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SLS Update 1/24/2013



A couple key items in this week’s update!


1.        We are thrilled to announce a new STEM video streaming service from CCC!  This is available to all who participate in the Media CoSER.

·        All of the Bill Nye content will be accessed through this service.  It will no longer be in Learn 360

·         Additional content from the National Science Foundation

·         Inventions that shook the world series (done by decade)

·         Lots of additional Disney STEM content

·         PLUS much more!

·         Content is K-12

·         To view a 24 page brochure listing the new content, please visit:

·         This is not live yet, it should be up and running next week

·         Stay tuned for additional information!

2.       On Tuesday we had an awesome workshop with Ashlee Bryant and Dr. Kristen Driskill.  The topic was how Librarians Supporting Common Core Standards in their School.  The PowerPoint and some of the handouts are posted on the SLS site under Professional Development:

3.       Upcoming PD: Webquests for Cross-Curricular Reading and Writing with Common Core (March 8 from 8-3): Participants will learn to utilize this instructional method of project based learning and student inquiry in an interdisciplinary activity. The activity will concentrate on identifying informational text resources as well as creating student products utilizing the three genres of writing (narrative, persuasive, and informational).

4.       Donna Farren, the BOCES Distance Learning Specialist, shared information with me regarding a Fairy Tale/Folk Tale Cyber Dictionary opportunity for students aged 5-8.  Project Summary: The teacher reads a tale to the students. Students brainstorm words & compose a class "Cyber dictionary" using each letter of the alphabet & relating it to a story object.  For more information, please contact Donna:

5.       Washington Saratoga Warren Hamilton Essex BOCES School Library System has put together a great site geared towards students and teachers on plagiarism and digital ethics.  The site:

6.       The Sibley Music Library (University at Rochester) has put together an outstanding web catalog of public domain music scores.  To browse the collection, please visit:  For more information, please contact the Sibley librarian Dan Zager (

7.       I will be sending out an additional email soon regarding Online Database trials.  Thank you to everyone who has responded with what they would like to explore

·         ProQuest eLibrary (until Feb 23):

·         Gale Products (until Feb 20):;ContactID=40863

                                                               i.      National Geographic, Opposing Viewpoints, Student Resources in Context, Archives Unbound, Biography in Context, Books and Authors, Global Issues in Context, Greener, Kids InfoBits, Literature Resources,

·         InfoBase Products:  Username: slsa1  Password: factsonfile

                                                               i.      Various Career databases, Issues and Controversies, Today’s Science, World News Digest, Blooms Literary Reference, Writers Reference Center, Sickness and Disease Online, Health Reference Center, The Human Body, World Religions Online, Biomes of Earth, Chelsea House Biographies Online, World Almanac for Kids, World Geography and Culture, African-American History Online, Physics in Action Online, Tons of American History and Government Products, Plus many others!




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