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SLS Update 4/14/2013



1.       We just placed a large order for new eBooks titles with Ebrary.  Several of these titles are POPULAR FICTION or Texts used in classes items spanning K-12!  They are all unlimited simultaneous access!  When they are available for use, I will let everyone know.  The list of titles is attached.

2.       Reminder, please take a look at the potential new eBook vendor- Mitchell Lane.  The password to access them is boces2.  Attached is a listing of all their eBook titles.

3.       I heard a lot of positive responses to the Infographic included on the March 7 SLS Weekly Update (Impact libraries have student learning).  AASL just released a different infographic on “Strong Libraries Build Strong Students”.  

4.       PBS Update:

·         April 2013 Education e-Newsletter

·         180 Days is available to request from Off-Air.  Also, through the Media Portal, there are teacher guides and a one hour preview of the show

5.       Save the date: Getting Kids Excited about Nonfiction with Kathleen Baxter will be held Thursday, July 18, 2013, 10am - 4pm at Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES, Newark, NY.  Through practical experience booktalking to thousands of kids, School Library Journal columnist Kathleen Baxter, the Nonfiction Booktalker, feels that nonfiction can be the key to getting kids to read. The Common Core Standards require it. Participants will be motivated and energized as they acquire a practical repertoire of dozens of booktalks and books that appeal to kids. Kathleen will focus her presentation on nonfiction and Common Core books for elementary school kids.

6.       Online Database Update:

·         Gale is now selling National Geographic Kids Online Database

·         InfoBase Publishing is now selling World Almanac and World Almanac for Kids Online Database (these are done by the same people who do the print versions)

·         For more information on either product, please contact Patti Rose

7.       Attached is a recent article from District Administration (March 2013): The Transition to Digital Media, Are School Libraries on the Way Out? 

8.       Official Summer Reading at NY Libraries website:  New information has been added to this site.

9.       St. John Fisher College recently digitized a collection of Frederick Douglas newspaper articles.  The articles are freely available through the New York Heritage Digital Collections.  To view the newspapers, please visit: and scroll down to Anti-Slavery and Abolitionist Newspapers at Lavery Library.

10. added a few new items:

·         Common Core Corner: Get Help from Teachingbooks video

·         Katherine Applegate discusses her research process for her 2013 Newbery-winning book, The One and Only Ivan 

·         Linda Sue Park brief audio interview about Long Walk to Remember


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

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