Special Topics in Teacher Librarianship – New Media and New Technologies in the School Library Program

LIBE 477B (3.0) Online – Course Outline


  • There is no exam.
  • Reading Assignment
  • Inquiry Project – Weekly Blog Posts
  • Vision of Your Future Library/Classroom
  • Discussions/Community 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.


In depth study of selected topics in library education. (UBC Calendar)

This course will introduce digital media and technologies to enable personal and social learning and communication. The course is situated in the context of contemporary library studies, serving schools whose programs focus on: a) building a culture of reading, and b) learning inquiry skills to examine online information resources. Students will learn to implement these components of the library program within a conceptual framework of the pedagogical uses of digital technologies and media for learning.

The course focuses on three areas of interest:

  1. Exploring topics pertinent to librarianship, digital technologies, and life in the knowledge age.
  2. Developing technological skills and knowledge about digital technologies and resources that support innovative learning experiences: for example, mobile devices, tablets, cloud computing, application software, social media, open education resources, personal learning networks, content aggregators, asynchronous discussion forums, web conferencing software, video editing applications and annotation tools.
  3. Synthesizing inquiry topics and digital skills and knowledge to design relevant learning resources for use in local teaching contexts.

In addition, the course introduces technological and digital discrepancies between libraries serving schools in developed and developing countries. Creative approaches with technologies to improve library services will be explored.

Students will have extensive opportunities to engage in learning technologies while stressing inquiry, criticality and creative thinking. The learning activities and assignments in this course are designed to be unique to this course while relating to, and building on, other core courses in the teacher librarian diploma program.


Students will investigate the application of online resources, activities and concepts to enhance and facilitate the:

  • Integration of information literacy within innovative pedagogical practice.
  • Transformation of the traditional role of the library from an information repository to a physical and digital environment characterized as an active learning laboratory, a learning commons.
  • Co-creation of a social constructivist learning environment and the democratizing of information access through social networking and social publishing, allowing patrons to be publishers and librarians to be social knowledge curators.
  • Construction of knowledge and development of teaching philosophies incorporating course readings, personal reflection and social participation.
  • Exploration of emerging technologies, strategies and resources that will enhance and extend school libraries into interactive, service-oriented, community building entities that support the development of personal learning networks.


This course is offered online on Canvas – http://canvas.ubc.ca

Students enrolled in this online course are considered important participants in the learning group.

It is expected that participants in the learning group for this online course will bring diverse histories of experience and confidence with digital technologies and learning activities. It is expected that those with knowledge of certain skills and topics will assist and support those in the community that need help. It is also expected that members of the learning group will dedicate considerable time to self-directed learning as well as sharing this learning with other members. Self-directed learning includes research into philosophical, curricular and pedagogical topics pertaining to ICT in education and school libraries, as well as developing explorative technological dispositions for learning a variety of web-based applications and online interactive settings. Inquiry is a critical part of learning in this course and students are encouraged to enter into new learning activities with an open mind and a collaborative sense of adventure!

This online course is a guided process for developing intellectual knowledge about digital technologies and their uses in education in concert with hands-on learning activities. The course content will be co-created by contributions from the learning group throughout the term as a consequence of engaging with readings, online discussions, weekly hangouts, and publishing blog posts. This co-creation of knowledge and content will be guided by the instructor and will allow the learners in the course to customize their learning to meet their needs, and the needs of building sophisticated knowledge of digital technologies in the field of teacher-librarianship. Students can expect to spend at least 9 hours per week on course readings, inquiry, online discussions and publishing blog posts. Assignment preparation will likely entail additional time. The course website will guide you by providing information, structure, instructions, assignments and interactive connectivity with the learning group.


The ebook, Why School? How Education Must Change When Learning and Information are Everywhere by Will Richardson, should be ordered using the following URL:



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.


Your EZproxy connection will allow you to access library resources from your computer on or off campus. For more information, go to https://services.library.ubc.ca/electronic-access/connect/


Telephone: 604.822.2013, or toll-free in North America: 1.888.492.1122
Email: pro-d.educ@ubc.ca

Latest Revision on: October 26, 2018