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We will strive to provide an up-to-date listing of learning opportunities for BCTLA members. Below are a set of links to a variety of professional development sites that may be of interest. Check out the lists of past webinars and summer institutes for archived session materials and resources.





Webinar Series Information

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Marketing with Biblio-tech
Wednesday, February 24, 2016; 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (PST)

Archived Version Is In Production

Explore some tools and techniques for promoting your program to students and staff. Learn to screencast how-to videos, whip up book reviews (iPad apps), create fun promotional materials with bighugelabs and Superimpose, and redecorate with blockposter.


Go, Go, Genrefication!
Wednesday, March 30, 2016; 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (PST)

Archived Version Is In Production

Do you want to breathe new life into your fiction collection and jumpstart your circ stats? Let's talk about the process and perks of genrefying your reading section!


Reporting out with Infographics
Wednesday, April 27, 2016; 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (PST)

Archived Version Is In Production

Do you do a monthly or yearly report? Is the prospect daunting? Do you want something with more punch than a Word document or a Powerpoint presentation? Take a look at Infographics and create something you can use as a post on your blog, a handout for your parents or a link you can tweet.

Journey to Advocacy
Wednesday, May 25, 2016; 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (PST)  

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How do you turn around a district's perception of the role of teacher-librarians and the importance of School Library Learning Commons? Listen to the story of how one LSA changed hearts and minds.


Indigenous Resources: Supporting Aboriginal Education Through Your Collection
Wednesday, May 27, 2015; 4:00 – 5:00 PM (PST)

Archived Version Is In Production

Presenters: Maria McAllister, North Vancouver School District, and Monica Berra and Leona Prince, Prince George School District

For some reason, there was an issue capturing Maria's slides in the recording. You can view her slides [here] and advance them as you listen to her presentation.


Selection, Deselection and Perfection: Building and Maintaining Your Collection
Wednesday, April 29, 2015; 4:00 – 5:00 PM (PST)

Archived Version Is In Production

Presenter: Marc Crompton, Head of Library Services, St. George's School, Vancouver

Marc is the co-author of the recently published second edition of Collection Development Using the Collection Mapping Technique: A Guide for Librarians.


EBSCO Titles to Support Differentiation, Readers' Theatre, and French (Core and Immersion)
Wednesday, February 25, 2015; 4:00 – 5:00 PM (PST)

Archived Version Is In Production

Presenter: Gordon Powell, Coordinator of Library and Information Services, School District #38

Did you know that EBSCO offers a journal with classroom-ready readers' theatre plays? Join Gordon Powell to learn about some great ideas on using EBSCO databases to support differentation, readers' theatre, and French (Core and Immersion).


Learning Commons
Wednesday, January 28, 2015; 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. PST

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Presenter: Gordon Powell, Coordinator of Library and Information Services, School District #38

Title: From School Libraries to Learning Commons: A Pro-Active Model for Educational Change

From School Library to Learning Commons: A Pro-Active Model for Educational Change (2014) [download] summarizes the work, over three years, of two groups of Vancouver teacher-librarians—one elementary and the other secondary—engaged in teacher inquiry. The inquiry groups have described, in both personal and professional terms, the continuum of change by which a school library becomes a Library Learning Commons in BC. They have been joined by voices of TLs throughout BC who have successfully undertaken similar initiatives. This webinar launches the document.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014; 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. PST

Archived Webinar Not Available As Per Presenter

Presenter: Dr. Ken Haycock, Research Professor of Management and Organization at University of Southern California

Title: The Power of Persuasion: Developing Influence to Become Your Own Best Advocate

Why are some school libraries better supported than others? Why do some teacher-librarians have more sway than others? Advocates for school library programs have focused on evidence and messaging, yet the support for school libraries continues to decline, paradoxically in the era of information access and literacy. Learn about the six key principles you should master: Authority; Commitment and Consistency; Liking; Reciprocity; Scarcity; and Social Proof.


Books on Screens
Tuesday, February 4, 2014; 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. PST

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Presenter: Christina de Castell, Director, Resources & Technology at Vancouver Public Library

Title: eBooks and Collection Development

Join Christina de Castell to learn from public library experience with eBooks and what you need to know from consumer research and the publishing industry. Christina will discuss collection development guidelines for digital subscriptions and recreational reading options. The presentation will include trends and predictions about eBook use and what you need to know about devices for reading eBooks.


Collaboration Apps and Sites
Tuesday, March 4, 2014; 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. PST

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Presenter: Richard Byrne, Editor/Owner, Free Technology for Teachers

Title: Research is Better With a Friend

In this session we'll build on the idea of Google Scholar's tagline, "standing on the shoulders of giants". We'll take a look at apps and sites for making research a collaborative experience. The apps and sites we'll explore are appropriate for K to 12 students and will work across multiple operating systems.


Digital Databases
Tuesday, April 8, 2014; 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. PST

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Presenter: Gordon Powell, Coordinator of Library and Information Services, School District #38

Title: More About Databases – GVRL

Learn more about the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), part of the basic bundle included with your ERAC subscription. Find out about the features of this useful resource, and learn how you can add additional professional development and encyclopedia materials.

Squeezing the Juice Out of EBSCO: Canadian Points of View
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 – 4:00 – 5:00 PM (PST)

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Presenter: Gordon Powell, Richmond School District

In this web-based presentation, you will learn how the EBSCO database "Canadian Points of View" can be a tremendous resource for your Science, Socials and English students. Access hundreds of Canadian and international sources, review "for" and "against" position papers and learn how to research controversial topics.

Squeezing the Juice Out of EBSCO: NoveList
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 – 4:00 – 5:00 PM (PST)

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Presenter: Lindsay Ross, Greater Victoria School District

Connect your school community to your library collection with Novelist K-8 Plus and Novelist Plus through Read-Alike titles, series, and author suggestions; ready-to-use fiction and non-fiction book talks and book lists; book discussion guides, and more, including embedded links to your library catalogue to help students and teachers not only find books but also make suggestions for your library collection.

Making Sense of Copyright Law
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 – 4:00 – 5:00 PM (PST)

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Presenter: Heather Daly, Coquitlam School District

The Supreme Court of Canada has clarified the provision of “short excerpts” in schools and on November 7, 2012, new copyright legislation was enacted.  So, what’s new?  Can you remix content to create new content?  What about showing films to students?  In this session, find out more about how the changes and clarifications may affect K-12 education.  Please note: the information provided and discussed in this session does not constitute or replace legal advice.

Don't Quote Me On This!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 – 4:00 – 5:00 PM (PST)

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Presenter: Gordon Powell, Richmond School District; Jeff Yasinchuk, Kootenay Lake School District; and Arlene Anderson, West Vancouver School District

Find out how cloud-based citations tools can support critical literacy and create a culture of academic integrity. NoodleBib, BibMe and EasyBib are used widely across BC by teacher-librarians.  Is one better than the others?  Should schools subscribe or use free versions?  Learn about the attributes of each system and join Gordon, Jeff and Arlene as they weigh in on their preferences.

Making the Most of Your Subscriptions: Promoting the ERAC Bundle
May 1, 2012 – 4:00 – 5:00 PM (PST)

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If you have been searching for ways to maximize the content that is provided in the ERAC bundle, and to sell your students and staff on taking the time to access it, you will want to put this session on your calendar! Presenter Gordon Powell will identify a range of resources available in the bundle and demonstrate how you can convince your staff to use these effectively to support curriculum.

Curation 2.0
May 15, 2012 – 4:00 – 5:00 PM (PST)

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How can teacher-librarians use social media to manage proliferating content and deliver it effectively? What tools can you use to help your students and staff manage the information tsunami? Presenter Gordon Powell will introduce the concept of curation in the digital age, suggest specific tools that support a dynamic approach to managing and sharing content and discuss how the role of "curator" provides a model for the 21st-Century teacher-librarian.



Intellectual Freedom (Langley Grievances)

Learning Commons Alive series

iSchool at UBC video resources, including archived webinars from BC School Library Day colloqia.




This bi-annual conference (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017) has a research focus and is intended to bring together school library researchers and practioners to envision new futures for school library programs. For more information, visit the Treasure Mountain Canada site at




If you are interested in where schools are headed and what issues are framing education in the 21st-Century then don't miss these important opportunities.

  • Annual BCTLA Conference
  • BCTF Professional Development
  • BCTF Professional Development Calendar
  • The Partnership: education institute
  • TL Virtual Cafe

  • Many of the other school library association and provincial library associations
    have links for professional development.


    Teacher-Librarian Education...


    Several programs of teacher-librarian education are available in BC and beyond.


    University of British Columbia

    UBC offers two specific programs in teacher-librarianship in the Faculty of Education and graduate programs in the iSchool.

    1. Certificate in Teacher Librarianship

      15 credits (5 credit courses) for courses which teach the basics of teacher-librarianship

      For qualified teachers with a degree from a recognized university

      Has both on-line and independent study courses

    2. Diploma in Teacher Librarianship

      For certified teachers with at least 2 years’ classroom teaching

      30 credits of senior course work

      5 year limit to complete

      May apply to transfer courses from some other Western Canadian universities

    3. Masters Degree e.g. MLIS, MACL


    University of Alberta

    The University of Alberta offers a Masters degree in teacher-librarianship via distance learning.

    Teacher-Librarianship by Distance Learning 


    N.B. UBC and U of A have a reciprocal agreement for transfer of courses. Check the web sites provided for more information.




    2017 BCTLA Summer Institute

    Transformational Leadership

    Explore storytelling strategies, ethnobotany and Secwepemc culture
    and history at the site of the Kamloops Residential School


    Date: August 27-28, 2017

    Location: Kamloops, BC




    General questions? Please contact Andrea Wallin







    The 2017 summer institute was unfortunately cancelled due to a forest fire situation. It was intended to have been hosted by the Kamloops chapter of the BCTLA, and would have focused on the exploration of storytelling strategies, ethnobotany and Secwepemc culture and history at the site of the Kamloops Residential School.




    This year's BCTLA Summer Institute was hosted by Nanaimo-Ladysmith SD#68 teacher-librarians. The goal for the day was to have fun, get excited about the new school year, play and learn using technology for education and, of course, network with peers and check out the latest resources! Check out the 2016 summer institute flyer for a summary of the day.



    Materials: Lisa's slides (.key) | Monica's slides (.pptx) | Joseph's slides + coding lesson plans Jessica's Minecraft Prezi + handout | Leanne and Michelle's lesson ideas handout | Maria's

    Maker Education Explorations slides (ppt) + text + handouts 1 2 3 | Art Gallery materials

    In Prince George, Lisa Domeier De Suarez and Monica Berra led us through an exciting and varied sharing session about makerspaces. They were joined by five SD57 Prince George teacher-librarians, Jessica Bonin, Leanne Berry, Michelle Labonte, Maria Weisgarber and Joseph Jeffery, who presented on their makerspace learning. In the afternoon, we were introduced to the Two Rivers Gallery MakerLab space and tools, and had a demonstration and Q&A of their laser cutter/engraver and 3D printed. Next, we got "hands-on" and tried out a maker activity involving gears and simple mechanical assembly and explored the MaKey-Makey platform.




    Buffy Hamilton is best known in the school library community as the Unquiet Librarian. Her presentations from the 2014 summer institute included one on subject guides and one on participatory culture. View the session materials to explore how to create dynamic and strategic subject guides. Explore also the qualities that distinguish sites of participatory learning and how school libraries might contextualize their role as co-learners that can collaboratively construct the possibilities of print and digital information, and new literacies, through inquiry-driven work.



    USC Professor Emeritus Dr. Stephen Krashen is a well-known, witty, engaging and frequently cited international expert on the importance of reading.  Researcher, linguist, speaker, and social activist, Dr. Krashen is quick to advocate for school libraries as “the hottest tool in the literacy kit”. During his day with BC educators, Dr. Krashen shared insights into free voluntary reading and its importance for children’s literacy development, the profound impact of poverty on reading, what international tests of reading can tell educators about reading improvement, and the strong connection between second language learning and reading. 




    Carol Koechlin presented that, "the ‘work’ of the Learning Commons is to facilitate and lead a new culture of learning that truly addresses the needs of 21st Century learners and teachers. The Learning Commons supports school wide inquiry and critical and creative thinking while fostering ‘habits of mind’ and ‘learning dispositions’ conducive to success".



    Teacher-Librarian Inquiry...

    Teacher-librarians from around the province have engaged in professional inquiry. Here is some of their learning. 


    2015-16 New Westminster Chapter Middle School Learning Commons Presentation

    New Westminster teacher-librarians, supported in part by the BCTLA Chapter Grant, worked collaboratively to plan, research, and create a presentation about the Learning Commons model in relation to a new middle school library. For more information: Moving Toward A Learning Commons (pptx download) | Why Move Toward A Learning Commons? Summary (pdf) | Advocating For Middle School Library Learning Commons (pptx download).


    2013-14 Surrey Chapter of the BCTLA Advocacy Materials Project

    The Surrey Chapter has undertaken work into the development of advocacy materials. The work is sponsored in part by the BCTLA Chapter Grant.

    2010-11 Delta Teacher-Librarians' Website Project

    The Delta Teacher-Librarians' Association worked together in the spring of 2011 to determine the components for an effective district school library website. The resulting website,, presents images and stories that highlight the role of the teacher-librarian in BC in the 21st Century. An integrated blog presents continual updates which feature the Delta Teacher-Librarians' Associations' continuing work toward enriching learning.


    2009-11 New Westminster Teacher-Librarians' Library Handbook Inquiry

    In 2009, the New Westminster Teacher-Librarians' Association was a recipient of a BCTLA Chapter Grant. Teacher-librarians in New Westminster were interested in documenting aspects of the role of the teacher-librarian and management of the school library in order to both examine current practice, and also to formalize it in written form. In 2010-11, five New Westminster teacher-librarians collaborated and developed an up-to-date "library handbook", which can be utilized by other districts as a model. The 2011 New Westminster School Library Handbook is a 90-page, comprehensive document which articulates current library procedures within the context of the district's vision and goals.

    2009-11 Kootenay Lake Teacher-Librarians' "Active Advocacy" Inquiry

    In 2009, the Kootenay Teacher-Librarians' Association applied for a BCTLA Chapter Grant in order to pursue an inquiry into collaborating as professionals over a large geographic area. The term "Active Advocacy" was coined to describe the project, which is ongoing. The inquiry to date has involved the use of conferencing technology such as Elluminate and a NING, A report on the inquiry, as of June 2011, is available in the Summer 2011 issue of The Bookmark, on pdf page 24.


    2008-09 Vancouver School Board Teacher-Librarian Inquiry

    Ten teacher-librarians in Vancouver engaged in a Teacher-Librarian Inquiry to explore what is best practice and what are the best ways of sharing this within their teacher-librarian community.  Their inquiry question was "How can we, as a professional learning community, support TLs in implementing exemplary school library programs in our schools?". In addition to deep learning around inquiry itself, there was individual learning around topics such as multiliteracies, mentoring, technology integration, mentoring, environments (learning commons), and demonstrating and promoting best practice including through video. To learn more, visit



    Whether you are a presenter or participant, we'd love to hear how we could help serve your region, local or school.

    If you need suggestions for speakers or faciliators, please contact BCTLA's Coordinator, Professional Development:

    • Doni Gratton






    BCTLA Annual Provincial Conference ...

    • The BCTLA annually organizes a provincial teacher-librarian conference. For more information about future and past annual conferences and for past conference presentation materials, visit BCTLA Conferences.