In Newfoundland and Labrador, a recent government task force acknowledged in its report that school libraries and teacher librarians are integral to student achievement. However, for many years, school library programs and teacher librarian positions were diminished throughout the province, with some schools having excellent collections and nearly full-time teacher librarians, and other schools having little to no access to either.
Excitingly, as a result of the implementation of the task force recommendations, the school library learning commons movement in Newfoundland and Labrador has been ignited! This presentation will focus on the way the school library learning commons movement in Newfoundland and Labrador can inspire our young people to be innovators, experimenters, learners, and leaders who are empowered, not disenfranchised, by the unique nature of our many rural, remote, and tiny schools.
This presentation will interest anyone working in school library learning commons, those committed to the traditional library to learning commons shift, and those who work in rural and remote communities. The presenter, Leigh Borden, has had the opportunity to work as a mentor teacher-librarian through this process and will share her experiences in helping lead this transformative process for school libraries in NL.