The Library Learning Commons is a common space in the school open to being used for a variety of different school activities and events. The staff is there to support students and teachers and to promote learning, literature and school culture.

The Learning Commons provides:


a large print non-fiction and fiction collection
a selection of magazines
videos and dvds for classroom use
a library website with digital resources
professional resources for teachers
tables for working on school work and projects
a full class set of computers
projector, screen and laptop for on-site teacher-use
Internet access

We also provide:

a student supply table with school supplies for in-library use
a scanner
a shelf of texts for all school courses, for in-library use - in case you have forgotten yours

For Students

The Learning Commons is where you can:


work with your teacher and class
collaborate with other students on school-related projects
work on school assignments, or to research personal interests, during a study block, or before or after school
look for books, and read in a quiet, relaxed environment

The teacher-librarian is available to help you:


find information, resources and books
improve your research skills: Internet searching, note-taking, citing sources, using images, etc.
figure out your homework
work on your writing, including report and essay-writing
solve problems when working with computer programs

Suggestions


To suggest books for purchase or to make suggestions about what you'd like to see the Learning Commons offer, use the Suggestion Box in the Learning Commons, speak to Mme. Girard, or email her:
allison.girard@sd68.bc.ca

Services for Teachers


Services range from locating and assembling resources, to being a second teacher available to help with your class, to helping to integrate specific information literacy skills into a unit of study, to full co-planning and teaching of a unit. Just ask.

Services Available


locating and assembling of resources, including digital resources, from the library, other district libraries, and beyond;
creation of pages of quality links on the Learning Commons website for use with specific units;
30 minute Learning Commons orientations: especially important for grade eights, but any grade welcome;
full collaborative planning for units of study, with an emphasis on using a variety of resources and tools;
providing information on copyright issues

Examples of Skill-Focussed Instruction Available for your Students:

using Destiny to search the library
using programs, including Web 2.0 tools
the research process: inquiry
Internet searching
website evaluation
note-taking
citing sources and creating bibliographies
Parenthetical documentation
annotated bibliographies
primary and secondary sources
plagiarism: what it is, and how to avoid it
using reference databases effectively
reading non-fiction
essay writing
report writing
creative writing
using the public library
book talks

Input


I will be seeking your input re. curricular resources for the library and your fiction suggestions, but please feel free to make a suggestion at any time. Just send me an email, come to see me, or use the forms provided.

I welcome your suggestions re. anything to do with Learning Commons services and the collection.

allison.girard@sd68.bc.ca