Windsor, Ontario: Catholic Schools Restoring Libraries
From the Windsor Star:
Seven months after effectively closing school libraries – igniting a furor and drawing national headlines – the Catholic school board has recruited the Windsor Public Library to help resurrect its libraries.
“Certainly I said I get it,” board director Paul Picard said after meeting with library board chairman Al Maghnieh and CEO Barry Holmes on Thursday. “They’re the pros at this,” he said of the library. “They have huge knowledge and expertise. We’re really, really excited about it. I can’t stress that enough. We think this has huge possibilities.”
The libraries will no longer be called “learning common areas” or “21st century learning centres,” Picard said.
“We will be naming them libraries,” he said. “The first bit of advice we took is that they’re libraries. You can’t help but feel and see the passion – we got it in spades. The term library doesn’t just talk about a collection of books. Library really does talk about a place where literacy is celebrated.”
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.