Learning for the Future

Working Toward National Standards for School Libraries in Canada

Edited by

David V. Loertscher
Carol Koechlin

Judith Sykes

Book2Cloud Edition  

Learning Commons Press

Copyright of each paper in this collection is held by the author of that paper. Permissions to reproduce the paper must be obtained from the paper author.


Preparing for Ottawa 
1) Here is a link to a session David and Carol did at SuperConference in Toronto called
Articulating Standards for 21st Century Knowledge Building
2) If you didn't have an opportunity to participate in the TMC Webinar series preview them here:
3) Please read as many of the papers as possible. We want to be ready to work with the ideas presented right away. Find the links to papers by author name in the sidebar at the left .Papers are organized by theme in the table of contents below. ENJOY!

Table of Contents


Introduction to the Book2Cloud edition
Part I: Student Learning Needs
  • Confronting the ‘Crisis of Significance” in 21st Century School Libraries by Ray Doiron, Faculty of Education University of Prince Edward Island and Marlene Asselin Department of Language and Literacy Education , University of British Columbia

  • Response to Young Canadians in a Wired World Phase III: Teachers’ Perspectives by Professor David V. Loertscher, School of Library and Information Science San Jose State University and Carol Koechlin, Educational Consultant, Ontario.
  • One Common Goal: Student Learning Published by the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) Prepared by Dr. Ross J Todd, Dr. Carol A Gordon and Dr. Ya-Ling Lu
  • School Library Websites: The Bricks and Mortar of the Virtual Library Space by Anita Brooks Kirkland, Consultant for K-12 Libraries at the Waterloo Region District School Board, Ontario.
  • Redefining Reading and the Role of the Teacher-librarian by Alanna King, teacher-librarian and Directions Team Leader of Informational and Digital Literacies at Orangeville District Secondary School in the Upper Grand District School Board in Ontario
  • Part II: Evidence of Student Growth
  • Just a Little Thing: At the Heart of 21st Century Learning Must Be Reading by Moira Ekdahl, teacher-librarian with the Vancouver School Board
  • Beyond Google…a collaborative approach to research by Cindy Jorge-Paul, Marg Baltzer, Nicole Alves, Cathy Hird, and Greg Ladd, London District Catholic School Board,Ontario
  • The Books of Life Project by Derrick Grose, teacher-librarian with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, Ontario
  • Personalized Inquiry for Secondary Students, by Linda Shantz-Keresztes, Co-Moderator for Voices for School Libraries Network
Part III: Evidence of Teacher Growth
  • Collaborative Teacher Inquiry and the School Learning Commons by Jeanne Conte, Instructional Coordinator/Educational Librarian Curriculum and Instruction Support Services Peel DSB, Ontario
  • Blog- Fieldnotes by Judith Comfort ,Teacher-librarian Dr. Charles Best Secondary School Library, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
  • Teacher-Librarians – There are many ways to lead by Melissa Jensen Teacher-Librarian Trillium Woods E.S Simcoe County DSB, Ontario
  • Action Research is always happening in the library by Melissa Jensen Teacher-Librarian Trillium Woods E.S Simcoe County DSB, Ontario
  • Five Teacher Librarians: one burning question...  How do we as Teacher-Librarians deepen and enrich student research projects? TL PEEPS , Waterloo Region District School Board, Ontario
  • Hugh Beaton Public School Research Question: What impact will implementing differentiated technology opportunities have on our student’s achievement and engagement in writing? Chris Konrad, Teacher Librarian Greater Essex County DSB, Ontario
  • Brock Elementary School and J.L. Forster Secondary School Inquiry Question: How does the pairing of mainstream students with English Language Learners (ELL) impact on social, oral, and academic skills? Barbara White, Secondary Teacher Librarian Greater Essex County DSB, Ontario
  • Glenwood Public School Inquiry Question: How does using technology in the learning commons impact the development of phonological awareness skills in Early Years students? Amy Vreman, Teacher Librarian Greater Essex County DSB, Ontario
  • John Campbell Public School Inquiry Question: What is the impact of teacher collaboration on grade 6 boys’ engagement and achievement in non-fiction reading and writing? Stephanie Douglas, Teacher Librarian, Greater Essex County DSB, Ontario
  • Lakeshore Discovery School Inquiry Question: How will digital readers enrich the Grade 5 reading program to impact overall student learning about and development in reading? Michelle Lachine, Teacher-Librarian, Greater Essex County DSB, Ontario
  • LaSalle, Kingsville, Amherstburg and Northwood Public Schools Inquiry Question: Do the use of wikis, web 2.0 applications, high interest texts, and explicit teaching increase student engagement and develop higher level responses within the literature circle model? Martha Martin, Teacher Librarian, Greater Essex County DSB, Ontario
  • Queen Victoria Public School and Forest Glade Public School Research Question: Can the Forest of Reading program and the use of technology help improve student engagement in reading? Claire Kenno and Jillian Authier, Teacher Librarians Greater Essex County DSB, Ontario
  • Talbot Trail Public School Inquiry Question: How can the strategic teaching of the research process using a variety of technologies to engage our grade 3 students impact the writing process and the understanding of non-fiction texts? Carly Burkhart, Teacher Librarian, Greater Essex County DSB, Ontario
  • Victoria Public School Inquiry Question: How can the Blue Spruce Reading Program and its related activities be used to promote reading enjoyment in our grade two students? Dani Hayes & Debbie Demers-Hewitt, Teacher Librarians Greater Essex County DSB, Ontario


Part IV: Evidence of Whole School Growth
  • Making the Learning Commons Happen at the Ottawa Catholic School Board by Sarah Murray teacher librarian St. Joseph School and Donna Presz, Library Services Supervisor for the Ottawa Catholic School Board, Ontario
  • The Creation of the Edgewood Experimental Lab &Learning Commons for 21st Century Learners by Fran Potvin-Schafer teacher librarian Toronto District School Board and Tamara Mitchell, Principal of Edgwood P.S. TDSB, Ontario
  • The Learning Commons Landscape by Donna Grove, teacher librarian and Learning Support Teacher, Calgary Board of Education, Alberta
  • Creating a Strong Virtual Presence to build Collaborative Knowledge Centers through the Learning Commons by Roger Nevin teacher librarian at Adam Scott Collegiate Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB, Ontario
Please add comments to the paper pages. The authors would appreciate your thoughts, questions and additional ideas and links.
NOTE: You need to request access if you did not attend TMC in Ottawa and you need to be signed into a Google account to add comments to the papers.
Introduction to this Book2Cloud Edition

The purpose of a digital collaborative edition known as a Book2Cloud edition of a book is to promote a conversation among individuals or groups with the authors of the various chapters in  a book. Unlike a static ebook, the objective is to extend ideas, build deeper understanding, and build collaborative intelligence.

 Conversations and Additions

 In the Book2Cloud edition, each chapter of the book has its own separate page. There are two ways to interact with the text:

  • Keep the original text of the chapter at the top of each page in tact and add your conversation below the chapter.
  • Note: This feature is not available in this particular edition: Click on the "Editable Chapter" and the top of each page to a new page where you are encouraged to add comments or lists or materials in the original text.=, thus creating your own or your group's chapter. You can add comments, copy passages into your own personal notes, and add information (please use a different color), attach documents, add general comments at the bottom for discussion, ask questions of the authors or what your group thinks, add links to even better or more current materials, correct URLs - any number of interactive things.

Public Edition

When you have purchased the printed book,  you have the opportunity to collaborate with others in not only reading the original text but enhancing the text with additional titles, links, discussion, attachments, and anything else that might enhance the text. To edit the site, you will need to request permission. When you do so, give the permission code as proof of purchase. This is found on the verso of the title page of the book. If you are having trouble accessing the book, email davidlibrarian@gmail.com for assistance.


Professional Development and Classroom Editions

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The instructor should notify reader.david@gmail.com that you intend to have a group and wish to have your own private edition. Your site will be created with you as owner so you can add your students who have purchased the book to your "class."

Group discounts to the book are available. Call the 800 number or email lmcsourceverify@gmail.com for information.

How to Edit This Site
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  • Don't see the edit box? Then you will need to request permission to edit the site
  • Take a look at the insert tab on the upper left. There are all kinds of things you can add to any one of the pages: illustrations, embedded documents, table, etc. Get creative.Be sure to save your work.
  • If folks goof, the owner or experienced person can restore a previously saved page.
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  • Attachments can be added to a page without clicking edit page.
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