The BCTLA is looking for session proposals for our October 19, 2018 conference. The theme of our upcoming conference is Challenge Accepted, and we are focusing on exploring the challenging parts of the teacher-librarian role.
We are looking for teacher-librarians to lead two types of sessions. The first type will be hands-on or concrete sessions with an emphasis on involving participants. A goal of this session should be for participants to leave with something they can use in their library/learning commons right away. These sessions could be:
· hands-on use of robotics, coding, makerspace or other ADST technology
· exploration of websites/databases related to library/learning commons
· sharing of lessons used in the library/learning commons
· specific instruction/tips on the teacher-librarian role – such as collection development, weeding, and event promotion (e.g. DEAR, Freedom to Read), etc.
The second type of session will involve facilitating discussion and action planning around a particularly challenging topic in librarianship. If you are interested in facilitating this type of workshop, we will need the question or questions you are prepared to lead discussions on as well as a very brief description of your expertise in this area.
If you have a session proposal but aren’t sure if it fits into one of the above two categories, please feel free to send us your proposal anyway. We are very interested to hear about anything BC teacher-librarians are studying or doing in their schools.
Please submit your session proposal by April 30th, 2018.
If you have any questions, contact Kristie Oxley at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sedin Family Foundation is offering a $10,000 donation, split into twenty $500 grants to BC school libraries for the purchase of early chapter books.Books purchased should focus on bridging the gap between picture books and novels in elementary school libraries. These books would be for transitional readers from Grades 2-4, who are beginning to read on their own. Teacher-Librarians that receive this funding will purchase early chapter books.
To apply for this grant, Teacher-Librarians should complete the following grant application and submit it by April 1, 2018.
Successful grant applicants will be notified by May 1, 2018.
Here you will find a website for the 21st Century, better visuals and more user-friendly. Note that advocacy doesn’t have its own heading as it’s under Member Services. We are optimistic that the restoration of the stripped contract language means that we can finally feature professional development instead.