Hours: 8:45 am - 3:30 pm

Cairine Wilson Library Mission Statement:

To provide a learning environment in which curriculum-related resources, research, and cooperative curriculum planning are made available to students and staff.

Library Rules

Library Rules

  • Use computers appropriately. Computer games, MSN chats and are not allowed in the library.
  • Student I.D. is required for borrowing for borrowing library material.
  • 3 book limit. Fine for overdue library material. Borrowing privileges are suspended once a fine occurs. (25 cents per school day)
  • Please use paper conservatively (especially when printing material off the internet. See fees below.)
  • Fees: .10 cents per page for personal photocopying. Transparencies are .50 cents each
  • Library does not supply students with office supplies (e.g., tape, glue, pens, etc.).
  • Always keep the library neat and conductive to learning
  • Library closes at 2:45 pm Mon-Fri.

The Role of the Teacher-Librarian

The Role of the Teacher-Librarian


The Teacher-Librarian is involved in the identification of teaching and learning strategies, working with teachers and students in the selection, production, and evaluation of learning resources, and serving as a consultant in planning effective learning activities.

Curriculum Development

The Teacher-librarian participates as a partner in planning, implementing, and evaluating curriculum.


The Teacher-Librarian is a teacher who works co-operatively with other staff members and who shares the responsibility for teaching learning skills.

Selection of Learning Resources

The Teacher-Librarian matches learning resources to user needs. This involves keeping up to date on new learning materials and equipment, as well as the potential of modern technology to improve access to information. The acquisition of materials to be purchased is done co-operatively by the Teacher-Librarian and classroom teachers.


The Teacher-Librarian, in consultation with the principal, establishes, implements, and evaluates library resource centre objectives. This involves the administration of such support elements as timetableing, budgeting, and the supervision of library staff. The Teacher-Librarian also develops access and delivery systems for resources and equipment and establishes interlibrary loan systems for sharing resources.

Program Advocacy

The Teacher-Librarian has a responsibility to interpret the role of the library resource centre in the teaching and learning activities of the school to the principal, teachers, supervisory officers, parents, trustees, and students.


The Catalogue and Cataloguing Systems

A library lists most items in the catalogue by subject, author, title, call number and keyword. The nice thing about an online catalogue is that cross-referencing, (the see and the see also) is done for You, and you can access OPACs (Online Public Access Catalogues) from home. For example, you can access the catalogues of Ottawa's numerous library branches from home.

Libraries use either the Dewey Decimal Classification System or the Library of Congress Classification System. A classification system is simply the way books are organized in a library.

Melvil Dewey devised the decimal system in 1873. He pided all knowledge, into 9 categories, numbering them 100 through 900, and put all the general reference works 0 (dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs (an almanac is an annual publication containing data on countries, weather, etc.), newspapers, etc.) into the category 000. Then, by adding, a decimal point, the system can be expanded continuously. Due to the classification, one can browse through a section, for example, the history section (900 section).

Herbert Putnam, a librarian at the Library of Congress, devised the more detailed Library of Congress Classification System in 1899. This system uses 21 letters of the alphabet as the first letter of the classification system. A second or third letter may be added. The second line of the LC call number is a number from 1 to 9999. Using letters provides more categories than the Dewey system.
Most public and school libraries (including Cairine Wilson) use the Dewey system, while university libraries use the Library of Congress system.

Copyright Information

  • Copyright© is a federal responsibility
  • Generally, copyright in Canada lasts for the life of the author, plus 50 years following his/her death
  • "Fair dealing" in Canada (as the law now exists) is considerably more narrow that the concept of "fair use" in the United States. In the United States, multiple copying for classroom use is permitted. In Canada, the CANCOPY licence regulates photocopying classroom materials.
  • CANCOPY was founded by Canada's leading creator and publisher association in 1988 to administer copying rights and facilitate access. The license permits teachers and students to copy up to 10% of a publication or 75% of a chapter.
  • For more information on copyright, see the copyright poster in the library (near the photocopier.
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