October 2013 is Library Month.
Monday, October 28th has been proclaimed School Library Day in BC.
Share-Celebrate-Advocate. Everyone can participate:
- Download Canadian Library Association materials for your school.
- Drop Everything and Read! Participate in the BC DEAR challenge.
- Visit your school library soon!
Contact BCTLA VP Advocacy Jeff Yasinchuk for 'Drop Everything and Read' specifics.
BCTLA DEAR: Drop Everything and Read for 2013
BCTLA is excited to offer large pdf's to promote the October 28th event - BC and also National School Library Day. We have offered several choices in English and French! Posters may be downloaded and printed in any way by anyone in any jusrisdiction! However, if you wish to make alterations to the content included on any of the posters, please contact BCTLA VP Advocacy Jeff Yasinchuk regarding the necessary copyright permissions.
Contact BCTLA VP Advocacy Jeff Yasinchuk for Drop Everything and Read specifics.
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Choose from the following selection of files: these posters are print ready. To print letter-sized posters: using your print, do a 'scale to fit'. For larger posters: scale it up 200% to 22 x 34.
New posters (more below), in celebration of the proclamation of BC School Library Day:
|POSTER: PDF - 11 x 17||POSTER: PDF - 11 x 17 **PROCLAMATION EDITION**|
More choices, in celebration of National School Library Day:
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|AFFICHE: PDF - 11 x 17||AFFICHE: PDF - 11 x 17||AFFICHE: PDF - 11 x 17||AFFICHE: PDF - 11 x 17|
BC Advocacy Toolkit
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- BCTLA web - home page Quick Picks, Reminders, Heather's blog posts
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- Twitter updates- @BCTLA | @virtualbookmark
Advocacy Resources Developed by BC Teacher-Librarians
We are all working in trying times, often spending long days just trying to maintain our existance, nevermind be worldclass teachers. Many of our colleagues are under strain and threat of cuts. We can lose heart. Despite the too frequent stresses confronted by professional teacher-librarians, a few colleagues raise the bar of professionalism and resist the odds.
- BCTLA Executive
- Brochure: Teachers and Teacher-Librarians: Effective Partners in Education (2009)
- Vancouver Teacher-Librarians' Association
- Video: Teacher-Librarians Supporting 21st Century Learners (2009)
- Video: Specialist Teachers Speak Out (Teacher-Librarian Mary Locke) (2002)
- Brochure: School Libraries Are Important to Student Achievement (2009)
- Comox Valley Teacher-Librarians' Association
- Brochure: Library Promotional Brochure (developed by Tracey Richards)
- Coquitlam Teacher-Librarians' Association
- Song Lyrics: Teacher-Librarian Overture (2011)
- Langley Teacher-Librarians' Association
- Surrey Teacher-Librarians' Association
- Flyer: Teacher-Librarians in Surrey (2010)
- Greater Victoria Teacher-Librarians' Association
- Video: My Teacher-Librarian (2010)
Other Advocacy Resources
- AASL Advocacy Toolkit
- AASL Advocacy Tip of the Day
- School Library Advocacy (Curated by Karen Bonanno)
- Resource Guides for School Library Media Program Development
Guidelines and program statements will be added here.
Working and Learning Conditions and Statistics
- BCTLA Working and Learning Conditions Reports
- BCTLA and BCTF Working and Learning Conditions Reports
Letters and Statements
- Proposed Reductions of Teacher-Librarian Staffing in 2009-10 > BCTLA statement
- BC Library Association Responds to 2009-10 Cuts > response
- CLA and CASL Alarmed At Cuts to BC Education > news release
- BCTF: FTE services decline > download document
Research and Links
- Current literature> School Libraries > | SLIC | ASLC | BCTLA
- From the Alberta School Libraries Council
- Highly Effective Teacher-Librarians (video)
- School Libraries in Canada
- BCTLA Advocacy- on Diigo: documents and resources... | NEW
- Research and benefits of strong school library programs:
- Academic papers
- CLA home
- Research in Teacher-librarianship: The Foundations and Future of a Profession (2003-04-24)
- Stop the Gutting of Canadian School Libraries (Feliciter, 2002, Vol. 48 Issue 6)
- Candian Association of School Libraries
- Message from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean
- Canadian Library Support Staff Day Proclamation
- Teacher-Librarian from British Columbia Promotes Librarianship and Wins Award
- School Libraries In Canada Online
- CASL Brochure 2007 - The Role of the Teacher-Librarian
- Technology in the School Learning Resource Centre
- Students' Information Literacy Needs In The 21st Century: Competencies For Teacher-Librarians
- Guidelines For Effective School Library Programs
- Achieving Information Literacy - CLA store
- General studies
- Employability Skills (Ontarion Ministry of Education)
- Employability Skills 2000 +(Conference Board of Canada)
- The Generic Skills Needed in the Labour Force (BCStats)
- Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS)
- Address to The International Forum on Canadian Children's Literature (His Excellency John Ralston Saul)
- "Ontario's school libraries: Are we cutting out the heart?" (OSSFT)
- "School Libraries and school librarians are not fluff! They are the essence of good schools…" (Dave Bouchard)
- Essay on Governments’ War on Education (Michael Enright - CBC)
- B.C. Coalition for School Libraries
- Canadian Coalition for School Libraries (CCSL) brochure
- The Crisis in Canada's School Libraries: The Case for Reform and Re-Investment(Dr. Ken Haycock)
- Education World- Strong Libraries IMprove Student Achievement
- Fact sheet on the impact of funding cuts to school libraries
- HaycockACP2_v2rev FINAL
- Letter to GCampbell from Lanzinger Fall 2008 Final
Canada's School Libraries in Crisis
A new report by Dr. Ken Haycock asserts Canada's school libraries are at a critical turning point, facing a major crisis due to years of under-funding. Dr. Haycock, publisher and executive editor of Teacher Librarian and professor in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at The University of British Columbia, was commissioned to study the state of Canada's school libraries by the Association of Canadian Publishers. The report, The Crisis in Canada's School Libraries: The Case for Reform and Re-Investment, is available online at http://www.publishers.ca/pages/HaycockACP2%5fv2rev%20FINAL.pdf. The study was written with the support of a review committee from the Canadian Coalition for School Libraries (CCSL). The review committee consisted of members from the Association of Canadian Publishers, the Canadian Children's Book Centre, the Ontario Library Association, People for Education and the Association for Teacher-Librarianship in Canada.
The study calls for a massive injection of funds for school libraries, to make up for the years of severe cuts that have been imposed by cash-strapped provincial governments.
According to the report, "Canada's school libraries are not at their best; far from it. Across the country, teacher-librarians are losing their jobs or being reassigned. Collections are becoming depleted owing to budget cuts. Some principals believe that in the age of the Internet and the classroom workstation, the school library is an artifact." Noting that many other countries are recognizing the importance of school libraries and restoring funding, Haycock's report draws together the empirical evidence showing the positive and measurable impact teacher-librarians and a well-funded school library program can have on student performance levels.
The wonderful research and Web sites of such school library and reading luminaries as Keith Curry Lance, Ken Haycock, Ross Todd, David Loertscher, Stephen Krashen, and Ray Doiron are all connected here and continue to track the value of school library programs and collections. You can read and download the report at http://www.peopleforeducation.com/librarycoalition/Report03.pdf. You will also find useful links at the School Library Information Portal [http://www.cla.ca/slip/] hosted by the Canadian Library Association. Another useful site is the Ontario Library Association's School Libraries Toolkit [http://www.accessola.com/school%5flib/], along with one provided by AASL at http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aaslproftools/toolkits/aasladvocacy.htm.