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thank you Heather Daly and BCTLA

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. 

My reflections- https://ksslibrary.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/climbing-the-teaching-mountain-a-reflection/

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. 
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On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, Daly, Heather <HDaly@sd43.bc.ca> wrote:

Good evening,
 
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!     
 
Have a great summer!
 
Thank you for your continuing support,
Heather Daly
BCTLA President
 
 
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Hub, MOOC, Learning Commons- all serve an aspiration

i recently read an Open Book blog post and was reminded of how all our modern systems and paradigms are really just what all exemplary libraries aspired to be. Bygone days or new variants, libraries serve the needs of patrons- of people. Oddly, our culture rewards an institution of progressive services with anchors of stereotypes. Libraries are just old irrelevant dusty books. Librarians are either old cranky grannies or sexy introverts. The reality in public libraries or school libraries is quite contrasting. The library as an access point for resources or discourse has never been so vital and frequently adopted. The stereotype still prevails while Google and hitech resources get all the accolades yet serve just the mechanics. If you want quick facts by all means Google but this doesn’t serve the majority of patron needs. People visit libraries more than ever for diversified content, expertise and service. They patronize libraries for cultural reasons not simply fact finding. 

Jaqueline Van Dyk, Open Book blog, writes about a public MOOC. Although my experience with moocs was an academic course with edtech background, it was clear the concept of open and integrated connected learning would sustain itself. It’s not all roses but serves many social learning needs. I say social learning as opposed to prescribed learning. Credit or GED etc all have specific exit outcomes that are mostly indifferent to the learner. Not that standards are evil but a MOOC addresses a user driven model more than a administrative model. Libraries, as a whole have adopted these personalized learning options for ages. It’s in their DNA to serve from a patron’s view of needs. Service is foundational. Librarians embrace open access and sharing just as we cherish breathing. 

  
Sometimes learning is playful and other times just damn hard work. Fulfilling your learning needs is a personal and time specific exercise. Sometimes it’s not pretty. Falling down repeatedly in order to grasp wakeboarding. Learning how to read and write at 30years old. Occasionally learning is fun and seems easy but that’s in conjunction with a persons background, goals and degree of task. Whether a public library MOOC or high school virtual library, librarians usually are driven by patron service. Our sexy little librarian or reserve matron are images that fulfill parodies or fantasies but not reflect our reality. 

The trend for finding a ‘learning commons’ is none other than trying to leverage the roots of all library programs. Advocacy, marketing or good design; MOOCs, learning commons or damn good library, all are driven by serving others. It’s like first aid for the mind. 🙂 

-Al Smith. Middle aged, male, extrovert, high school librarian. Where did they find me?! 😉

…as an extension of what we’ve been doing as libraries in facilitating lifelong learning. What’s new is that we’re creating an atmosphere for that, for bringing people together to do that. It makes the library more of a place of connection. In that regard, it’s a professional departure – by facilitating these activities and using the technology as activities unto themselves, we’re extending what we’ve been good at traditionally in new and interesting ways with our programs…
Paul’s view is that this experiment represents an exciting professional departure. “With the MOOC, we’re providing recreation – people are having fun, getting to know each other – and it provides interest in more reading materials. We’re providing an opportunity to learn and absorb materials together and talk them over and people are lapping it up. Traditionally, people used libraries for education as a solitary activity. Now we’re providing the same educational role, but with an opportunity to share and enhance their learning by learning together. We are extending what we’ve been good at traditionally in interesting new ways.”  (VanDyk)

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“What’s a Mooc and Why You Should Know and Care!” Social Media Today. N.p., 25 Apr. 2013. Web. 20 May 2015. Image. <http://www.socialmediatoday.com/content/whats-mooc-and-why-you-should-know-and-carE&gt;.

Van Dyk, J. “Mooc Ecperiment.” Open Book. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 May 2015. <http://jacquelinevandyk.ca/the-great-mooc-experiment%2F&gt;.

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News: censorship and professional autonomy library books, classroom collections.

From BCTF News…

Hands off our books!

The Langley Teachers’ Association just settled a grievance with the school board dealing with censorship and professional autonomy relating to choosing library books and classroom collections.

The grievance settlement includes the following: the end to weeding and levelling of books, remuneration for books removed from teachers’ classrooms, release time for teachers to meet to discuss purchasing new book collections, and the restoration of the teacher-librarian position at the school.

This settlement is recognized as significant by provincial and national library associations. The University of Alberta has invited representatives from the Langley Teachers’ Association to speak about the issue and their settlement.

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Some October Library News :-)

– October 27 has been proclaimed School Library Day in BC! We are once again challenging British Columbians to Drop Everything and Read. Last year, over 72,000 people participated. Will you join us this year for the 8th annual challenge? 2014 Drop Everything and Read posters are now available at http://bctf.ca/bctla/info/advocacy.html#dear.

– “From School Library to Library Learning Commons: A Pro-Active Model for Educational Change” is now available in draft on the BCTLA website for review. The document was developed in part to respond to requests for guidance and support around a shift to a learning commons model. Send feedback on the document to editor Moira Ekdahl, moira.ekdahl@gmail.com.

– The “Ethics of Information Use” poster, also known as the “HONESTY” poster, has been recreated as a 8.5 x 11 pdf. The poster is now available for download in English at http://bctf.ca/bctla/pub/index.html#honesty.

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Congratulations Dayna Hart, Central Okanagan,

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Subject: Congratulations Dayna Hart

The 2013 winners of 2013 Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS Award are Draper Elementary School in Eden, North Carolina; Constable Neil Bruce Middle School in West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada; and Branford High School in Branford, Connecticut.

The TEAMS Award was created to recognize the critical collaboration between teachers and media specialists in promoting learning and increasing student achievement

Congratulations to Dayna Hart and Jenn Craig! They were named the winners of 2013 Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS Award for the middle school category. They submitted a collaborative project called “Create a Civilization (Our Foray into PBL)”….and won the award.

They are the recipients of numerous prizes including a trip to the American Association of School Librarians conference in Hartford, Connecticut in November.

Please check out this link to read more about this prestigious award:
http://green.tmcnet.com/news/2013/09/10/7399664.htm

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