Category Archives: Education

summertime and the readin’ is easy…

As children return to school this week, we can look back on another great summer of reading. Summer is always one of my favourite times in a public library – the place is hopping with happy summer readers of all … Continue reading

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the great mooc experiment

Over the past few months, our Parkgate branch library has introduced the concept of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and a ‘pilot MOOC’, using MIT’s massive open online adaptation of its Introduction to Philosophy. So far, it’s been a fabulous … Continue reading

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it takes a network

Is there anything more inspiring and mutually supportive than a healthy human network? In the past week, I’ve been embraced by a couple of strong and effective networks, the Aboriginal Enhancement School Network and the initiative known as Changing Results for Young Readers. … Continue reading

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more than comfy chairs

Just as a room full of books is not a library, a room full of books, comfy chairs and technology is not a learning commons. I’ve been thinking about what it takes to make a learning commons. What is that … Continue reading

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pick a book, any book

Harry by the Sea, by Gene Zion, was the very first book I ever borrowed from a library. I remember watching the librarian type my name on the library card, and then telling me I could pick out any book … Continue reading

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