The Learning Commons plays a unique role in fostering cultural growth and a sense of national identity. School library collections are built to support learning; they develop understanding of Canada and the world's history and culture, with respect for diversity as a foundation. Learning programs built on these collections help students find their place and voice in Canada's cultural fabric and to relate to the world at large and their role as global citizens.

Together for Learning
p. 31 (OSLA 2010)


Explore the T4L vision for Cultural Awareness and Social Contribution, including practical ideas for implementation, on page 31 of the print document, or on the corresponding page in this website: Developing the Individual.

Ideas for Supporting School Culture

Ideas   Examples & Resources
  • Create a collaborative inquiry linked to a school or community event or initiative.
  Bruce Trail Knowledge-Building Centre
  • Hold a Human Library event as part of a school focus on world or community issues.
  OLA Human Library Toolkit
  • Get together with other library professionals in your school district to brainstorm how the library can support a positive school climate. Share the ideas that are generated across the school system.
  • Invite community participation in school or board events such as author visits, book launches, etc..
  • Host special topic events or evenings to involve the school community, like father/son, mother/daughter reading events, a graphic novel event  or a genre event, like a mystery evening. Make the library the hub of family literacy events at your school.
  • Partner with local public libraries, especially for programs like Battle of the Books.
  Battle of the Books
  • Align the school library's goals, initiatives and programs with your board's goals for community, culture and caring. 
  • Take an active role in community and school events that support local, national and international initiatives such as Me to We.
  ETFO Social Justice Begins With Me Resource Kit
  • See the library as a community space and make it available for functions beyond regular hours of operation.
  • Contribute regularly to school newsletters and the school website, raising awareness about library programs, activities and resources.
  • Invite community members into the library as guest readers.
  • Model conversation and learning that includes multiple perspectives. Use resources like the Ontario Ministry of Education's Aboriginal Toolkit.
  Ontario Ministry of Education: Aboriginal Perspectives

  Use Leading Learning standard, Facilitating Collaborative Engagement to Cultivate and Empower a Community of Learners (p. 11) to frame approaches.
  Use Leading Learning standard, Cultivating Effective Instructional Design to Co-Plan, Teach and Assess Learning (p. 15) to plan differentiation strategies.