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SLS Update 5/17/2012



1.       Attached is a DRAFT copy of the Summer and Fall SLS and Technology Professional Development trainings.  Several of the SLS courses are listed under Technology and also under Technology and Common Core.   The final version will be released in the coming weeks (I will resend when I receive it). I just wanted to make sure everyone had this now, so they could plan for the summer and fall.

2.       I am pleased to announce the purchase of the Sylvan Dell eBook collection.  They include 70 picture books (with an additional 10 next year) that can be used in all different grades.  Each eBook contains a Lexile Level, a teacher’s guide and quizzes, correlations to Common Core Learning Standards, an audio track to read the eBook, and a full Spanish translation (for both the text and audio).  I will be sending out additional information on this next week.  If you would like access to them BEFORE then, please let me know and I can send you the information specific to your school.  These eBooks have a heavy emphasis on Science, Math, and Geography.  Note, these titles are not yet included in the SLS Follett Destiny eBook site.

3.       Attached is a registration form for the Summer School Librarian Tech Camp being held at Monroe 2 BOCES.  There will be 16 different sessions all focusing on instructional technology and how they can be used in a library.  If there is a teacher who is interested in attending the Tech Camp with you, they are more than welcome.  Please see the attached registration form.

4.       Barbara Stripling, recently retired SLS Director for New York City and now Professor at Syracuse University (and newly elected ALA President) recently presented in the Syracuse area on the Value of School Libraries.  To view her presentation, please visit:  I am also attaching a copy of her PowerPoint.

5.       Madison Oneida BOCES (Syracuse area) is sponsoring a Math-Library Common Core workshop.  Please see the attached flyer.

6.       Reminder, please be sure to complete the SLS End of Year Evaluation.  To date, 17 librarians have responded to the evaluation.  The evaluation may be found by visiting:

7.        A message from New York State Division of Library Development: This year, as part of the national “2012 Teen Video Challenge,” teens from across New York State submitted videos to promote summer reading and libraries. The national competition, sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Library Program, named one winning video from each participating state. The judges chose “Night Creatures,” from Longwood Public Library, Middle Island, NY as the NYS winner for the national competition.  Each video submitted showed a unique “teen focused” perspective on summer reading. Now we would like to use all of these great videos to get the word out about the fun and rewards of summer reading. Therefore, the New York State Library announces the “2012 Teen Video Challenge – NYS Viewer’s Choice Award.” Have your opinion heard!  VOTE for your favorite videos created by teens to promote summer reading. The “2012 Teen Video Challenge – NYS Viewer’s Choice Award” will be awarded to the three videos receiving the most votes. Visit the Summer Reading at New York Libraries website, to view all videos and vote for your top three choices!  Deadline for voting is midnight, August 15th, 2012. Winner will be announced in the beginning of September, 2012.

8.       Shirlee Carlberg from Greece Odyssey shared information regarding a new professional book being published: Sweet Search: Web Research Skills for Educators.  To preview chapters of this book, please visit:

9.       The SLS has various Internet Safety Posters from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Cyber Security.  If anyone would like some for their library, please contact Patti Rose.

10.   Follett Destiny Inventory Classes will be Wednesday May 23 7:30-8:30 am OR Thursday May 24 3:30-4:30.

11.   The Media Department just purchased an additional 50 iPod Shuffles for audio books.  This brings our total up to 375 shuffles.  One interesting note, there are only 8 shuffles on the shelf right now!

12.   Reminder: the new round of Regents Review Live is now available.  You can borrow them on DVD from the Media Library.  They are also available as a video stream from:

13.   Thank you to Nancy Cholewa for organizing the End of Year Celebration at MacGregors.  We had a great turn out with 19 people coming J.

14.   Attached, please find an updated listing of RRLC Summer School for Librarians classes.


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

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