Learning to Learn

ImageThe 3rd annual School Library Professional Development Symposium was held on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Montreal’s La Grande Bibliothèque.  Available for all Quebec library personnel in the English secondary school sector, the workshop was moderated by Shannon Babcock, and France Lapierre who work for the MELS action plan on Reading in School.

Workshop topics included suggestions on “how to support your students”, French/English book talks, and new trends in “digital literacy”- QR codes, e-books, YouTube, etc.  The well-attended audience was also treated to a showcase of “You Read it, you get it” public service commercials on reading--not just books—but things we encounter in our daily lives.  Geared towards 12-17 year olds, the theme of “You never stop reading” was launched during March Break on local Global and CTV stations.

ImageIn response to question of the allocation of resources needed, Ms. Babcock stated that although confirmation of the renewal of the MEL’s three year mandate was not definite, she was quite optimistic that the government resources to hire librarians and to purchase books would once again be renewed.  Also mentioned was the possibility of expanding the criteria to allow the purchase of electronic resources in addition to print resources.

The all-day symposium ended on a high note with Ms. Babcock encouraging library personnel to share their workplace projects with each other and urged them to submit their projects for consideration in the Recognition Awards.

Beverley Graham
President, School Libraries Sector