OSLA Resources

OSLA Council has compiled the following resources for its members.

Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada – 2014

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

Achieving Information Literacy – Standards for School Library Programs in Canada – 2003 (pdf)
This standards handbook provides guidance for the development of school library programs that will support students as they take their place in a learning society. This handbook has been prepared by the Canadian Association for School Libraries. It is designed to be used by parents, teachers, teacher-librarians, and administrators.

Sample Selection Policy (2019)

This documentation is intended as a resource to support school libraries in the development of selection policies which affirm the principles of intellectual freedom.

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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 child’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.

Chirpy.ca (2010)
OSLA-developed website to help Grade 7 to Grade 12 students learn financial literacy.

The Teacher-Librarian’s Toolkit for Evidence-Based Practice (2003)
The EBP Toolkit provides you with ideas, strategies and tools for gathering and sharing evidence of student and program success.

Be The Change: Instructional Resources for Global Citizenship (2005)
The Be The Change website provides lessons and resources linked to the Ontario curriculum and based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Lessons are designed to help empower the youth in our society to the reality that they can and do make a difference.

Information Studies, Kindergarten -12 (1999)

This document sets expectations for information literacy for every grade in three strands: Inquiry and Research, Information Technologies, and Information and Society.
Curriculum for Schools and School Library Information Centres Ontario School Library Association The focus on information and technology has profoundly affected the nature of society and the world of work. More information is accessible to all people in our society, and more businesses are seeking employees who are proficient in information retrieval, analysis, and communication, in conjunction with highly developed technological skills. It is therefore vital for education in Ontario to develop comprehensive information literacy skills.

This joint project between TALCO (The Association of Library Coordinators of Ontario) and OSLA was created to augment the LNS (Literacy & Numeracy Secretariat) 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 done using professional printing technology and/or services. 

Think Literacy

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.

Ministry of Education Documents: