TMC7 Casa Todd

Maslow Connection and the Library Learning Commons

by Jennifer Casa Todd

This paper explores the ways that students can grow and thrive within the Library Learning Commons using “Maslow’s Rewired” definition of needs.  Building a culture of connections is at the heart of supporting students with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The author provides examples for SLLCs to adapt. 

Jennifer Casa Todd is wife, mom, a Teacher-Librarian, a former Literacy Consultant, a Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, and the author of the books, Social LEADia: Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership, Raising Digital Leaders: Practical Advice for Families Navigating Today’s Technology, and the children’s book Aubrey Bright in Stories that Connect Us. She is also a former ISTE Librarian PLN executive member and a Google Educator Group Ontario leader. Jennifer was the recipient of ISTE Digital Citizenship Award in 2020. Jennifer is passionate about showing parents, teachers and students how they can use technology and social media to make the world a better place. Learn more about her at

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  1. Folks attending the two other table talks on physical spaces should also attend your table talk. You are super and "get it! I would like to interview you for the project so please find me. If we just had a few showcases like yours in every province, we might turn the entire country around and perhaps that is the challenge as you consider new national standards. You can have your own even before the document is ready to read.

    1. Thank you, David. Unfortunately I am joining you virtually. Please feel free to email me to chat more about this.


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