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SLS Update 9/20/2013



1.       The NYS Board of Regents has released a revised Regents Research Paper for High School Students.  I truly think this is our opportunity to embrace this new requirement and become building leaders in supporting it.  For more information, please visit:

·         Important to note: the paper lists minimum requirements for sources and page length!  A school can (and in my opinion should) add to these

·         This will probably be approved at the November Board of Regents Meeting

·         In a few weeks I am going to send a Doodle Poll to ALL high school librarians to set up a meeting to discuss this and how we can best implement the paper

·         This does not mention the IFC (Information Fluency Continuum).  However, the IFC would work extremely well with this

2.       We are in the process of purchasing additional eBooks from Rosen Learning (we currently own the Spotlight on NY Series).  We will be purchasing the Spotlight on Ancient Civilizations.  Stay tuned for more information!  The titles will allow unlimited simultaneous use!  They are designed for students in grades 4-7.

·         Spotlight on Ancient Egypt

·         Spotlight on Ancient Rome

·         Spotlight on Ancient Greece

·         All  books are aligned to the CCSS, contain reading levels, contain multimedia features such as audio narration, pictures, embedded videos… and contain a teacher’s guide.

3.       Upcoming Professional Development:

·         Thursday October 3 from 3:45-5:15- Free Online Primary Sources. This is a repeat class which was taught last year by Cathi Franchino. Currently, only 1 person is enrolled!  The course received a lot of positive remarks.   There will be a focus on resources from the Library of Congress.  This is open to all teachers (please spread the word)

·         Thursday October 10 from 3:45-4:45- Supporting Science- the new Science Standards and what School Librarians Need to Know.  This will be taught by the ESP staff and will take place at the ESP building.  This is intended for all librarians working with grades K-12!

·         Thursday October 17 from 3:45-4:45- NOVELny Databases Update.  Learn what changes took place in NOVELny and what is now accessible.  There are a ton of resources for students and teachers in grades K-12.  This is open to all library staff and teachers (please spread the word)

·          For a full description of each workshop, please visit:

4.       Attached are two files regarding the Teen Book Festival (TBF).  As a fundraiser (to help keep this event free), TBF will be holding a Read-A-Thon on October 12.  Author A.S. King will be part of this event!  Please pass this information onto your students and teachers.

·         Attached is a coupon which if used, will allow a portion of the book sales to be applied to the TBF

5.       Reminder about InterLibrary Loan

·         Please be sure to check for requests.  If you cannot send an item, please decline it within 5 Systems

·         Please be sure to read the Borrower Notes!  Many libraries may use these to ask for a longer loan period or an extra copy of the book

·         We have the ability to borrow for FREE from: ALL area Colleges and Universities, Monroe County Library System, and the Pioneer Library System.  For more information on this, please contact Patti Rose

6.       Attached is a membership form to join RASL (Rochester Area School Librarians).  This is a great local group to be a part of! 

·         Their first meeting is a social at the Distillery (310 Winton Rd South, Henrietta) on September 30th at 5:30. 

·         Fall into Books will be held October 23rd at 4:30 at St. John Fisher College

7.       Media Department:

·         Reminder- you and your teachers have the ability to request items be taped off of TV.  To Request a previously taped show OR to make a request for one, please complete an Off-Air Recording Request Form.  Recent recordings include: 

                                                               i.      Latino Americans Episode 1: Foreigners in Their Own Land  (a new 3 part series from PBS) .  The next two episodes are scheduled to air the next two Tuesdays.

                                                             ii.      Watsons Go to Birmingham

·         Reminder- all eBooks are now included into the Media Portal.  The other ways to access are still present- we just added another option.

·         All teachers in Brockport, Hilton and Spencerport have access to Ensemble for hosting user created content.  For more information on Ensemble, click here.  For examples of how others have used Ensemble, click here.  If you have any questions, or would like to schedule individual training or small group training, please contact Joshua Perks

8.       App of the Week: GALE ACCESS MY LIBRARY.  This is a great App from Gale Cengage.  It will allow students and teachers to search for their specific school and then have full access to Gale purchased databases, Gale NOVELny databases, school purchased Gale eBooks and for the secondary schools, the 4 regional Gale databases.   

·         If your school is not listed under the city, please let us know and we will contact Gale to have it added

·         There is a separate library listed under Rochester for BOCES 2 SLS- this will give access to NOVELny, the 4 regional databases AND all the eBooks purchased by the SLS from Gale. 

·         US History in Context, World History in Context, Opposing ViewPoints in Context, and Science in Context- these are amazing databases that classroom teachers and students can EASILY and QUICKLY use to find informational text on various subject matters.  Please be sure to share this with your teachers!  Especially those schools who are using iPads with students!

·         If you would like additional information on using this App or any of these databases, please contact Jim Belair.  Jim would welcome the opportunity to visit you and share how to use this resource.


Jim Belair
Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES
School Library System Director
3625 Buffalo Rd
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 349-9099

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