BC Teacher-Librarians' Association

Book Challenge Webinar -Feb. 23, 2023

As teacher-librarians, we are aware that book challenges are a reality of maintaining a diverse library learning commons collection. This webinar provides tips and tools that Canadian public libraries are currently using to negotiate these challenges with the hope that teacher-librarians will join them as allies against censorship. If you or your district are concerned about these issues, we highly recommend you attend this session.

Please fill out this Google Form if you plan to attend the webinar: https://forms.gle/TMeknkegEDk86e1z7

The BCTLA will forward the Zoom link to the webinar when you sign up.

Work and Learning Conditions Survey 2022-2023

It’s that time of year again, when the BCTLA asks that all BC Teacher-Librarians please complete the Work and Learning Conditions (WLC) Survey. Data gathered from this survey can be used to assist in maintaining or improving conditions in your library learning commons or Local Specialist Association (LSA). Unfortunately, there has been declining participation in the survey over the last few years. Our goal is to get a minimum of 50% participation from each LSA. If your LSA reaches this goal, we intend to send your Chapter Councillor the specific raw data from your local so that you can use this information to improve those work and learning conditions. An overall report from participating BC school districts is presented to the Chapter Councillors at the AGM.

If that isn’t enough incentive for completing this survey, perhaps the enticement of weekly prize draws will motivate greater participation. The earlier you complete the survey, the more chances for prizes! BCTLA executive members are ineligible for these prizes.

First prize draw -January 13, 2023 for a $25 gift certificate to Kidsbooks.

Second prize draw -January 20, 2023 for a $25 gift certificate to Kidsbooks.

Third prize draw -January 27, 2023 for a free membership to the BCTLA for the 2023-2024 year.

Fourth prize draw -February 3, 2023 for a $25 gift certificate to Kidsbooks.

Fifth prize draw -February 10, 2023 for a $25 gift certificate to Kidsbooks.

Grand prize draw -February 17, 2023 for a one night stay at the hotel the night before the BCTLA conference in October 2023.

Follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts for the weekly prize winners. We will report all the winners on the website after the final grand prize draw.


BCTLA Social Justice Calendar 2022-2023

In alignment with the philosophy that school libraries are essential in representing diverse cultures and advocating important social justice issues, the BCTLA has created a Social Justice Calendar. This document has active links to websites for each of the special days or events. The calendar is meant to inspire ideas for library displays and school events.  We tried to use websites with Canadian content; however, some are from other countries when Canadian websites were unavailable. We have tried our best to include key dates from a number of areas. If you feel an important date has been left off our calendar, please feel free to contact the BCTLA and we will continue to update it. The calendar can be found in “Resources and Publications” in the “Other Publications” section or by clicking this link.

BCTLA Conference 2022 Update

Our conference is almost full! We are stopping online registration on Friday, October 14. In person registration on the day of the conference will have access to the vendors; however, food and many workshops are limited, so they might not be available. Register soon!


BCTLA Statement Supporting SOGI Curriculum

In the face of recent attacks, the BC Teacher-Librarians stand together in support of the SOGI curriculum. We condemn any attacks against individual Teacher-Librarians or school library collections. Please find our statement available under “Other Publications” on our website.

BCTLA Statement Supporting SOGI Curriculum (2022)