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How we fell so far so fast. Canadas thinking…. or non-thinking Canada has excellent policy Canada has excellent policy Policy hasnt translated into practice.

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1 How we fell so far so fast

2 Canadas thinking…. or non-thinking Canada has excellent policy Canada has excellent policy Policy hasnt translated into practice Policy hasnt translated into practice

3 Policy versus practice Leader in developing guidelines and standards for the school librarian Leader in developing guidelines and standards for the school librarian Expectations are minimal Expectations are minimal Basic qualifications are not required Basic qualifications are not required

4 In 1998, new ruling 1 librarian for every 702 students 1 librarian for every 702 students Most elementary schools have only 500 or less students Most elementary schools have only 500 or less students 9% of elementary schools and 4:5 of secondary schools are alloted a librarian teacher 9% of elementary schools and 4:5 of secondary schools are alloted a librarian teacher

5 Policy versus practice Leadership to baby-sitting Leadership to baby-sitting Librarians are called teachers-in- charge … have no library expertise Librarians are called teachers-in- charge … have no library expertise The term teacher-librarian is used by any body in the library The term teacher-librarian is used by any body in the library

6 Policy versus practice Part time elementary teacher – librarian is one who… Part time elementary teacher – librarian is one who… Dump and run Dump and run Does prep time for the other teachers Does prep time for the other teachers About 80% of prep time in Delta BC About 80% of prep time in Delta BC

7 School librarians many hats computer coordinator computer coordinator troubleshooter troubleshooter gifted and talented teacher gifted and talented teacher principal designate principal designate Clerical person Clerical person

8 Collaboration Competition Competition Music Music PE PE Computer labs Computer labs Art Art Fight for funds Fight for funds

9 Policy versus practice School Library standards – Education of Ministry School Library standards – Education of Ministry 11 provinces 11 provinces Therefore, there are 11 provincial guidelines Therefore, there are 11 provincial guidelines Education Ministry didnt enforce the guidelines Education Ministry didnt enforce the guidelines

10 Policy versus practice Policy was never implemented Policy was never implemented Decision making authority is diffuse Decision making authority is diffuse Separate School board officials and Separate School board officials and principals made all the decisions principals made all the decisions

11 The irony --- other countries are using the Canadian model The irony --- other countries are using the Canadian model drifting back to the 1960s drifting back to the 1960s Some librarys books are from 1970s back Some librarys books are from 1970s back

12 We have whining… but not advocacy. Our ministers are indifferent.

13 Effect overflow

14 Canadas universities Decline Decline University of British Columbia University of British Columbia -Had 4 professors -Now – only 1 Alberta Alberta –had two –now – only 1

15 Canadas universities – cont Dalhousie Dalhousie –Went from 1 to 0 faculty positions Victoria, Calgary, Sasktchewan Victoria, Calgary, Sasktchewan –Gone Ontario Ontario –Had 8 tenured positions at four universities –Now – 0 –Instead have practitioner-led workshops –Canadas national researches have been eliminated

16 Recommendations Canadas Ministries of Education

17 Recommendations Dedicate resources for the selection of Canadian books Dedicate resources for the selection of Canadian books Revise the role of the teacher- librarian and mandate minimum qualifications Revise the role of the teacher- librarian and mandate minimum qualifications Flexible Scheduling Flexible Scheduling

18 Recommendations – cont Professional Competencies include: Professional Competencies include: –Understands students and their social, emotional and intellectual needs –Is flexible and positive in a time of continuing change –Have the skills to act as a change agent

19 Recommendations – cont Develop consistent and coordinated approaches for their 11 provinces: Develop consistent and coordinated approaches for their 11 provinces: – funding –Management –Recognition of school librarians importance

20 Roch Carrier I saw places….They copy…. I saw places….They copy…. The kids who have books at home will make a copy of that book and they will bring it to school. It should not be in a country like Canada It should not be in a country like Canada

21 Roch Carrier We are Canadians We are rich. We should be rich enough to give kids that gift of reading.


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