About This Site

Authorship

This site is a library web portal for all 27 elementary libraries in the Greater Victoria School District.  It is a shared resource created and maintained by the elementary teacher-librarians of the school district. The content of this website is reviewed and updated three times a year in consultation with all elementary teacher-librarians.

The website is developed and maintained by:

Andrew Bailey, District Webmaster
Ben Koning, Teacher Librarian
Travis Richey, Teacher Librarian

Please feel to contact us at elemweb@sd61.bc.ca regarding any technical issues, errors, questions, or suggestions for this site.  Greater Victoria Teacher Librarians can add resource suggestions for this site here.

Purpose & Scope

The Elementary Library & Learning Commons site purpose is to provide access to information and resources that support the learning and instructional needs of elementary school students, teachers, parents and librarians. The purpose of this site is to provide easy access to resources by young patrons who are emerging and beginner readers through the use of  icons. This shared web portal for all Greater Victoria District elementary school libraries is intended to help alleviate some of the burden of maintaining a web presence by each individual librarian.

This site is not designed to be an exhaustive collection of resources and information. It is intended to serve as the preferred first online resource for library patrons.

Resource Selection

It is not possible to create an exhaustive list of digital resources for students that support all facets of  the British Columbia elementary school curriculum. The student portion of this site is intended to provide efficient access to exemplary student centered resources. The staff resource section provides access to significant repositories of resources and to newer and thus less known exemplary instructional information and materials. The parent resources section contains resources associated with media and information literacy.

The criteria for student resources selection:

  • The resource supports learning and instruction of the British Columbia curriculum.
  • The resource is student-centered and requires little prior instruction to use.
  • The format of the resource is visually attractive and professional in its appearance.
  • The site has little or no advertising.
  • The site is an authoritative source of unbiased information and instruction.
  • The resource is sufficiently broad so as to cover a significant curricular area.

The criteria for staff resource selection:

  • The resource supports learning and instruction of the British Columbia curriculum.
  • The resource is staff-centered
  • The site is an authoritative source of unbiased information and instruction.
  • The resource is sufficiently broad so as to cover a significant curricular area.

The criteria for parent resource selection:

  • The resource supports learning and instruction of the British Columbia curriculum.
  • The resource is parent-centered
  • The site is an authoritative source of unbiased information and instruction.
  • The resource is sufficiently broad so as to cover commonly sought information by parents wanting support the learning of their child, especially as it relates to digital and information literacy.