Northlands Parkway Collegiate
Garden Valley School Division
Elizabeth Stobbe’s personal vision, “I want students to become lifelong readers for both knowledge and enjoyment” is reflected in her daily work in the library at Northlands Parkway Collegiate where she has been a library technician for the past five years. Elizabeth got her start, after finishing the Red River College Library Training Program, at the Boyne Regional Public Library in Carman, Manitoba. Prior to the new high school opening in Winkler in 2013, Elizabeth was the library technician at Garden Valley Collegiate for ten years. Elizabeth played a key role in planning, developing the collection and setting up the library at Northlands Parkway Collegiate. With a “can-do” attitude, she took on the enormous task of designing the new library space, ordering furniture and purchasing various types of materials to support student learning and reading engagement. During this process, Ms. Stobbe sought insight from her colleagues and students, making sure she was ordering materials to meet their needs. As a result of her careful planning, Northlands Parkway Collegiate has developed into a warm and inviting library environment for both staff and students to enjoy and learn.
Elizabeth Stobbe is a strong and dynamic member of the educational team at Northlands Parkway Collegiate. She collaborates with the teaching staff on an ongoing basis, sourcing curriculum support materials teachers need to support student achievement. Elizabeth maintains ongoing communication with the teaching staff to support a variety of literacy programs and initiatives. She responds to all requests with energy and enthusiasm. In collaboration with staff, Elizabeth has developed an extensive EAL collection in the library which reflects that changing makeup of the student body in Winkler.
Throughout her career as a library technician, Ms. Stobbe has been a champion for the importance of reading. Elizabeth provides fun and stimulating student reading contests and engaging book displays from September to June. Every year she has increased student readership and visits to the library. Her “get caught reading” coupons, comic strip contest, various holiday and seasonal reading contests, and raffles are always a big hit with students. Elizabeth is a proud supporter of Manitoba School Library Day and MSLA’s Drop Everything and Read Challenge. She has an amazing knowledge of all the students’ reading interests and goes out of her way to match students to books.
Elizabeth loves to promote books, reading, and the use of technology at Northlands. One of the innovative ways she uses technology is to use the video monitors around school to present various videos to staff and students and make them aware of the library and that they are welcome. Elizabeth also features videos that correspond to what’s going on in the library. On the screens she displays the latest books catalogued for circulation, book trailers created by students, and testimonials by students why they love reading. Along with new books, contests and events in the library, Elizabeth brings a wealth of knowledge to her school library technician position. She can often be found researching the latest trends in library culture and procedures.
Elizabeth takes a lead role as a library technician within her division. She is the primary contact for the Garden Valley School Division’s library technicians and often facilitates or organizes in-services for other library technicians within the school division. She is a true leader in the library and deserves to be recognized by the MSLA as the Outstanding Library Support Staff of the Year for 2017-18.
Nominated by: Jeff Osinski, Vice-Principal, Northlands Parkland Collegiate, Garden Valley School Division