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SLS Update 3/14/2013



1.       Attached is an article from this week’s NYSSBA (New York State School Boards Association) Newspaper.  The article is on what School Librarians can do to support Common Core Learning Standards.  Please take a moment and read the article!

2.       Thank you Karen Mitchell for assembling the attached data regarding Mitinet and reading levels.  The spreadsheet reflects the BEFORE and the AFTER results for Lexile and Fountas & Pinnell hit rates for all the schools in the Library Automation CoSER.

3.       Attached is information for an upcoming Media Literacy Grant through EMTA (Educational Media Technology Association).  This grant is ONLY for teachers in New York State and is designed project in media literacy education.  Applications are due May 24, 2013.  For more information, please visit:

4. will now work on your mobile device. 

5.       From Monroe County Library System

·         Attached is a listing of Children and YA librarians for all the branch libraries in Monroe County

·         Teen Central at the Downtown Library is holding a STEM Video Game Challenge from 3:30-6 on March 19.  For more information:

·         Upcoming half day workshop: Comics, Libraries, and Education: Evaluating Comics.  To be held on April 10 from 9:00-11:30 at Central Library.  For more information, please visit:

6.       The Online Database renewal information has been sent to all librarians.  If you have any questions, please let either Jim or Patti know.  If you would like to see all available Online Database Offerings, please visit:  Also, if a database is not listed that you would be interested in, please let Patti know.

7.       Congratulations to the SSL Scholarship Winners from our region.  Taking advantage of the scholarship are: Brockport: Cathy Mangan and Kathy Jaccarino; Greece: Shirlee Carlberg, Janet Clarke-Hazlett, Claudine Dixon, Sara Franus, and Susan Sullivan; Hilton- Angela Boccuzzi-Reicert; Holley- Lisa Osur; Spencerport- Linda Paul; Wheatland Chili- Karen Arndt!

8.       In the near future, updated information will be sent out regarding the regional work for identify resources to use (Elementary ELA Modules and Secondary Global Studies).

9.       I am working on putting together the End of Year SLS Evaluation.  If you have any suggestions based off of last year’s evaluation, please let Jim know.

10.   Media Literacy for Students  Workshop: March 27 from 3:45-5:15.  Just as literacy is a skill that equips one to understand and communicate through language, media literacy is a skill that equips students to understand and communicate through media. Media literacy classes provide students with skills, tools, insights, and a vocabulary to understand the important role the media plays in shaping, reflecting, and sometimes subverting our social realities.  This is designed for both teachers and librarians.

11.   From DLD: Grolier Online University (Internet-based training) is freely available to new and existing subscribers. Grolier is hosting customized NOVELNY training sessions to help inform NOVELNY users about Grolier Online's program features and how to incorporate Grolier Online into schools and public libraries. In this training they will focus on the five new online resources that are available via NOVELNY. The five new online resources are Amazing Animals of the World, America the Beautiful, The New Book of Popular Science, Lands and Peoples, and La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre.

·         For March 19:

·         For April 11:

12.  Updates from WXXI:

·         Upcoming Documentary which followed an urban high school for 180 days during the school year.  It focuses on the struggles the students faced to graduate.  For more on this series visit:

                                          i.    Free screening of the first part of the documentary at the Little Theatre, March 18 at 7:00.  For more information on the screening:

                                         ii.    We also have a DVD teacher guide/discussion guide about the documentary available through the media library

·         WXXI gave us an access code to download an iPad/iPhone APP for Clifford’s Big Birthday.  Contact Patti Rose for an access card.  Each access card can only be used one time

·         PBS Kids Presents Curios George Swings into Spring event at WXXI (280 State St. Rochester) on Saturday April 13 from 10-12




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

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