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SLS Update 2/26/2013



1.      We are working with Baker & Taylor as a new eBook provider.  Their product, Axis 360, is different than the vendors we currently work with.  They provide 1-to-1 popular fiction eBooks (such as Hunger Games or 39 Clues) which can be downloaded onto personal devices.  I am looking for people that would be interested in helping to select eBooks for this collection.  If you are interested, please let me know.

2. is now included in the Media Portal (SNAP). is a great resource provided by the SLS which contains information about books, authors, lesson plans, author interviews, and much more.  It does NOT contain the actual book or eBook.  If you can please take a moment and log into the Media Portal, we welcome feedback about this latest integration.  Please send comments (both positive and/or negative to Joshua Perks).  Also, please share this information with teachers and ask their feedback.

3.       Reminder, we have access to the Democrat and Chronicle education edition.  There is a website created specifically to use with the D&C as part of the  Newspapers In Education (NIE).  For more information, please visit:  This website contains over 300 instructional resources.

4.       Attached is information about a summer workshop for teachers: Clinton’s Ditch: The Erie Canal in Western New York.  The application deadline is March 4.

5.       Upcoming Professional Development.  For more information, please visit the SLS Calendar  of Events and click on the item.

·         Using the NOVELny Databases (emphasis on Common Core) for Teachers and Librarians: 2/27/13 (7:30-8:30) OR 2/28/13 (3:45-4:45)

·         Searching for Primary Sources with Cathi Franchino (we have two slots left): 3/7/13 (3:45-5:15)

·         Cataloging with Mitinet: 3/13/13 (7:30-8:30) OR 3/14/13 (3:45-4:45)

·         Understanding the SLMPE Rubric: 3/21/13 (3:45-4:45)

·         Media Literacy for Students for Teacher and Librarians: 3/27/13 (3:45-5:15)

6.       The New York State Library is pleased to announce that the 2013 Explore New York reading lists and bookmarks for children and teens are now available at The reading lists are designed to help libraries promote New York State related summer recreational reading and are available for download and printing.

7.       Attached are programming highlights for WXXI (PBS) for March 2013.

8.       Reminder- the early bird registration for the 2013 SSL Conference being held in Rochester is fast approaching (March 15).  For more information on the conference, please visit the conference website.  There is also a listing of the various workshops being held.


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

All- my apologies, I forgot to include this in the SLS Weekly Update.  It is information regarding the Rochester Regional Council Library of the Year Contest.  Please see below for information.  Last year, the winner was from our region: Katie Boggs and the Autumn Lane Elementary School from Greece Central.

RRLC's Annual "Do You Love Your Library?" Contest Starts March 1.

Annual Contest Celebrates National Library Week, April 14 - 20, 2013

Rochester area libraries are so great, we can't have just one winner! The Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC) will recognize three great libraries in the Rochester area: one public library; one academic or special library; and one school library.

According to a posting on the Library Leadership Network, great libraries:

•    Provide superior service
•    Train and re-train their staff
•    Are well supported by their communities or parent institutions
•    Integrate the marketing of virtual, place, and outreach services
•    Serve both the weakest and the strongest among their constituents
•    Provide education and, as appropriate, entertainment
•    Use virtual tools to offer a full range of timely information and services

Winners, which will be announced during National Library Week, April 14 -20, will be selected by judges Todd Butler, President and CEO of the Ad Council of Rochester, Carol Anne Germain, President of the New York Library Association and Sara Kelly Johns, President-Elect of the New York Library Association.

Each winning library will receive a plaque, a banner, and a $100 gift card, and will be recognized at the RRLC Annual Meeting in June.               

Please give the following information to your libraries:


Nominations for RRLC’s Library of the Year contest must come from library users, so encourage your users to submit YOUR library’s name and explain why yours is a great library.  Library staff is not eligible to participate.



Download the “Do You Love Your Library?” poster (attached) to place in your library to encourage patrons to fill out a form telling us why they love the library. The poster can be printed on letter or legal size paper.


·        Visit this link to vote online:

·        Embed the nomination form on your web page using this code: 

Create your">free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world's leading questionnaire tool.


Also attached to this email:

·        “Do You Love Your Library?” Graphic.  Use this graphic on promotional items!

·        The nomination form.  If your library chooses to have patrons fill out the forms in hard copy, please make sure that library staff inputs them using the online form by the deadline of March 20. 



SUBMISSION DEADLINE: All entries must be received by 4:30 p.m. on March 20, 2013.

Sally Collins
Senior Administrative Assistant
Rochester Regional Library Council
390 Packett's Landing
Fairport, N.Y. 14450
(585) 223-7570 - phone
(585) 223-7712 - fax

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