Thanks to my BCTLA, fellow TL members and President Heather Daly for your thanks and good wishes. OMG I can’t believe it! What a journey. My career as a teacher since 1980 has been varied and rewarding. My chapter as a teacher-librarian was such a challenge, delight and motivation. Our school libraries in BC contribute so much to our kids education.
I thank many professionals but now especially you, Heather Daly. So many of my BCTLA colleagues have been supporters and motivators for my TL pursuits. My short stint on the BCTLA Executive was inspiring and illuminating. My predecessors hooked me with the advocacy concept and helped me raise my game- the challenging and vital role as a school librarian. People like Sylvia, Karen, Val, Bonnie, Gordon? Etc and you Heather, were such beacons of excellence for me. Furthermore, my own network expanded with TL’s like Jeff Yasinchuk and Nicola Kuhn. The social media world was exploding and my BCTLA connections matured.
Me and my stalker TA, Elspeth. 2014
There was a time I felt like a such a novice until the BCTLA experience gave me confidence and a vision that I knew I could contribute. I now have great memories and professional satisfaction but also many TL contacts around the globe. Our PSA has been sustaining and proactive. #bced is so enriched by you all.
Your contributions Heather, on programs and governance has been so exemplary and unsung! I plead daily with my TL colleagues to get involved, not just for school libraries but their own individual job satisfaction. I celebrate my exit today because my career was rewarding not simply a job. I now have 2 stellar teacher-librarians, supported by their LSA, sustaining our investment in the KSS program. Our teens will be well served. I was so lucky to inherit a vital school library with Kay Treadgold and share developments with Sharon Bede. We have been the lucky ones and our school learning community has been rewarded.
I humbly acknowledge that our school now lives the spirit of a school learning commons and it is a contribution to public education in Kelowna. The legacy is that our program is bigger any one individual. This TL goal would not be realized without the support of COTLA and the BCTLA. My own district and local Admin deserve credit too for giving us and other schools their support and confidence. Regardless of how hard you may build capacity in your school or advocate for libraries, success is measured by attributes of a culture that embraces it’s library.
thank you so much Heather for your contributions, not just of my growth, but for your commitment to empowering our teacher colleagues with progressive methods and insight. There are many stronger libraries today because of your influence and many others that have been rescued from political bonfire.
Thanks, with love,
Al Smith, Kelowna.
On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, Daly, Heather <HDaly@sd43.bc.ca> wrote:
This school year was a challenging one which began with a prolonged strike and the loss of a beloved member of our teacher-librarian community. The ramifications of the strike affected BCTLA’s financial and operational capacity. Thanks to a successful BCTLA 75th anniversary gala dinner and conference, we will begin the next school year with only moderately lower finances and membership. This year saw additional successes, including the launch of From School Library to Library Learning Commons: A Pro-Active Model for Educational Change. Download the document at http://bctf.ca/bctla/info/learningcommons.html and watch the webinar at Learning Commons Webinar – January 28h, 2015.
Upcoming professional opportunities:
* Join us on August 31 for the BCTLA Summer Institute: Makerspaces (9:00 to 4:00, Two Rivers Art Gallery, Prince George). Where does one begin with makerspaces? Learn what works best from some K-12 makerspace pioneers! Next, try it out at the Two Rivers Art Gallery MakerLab and take away some practical makerspace ideas for your library or classroom. More information about the summer institute, including registration details, can be found at http://bctf.ca/bctla/info/pro-dev.html.
* Planning for the 2015 BCTLA conference in Surrey is underway. This year’s theme is, “Charting New Paths” and the keynote speakers are Lyn Hay and Lee Watanabe Crockett. For more information, check out the conference website at http://bctlasurrey2015.weebly.com/.
Thank you and congratulations:
Thank you to the 2014-15 BCTLA Executive: Heather Daly, Grahame Rainey, Devika Chudy, Ann Titford, Moira Ekdahl, April Hilland, Emiline Downs, Maria McAllister, Wendy Amy, Patricia Baisi, Gordon Powell, Marilyn Lunde and Rhea Woolgar. Thanks also to those individuals who have retired from the Executive this year—Jeff Yasinchuk, Sylvia Zubke, and Lindsay Ross—for all of their contributions. Thank you also to the BCTLA Chapter Councillors and to all of our Chapter Executive members, to our formal liaison representatives to other associations, and last but not least, to our Members and Subscribers.
Congratulations goes out to the incomparable BCTLA President’s Award winner Al Smith and to an amazing BC Teacher-Librarian of the Year, Sylvia Zubke. Al and Sylvia are two of our many incredible teacher-librarian colleagues retiring this June. Congratulations, Al and Sylvia! We love you and wish you and all of our retiring teacher-librarian colleagues all the best!
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