Monday, 2 April 2018

What’s Happening @Your LLC April, 2018

What’s Happening @Your LLC April, 2018

This is the spring 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 you calendar for upcoming events: April 17th GTA Resource Fair, April/May TL Network Meetings, April 10th Insignia Reports Webinar Professional Learning
  • PD: TDSB's Indigenous Education Centre on Residential Schools & Treaties: April 4 & 25 
  • Library 2.0 Conference webinars
  • Day of Pink: April 11
  • Canada Reads in the Classroom from CBC on Curio
  • News In Review & Les Plan: current issues
  • Character Education: Honesty 
  • Teen 101 new video series from Teaching Resources
  • Student generated book reviews feature in Insignia
  • April is Hispanic, Latin-American & Sikh Heritage month at the TDSB
  • TDSB Professional Library: Global Competencies Resources
  • Library Technical Services at GTA Resource Fair
    • Mark your calendar…

    Upcoming Datess:
    GTA Spring Resource Fair is April 17th 2018. Find links to Fair details, vendor information, purchasing process, selection guides and collection development help HERE.
    T-L Network April & May after school meeting dates: Register for the Network meeting locations & dates that works best for you.  Please register here.
    Insignia Basic Reports Webinar: - April 10th, Learn how to create reports for overdue and more. If you can’t make these dates and times, recorded webinars are available at the LTS AW site, under Links. Join us at 8:15 and 12 noon.
    Aboriginal Education
    PD on Residential School & Treaties - for teacher in gr 4 - 8  NEW to Indigenous Education Learning - a two-part series April 4 and 25 at the at the Urban Indigenous Education Centre. Read more on the AEC AW site - registration is on Key to Learn.
    TDSB TL Community
    Interested in connecting informally with other TDSB TLs online using Google Community? This community was created thanks to facilitator Tina Survidall. Check it out here.
    Online learning

    What are leading thinkers from a variety of libraries talking about? Check out Library 2.0 Conference recorded webinars, hosted by San Jose State University’s School of Information on a variety of topics including: Design Thinking, Maker Spaces, and Digital Literacy & Fake News
    Day of Pink April 11
    Looking for ideas to support Day of Pink - the day to take action on Bullying, Homophobia and Transphobia. FInd ideas on EDFO. Share your activities using the hashtag #TDSBpink.
    New titles from Teaching Resources

    Looking for resources to help teens deal with personal challenges? Teens 101 is a 13-part series addressing a range of challenges including: depression & self harm; addiction; identifying transgender; LGBTQ inclusivity, and aspergers. Stream videos from the library catalogue or book the DVD. These resources are a great compliment to the Teen Health and Wellness database. Find it on the Virtual Library in the A to Z databases list in Search.
    March’s Character Education Trait is Honesty
    Check out our list for picture books, novels & online resources related to this trait:
    April’s Character Education Trait is Cooperation
    Check later in April for an updated list here
    Use CBC Curio to Bring Canada Reads into your classroom. Access videos with each of this year’s nominated titles. Use the teacher’s guide. Find it all here including this year’s winner, Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto Access your CBC Educator account sign up code here.
    Find CBC Curio on the Virtual Library - Quick Finds section
    Curio - CBC News in Review (gr 7 to 12): CBC current News videos with background info, links and a teacher resource guide. Need the CBC Curio Educator access code? Check
    Recent topics to share with your staff:
    February: Halifax Explosion: 100 Years On​; Raqqa in Ruins; Former ISIS Capital Reclaimed; ​Tomorrow’s Energy; The Race for Fusion Power; Sexual Slavery;  The Shocking World of Human Trafficking;

    Find Les Plan on the Virtual Library - Spaces section

    Les Plan current awareness, Canadian/international news resource in French & English

    March 2018: See you in four years! ;  Banning plastic bags ; O Canada gets a makeover;
    À dans quatre ans! ; Interdire les sacs de plastique ; L’Ô Canada se refait une beauté
    March 2018: Sears' closure and pension reform ; Canada shines in PyeongChang ; What's next for Dreamers ; Cape Town water crisis;    La disparition de Sears Canada; Le Canada a brillé à PyeongChang; Que va-t-il arriver aux "Dreamers" ? La crise de l’eau au Cap

    Did you know that students and staff can submit book reviews via the online TDSB library catalogue?
    Start at the Virtual Library.  Choose Catalogue. Login using your TDSB network username and password.
    Students and staff submit reviews by clicking on a book title and choosing the ”Add A Review” option. Reviews can include a star rating, tag words and a written review.  Reviews require approval by teacher-librarians before they are posted. Notifications will appear in your account alerts. For help contact the Library Help Desk at 395-8285.
    Another option is for students and staff to submit book reviews to Just Read It. One hundred book prizes are sent to students each month and reviews are selected to post online in Reader’s Choice.
    Hispanic, Latin-American & Sikh Heritage Months
    at the TDSB
    Every month the Professional Library provides Heritage Lists. April is Hispanic Heritage, Latin-American Heritage and Sikh Heritage Month. Check out the Professional Library Guides containing websites, books, articles, streamed media and DVDs. Find all the other heritage month resource guides here. April -
    Part of your learning conversations!
    Have a look at the foundation documents, books, links, articles and more in our NEW Global Competencies Resource List. Books and ebooks are listed under the headings of global competencies found in the TDSB Vision for Learning:Communication; Collaboration and Leadership; Creativity, Inquiry and Entrepreneurship; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; and Global Citizenship and Character

    We’re always adding to TDSB Professional Library Pinterest Boards on Makerspaces and Inquiry Based Learning so take a look, 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
    Library Technical Services (LTS)
    We will be QuickCatting your purchases April 17th at the GTA Resource Fair.  Spine labels will arrive at your school the following week.  
    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 understand that used, damaged or older books will not be catalogued. Please contact us if you have a special case.
    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.

Monday, 5 February 2018

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

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 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
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.