I’m on the Ballot!

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Wow, it feels kind of surreal but I am nominated for the role of Vice-President of the Ontario School Library Association. I’m really hoping to win this election since at this point in my career I know I have a lot to offer.

I’ve been a school librarian now for close to 14 years! Now four of those years I was a librarian sans library.  What that means is librarian in my heart whilst working centrally as the Consultant for School Libraries in YRDSB and three years as Program Leader with the ABEL  and Learning Connections online learning communities. I’ve served on the OSLA council as counsellor for a three year term and I have been the Teacher Leader for face to face and online Additional Qualification courses for Librarianship I, II & III for about 10 years.

I have been an advocate for school libraries as long as I have been an educator and as Head of Library at Keswick High School I continue to do so. Never have school libraries ever been so important to school learning communities.  As we move toward our vision of the Learning Commons, it is vitally important to support our teachers and students in negotiating the vast array of digital media and resources they access daily. It is important to ensure that we model for our younger colleagues what effective teaching and learning looks like in the Learning Commons and how we can work collaboratively as we co-plan, co-teach, co-reflect upon this experience together. Additionally, it is important that we ensure all school districts have access to information through  Virtual Libraries that support student learning needs at home and at school.

I am passionate about school libraries and effective school programs. In this day and age TL’s need to be connected learners and leaders. I am a connected Leader and Learner and I am ready to work with our membership, Together for Learning.


LC Champions Conference

Thursday and Friday were very busy days as I was hosting our spring champions conference for Learning Connections at York University.  We had 20 delegates at dinner on Thursday evening at the Schulich Executive Dining Room, from six school districts across Ontario.  It was a great evening.

On Friday, we had another 15 delegates join us as we began our day in the TEL building.  About half of the group had not yet used Twitter so we began by having people set up accounts.  Thanks to Kent Manning and Andrew Forgrave who shared their professional learning experiences through the use of twitter….it’s always a challenge to get people past the skeptical stage.  I used a twitter visualizer tool I found on the web to share the tweets to #lngconn throughout the day.  I think we really engaged some folks in the discussion!

Following the initial ice-breaker activities, the various Champion Districts spent time sharing the work they have been doing in their districts with each other.  It was such amazing professional dialogue and sharing of expertise!  Everyone was so engaged in their sharing and learning and there was just so much learning.  The delegates really took charge of their learning as we progressed through the day.  They identified their learning needs, next steps and made some wonderful connections.

Rodd Lucier came down from London to speak to our group about Creative Commons licensing and the various sites where we can direct our students and colleagues for media to share and remix.  Rodd’s talk really got folks thinking about this challenging topic.

I would have to say that overall the day was a great success.  It was great to meet folks with whom I have only ever communicated via Twitter and could now finally put a face to their Twitter handle.  I was so impressed by the learning and sharing withing our community of LC Champions and really felt that we were delivering exactly the right mix of face to face and online learning for this dedicated group of educators.