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Past BCTLA Webinars

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Marketing with Biblio-tech
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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Explore some tools and techniques for promoting your program to students and staff. Learn to screencast how-to videos, whip up book reviews (iPad apps), create fun promotional materials with bighugelabs and Superimpose, and redecorate with blockposter.

Go, Go, Genrefication!
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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Do you want to breathe new life into your fiction collection and jump start your circ stats? Let’s talk about the process and perks of genrefying your reading section!

Reporting out with Infographics
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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Do you do a monthly or yearly report? Is the prospect daunting? Do you want something with more punch than a Word document or a Powerpoint presentation? Take a look at Infographics and create something you can use as a post on your blog, a handout for your parents or a link you can tweet.

Journey to Advocacy
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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How do you turn around a district’s perception of the role of teacher-librarians and the importance of School Library Learning Commons? Listen to the story of how one LSA changed hearts and minds.

Indigenous Resources: Supporting Aboriginal Education Through Your Collection
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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Presenters: Maria McAllister, North Vancouver School District, and Monica Berra and Leona Prince, Prince George School District

For some reason, there was an issue capturing Maria’s slides in the recording. You can view her slides [here] and advance them as you listen to her presentation.

Selection, Deselection and Perfection: Building and Maintaining Your Collection
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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Presenter: Marc Crompton, Head of Library Services, St. George’s School, Vancouver

Marc is the co-author of the recently published second edition of Collection Development Using the Collection Mapping Technique: A Guide for Librarians.

EBSCO Titles to Support Differentiation, Readers’ Theatre, and French (Core and Immersion)
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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Presenter: Gordon Powell, Coordinator of Library and Information Services, School District #38

Did you know that EBSCO offers a journal with classroom-ready readers’ theatre plays? Join Gordon Powell to learn about some great ideas on using EBSCO databases to support differentation, readers’ theatre, and French (Core and Immersion).

Learning Commons
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Presenter: Gordon Powell, Coordinator of Library and Information Services, School District #38

Title: From School Libraries to Learning Commons: A Pro-Active Model for Educational Change

From School Library to Learning Commons: A Pro-Active Model for Educational Change (2017) [download] summarizes the work, over three years, of two groups of Vancouver teacher-librarians—one elementary and the other secondary—engaged in teacher inquiry. The inquiry groups have described, in both personal and professional terms, the continuum of change by which a school library becomes a Library Learning Commons in BC. They have been joined by voices of TLs throughout BC who have successfully undertaken similar initiatives. This webinar launches the document.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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Presenter: Dr. Ken Haycock, Research Professor of Management and Organization at University of Southern California

Title: The Power of Persuasion: Developing Influence to Become Your Own Best Advocate

Why are some school libraries better supported than others? Why do some teacher-librarians have more sway than others? Advocates for school library programs have focused on evidence and messaging, yet the support for school libraries continues to decline, paradoxically in the era of information access and literacy. Learn about the six key principles you should master: Authority; Commitment and Consistency; Liking; Reciprocity; Scarcity; and Social Proof.

Books on Screens
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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Presenter: Christina de Castell, Director, Resources & Technology at Vancouver Public Library

Title: eBooks and Collection Development

Join Christina de Castell to learn from public library experience with eBooks and what you need to know from consumer research and the publishing industry. Christina will discuss collection development guidelines for digital subscriptions and recreational reading options. The presentation will include trends and predictions about eBook use and what you need to know about devices for reading eBooks.

Collaboration Apps and Sites
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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Presenter: Richard Byrne, Editor/Owner, Free Technology for Teachers

Title: Research is Better With a Friend

In this session we’ll build on the idea of Google Scholar’s tagline, “standing on the shoulders of giants”. We’ll take a look at apps and sites for making research a collaborative experience. The apps and sites we’ll explore are appropriate for K to 12 students and will work across multiple operating systems.

Digital Databases
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Presenter: Gordon Powell, Coordinator of Library and Information Services, School District #38

Title: More About Databases – GVRL

Learn more about the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), part of the basic bundle included with your ERAC subscription. Find out about the features of this useful resource, and learn how you can add additional professional development and encyclopedia materials.

Squeezing the Juice Out of EBSCO: Canadian Points of View
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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Presenter: Gordon Powell, Richmond School District

In this web-based presentation, you will learn how the EBSCO database “Canadian Points of View” can be a tremendous resource for your Science, Socials and English students. Access hundreds of Canadian and international sources, review “for” and “against” position papers and learn how to research controversial topics.

Squeezing the Juice Out of EBSCO: NoveList
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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Presenter: Lindsay Ross, Greater Victoria School District

Connect your school community to your library collection with Novelist K-8 Plus and Novelist Plus through Read-Alike titles, series, and author suggestions; ready-to-use fiction and non-fiction book talks and book lists; book discussion guides, and more, including embedded links to your library catalogue to help students and teachers not only find books but also make suggestions for your library collection.

Making Sense of Copyright Law
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

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Presenter: Heather Daly, Coquitlam School District

The Supreme Court of Canada has clarified the provision of “short excerpts” in schools and on November 7, 2012, new copyright legislation was enacted.  So, what’s new?  Can you remix content to create new content?  What about showing films to students?  In this session, find out more about how the changes and clarifications may affect K-12 education.  Please note: the information provided and discussed in this session does not constitute or replace legal advice.

Don’t Quote Me On This!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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Presenter: Gordon Powell, Richmond School District; Jeff Yasinchuk, Kootenay Lake School District; and Arlene Anderson, West Vancouver School District

Find out how cloud-based citations tools can support critical literacy and create a culture of academic integrity. NoodleBib, BibMe and EasyBib are used widely across BC by teacher-librarians.  Is one better than the others?  Should schools subscribe or use free versions?  Learn about the attributes of each system and join Gordon, Jeff and Arlene as they weigh in on their preferences.

Making the Most of Your Subscriptions: Promoting the ERAC Bundle
May 1, 2012

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If you have been searching for ways to maximize the content that is provided in the ERAC bundle, and to sell your students and staff on taking the time to access it, you will want to put this session on your calendar! Presenter Gordon Powell will identify a range of resources available in the bundle and demonstrate how you can convince your staff to use these effectively to support curriculum.

Curation 2.0
May 15, 2012

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How can teacher-librarians use social media to manage proliferating content and deliver it effectively? What tools can you use to help your students and staff manage the information tsunami? Presenter Gordon Powell will introduce the concept of curation in the digital age, suggest specific tools that support a dynamic approach to managing and sharing content and discuss how the role of “curator” provides a model for the 21st-Century teacher-librarian.


Intellectual Freedom (Langley Grievances)

Learning Commons Alive series

iSchool at UBC video resources, including archived webinars from BC School Library Day colloqia.


Treasure Mountain Canada

This bi-annual conference (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017) has a research focus and is intended to bring together school library researchers and practioners to envision new futures for school library programs. For more information, visit the Treasure Mountain Canada site at

If you are interested in where schools are headed and what issues are framing education in the 21st-Century then don’t miss these important opportunities.


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