ESS School Library

What can your teacher-librarian & school library do for you?


"The school library program enables faculty and students, and each individual to access and make effective use of the world's knowledge."

Dr. Ken Haycock, UBC School of Library

Signs of a good school library:

A School Library can help:

- increase student achievement

- motivate learning through literacy

- promote inquiry-based learning

- create higher-level thinkers

- develop information literacy skills

- create independent learners

- develop an appreciation for various literary genres


A Good Library Needs a Teacher-Librarian

What can a Teacher-Librarian offer schools?

A qualified teacher-librarian should be:

- skilled in teaching information literacy

- well versed in educational technology

- a leader in collaboration and in creating an effective learning environment

- a good communicator

- well versed with the curriculum


A Good Library and Teacher-Librarian Need Support

Factors required to improve and maintain an effective program

- administrative support

- funding to buy new resources and to subscribe to online sources

- flexibility in scheduling

- clerical assistance

- parent involvement

- an inviting and conducive work environment

- current technology

- a collaborative school culture

“All available research points to a strong correlation between increased student achievement and effective school library programs.”

-Karen Lindsay Canadian Association for School Libraries


What can teacher-librarians do for classroom teachers?

  • Be team teachers and a sounding board

  • Collaboratively plan/teach lessons or units with classroom teachers

  • Instruct students in information literacy skills, including searching techniques, organizational techniques, note taking, presentation techniques

  • Suggest ways to introduce various technologies into the curriculum as well as be a source of knowledge and expertise for the integration of information and communications technologies (ICT) with teaching and learning

  • Recommend reading material at appropriate levels

  • Locate relevant materials, including audiovisual and internet sites, for the unit or lesson

  • Coordinate the purchase of materials to assist the classroom teacher

-taken from BCTLA website


Collaborative Planning/Teaching With Your Teacher-Librarian

Things to Think About

  • What do you want the students to learn? (research skills/curriculum)

  • How do you want the students to demonstrate what they have learned? (end product)

  • How are you going to evaluate the learning?

  • What resources do you anticipate needing?

  • Have you structured your lesson/unit to avoid plagiarism?

  • How long do you anticipate the lessons/unit will take?

  • How would you like the Teacher- Librarian to be involved?

-taken from BCTLA website

Examples of End Products:

  • Create displays (models, dioramas, stations, posters, demonstrations)

  • Use other media formats to display knowledge (Video, power point , audio presentation, web page…

  • Have students teach other students what they have learned (jigsaw, station study, oral presentation, debate…)

  • Have students apply what they have learned to their own lives (personal relevance) Create information in a new form (poetry, games, role-play, skits, collages, letter to editor…)

  • Consider the process as your end product (notes, bibliography, group skills, annotated bibliography, types of resources or variety of resources used, presentation skills, organizational skills, work habits…)

-taken from BCTLA website

“With the introduction of specific inquiry strategies, the students learn through interaction with a wide range of sources, formats and technologies.”

Calgary Board of Education, Canadian School Library Association


Above all, the ESS library is a warm and inviting place for everyone...even for Cookie Monster!
Sesame Street: Cookie Monster In The Library


"Recent research on the impact of school library programs on academic achievement shows that students who visit school libraries to be taught by teacher-librarians working in collaboration, have higher reading and writing scores. The research also shows that school libraries with larger book collections and greater circulation of these books have higher test scores."

Source: The Lance Studies, 2005