Monday, 5 February 2018

What's Happening @Your LLC - January/February 2018



JANUARY/FEBRUARY
This is the first issue of our Library Learning Resources What's Happening @Your LLC blog for 2018. Please check the upcoming dates for Professional Learning and share key updates with your staff. This issue includes:
  • Mark your calendar for upcoming Professional Learning dates, webinars and TL Network after school meetings
  • Save the date: Unleashing Learning; Spring GTA Resource Fair for in person book purchasing
  • Democracy Matters: resources to K to 12 help your students understand government and teacher institute application
  • National Flag Day Resources: Feb 15
  • African Heritage Month  & Chinese Heritage Month resources
  • School Library Impact: what does the research say (Canadian School Library Research Archive)
  • Freedom to Read Week: Feb 25 - March 3
  • Author Visit Grants: Writers Union of Canada
  • How to Get and Keep Boys Reading: a recorded panel discussion from Reading Rockets
  • OLA Super Conference: share in the learning with session materials (freely available online)
  • Character Education: Fairness
  • Latest Issues of Les Plan & CBC News in Review
  • Library Technical Services: send us your books for cataloguing
  • TDSB Professional Library: goodbye and good luck to Natalie
Upcoming Professional Learning

Tuesday February 6th - full day for teacher-librarians new to the role, who have not already had PD in the 2017 - 18 school year. Sign up on Key to Learn. Supply coverage is not provided.

Friday February 16th - OSSTF Full Day PD for Secondary Teacher-Librarians. Library will be joining with Experiential Learning, Guidance, Coop, Business and OYAP, for a full-day of learning and conversations at Georges Vanier SS. Details and registration on Key to Learn

Library Technical Services (LTS) Webinars on a variety of topics/dates at 8:15 and 12:00 pm:
February 15:  Scheduling reports - master the art of scheduling automatic overdue reports for all your homerooms; March 7: Assets: Learn how to add and circulate non-print items such as equipment, games, devices, etc; April 10: Basic reports: - Understand how to create reports for overdues, shelf lists, etc. If you can’t make these dates and times, recorded webinars are available at the LTS AW site, under Links.

Teacher Librarian Network Meetings: register for the dates/locations that work best for you for these after-school professional network meetings. Next dates: Feb 6, 21 and 28th. Watch for spring dates soon.
Save the Date
April 17th - GTA Resource Fair, spring opportunity to purchase from TDSB Contracted Vendors at the CNE, Queen Elizabeth Building, hosted by Saunders Books (no release).
Democracy matters: Helping students understand how government works & why it matters

Give your students opportunities to learn How Parliamentary Works: with Classroom Activities and Teacher Resources to help students understand how democracy works in our communities. For example: Canada at the Polls! activity
Description: Want your students to experience the democratic process? Running a student council election? This kit contains a step-by-step guide and materials for electing a student council or conducting an election simulation, including tally sheets, ballot box, voting screen. Great for elementary and secondary.  
All resources can be ordered from the website for free. Check out the Teacher’s Institute, a 5 day program open to educators who currently teach or expect to be teaching in a subject area related to citizenship, civics and/or social studies, or work with teachers in those subject areas. Applications for the Nov 4 - 9 Institute are due April 15th. Questions about this experience, contact TL nataliya.brylynska@tdsb.on.ca who attended the institute this past year.

National Flag of Canada Day
Feb 15
On February 15th, National Flag of Canada Day falls during the Olympic Winter Games. Canadians are invited to take this opportunity to honour their flag and cheer on their Olympic and Paralympic Team Canada athletes.
Teachers Corner and free promotional materials to order (by Feb 1)
African Heritage Month
February is African Heritage Month at the TDSB:  an opportunity to recognize the experiences, contributions and achievements of African Canadians. Consider how you will make visible this celebration in your Library Learning Commons. This year’s theme is “From Africa to the World.” Share educational opportunities for TDSB students, staff and community. Two copies of a student-designed poster have been sent to schools. Check if one is available for posting in the library. You may also be able to use Inspirational Quotes and Proverbs posted on TDSB web and this Resource List from our TDSB Professional Library which includes streamed media and database resources accessible via the Virtual Library (CBC Curio, Learn 360, NFB, Canadian Encyclopedia etc.) using the CATALOGUE, QUICK FINDS or SEARCH  
Chinese Heritage Month
February is Chinese Heritage Month in TDSB when we celebrate the culture and traditions of the Chinese community with students, staff and community members. This year’s theme is “Year of the Dog”. Consider how you will make visible this celebration in your Library Learning Commons. The Chinese community is integral to the growth and success of the City of Toronto and Canada.  Members of the Chinese community represent approximately 10 percent of the total GTA population and form its second largest visible minority group.  Chinese-Canadians will recognize Chinese New Year on Friday, February 16 with celebrations throughout the month of February.  This list of quotes/proverbs can be highighted during the month, along with resources in these guides from the TDSB Professional Library for Chinese Heritage Month Guide and Asian Heritage Monthe Guide  and Chinese Heritage month curriculum ideas and resources found on TDSBweb. A copy of this poster is being sent to schools by the Chinese Heritage Committee.
School Library Impact:  what does the research say?
The Canadian School Libraries Research Archive addresses the need to make Canadian research about school library learning commons practice visible and searchable. The archive aggregates scholarly and practitioner action research papers from five Treasure Mountain Canada (TMC) research symposiums. These symposiums have contributed over one hundred papers to the literature, and with this archive site, those contributions become widely available. Check them out as a source of ideas, inspiration and as advocacy tools.
Freedom to Read Week
February 25 to March 3, 2018 Is Freedom to Read Week in Canada Consider how you will make this celebration visible in your Library Learning Commons. You will receive a Freedom to Read Poster, and Letter  with resources that you may use to start conversations around the value of free access to books, the capacity to explore ideas, other viewpoints, cultures and expressions through books and the power of reading to open minds.
Grants for Author Visits
Did you know that Ontario-based schools are eligible to receive a subsidy when hosting Canadian authors through The Writers' Union of Canada, the national organization of professional book authors? The Union administers the Writers-in-the-Schools program, funded by the Ontario Arts Council. The program provides funding in support of authors reading in Ontario schools. Every school is eligible for one funded reading per funding year. (April 1 - March). There is still have funding for readings taking place before March 31, 2018. Through this program, an author's fees are subsidized by $100 for a half-day visit and $150 for a full-day visit. The Union also covers travel expenses of up to $125 for a half-day and up to $250 for a full day. Click here to see a list of participating authors.  Find the application form here.
How to Get & Keep Boys Reading
Having challenges connecting boys to reading? View this panel discussion on ways to get boys reading with authors Jack Gantos, Jeff Kinney, Jarrett Krosoczka, Jon Scieszka, and the 2016-2017 Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese  http://www.readingrockets.org/books/how-to-get-and-keep-boys-reading.
Super Conference Session Materials
Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2018: the conference may be over but you can still have the opportunity to share in the learning. Many conference presenters post their presentation materials on the conference website. Whether or not you were able to attend, it is worth checking back in the coming weeks for presenter slide decks posted in the Conference Schedule. You can filter by topic and or library type.
Character Education: Fairness
February's Character Education Trait is Fairness: Check out our Spotlight on Fairness resource list" at Library Learning Resources. You can sign up for notifications of new postings here.    
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.

Latest issues for January/February (Les Plan site) in French & English to share with your staff:

Montreal's underground caves ; Canada bans the beads ; Let the 2018 Games begin!
Les cavernes souterraines de Montréal; Le Canada interdit les microbilles; Que les Jeux de 2018 commencent!
Raising the minimum wage ; The PyeongChang Games ; Protests in Iran ; Elon Musk
Augmenter le salaire minimum; Les JO PyeongChang; Les protestations en Iran; Elon Musk
Special Issue: California’s Historic Wildfires; Les Feux de forêt de Californie
Library Technical Services
LTS staff love to see real books! Send your books to Tippett!  Please fill out a shipping label for each box.  The shipping label file is available here. Please remember items should be new, linked to the Ontario curriculum or current literature. Please understand that tused, damaged, yellowing or older books will not be catalogued. Please contact us if you have a special case. Of course, we still like QuickCatted books too!
Part of your Learning Conversations!

TDSB Professional Library says Goodbye and Good Luck to our Librarian Natalie!

Congratulations to Natalie Colaiacovo, who has accepted a Librarian position at Centennial College.  As TLs you have experienced first hand Natalie’s contributions to TDSB Library Learning Resources successes,  including TDSB Teachers Read, the Professional Library, the Virtual Library and our lovely Library Owl logo.  We will miss her, but we know that she’ll be a great colleague and ally for our work from within the College Sector.  
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, 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 bit.ly/Forest2018

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 (alannaking29@gmail.com).
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 marguerite.campbell@tdsb.on.ca
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 http://bit.ly/tdsbstaffVL

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: http://bit.ly/PLCharacterEdKindness
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 professionallibrary@tdsb.on.ca

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.