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SLS Update 4/17/2012



1.        Save the Date!  The SLS will be holding a workshop entitled: Planning a Unit Using the Common Core.  This will be a two-day workshop designed for a librarian to collaborate with a teacher(s) around successful Common Core lessons using Information Fluency.   This workshop will be held three different times: July 18/19 OR November 29/30 OR December 13/14.  More information to follow!

2.       Patti Rose will be sending out Online Database Renewal information. 

·         If you would like pricing for a database NOT included on the renewal sheet, please let Patti know and she will send it to you

·         A full listing of all available databases is available by visiting:

3.       Congratulations to Katie Boggs and the Greece Autumn Lane Elementary School for being named the 2012 Rochester Regional Library Council School Library of the Year!  Please visit for more information.

4.       The Kahn Academy has a nice section on Math Common Core:

5.       There are now 27 new eBooks from Marshall Cavendish are now uploaded into the SLS eBook collection.  For a full listing of the new titles, please visit:

6.       If you, or any teachers, have requests for additional audio books to be purchased for the Media Library, please let Joshua Perks know OR fill out the online request form.  Please submit all requests by Friday, April 20. 

7.       The New York State Library is seeking feedback on its Five Year Plan of Service.  The plan identifies the major needs, goals and priorities for library services in New York State.  The plan also describes potential statewide activities that will be implemented using the federal LSTA funds provided annually to the New York State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  The draft plan is currently available at: What do you think about the content of the plan? What role can your library, library system or organization play in the success of this plan? Please email all comments and suggestions to LSTACOMMENTS@MAIL.NYSED.GOV no later than Friday, April 27.

8.       ProQuest is offering an online trial of all their products.  Please see the attached trial sheet listing all the various databases.

9.       A fellow SLS Director recently shared a research article titled: Answering Questions About Library Impact on Student Learning by Derek Rodrigez.  It is posted on the “In the Library with the Lead Pipe” Blog.  The focus of the article is on academic libraries and their impact on student learning, but there is some value for K-12 libraries as well.  Please visit:


10.   FYI- a link to a short slide show around Internet Safety.


11.   The Little Theatre and WXXI are presenting a FREE Teacher/Educator screening of BULLY on Tuesday April 24th at 4pm at the Little Theatre

·         RSVP by April 20th to or by calling Bri Merkel at 258-0404. Seating is limited

·         The Little welcomes educators to schedule a screening for students, PD for a group of teachers, or as a PTSA event

12.   On August 13, RRLC is hosting Kathleen Odean for a full day presentation on the Best New Young Adult Books for Grades 6-12 with a Special Focus on Non-Fiction for the Common Core.  For more information, please visit:  Note, there is a $20 charge to attend this event (all librarians, administrators, and teachers within our region are considered RRLC Members).



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

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