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Congratulations to everyone on the splendid work you are doing to further the potential of school libraries to lead schools into learning for the future. Thank you for the opportunity to join your learning community. I want to share with you a new document developed by the Ontario School Library Association in partnership with the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat that sets a vision for the role of school libraries in Ontario Schools. Our document is called, Together for Learning: School Libraries and the Emergence of the Le... Here is an excerpt.

“A Learning Commons is a vibrant whole school approach, presenting exciting opportunities for collaboration among teachers, teacher librarians and students. Within a Learning Commons, new relationships are formed between learners, new technologies are realized and utilized, and both students and educators prepare for the future as they learn new ways to learn.”

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Comment by Camilla Elliott on September 18, 2011 at 15:18

Your interest is appreciated Carol and thank you for sharing this document.  I have a personal interest in the Learning Commons model and am presently exploring the factors that influence the ability of library staff to accept, support and initiate change.  I've used the work of yourself, David Loertscher and Sandi Zwaan particularly, The New Learning Commons: Where Learners Win - it's great.  The Learning Commons approach offers a way forward built on relationships and the removal of the control aspects so often associated with school libraries.   The iCentre concept by Lyn Hay, Charles Sturt University, is another approach that has offered guidance to Australian school library professionals.  

These are definite options for teacher librarians to explore and use to guide their way forward.  Each school will have it's own set of circumstances but documents such this one you have developed in Ontario will certainly offer opportunities for empowerment.  It's good to have you in the conversation.


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