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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak My rating: 5 of 5 stars The most unique aspects of this book are the narrator (the voice of Death) and the protagonist (Lisel). The interplay between the constant but playful voice of Death as he studies and admires Lisel, makes them an unlikely pair. Of course the historical […]

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I am concerned about the availability and accessibility of our catalogue.  Our catalogue is completely online and in 2012 we moved from the Horizon software to Workflows Symphony software for our circulation.  While there are certain advantages to our new software, the cataloguing is still primarily controlled and managed at the board level.  Maybe they’re […]

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Our secondary school is one of 11 in our school board and one of 4 with a full-time teacher-librarian.  Other than guidelines from our provincial school library association (OSLA) there are very few mandates for library.  The community of Orangeville is about 30 000 people and while initially agricultural, it is now a commuter town […]

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E contacted me today thinking about career changes, or sidesteps moving from classroom teaching to some of those rarer positions in schools like teacher-librarianship, and asked what are the differences between being a classroom teacher and being a librarian.  Moving into my fourth year in the library, I had a lot to say.  Here’s my […]

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Book title: Nice Recovery Author: Susan Juby Nice Recovery by Susan Juby My rating: 4 of 5 stars Susan Juby’s own story of recovery is fascinating, raw and often hilarious. I thoroughly enjoyed the first 2/3 of this book. Although I read the rest of the book, I would describe it as opportunistic. This portion, […]

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Resource title: TakingITGlobal Author: TakingITGlobal Bibliographic entry TakingITGlobal (Ed.). (2012). [Http://www.tigweb.org/]. Retrieved November 30, 2012, from TakingITGlobal website: http://www.tigweb.org/ Description Using the “philosophy of Ken Wilber, which posits that there are 4 areas (quadrants) where progressive development can occur: Interior Individual, Exterior Individual, Interior Collective, and Exterior Collective” http://www.tigweb.org/about/why/change.html Reaction The causes sound very noble but the […]

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So many of the changes in our library, representing the new Ontario School Library Association’s document Together for Learning, are fundamentally shifting how we see popular culture’s role in education. The document recognizes the need for social networking and meeting the students where they are whether interested in graphic novels, anime or gaming. I allow gaming […]

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein My rating: 5 of 5 stars Code Name Verity is Elizabeth Wein’s debut novel. Sure to be a winner of many awards, Code Name Verity highlights women’s role in World War II through the eyes of two friends: Maddie, a pilot, and Queenie, a spy. Full of honest and […]

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Abstract This paper examines in detail Sharon Coatney’s The Many Faces of School Library Leadership (2010) through the perspective of three influential topics: advocacy leadership, literacy promotion, and the changing definition of literacy.   Reflections are made throughout on current practice in the secondary school library and questions for further study are suggested. Advocacy leadership Coatney’s […]

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