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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

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The CSL Jour­nal is pub­lished by Cana­dian School Libraries. CSL is a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to pro­fes­sional research and devel­op­ment in the field of the school library learn­ing com­mons in Canada. CSL con­nects school library prac­ti­tion­ers and edu­ca­tors across Canada in the col­lab­o­ra­tive pur­suit of deliv­er­ing exem­plary prac­tices reflec­tive of cur­rent pro­fes­sional school library learn­ing com­mons standards.

Cana­dian School Libraries (CSL) is a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to pro­fes­sional research and devel­op­ment in the field of the school library learn­ing com­mons in Canada. CSL con­nects school library prac­ti­tion­ers and edu­ca­tors across Canada in the col­lab­o­ra­tive pur­suit of deliv­er­ing exem­plary prac­tices reflec­tive of cur­rent pro­fes­sional school library learn­ing com­mons standards.  Join the CSL Network here.

As Lead­ing Learn­ing (2014) states:

“Our increas­ingly net­worked world presents com­plex­i­ties for learn­ing unknown just a few years ago, but at the same time offers fresh oppor­tu­ni­ties. Learn­ing in ever-changing envi­ron­ments demands new ways to edu­cat­ing – a focus on inquiry, cre­ative and crit­i­cal think­ing, mul­ti­ple lit­era­cies, and work­ing together to meet shared goals and knowl­edge build­ing. Evolv­ing learn­ing approaches and def­i­n­i­tions of learn­ing suc­cess are the new real­i­ties, with the con­se­quent need for cre­at­ing inno­v­a­tive learn­ing environments.

Within almost every school in Canada there is a library facil­ity, poised on the cusp of rein­vent­ing itself to address these chal­lenges. This doc­u­ment pro­vides stan­dards to guide the trans­for­ma­tion of school libraries to cre­ate future-oriented hubs of learn­ing, inno­va­tion, and knowl­edge cre­ation” (p. 4).

Definition of a Learning Commons:

Nation­ally:

Visit the Treasure Mountain Canada Website.

Provincially:

Alberta

Alberta Edu­ca­tion recently issued a Learn­ing Com­mons Pol­icy and Guide­lines state­ment mak­ing Alberta the first province in Canada to put in place a pol­icy rec­og­niz­ing the inte­gral role of the learn­ing com­mons in teach­ing and learn­ing. View the website here.

British Colum­bia

Explor­ing the learn­ing com­mons concept.

Saskatchewan

Trans­form­ing school libraries in Canada: Lead­ing Learn­ing from the Learn­ing Com­mons by Judith Sykes and Carol Koech­lin in The Medium, Win­ter 2014

 

Internationally:

International Association of School Librarianship

 

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