Books I wish would be published

I've been asked to be on a panel at the AFCC to chat about "Books Teachers Wish Authors Would Write" from a teacher / librarian perspective. So I put the question out on one of my teacher-librarian networks (an international one) and these were the responses I received: World war 2 in Asia- novel for … Continue reading Books I wish would be published

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A tale of two systems

I've just spent the last 4 days at the #LKSW2017 where 80 librarians around the SE Asian region got together to learn and share (mainly teacher) librarian practise. I also hosted a Chinese lady from a school in China and gave a daily ride to another Canadian librarian working at a school in China. We had … Continue reading A tale of two systems

But I was born here!

One of my favourite UOI (Units of inquiry) has started for my G3 students - in our library lesson last week I introduced the theme through reference to (a somewhat dated, but still very clear) video Now one thing you can be certain about with students is that their responses will not be predictable. So … Continue reading But I was born here!

BWB where are we at?

After a flurry of research and completing my final paper for my M. Ed, one may think that it's all over with the inquiry into reluctant readers, boys reading etc. etc.  But it's not. Far from it in fact. I've been a little distracted with the library renovation, a series of unfortunate events with library … Continue reading BWB where are we at?

Reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose

One of the advantages of being on a tight budget with constraints, as I've written about before, is that it forces one into being thrifty and eco-conscious.  I just wanted to say a few words here about ways in which we managed to employ the 4R's in our library renovation. Library shelving is very very … Continue reading Reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose

90% there …

Well we're getting close to completion (all the yellow stickers are things the contractor needs to work on and the pink ones, things we need to do!) on our library project  (more links to the history here, here and here) and I'm feeling a little more relaxed. And even in the mood to discuss what has … Continue reading 90% there …

If we build it will they come?

In my past "homeless" week I've had opportunity to offer PD to my fellow librarians & library staff and to some teachers, and also to go into classrooms for a longer period of time and help with research, and I've had time to find, curate and put resources onto our libguides, and I'm hot-desking in … Continue reading If we build it will they come?

Firmware (& Software)

Planning for a library expansion and renovation involves considerable time, thought and work on the "hardware" of the physical building. Including last week's work of packing up the books and getting them put into storage. I'd blogged a little about how just prior to that we'd done a lot of weeding, and sorting out patron … Continue reading Firmware (& Software)

The unmentionables

Reading "Small Things" and discussing it with colleagues and friends, combined with the Sinna Man video has set me off on a train of thought of what the "unmentionables" in children's literature - or more specific, picture books are. Yes, some Europeans are doing some things, but it doesn't yet seem to be in the … Continue reading The unmentionables

MLA8 and Chinese …

A fellow librarian in Shanghai and I have been working on creating some new MLA8 posters in Chinese for her bilingual school / library.  It's been an interesting process to put it mildly. We started off with the MLA posters I created with Katie Day about 2 years ago, and which she updated recently to … Continue reading MLA8 and Chinese …