Academic and Professional Resources

Elizabeth Downie Media Library Landing Page


Use the links on the rest of this page to pop out to other academic and professional resources connected to the ESA Library.

Library and Learning Resources: Information Literacy Support Site

  • This site is designed to support students as they learn their way through the steps of the Research and Inquiry Process.
  • The primary content on this site is found in the section sub-titled “ Research @ Your Library.”
  • Everything you need to know about Academic Honesty
  • Everything you need to know about the Research and Inquiry Process, from start to finish
  • In addition there is everything you need to know about Books (including the archives for ESA Reads), Poetry (including the Poetry in Voice National Contest), Toronto Public Library Resources, Writing Contests and Publications, and last, but not least, details about how you can volunteer in the Library.


Library and Learning Resources: Professional Resources

  • Powered by EduBlogs, this site is intended to be one-stop shopping for everything a classroom teacher needs to know (a lofty goal we’re working towards achieving!)
  • This site is also useful for parents and, to a lesser degress, for students
  • Major content areas include Academic Honesty Resources for Teachers, Subject Based Curriculum Resources, and Children’s Mental Health Resources.
  • A major focus of this blog will be Educational Technology (EdTech).
  • The intent is to facilitiate greater use of appropriate technology school-wide.
  • This blog will feature, among other things, an App of the Week. If you would like to receive the App of the Week posting directly via e-mail, subscribe here.


ESA Library Newsletter

  • Sent out approx once every 2 months
  • Sign up here to receive it automatically
  • Archived on the ESA Library Academic Workspace School Site (must be logged into TDSB network account to access) and on the Teacher and Student Share Drives
  • Come back soon…  I’ll create an online space to host newsletters outside of the TDSB


Twitter: My “Professional” Account

  • I never log onto this account to post…  too much hassle moving back and forth between Twitter accounts
  • Follow the link and see the people I think are interesting to follow
  • N.B.  This one is really devoted to Libraries and Librarianship!


E.S.say Creative Writing Blog

  • digital collection of student writing (poetry and short prose)
  • post your writing to the blog and be part of our curated annual end of year publication
  • housed with Library and Archives Canada, you will be able to lay claim to having been published!


PBWorks Web Based Classroom Resources

  • a compendium of digital resources for all subject areas
  • N.B.  This is something of an orphan site as I’ve not really spent any time updating it of late… but it still has lots of useful content!


Digital Literacy Learning Wiki

  • Your digital literacy primer
  • N.B.  This is something of an orphan site as I’ve not really spent any time updating it of late… but it still has lots of useful content!


TDSB West Teacher Librarian Professional Development Archives

  • If you happen to be interested in seeing what we TL’s talk about when we get the chance to get together…
  • This link will provide access to the minutes of our meetings from the 2014-2015 school year
  • There have not been any meetings this year due to the OSSTF job action