Administration of the School Library Resource Centre

LIBE 461 (3.0) Online – Course Outline


  • 6 web-based assignments;
  • Analysis of a School Library Resource Centre Program
  • Plan of Action
  • Participation

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.


This online course introduces students to the exciting and evolving role of the School Library Learning Commons (SLLC) in today’s K-12 environment, within a Canadian context, including other facilities or spaces that support teaching and learning of curriculum and student literacy development, such as community libraries.  Students will develop an understanding of the role and philosophy of the SLLC as it relates to a school’s instructional programs. In a series of modules, students will explore the range of issues and policies that teacher-librarians must address in order to create a dynamic, information-rich, multi-literacy resource centre that draws in teachers and students alike.  Included among the topics covered: policy, image, budget, resource selection, personnel, co-planning/co-teaching, facilities, and technology integration. Concepts introduced in this course will be expanded upon in subsequent course work, equipping the participants to be effective educational leaders in their School Library Learning Commons.

LIBE 461 is a core course for the Diploma in Education – Teacher-Librarianship.  LIBE 461 is one course for the Certificate in Teacher-Librarianship.


This course will be offered online on Canvas –

  1. Redefining the space and the practitioner (SLLC and TL)
  2. School libraries in the wider library context (public, academic, community)
  3. Crafting Your Policy
  4. Your Clientele: Staff, Students and Administrators
  5. What’s My Image?
  6. How to Manage a Budget
  7. Dealing with the Resources
  8. Personnel & Facilities: some thoughts
  9. Tackling the Technology Challenge
  10. Leadership and Pro-D


  • To introduce students to the philosophy, role and administration of school library resource centres in elementary and secondary schools.
  • To develop an understanding of the educational role of the school library resource centre as an integrated and integral component of the school curriculum.
  • To examine school library policies and procedures within the Canadian context.
  • To develop an awareness of the importance of the role of the teacher-librarian and to gain knowledge of the many facets of that role.
  • To develop an understanding of how to administer and operate a school library.
  • To provide participants with an opportunity to use newly emerging technologies in a learning situation.
  • To provide participants with an opportunity to develop specific plans of action that applies the course content and discussions to their personal school context.


This is an online course. Students are required to have a computer, access to the Internet, and a Campus Wide Login ID and password to access the course website.

For the required course material (see below), call the UBC Bookstore to order: 604.822.2665 or

Order online at:

  • Toor, R. and Weisburg, H. K. New on the Job: A School Librarian’s Guide to Success. 2015.  ISBN: 9780838912645
  • Johnson, Doug A. The Indispensable Librarian : Surviving and Thriving in School Libraries in the Information Age. ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013.  ISBN: 9781610692397


Your EZproxy connection will allow you to access library resources from your computer on or off campus. For more information, go to


Telephone: 604.822.2013, or toll-free in North America: 1.888.492.1122

Latest Revision on: October 25, 2018