|Scooped by Lourense Das|
It is my very distinct pleasure to let you know that the Canadian Library Association's Leading Learning Project has been selected to receive the Ontario Library Association President's Award for Exceptional Achievement at our Super Conference in January 2015. The President's Award for Exceptional Achievement acknowledges an outstanding action or contribution that has in a major or unique way enhanced or furthered librarianship in Ontario. The selection is at the full discretion of the President of the OLA. Awards are only given if there is something of true historic significance to recognize.
The publication of Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Libraries in Canada is an event of true historic significance. As the document says, "Learners have a right to expect good school libraries in every school in Canada." Standards can indeed help measure practice, but Leading Learning does much more. By focusing on the needs of the learner, Leading Learning provides a framework for growth. Every school, no matter the status of its library program, can find itself in this framework and decide on tangible steps for improvement. The development of Leading Learning brought together input from every province and territory in the country, and successfully developed standards for growth that are meaningful within this very disparate context. This is a remarkable achievement.
The Royal Society of Canada's recently released expert panel report on the status and future of Canada's libraries and archives made recommendations for improving standards for school library programs across the country. It cited Leading Learning and our own guideline document, Together for Learning: School Libraries and the Emergence of the Learning Commons as models for moving forward. In the Ontario context, Leading Learning provides a sympathetic framework for achieving the vision of Together for Learning , and as such, is particularly deserving of an award for enhancing or furthering librarianship in this province. It is also my hope that this award will help to advance the implementation of Leading Learning across the country and advocate for school library programs, particularly in light of the RSC's recommendations.
You have received this email as leaders of the Canadian Library Association, members of the Leading Learning Project Steering Committee, and OLA members who served as members of the Project Focus Group and as Ontario Provincial Committee Chairpersons. We ask that you extend this good news to all of the many people involved in the project from across the country.
We have not, as yet, finalized plans for the presentation at Super Conference. I have copied this message to Shelagh Paterson, OLA Executive Director, and Beckie MacDonald, OLA Manager of Member Services. Beckie will be handling arrangements for awards, and will be in contact with you with more specific information about the presentation. While the award is for the project as a whole, we would like to recognize all of you who are planning to be at the conference at the award presentation.
Anita Brooks Kirkland
Consultant, Libraries & Learning
President, Ontario Library Association