OSLA Council has compiled the following resources for its members.
Presents a model for the development and implementation of the school library as a library learning commons. It provides educators with a common set of standards of practice for moving forward.
Together for Learning: School Libraries and the Emergence of the Learning Commons. A Vision for the 21st Century – 2010
Canadian School Libraries (CSL) is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to professional research and education 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.
- Excellent School Libraries
- School Library Learning Commons Program Guidelines
- Learning Commons in Action
- Culturally Relevant and Responsive School Library Learning Commons
- Canadian School Libraries Collection Diversity Toolkit
This documentation is intended as a resource to support school libraries in the development of selection policies which affirm the principles of intellectual freedom.
The Teaching Librarian is the official magazine of the Ontario School Library Association (OSLA). It is published three times a year (January, May, September) to support OSLA members in providing significant and effective library programs and services.
The Teaching Librarian also promotes library programs and curriculum development that furthers exemplary educational objectives. It fosters effective collaboration within the school library community and provides a forum to share experience and expertise.
Winner of the 2015 Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) Communication Award of Excellence for Best Publication.
The following two online tutorials contain templates, event ideas, helpful websites and other resources to make planning a school event fun and easy. Thank you to tutorial creators Barbara Baillargeon and Stacey Carcao, two parents championing literacy events at their children’s schools, and founders of Engage literacy, Inc., with generous support from a Parents Reaching Out Grant, Ontario Ministry of Education.
21st Century School Libraries, Parent Engagement and Student Achievement
This tutorial is designed to help parents launch an event.
Snowed In: Family Literacy Event Planning Toolkit
This tutorial is designed to help school library staff work with parents to launch an event.
This joint project between The Association of Library Coordinators of Ontario (TALCO) and OSLA was created to augment the Ontario’s ‘Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat’ (LNS) Monograph #24: Getting Started with Student Inquiry, October 2011, to include a third set of examples about the role of the teacher-librarian in supporting the student and classroom educator in the curriculum-based student inquiry process.
The finished project, which includes a print poster and online graphic with hyperlinks to supporting online resources, is appropriate for classroom teachers and teacher-librarians working with students in grades 1-8. The poster is both available in both English and French and is cross-curricular with an emphasis on Social Studies, History & Geography.
TALCO and OSLA would like to thank the Ontario Ministry of Education for their support of this project.
Note: Actual printing size of posters is 32″ x 24″. Additional print copies of the poster may need to be made using professional printing technology and/or services.
The following documents were written by OSLA for the Ministry of Education, as subject-specific resources for Think Literacy Cross-Curricular Approaches, Grades 7-12.
- Think Literacy: Teacher-Librarians, Grades 7-9 (2004) – PDF
- Introduction (Word) Library Research, Grades 7-12, was developed in 2005. It links the four-stage library research process to Think Literacy strategies.
- Think Literacy: Library Research, Grades 7-12 (2005) – PDF
Ministry of Education Documents:
- Considerations for Program Planning: The Role of the School Library
- Effective Early Reading Instruction: A Guide for Teachers
- Cross-Curricular and Integrated Learning
- Great to Excellent: Launching the Next Stage of Ontario’s Education Agenda, by Professor Michael Fullen, Special Advisor to the Premier of Ontario (2013)
- Program Planning and Assessment, Grades 9 to 12 (2000)
- See section under The Role of Technology in the Curriculum for reference to School Library programs.
- Information Literacy and Equitable Access: A Framework for Change (1995) – PDF
- Partners in Action: The Library Resource Centre in the School Curriculum (1982) – PDF