Quebec School Librarian - Award Winner At 2009 CLA Conference

Announcing that one of « our own » Quebec school librarians, JOCELYNE DION, is to be presented the Margaret B. Scott Award of Merit during the Canadian Library Association Conference & Trade Show here in Montreal.

CASL Awards Reception

Sunday, May 31, 2009

6:00 – 8:00 pm

CLA Conference & Trade Show

Palais des congrès
You are cordially invited to come in great numbers to celebrate Jocelyne Dion and the advance of Quebec school libraries at the CASL Awards Reception (hors d’œuvres and cash bar).

IMPORTANT: Please respond if you plan to attend, as special entrance arrangments need to be made for friends and colleagues not participating in the CLA conference itself.

RSVP – Mary Moroska – mmoroska@emsb.qc.ca by May 15, 2009

Jocelyne Dion – former President of APSDS (Association pour la promotion des services documentaires scolaires), Founding member and President of la Coalition en faveur des bibliothèques scolaires and Coalition representative to TAMDAQ (la Table des milieux documentaire et archivistique du Québec) – has been for many years an articulate, tireless and unrelenting advocate on behalf of school libraries and school librarians in Quebec. What distinguishes her from the rest of us who have also worked long and hard in the cause of school libraries is that the message in her hands - that school libraries are central to an educational plan and can be a contributing factor in student success - has finally been heard and heeded by the Education ministry. The Plan d’action sur la lecture that began in 2005, infusing significant government funding into Quebec school libraries for the purchase of books, and now being extended to include the hiring of professional librarians at the school board level, is just one example of what Jocelyne’s brand of advocacy can bring about within the province. And on the national level too, Jocelyne has worked with the Canadian Association for School Libraries in mounting PiBS (www.clatoolbox.ca/pibs ), the French-language version of the CASL portal SLiP (www.clatoolbox.ca/slip ).
CASL Margaret B. Scott Awared of Merit

  • honours those individuals who, through individual leadership and sustained effort, have made outstanding and worthy contributions to school librarianship in Canada;
  • recongizes the responsible and influential role that individuals perform in developing school libraries;
  • stimulates interest in planning, implementing and supporting school library services which are essential to an effective educational program.
    2009 CLA Conference and Trade Show in Montreal

    Sessions that may be of particular interest to school librarians.

    Saturday, May 30

    Elizabeth Lee. The Relationships Between Context & Exemplary School Library programs.

    Ross Todd. Powering Up Minds & Powering Up Machines: Teaching & Learning in the Wired World

    Linsey Hammond. School Library Ideas & Initiatives At Your Fingertips

    Sunday, May 31

    Carol Koechlin. Questioning Success

    Tommy Tomchyshyn. Cool Things in my Library

    Evette Berry. The Notables: An Annual Survey of the Best Canadian Books for Young Readers

    Barb McNeil. Enhancing Engagement: Aboriginal Boys & Reading

    Joy McGregor. Smart Information Use: Generating Knowledge & Avoiding Plagiarism

    CASL AGM