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 https://bit.ly/PLcharactered
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

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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 teachingresources@tdsb.on.ca  
Check out our new Teaching Resources video.
Professional Library  
(416) 395-8289 or email professionallibrary@tdsb.on.ca .
Check out our great education  blog http://r.amott.wordpress.com
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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!