Magazine article Teacher Librarian

The Best of the Best

Magazine article Teacher Librarian

The Best of the Best

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The editors of Teacher Librarian devote the April issue each year to the "best of the best."

It includes some handy lists of best books and media against which you can check your collection, and a list of the best professional books of the year which address best practices and theory for day-to-day operations and professional development. This issue also includes some of the best examples of teacher librarianship and the Learning Commons concept we have found.

This year we present the first annual Teacher Librarian Leadership Awards. For 2012 the recipients are cited for their outstanding contribution to the field and to the vision of the Learning Commons concept. In our lead article, each honoree provides a short description of how they have succeeded in a certain endeavor or of a certain belief underlying their professionalism. We believe that all of us can benefit from their examples.

Mitchell and Potvin-Shafer discuss their Toronto-based Learning Commons that has been a part of their very successful and pioneering EEL program. This article is full of photographs that show how they married a facility and philosophy to give students the best of a 21st century learning environment. It is a best example of a Learning Commons in terms of how it is used.

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced their list of best websites recently. Israel and Moorefield-Lang discuss how this list came to be, providing criteria that can be applied readily to other websites that you might want to consider. This is a not-to-be-missed list of great places for students to go and use.

Back to Canada, once again we provide the lists of excellent resources for both children and youth as selected by Resource Links, the outstanding Canadian journal connecting classrooms, libraries, and learning resources. As noted earlier, the Professional Reading section by Loertscher and Marcoux features some of this year's best resources, in addition to our regular reviews. …

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