Mountain Canada, a school library learning commons symposium and think tank. Be inspired by reading the work of others in the school library field. Consider sharing your own work by writing about it and submitting to  TMC 5 - Call for Papers - TMC5 Theme: Culturally Relevant and Responsive School Library Learning Commons. TMC5, will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on October 20 & 21, 2017, presented in partnership with the Manitoba School Library Association. If your paper is selected the Library Learning Resources department can provide you with release coverage.
Elections Ontario
Elections Ontario is legislated under the Election Act to make information available to school boards annualy, for distribution to student who will soon be of voting age. Elections Ontario has created a bilingual brochure for students who are, or who will soon be, 18 years of age.  You can order it an no cost from  Elections Ontario at (416) 326-6300 and ask for Public Education.
The brochure provides information in plain language about: Ontario’s electoral process; the requirements to vote; how to register to vote; and any other matter that the Chief   Electoral Officer considers useful for electors.
New Resources!!
We’ve added some new resources to the Virtual Library!
  • Unite for Literacy: Find multilingual eBooks! Change the text to English or Spanish and have them read-aloud in a number of languages including French, Korean, Russian and more (SEARCH > K-6 > eBooks)
  • Canadiana Discovery Portal: Find primary resources for early Canadian history in English & French (SEARCH > 7-8/9-12 > History or Canadian & World Studies)
  • expanded INQUIRY section - click the blue Inquiry tile to see all that has been added
Check out new Virtual Library Subject Guides for Health & Physical Education: Highlights for JK-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-12
Find more Virtual Library Guides on the Educator space. Choose a grade range & narrow by Resource Type > Virtual Library Guides.
On the Virtual Library: Les Plan (April 2017)
Canadian Reader: Literacy Focus:  Transforming; Articles: Big Blue at the ROM ; Small pest, big problem ; EarthPLAY for Earth Day; Map: Newfoundland; Comic: International Day of Pink
What in the World:  Articles: Crossing the border ; Is the water safe to drink? ; A terrible hunger ; Lyme disease; Map:  Manitoba; Editorial Cartoon: A terrible hunger
On the Virtual Library: CBC Curio  News in Review

Character Education
May is Integrity! Check out the Professional Library’s list of JK-12 fiction and multimedia resources supporting the May Character Education trait: Integrity
Each month four lucky schools win a visit from one of our TDSB Writers in Residence!

Winners for March & April: Jael Richardson: Martingrove CI & Etobicoke School of the Arts;  Hélène Boudreau: Seventh Street & Driftwood PS; Liam O’Donnell: Gateway & Hillmount PS; Virginia Barter: Jackman Avenue JPE & Hillcrest.
Winners for May & June:  Jael Richardson: Galloway Rd. PS & Lord Dufferin J&S PS;  Hélène Boudreau: Blaydon PS & Banting & Best PS; Liam O’Donnell: G.B. Little PS & Joyce PS; Virginia Barter: North Preparatory JPS & Mountview & Keele Street.

Find Just Read It on the Virtual Library (top nav bar and in READ): 100 book prizes each month and 4 free TDSB Writer in Residence author visits. Selected student reviews are published online in Reader’s Choice
Painting, Carpeting or Renovations in the School Library

If the school library is scheduled for painting, carpeting or renovations your library collection may need to be packed up as this work often involves moving library shelves. Library Technical Services can help you with this work.
As soon as you become aware of upcoming work and dates please contact please contact  (416)395-9809.
You will also need to order boxes for packing the library collection from the Distribution Centre material #7056. A school library needs 1 box per 25 books. If you need help determining how many boxes to order please contact  (416)395-9809.

Packing and unpacking a library takes no more than one day when the process is followed.  If books are not packed [piled on floor or other surfaces], setting up a library can take days.
What’s Ahead
April is Hispanic, Latin American and Sikh Heritage Month. Sikh Khalsa Day Parade  30 April 2017 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Walk will begin at 1:00 pm starting from CNE grounds and head towards Toronto City Hall - Nathan Phillips Square where the parade will end.   Principals are asked to share this with their School Council members and school community network.
Should additional information be required, please  contact Gurjeet Kahlon, Vice-Principal,  or 647-746-4243
May is Asian and Jewish Heritage Month
May 1-5 is Education Week and  and Mental Health Week
June 15 Canapes & Conversation at the Granite Brewery & Restaurant, 245 Eglinton E. (at Mt. Pleasant).
Library Learning Resources  Contacts
(at Tippett)
Library Technical Services

Library Teaching Resources
Professional Library

Library Program planning & instruction Questions: contact Ruth Hall, (416 395-5151