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SLS Update 12/20/2012

Season Greetings,

 

1.        The Follett Destiny eBook library has moved to a new server!  As a result:

·         If you had any eBooks in a Resource List, they will need to be updated

·         If you have a link on your website to the Destiny eBook library, you will need to update it

·         The new URL is: http://library.monroe2boces.org/common/welcome.jsp?context=ebook&site=201

2.       Thank you to everyone who responded with suggestions for the Capstone eBooks.  We were able to purchase most of the requested titles.  Attached is a listing of the eBooks we purchased.  These are all unlimited simultaneous use eBooks.  More information will follow after the Holiday Break.

3.       Olga Nesi, the person who conducted our Information Fluency Continuum workshops, just had an article published in School Library Journal regarding Public Library and School Library Collaboration around Common Core Standards.  To read the article, please visit: http://www.slj.com/2012/12/opinion/on-common-core/the-public-library-connection-the-new-standards-require-that-public-and-school-librarians-pull-together-on-common-core/.

4.       Another interesting article appeared in Education Week called Using Film to Teach Common Core Skills.  To read the article, please visit: http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2012/12/12/tln_keigan.html (note, you will need to create a free account).

5.       RRLC has purchased access to lynda.com, an online subscription library that teaches the latest software tools and skills through high-quality instructional videos taught by recognized industry experts.

    • available only for RRLC members (which the librarians in our region are)
    • accounts are activated on a first-come first-served basis.  They purchased accounts for up to 20 users at a time
    • accounts are active for two weeks
    • accounts are renewable (if there is no waiting list, your account privilege may be extended on request)

·         to request an account (2 week) please visit: submit an account request

6.       We have heard from some librarians that Follett Destiny One Search is NOT working consistently in regards to returning results.  If you have noticed this, or if it is working fine for you, please let Library Automation know.  Jane and Karen will compile the results and follow up with Follett regarding this.  Send any feedback (either working or not working) to lat@monroe2boces.org

7.       Reminder for the districts participating in the Ensemble Pilot (Hilton, Gates Chili and Spencerport).  If you or any teachers would like training on how to use Ensemble to load, view or share user created media, please contact Joshua Perks.  A very basic play page is found by visiting: http://teachersites.schoolworld.com/webpages/SLS/media.cfm?subpage=1607410.

8.       The Media Department is in the process of purchasing ten still digital cameras for student and teacher use.  Stay tuned for more information on this.

9.       From the New York State Library:  Each year the New York State Library, in partnership with New York Library Association members, public librarians, and school librarians, select titles that celebrate the history, culture, and diversity of New York State to add to the four Explore New York recreational reading lists located at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/readlist.htm.  The goal in creating each list is to provide recreational titles that educators and librarians can use to assist  parents, children, and teens in selecting quality  fiction and non-fiction reading materials. This year, the New York State Library would like to add the text complexity level for each title on the lists. This will easily link the lists as a resource for following the Common Core.  We plan to add this resource to http://engageny.org/.  In addition to the librarians helping to develop the list, we hope that additional school librarians will volunteer and donate their time and expertise to determine the text complexity level for 5-10 titles from the lists.  All volunteers will receive easy instructions for determining those text complexity levels. Please contact Caitlin Sbiroli at csbiroli@mail.nysed.gov by January 10, 2013 with your interest in volunteering to determine the readability level of titles on the list.

 

Regards,

 

Jim Belair
Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES
School Library System Director
3625 Buffalo Rd
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 349-9099
jbelair@monroe2boces.org
http://www.monroe2boces.org/sls


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