BC Teacher-Librarians' Association

BCTLA 2022 Award Winners

After the exceptionally difficult past year, it is so important to recognize the phenomenal teacher-librarian work happening in our province. The BCTLA would like to congratulate the following winners:

Larissa Kaminsky, Lord Kelvin ElementaryBCTLA New Teacher-Librarian of the Year
Kailyn Bell, McKenzie Elementary SchoolBCTLA New Teacher-Librarian of the Year
Doni Gratton, Hollyburn & Irwin ParkBCTLA Teacher-Librarian of the Year
Chris Evans, RetiredVal Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award
Richard Beaudry, LangleyVal Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award

Melanie Florence Author Visit -May 31

Should Kids Read About Difficult Subjects?

Click here to register for the free author visit:


AGM 2022

Our AGM is on May 7th from 9 to 11 am.  It will be held virtually on Zoom, as large meetings are still not permitted to be held in person until after the spring Rep Assembly.  We will be holding elections for Executive Committee positions at this meeting.  This link describes executive positions in greater detail.  If you would like to put your name or a colleague’s name (with their permission) forward to join the executive, please indicate your interest to our president, Kristie Oxley, via email at psac49@bctf.ca. Executive members must be active BCTLA members.  We will also accept nominations during the AGM.  All Chapter Councillors have been invited to attend this meeting. If you are not a Chapter Councillor but would like to attend, please email psac49@bctf.ca for the registration link.

The BCTLA Guide to Canadian School Libraries’ Research Toolkit Webinar -April 6, 2022

Have you ever had a passion or area of interest you’ve wanted to explore in greater depth as a teacher-librarian? Have you thought about researching those topics under a professional lens?

Register here for the BCTLA Guide to CSL’s Research Toolkit Webinar on April 6 from 3:15 to 4:45 pm PST. The meeting link will be sent to participants two days before the session.

This is about teacher-librarians engaging in research to further the profession rather than the practice of getting students to do research into a topic.

Planned Agenda:
3:00 – Zoom opens
3:15 – Webinar commences
Part 1: CSL’s Research Toolkit Crash Course (60 minutes)
This section is about giving people an overview of research through the lens of the CSL Research Toolkit. Given the toolkit is there, this isn’t going to be word for word. It is an introduction focusing on the ‘need to knows’, participants can look to the toolkit for the rest.

  • What is research
  • Why do it
  • How it impacts our practice
  • How it impacts the profession
  • Research stages
  • Approaches/Methodologies – Including non-traditional methodologies/Indigenous methodology
  • Ethics
  • Data Analysis – the basics
  • Accessing the Toolkit and using it on your own time

Part 2: Tales of Treasure Mountain (~25 minutes)
This section is about giving people an idea about papers that have been presented at Treasure Mountain Canada, a school library learning commons symposium and think tank. What was required as a writer/co-writer, how they approached your their research.

Part 3: Q and A (Remaining time)

People will be able to ask questions of the group of presenters or to a specific person

4:45 – Webinar ends

BCTLA Winter Newsletter 2022