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Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada, 2014 offers a vision and provides practical approaches for all those engaged in creating successful 21st century school libraries in Canada. Its framework presents five standards supported by a set of themes and growth stages that lead to the transformation from traditional library facility to vibrant library learning commons. The standards represent guideposts along a journey of continuous growth. Because Canadian schools are at different points on this journey, this publication includes a range of markers of progress, sets of implementation strategies, and rich examples of innovation and success. Leading Learning also contains key resources to provide educators, individual schools, and school districts with helpful direction and support.

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First published in 2003, Achieving Information Literacy built upon the work begun in Forging Forward (1997) and Vision 2020 (1997), national symposiums held to create standards for information literacy and the school library. It represented a collaborative effort between national school library associations and the provincial / territorial associations, as well as over fifty leaders in both the school library and broader educational community. This document, written to reinstate Canada’s leadership in school libraries and last revised in 2006, is available as a free download to support Canadian school libraries.

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