I am a teacher and librarian from Alberta. I teach in the Teacher-Librarianship by Distance Learning Program at the University of Alberta and have taught courses on school library management, Canadian Children's Literature, and Information Technology. I am currently working on my PhD in Elementary Education at the University of Alberta. My dissertation research will be an investigation of children's experiences with public library summer reading programs and how these programs impact their interest in recreational reading. I am planning to do my data collection next summer.
I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of http://www.GettingBoysToRead.com. Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight.
If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us http://www.facebook.com/SupportSchoolLibraries . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!
I'm a teacher librarian & recently started a community based blog for getting boys to read - http://GettingBoysToRead.com. Please send me a friend request if you'd like to network, share ideas, and learn more about getting boys to read.