Toward a New National School Library Association in Canada: The Case, Considerations, and Potential Models
Anita Brooks Kirkland
Over the past decade, there have been ever increasing challenges in sustaining a cohesive school library network across Canada. We arrive in 2016 at a point where what remains may cease to exist entirely, with the proposed and indeed probable dissolution of the Canadian Library Association (CLA). Informal discussions amongst school library leaders from across Canada demonstrate considerable interest in establishing a new national school library association.
The notion of a new national school library association has clearly engaged the group of leaders who have worked so hard to leverage the gains achieved with the publication of Leading Learning and the success of Treasure Mountain Canada. The notion can only morph into a fully-fledged proposal through broader consultation, and with support from the broader community of potential supporters or members.
To this end, this paper will ground a stakeholder discussion to take place during and following the Treasure Mountain Canada symposium.
Please study this critical paper, add your comments below and plan to join the special extended TMC4 forum at 3:30pm on Saturday January 30th. Together we can build a strong collaborative voice for school library learning commons in Canada.