Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Higher photocopy fees for Canadian schools - Report Card

Vancouver Sun - Report Card: 2009 June 30

"Photocopying will be more expensive in schools across Canada as a result of a decision this month by the Copyright Board of Canada.

I haven't found any newspaper stories on this so I am drawing my information entirely from a news release today from the Council of Ministers of Education (CMEC), which says it's reviewing the decision."

Saturday, June 27, 2009

New technologies could bring an end to books -- or save them

Vancouver Sun: 2009 June 27

"If a book could talk, it might well repeat the old Mark Twain line 'The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.'

Certainly, there have been many such reports -- obituaries, really -- about books. And this is not a recent phenomenon: In 1894, Scribner's Magazine published an article titled The End of Books, in which a man named Arthur Blackcross predicted that books would be replaced by new technologies."

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Gordon Stubbs

Gordon died at Vancouver General Hospital on June 11, 2009 at the age of 91. Born in Stretford, England, Gordon was the youngest child of James and Mabel Stubbs, and was predeceased by his parents, wife Betty, sisters Eileen and Kitty, and brother Denis. He is survived by his daughter Susan and son-in-law Douglas Courtemanche, and his grandchildren Sarah, Thomas, Ian and Rebecca, as well as his niece and nephews and their families.

Gordon graduated from the University of Manchester with a Degree in Music and a Teacher's Diploma. After immigrating to Canada he taught at Como Lake High School where he met Betty, who was Vice Principal. He completed a Bachelor of Library Science and a Masters Degree at UBC, where he taught for a number of years, and after retirement was honoured as a Professor Emeritus.

Gordon was coauthor of Only Connect, Readings on Children's Literature. A highlight of his career was his involvement with a CIDA project to train librarians in developing countries, particularly in Fiji. Throughout his life he enjoyed entertaining friends with a piano recital. Gordon was a quiet, gracious, thoughtful man, whose presence will be missed. The family wishes to thank Mariesil and Amelita, and the caring staff of South Granville Park Lodge and the Vancouver General Hospital.

A donation in Gordon's memory may be made to the Library at VanDusen Gardens. www.vandusengarden.org

Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 6/20/2009

The daring young publishers

Vancouver Sun: 2009 June 20

"Hundreds of thousands of children's picture books have been published. Innumerable topics have been explored and paired with artistry of every description. Library and bookstore shelves are crowded with the results, while the number of titles that can be ordered online seems practically infinite."

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Why I'm not worried about the rise of the digital book

Vancouver Sun: 2009 June 16

"Your lead opinion piece on June 11 -- 'It's far too soon to terminate books,' by Ceri Radford -- had the same self-righteous tone as those prognosticators of the early 1900s who claimed that if people were meant to fly, God would have given them wings."

Monday, June 15, 2009

Newsmakers: Brandon Pike

Macleans.ca: 2009 June 22

"A heated email exchange between N.B. Education Minister Kelly Lamrock and Brandon Pike, a middle-schooler with a bone to pick, was made public last week after it turned up on Facebook and was later published on the CBC’s website."


'Assistants' are the only workers in libraries

Telegraph Journal, NB: 2009 June 15

"The government of New Brunswick has decided to eliminate a number of school library positions throughout the province. This letter is meant to clarify certain key points regarding our duties and responsibilities."

Friday, June 12, 2009

Annual Report on (Ontario) Schools

People for Education: 2009 June

"School libraries have an impact on students’ reading habits,
enjoyment and skill."

Online dictionary is lexicography's answer to the Swiss Army knife

Vancouver Sun: 2009 June 12

"In what's predicted to become the Google of digital dictionaries, a new website marries the definitions of 1.7 million words with relevant information, images and multimedia plumbed from Web 2.0."


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Database widgets are here: My dream comes true

NeverEndingSearch - Blog on School Library Journal: 2009 June 9

"I am in love with the convenience of widgets and I have been not-so-quietly lobbying our database vendors to provide them. I want to put little database options in the faces of my students and teachers wherever they go online. I want my lovely databases to be as easy to get to and as handy as Google."

ALA | ALSC announces exceptional Web sites for children

ALA: 2009 June 8

"The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more recommended Web sites to Great Web Sites for Kids (www.ala.org/greatsites), its online resource containing hundreds of links to commendable Web sites for children."

Washington School District Eliminates Middle, High School Librarians

School Library Journal: 2009 June 8

"The Bellevue School District in Medina, WA—home to Bill Gates and other affluent families—is saying good-bye to all middle and high school librarians, yet another result of the ongoing recession."

Monday, June 8, 2009

In Grade 6? Chances are you don't like to read

Provincial data show a steep decline in kids' desire to pick up a book

ParentCentral.ca: 2009 June 8

"Less than half of Ontario's Grade 6 students say they like to read – a number that has dropped dramatically over the last decade.

Even among younger students in Grade 3, just 59 per cent enjoy reading, down from 76 per cent over the same period, according to provincial data."

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Michele Farquharson, Recipient of the Follett International Teacher Librarian of the Year Award (2009)

Kerrisdale Elementary Newsletter: 2009 June 4

We are very proud to announce that Ms.
Farquharson has received this award
that is presented to a school based
teacher librarian annually. It is awarded
to a teacher librarian who has made an
outstanding contribution to school
librarianship within Canada through
planning and implementing school library
programs, based on a collaborative model
which integrates library and classroom
programs. Congratulations Ms. F. we are
all very proud of you!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Literacies, Learning, and Libraries


"The first issue of Literacies, Learning, and Libraries is now available. Literacies, Learning, and Libraries is the new name for the ASLC journal, which was previously called Teacher Librarian Today." http://tinyurl.com/lxqycx

Thursday, June 4, 2009


It must be the heat. I just sent a post to the Forum instead of my personal blog.



Wednesday, June 3, 2009

CLA/ACB 2009 National Conference and Trade Show

School Libraries in Canada: Spring 2009

"The CLA/ACB 2009 National Conference and Trade Show is just concluding as this issue of School Libraries in Canada is being released. The many sessions directed towards a school library audience were well attended and very well received by both CASL members and delegates from the wider library community."

Monday, June 1, 2009

School Libraries 21C

School Libraries 21C

"Welcome to the School libraries 21C, a moderated discussion blog hosted by School Libraries and Information Literacy Unit. We invite your considered contributions. We look forward to engaging with a diverse range of perspectives, and working towards a common vision.

Discussion starts 1 June 2009, and concludes 26 June 2009."


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