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SLS Update 3/01/2012


I apologize for the second update this week, but some of the information is time sensitive.

  1. March 6 is Library Advocacy Day in Albany. This day is designed for librarians and library supporters to meet with their elected officials in Albany to discuss the needs of libraries. There will also be a library rally held.
    • The Pioneer Library System is sponsoring a bus to Albany. If you would like more information about the bus, please let Jim know. They still have 10 slots available on the bus.
    • NYLA is asking librarians to write to their elected officials to ask them to support of restoring Library Aid to 2010 levels ($84 million) or at the very least the same 4% increase as schools are receiving. Library Aid is currently at $79 million or below 1994 levels. Visit and click on Contact Your Elected Officials Button to send email/fax to your state legislators.

  2. The New York Educational Media Technology Association (EMTA) is sponsoring a Media Literacy Grant to a New York State Teacher. The purpose of the grant is to support educator educators who provide resources and services that correlate to state and national learning standards for instructional excellence promoting media literacy and to provide funds for research projects or demonstration projects that can be replicated in other areas across the state and nation. The amount of the grant is $1,000. Attached is the application. To learn more, please visit:

  3. Suzanne Shearman from Brockport Barclay is looking for additional libraries to share the cost of having Toni Buzzeo do a library visit. Suzanne is looking to hold the event in May. If interested, please contact Suzanne at

  4. May 3-5 is the annual NYLA Section of School Librarians Conference (formerly known as SLMS) which is being held in Binghamton (next year it is in Rochester). The keynote speaker is Dr. Joyce Valenza. Early bird registration ends March 15. For more information, please visit the conference’s website:

  5. I wanted to resend out information about cataloging eReaders. Karen Mitchell made the attached instructional guide for cataloging the devices into your Follett Destiny catalog.

  6. Earlier this week I attended a workshop about Lexiles sponsored by Monroe #1 BOCES. Lots of great information was shared! On the Lexile company’s website is a map showing lexile ranges by grade level and sample books for each grade: One thing the presenter stressed, lexiles only look at the reading level, and it does not look at age appropriateness or content!

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

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