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ROM ReCollects

In 2014, the Royal Ontario Museum turns 100 and they are planning ahead: 

ROM ReCollects is one shared event that classes or classroom teachers could really get into, providing stories of visits – highlights or misadventures.

“We are inviting our most important partners—you, our audience—to help us chronicle the history of this great museum. By logging into ROM ReCollects on our website, you can submit your favourite memories, reflections, photos, and spoken words to our chronicle of the ROM. Share with us your fondest memories, funniest stories or most memorable moments. (Here’s a special callout to Summer Camp participants over the past 70-plus years: we’re hoping to compile a special tribute to this longstanding family tradition!) And watch our website for ongoing updates to what is sure to be a fun and nostalgic stroll through our history.”


March 20, 2013 at 7:44 pm Leave a comment

Library is open March Break

For those of you not heading where its south and beachy, or north and downhilly,  the Professional Library is open during the March Break. We are  located at 3 Tippett (Wilson and the Allen), 8:30 to 4:30.  Come for a tour, come for some hands-on research assistance. Let us give you the inside scoop on finding and using library databases!


March 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

The Price of Incivility

The Price of incivility: Lack of respect hurts morale – and the bottom line” is
an article written by Christine Porath and Christine Pearson appearing in the January-February2013  issue of Harvard Business Review.  This great article investigates the effect of rudeness and disrespect (including teasing and gossiping) in the workplace.

The outcomes of incivility include: creativity suffers; performance and team spirit deteriorates; customers leave. “Failure to keep tabs on behavior can allow incivility to creep into everyday interactions – and could cost your organization  millions in lost employees, lost customers, and lost productivity” (p.117). Big or small organizations, profit or non-profit, this article applies to everyone, at home too!

To read this brief article and to learn ways of modeling good behaviour and curtailing rudeness, TDSB employees can contact the library to request a copy, (416) 395-8289 or email


February 11, 2013 at 3:29 pm Leave a comment

Freedom to Read Week

February 25 to March 2 is Freedom to Read Week and you can order a kit with activities, instructions and discussion to  mark this event. For more information, go to .


February 11, 2013 at 3:11 pm Leave a comment

Canada: Haves and Have Nots

OK, so this is something I would rarely write about, as it mainly sits in the business pages (says something about my interests). However it caught my attention as it was reported about in the news media and has ramifications for career education, not to mention the longevity of one’s own occupation.

The CIBC World Markets Research department, December 3 issue of In Focus is titled The Haves and Have Nots of Canada’s Labour Market. Benjamin Tal, the author, discusses how we have a surplus of labour in certain occupations (like teaching) and  shortages in other areas (like healthcare, mining, engineering and science). I could not find librarians listed anywhere, but my guess is that we’d be in the surplus list. 

The impact of this means where there are surpluses job hunting becomes far more competitive; where there are shortages, employers are finding it difficult to find qualified staff and will need to spend more resources on training staff in-house (not to mention various immigration ramifications).  Also there may be an overall impact on society because there are more unemployed people (surplus on the one hand and not qualified on the other).

This is a very simplistic brief report of the article, so you should check it out yourself. 


December 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm Leave a comment

Pedagogical Documentation

Not exactly a pot boiler of a title, however, #30 in the Ministry’s Capacity Building Series is titled: Pedagogical Documentation: Leading Learing in the Early Years and Beyond.  It is all about documenting the process of student learning, which can improve the understanding of teaching and learning in five ways:

  1. creates shared understanding
  2. celebrates the rights of individual learners
  3. recognizes students’ ownership of their learning
  4. actualizes shared accountability
  5. provides  voice in learning for everyone

Documenting doses not have to mean scribbles on a piece of paper, it can include: video, photos, audio, conferences, etc.

Check it out, and note that it is also available on the Edugains site.


December 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm Leave a comment

How to obtain journal articles – Library Research 101 :)

Judy C’s post on Thomas Armstrong’s article from the current issue of Educational Leadership (EL) was perfect timing, as I too had reviewed the same EL issue and was trying to figure out how to blog it effectively.  

So, for starters, EL is a very popular journal and most months are theme issues. The October 2012 issue is all about “Students Who Challenge Us”, in other words, classroom management, student discipline. This is a perennial hot topic, especially with Beginning Teachers, Spec  Ed Teachers, etc. I could choose to refer readers to the entire issue or I could list the Table of Contents and recommend specific articles, such as the article on page 62 Five Myths About Student Discipline by Laurie Boyd.

So  how do you get an article?

  1. Contact the Professional Library and we can either send you a print copy (not likely, but if you prefer print we will do it) or we can email you an electronic copy (preferred). Sometimes, print is the only way you can get it.
  2. EL is indexed full text in our Ebsco education databases (go to our TDSBweb page, and then the Search for Articles page). Be aware that there may be a gap between the print journal being available and the online content being available. Some journals impose embargos, meaning that the current year may not be available full text online. This is not the case for Educational Leadership, but it is the case for many other popular journals. Embargos are a whole other issue, and we won’t go there now!
  3. You can try to Google it! The ASCD web page highlights the current issue of EL  but only 2 or 3 articles from each issue is available full text for free. You can choose to pay for it online, or go back to Step 1- contact the Professional Library.

There you go, in a nutshell. Whoever said information is free and it is all on the Internet is wrong. If you need an article, TDSB teachers can contact us at (416) 395-8289 or



October 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm Leave a comment

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