School Libraries Section

The ABQLA School Library Chapter aims to connect Québec libraries serving students in the public and private sector from pre-Kindergarten through grade 11.  We organize social and professional events for school library staff and those interested in literacy, reading initiatives, and information literacy for school-aged children.

News & Articles

ABQLA School Section call for nominations / Appel de candidatures de la section des bibliothèques scolaire de l'ABQLA

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Dear ABQLA members,

We are seeking nominations for the vice president of ABQLA's School Libraries section.

This is a great opportunity to get involved in a Quebec Association, gain board experience, become familiar with issues affecting all types of libraries in Quebec and enjoy excellent networking opportunities!

Please find attached the description of available posts and the nomination form.

Canadian School Library Day - October 23

Happy Canadian School Library Day!

Great blog post about #cdnschoollibraryday including parts written by ABQLA at

You are invited to join the ABQLA School Libraries Section for their AGM

You are invited to join the ABQLA School Libraries Section for their AGM, followed by a roundtable discussion with Dr. Christian Ehret. Dr. Ehret is a professor at McGill University and currently teaches a course on Digital Media and Learning. His research interests include: writing, literacies and digital culture, digital media and learning, and the anthropology of education.

URGENT: ABQLA Event Postponed

Due to poor road conditions, tonight's ABQLA School Section's Event Book Art: Repurpose Your Weeded Books to Decorate Your Library, has been postponed until Wednesday, December 17, at 7:00PM at Beaconsfield High School, 250 Beaurepaire Drive, Beaconsfield.

If you would like to join us on Wednesday, December 17, please let us know at Sorry for the inconvenience!


Andrea Hyde and Laura Sanders

New National School Library Standards

The Canadian Library Association (CLA) is pleased to announce the launch of its latest publication, Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada.

The new standards were created with input from committees across the country, including a Quebec committee under the Association pour la promotion des services documentaires scolaires (APSDS).

The publication is available free of charge at:

Please Feed the Bookworm!


What is new, what is hot in the field of services for teens?  How can we engage teens to read and share their passion for reading?  The on-line teen book club that has been put up at the Eleanor London Cote-Saint-Luc Public Library is a perfect example of what could be done with a great idea, passion and perseverance.  Valerie Medzalabanleth, Manager of Children’s Services, presented her project of implementing an on-line book club for teenagers.

The event, organised by the School and Youth sections on April 8th 2013 was a huge success!  The talk allowed us to understand the issues connected to the introduction of this new service, the preparation, the technical specifications, the facts related to the choices of books and the creation of the entries.

TD Canadian Children's Book Week - Meet John Wilson

The Montreal Children Literature Roundtable, along with the ABQLA Youth and School Library sections invite you to meet author John Wilson at the Westmount Public Library on Monday, May 6th, 2013. Full details in the attached poster.

Quebec Committee for New National School Library Standards

A Quebec committee is now being formed to work on the new book on national school library standards to be published by the Canadian Library Association. The book will be published as an eBook in English and French, and will be launched in May 2014 at the annual CLA conference.

The standards are being written by committees in each province. Each committee will be made up of a "learning commons" team: a school board librarian, a community librarian, a school library technician, a principal, a teacher, a parent, and a student.

School Section Report

Submitted by Shannon Babcock
Wildly Successful!
Personal stories, digital policies and animated discussion were the order of the evening at the school library section E-book event. Participants were eager to share and discuss experiences using and purchasing e-books and multiple platforms in schools. There was an encouraging turnout, with representatives from public as well as CEGEP libraries. This evening addressing e-books and digital formats in a school context was held on April 20th, 2012 in the Centennial Academy library.

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2012

The ABQLA’s Youth and School libraries sections, jointly with the Montreal Children’s Literature Roundtable, are glad to invite you to a meeting with author Caroline Pignat. Her visit is part of the 2012 edition of the TD Canadian Children’s Book Week. Winner of numerous awards, amongst which the prestigious Governor General Literary award for Children’s Literature (text) in 2009 for her historical fiction “Greener Grass”, the author will be with us to speak about her creative moments and inspiration.

When: May 9th 2012, 7-8.30 p.m.