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SLS Update 9/30/2013



1.       We are offering a new Online Professional Development course for librarians in our region!  We are partnering with 14 other School Library Systems across the state to offer “Cool Tools” to our librarians.  Participants will be presented with 10 different topics and will learn/apply those topics (this will run from November to May).

·         Attached is a handout about the course

·         Also attached is a DRAFT list of topics

·         To view a video about this online course please visit:

·         We do have a limited number of seats for this (currently we have 5 seats reserved)

·         PD Credit will be awarded for doing this (explained in the handout)

·         If you are interested in doing this, please contact Jim Belair

2.       Information for your BEDS report:

·         Total number of databases you have access to: 11 from NOVELny PLUS 4 from BOCES PLUS total number your library purchases (for MS and HS, count the Gale databases here)

·         Total number of eBooks: 1,478 from BOCES PLUS total number your library purchased on your own

3.        Upcoming Professional Development Workshops:

·         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)

·         Thursday October 24 from 3:45-4:45- Dynamic Destiny Home PageIf you have a district library page or other site where you maintain all your library resources, we will show you how to embed that site so Destiny becomes a comprehensive virtual library that will meet the information needs of today's students.

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

  1. NYS K-12 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest:  Contest deadline November 29, 2013!  The NYS Office of Information Technology Services' Enterprise Information Security Office (NYS ITS/EISO) is hosting the "NYS K-12 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest" during the month of October in conjunction with "National Cyber Security Awareness Month" activities. Information can be distributed to all parents, teachers and students in NYS public, private and home-schools, inviting students to participate in the contest.

5.       Attached is a copy of current workshops being offered by RRLC.

6.       Media Department Reminders:

·         Watson’s go to Birmingham is available through Off-Air recording.  If you would like a copy on DVD, please use the Off Air Request Form.  Just indicate the show (no need to list channel or time)

·         Reminder- if you would like BOCES to train any faculty members (department/grade level meetings, full faculty meetings, drop in visit, before school collegial circle…), please let us know

7.       App of the Week: Brain Pop

·         From the Apple Store: Brain Pop

·         From the Apple Store: Brain Pop JR

·         Users can use this to access short animated movies and then complete an animated quiz

·         With a paid subscription, students can access all the various videos across the curriculum.  Click on the lower left hand corner and enter your school’s info.  If you are unsure, please contact Patti Rose.



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

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