According to the US-based National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Job Outlook 2012 survey, employers value teamwork, verbal communication skills, decision-making and problem-solving, and the ability to obtain and process information the most highly of their top ten desired traits. Surprisingly, the ability to create and edit written reports, and the ability to sell or influence others were rated least highly of the ten. Employers responding to the Job Outlook 2012 survey said they plan to hire 9.5 percent more new graduates in 2011-12 than they did in 2010-11.

The Learning Commons in BC showcases the transformation of traditional academic libraries to the learning commons model. The video below includes a sampling from elementary and secondary schools to post-secondary institutions – including the Chapman Learning Commons at UBC. The video helps explain how the environment and services provided in a learning commons setting is so valuable to a student’s learning experience.

This video is a collaboration of several Vancouver schools, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC, Reel Youth and the Libraries and Literacy Branch. The administrators, teacher-librarians and Learning Centre staff generously shared their wisdom, expertise and experiences with others. In addition, many exemplary teacher-librarians around the province provided inspiration for the project.




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