Sunday, November 12, 2017

Taste of TMC5 Papers : Instructional Approaches

Culturally Relevant and Responsive School Library Learning Commons

Quotations from the Papers

"The documentation and sharing of learning in our makerspace has indeed made learning visible and has kindled conversation about making across the curriculum, resulting in an impact on teaching and learning not only in the library learning commons makerspace, but across the school." MelanieMulcaster

"Through the implementation of the library learning commons model, there will be more opportunities for wisdom to be cultivated, shared, and applied to students’ learning, and in the development of effective teaching and learning approaches." 

"The entire school community should be a safe and supportive environment for all learners to develop, understand and value their own identity as well as the identity of others. The school library learning commons can be very instrumental in setting the tone for self-discovery and inclusiveness."

“As instructional leaders, teacher-librarians should always be thinking about ways to integrate reconciliation and Indigenous cultures within their schools…….. As educators, we have a tremendous role to play in the shaping of the Indigenous narrative in Canada. What we do, say, or don’t do and say, how we teach or the perspectives we champion in our Library Learning Commons have a tremendous impact on our students - Indigenous and non-Indigenous, alike.” Jo-AnneGibson

"Changing our practice as educators often requires changes in the way we think about the world, that is, changes in our often-unexamined assumptions about what is reality. The work of considering new-to-us theoretical frameworks and discourses is difficult and often uncomfortable." 

"Windows and mirrors analogy - Make sure your students can see out the windows to learn about others, but they also need to see themselves in your school and Library learning Commons community to feel acknowledged and included." VivianneVogarty

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Taste of TMC5 Papers : Learning Environment

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Picture Book Representations of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer (LGBTQ) Families and Their Presence in School Libraries in Canada

by Michelle Brown
This paper details a research study focused on inclusion of LGBTQ literature in school library collections, specifically picture book depiction of family; and the challenges, concerns and best practices teacher-librarians face in developing inclusive collections. Research literature, components, methodology, results and references are shared along with an extensive list of LGBTQ titles studied across several provinces. Ms. Brown presents a fascinating look at an important and sensitive topic, with hope that library staff will continue or commence to work with their learning communities “to build collections inclusive to all”.

Equity and Social Justice in The Library Learning Commons

by Jenn Brown, Ontario
Teacher-librarian Jennifer Brown writes and reflects about the potential of the library learning commons design and practice to address equity and social justice in co-planning learning and teaching experiences, as well as shares the developed concept of an “open maker forum” for students. Brown includes reflective questions and resources for teacher-librarians to help build capacity in addressing equity and social justice, and provides two recent library learning commons project examples accompanied by illustrative photos: 1) a staff wide inquiry into embedding First Nation, Métis and Inuit perspectives in practice, and 2) a daily open learning opportunity for student voice in the makerspace movement.

Revisioning the Library as a Learning Commons

by Carlo Fusco

Enjoy this on site video of transformations Carlo Fusco has made to address building a Culturally Relevant and Responsive School Library Learning Commons learning community.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Taste of TMC5: Leveraging Technology

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School libraries and eLearning: Answering the call for access and equity by Michelle Campbell and Alanna King

Campbell and King share their work in Upper Grand District School Board to address equity and access to eLearning for all learners but especially at risk adolescents.
  • Learning beyond school walls
  • School libraries as safe spaces for eLearning
  • Embedded school librarianship in online classrooms
  • Imperative support for at-risk eLearning students
  • Bridging the digital divide by partnering with public libraries

Founding Fathers Fighting to Toppling Tarnished Tributes – The Impact of Social Media, Primary Sources and Equity Education on A “Kids Guide to Canada” Prime Ministers Project by Diana Maliszewski

How can we help every student grow to be informed and active Canadians and global citizens?
What starts out as a family ‘Canada 150’ project soon morphs into a teaching and learning challenge for Diana Maliszewski. Enjoy this personal research journey through the conflicts and biases uncovered in some typical school library secondary sources and keep pace with the discoveries of alternate perspectives due to ‘real life’ incidents and then on to new revelations prompted by social media postings. Maliszewski then relates how she plans to take her own learning into the design of lessons for her classes. Only Maliszewski ends up with many still unsolved questions. Please add comments to this page if you have ideas and suggestions for her next steps.

Digital Human Library: Reimagining Library Collections in the 21st Century by Leigh Cassell

"With 19% of Canada’s population living in rural areas, there is an urgent need for resources and training to support students attending school in rural settings. Connections-based learning addresses many of the inequities rural students face by leveraging our connected world to cultivate meaningful relationships with others, as we partner locally and globally, learn with experts, support organizations, and serve our communities"
You can learn more about Leigh by visiting her website: