Saturday, September 8, 2012

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

It's vital to raise level of reading

Victoria Times Colonist: 2011 August 8

The details are sketchy, but Education Minister George Abbott's effort to involve teachers in improving children's reading is a positive step. Abbott sent a mass email to teachers to launch

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Letter to the editor

Sunday, August 5, 2012

North Vancouver librarian done with keeping quiet

STARTING Aug. 8, a Canyon Heights elementary librarian is planning to run roughly 22 marathons in 22 days to protest Bill 22 and challenge funding cuts to public education in British Columbia.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Kootenay Lake School District chops Nelson Resource Centre

Wendy West has her work cut out of her in the next month.

Since the Kootenay Lake School District cut her position as district librarian, she’s been tasked with closing down the curriculum resource centre where she’s worked for 17 years. That means sorting and packing more than 20,000 learning materials that used to be shared between schools and, in many cases, picking one school to take care of them.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Cuts to N.S. librarians match trend seen in Ontario

A Nova Scotia school board's proposal to cut all of its 41 librarians to balance its books highlights a larger trend at some Canadian schools as libraries become victims of continued budget cuts, a development that some argue is having an impact on the quality of children's education.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

School librarians are becoming an endangered species

School librarians are becoming an endangered species

Maura Large trains students at Eliot Middle School in Altadena in the language of dictionaries, encyclopedias and almanacs.

They might soon be able to find her title — credentialed teacher librarian — listed under “extinct species.”

Friday, April 13, 2012

What’s our future – school libraries and librarians

It disturbs me that we are not seriously thinking about the future of school libraries. This statement will receive incensed objections; teacher librarians are, after all, talking about changes in what we do and how we do it at conferences and in their own libraries. 

Vancouver's bookstores look to thrive in uncertain times

The announcement some weeks ago of the demise of the four remaining Book Warehouse outlets would seem to be the latest sign of the impending doom of the stand-alone bookstore. 

CLA Disturbed by Cuts to School Libraries

2012 April 12

Monday, April 9, 2012

Struggling N.S. school board cuts librarians

A high school librarian in Nova Scotia is denouncing job cuts that even the head of the school board calls a "drastic step backwards."

The Unsung Heroes in our Schools

Huffington Post: 2012 April 9 And as we celebrate National Library Week, it is important that we recognize the importance of school librarians. School librarians transform lives through education and make it possible for students to thrive in a 21st century learning environment.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

A new chapter for libraries

It's time for the Chilliwack school district to put money back into its elementary school libraries and teacher-librarians, according to the Chilliwack Teachers' Association.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

School libraries get user friendly

A small infusion of Districts funds is putting the focus back on school libraries, long ignored as emerging technology questions their importance.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Economics of E-Texts

Matt MacInnis envisions a day when university and grade school classrooms are completely free of paper textbooks.

His Silicon Valley-based company, Inkling, is working to bring that vision to fruition.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The ebook conundrum

But even though the demand for ebooks is exploding, the supply isn't. The majority of major publishers in North America will not sell ebooks to libraries.

Monday, January 23, 2012

ALA announces 2012 Youth Media Award winners

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Copyright and the Right

The opposition to SOPA is not limited to the right in the United States. In Canada, Blogging Tories, which aggregates dozens of right-leaning blogs, went dark in support of the SOPA protest and the National Post was the only major Canadian paper to publish an editorial on the issue, concluding:...

Congress withdraws anti-piracy measures

U.S. lawmakers stopped anti-piracy legislation in its tracks on Friday, delivering a stunning win for Internet companies that staged an unprecedented online protest this week to kill the previously fast-moving bills. 

Apple elbows into textbook market

The world’s most valuable technology company announced Thursday a new version of its electronic book software, iBooks 2 for the iPad.