About Us

What is ASLC?

The Alberta School Library Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association provides professional leadership for quality learning and teaching through school library learning commons.

Mission

The Alberta School Library Council advocates for school library learning commons programs and professional development for its members.

Goals for 2010-2013

Career-Long Professional Development:

 

  • Mentorship Program
  • National School Library Month/Day
  • Awards program 
  • Annual conference
  • PD delivery via technology

Leadership and Advocacy:

  • Sharing exemplary practices in school library learning commons
  • Promoting expertise of membership with educational leaders
  • Providing advocacy and advice re implementation of School Library Policy (Alberta Ed. Draft 2010)  
  • Celebrating National School Library Day/Month province wide
  • Supporting school librarianship through annual ASLC bursary (up to $2000 annually)

 

News

Edmonton School Combines Books and Breakfast in Successful Reading Program

Many schools offer literacy programs in and around Edmonton, Alberta, but Dunluce Public School at 11735 162nd Ave might be the only school that combines a reading club with breakfast.

Teachers say that offering breakfast is a vital part of the project, but that the chance to read with an adult is what makes the reading program so effective. “In our demographic, we have families that don’t speak English at home,” says Charlene Banjac, a Grade 2 French immersion teacher and volunteer. “Literacy is so important and some of these children haven’t had the families that were able to read with them at home in those crucial years.”

The program is incredibly effective. According to teachers and parent volunteers, students who couldn’t write full sentences are writing pages of paragraphs after about a year of extra help.

Read more about Dunluce’s program here.

New Issue of School Libraries in Canada

Celebrating Science and Technology can be accessed at http://clatoolbox.ca/casl/slicv31n3/313cover.html