Professional Learning

TeachOntario is pleased to present the #BIT16 Reads Book Club in partnership with the Ontario School Library Association (OSLA) and facilitated by Alanna King.

Learn more about this exciting professional learning opportunity.

Together For Learning Webinars

1. The Evolution of the Learning Commons:  Challenges and Next Steps

2. Get Into Inquiry: Creating a Culture of Inquiry with T4L
3. School Libraries Support Success: a dozen ways to be indispensable in your district
4. Collaboration

Research Funding Opportunity

The OLA Margaret Scott Research Scholarship

Margaret Scott was one of the century's true icons in school library development. She influenced several generations of librarians who were at the frontier of school libraries in the 60s and 70s. Her untimely death in 1976 was a huge shock to the community. The OLA Board at the time launched this fund totally on the individual donations of OLA members. For years, the Fund was used to subsidize travel of school librarians to other schools and to specialized learning programs. The fund now supports a scholarship to any school librarian who wishes to do research that will build the data needed to improve and enrich school library programs. The first awards were given in 1978.

To be given to a person or group  who wishes to do research in the field of school librarianship in Ontario.

Criteria for selection

The proposal will include:
  • clear, well-articulated goals and objectives for research that will identify best educational practices in school libraries, lead to the improvement of elementary or secondary school libraries and/or programming within school libraries, or enhance in other ways the understanding of the contributions of school libraries to student success;
  • a plan to conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research and to provide a conclusion or summary of findings, following accepted research methods and ethical guidelines;
  • the intention to share findings through one or more avenues such as publishing findings in The Teaching Librarian magazine or presenting findings at OLA SuperConference.
Funding requests may range from $500 to $2000 depending on the scope of the project. Proposals requesting larger amounts may be considered.

The Fund will also consider supporting larger-scale research proposals which may be requesting and receiving funding from a variety of sources.