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SLS Update 1/27/2012


  1. The new eBook Brochures have arrived from the printers. If you have not already requested copies, please contact Patti Rose (

  2. For the upcoming Common Core workshop on Feb 7, our region has over 35 librarians registered to attend this event! Please double check the attached attendance sheet. If you have not yet registered and are planning on attending, please let Jim Belair know ASAP.

  3. Learn 360 has added new streaming video content:
    • Phunbelievable: Planet Bonehead Series. With 6 full videos and 41 video clips, this science-focused series engages students on topics ranging from amphibians to the water cycle to ecosystems.
    • Two Little Hands Productions: Signing Time Series. This group of 16 full videos and 231 video clips focuses on teaching basic sign language to students at multiple grade levels.
    • Creative Native: This social studies series features the journey through North America to discover and document the arts, crafts, culture and traditions of indigenous peoples from British Columbia to Mexico
    • Film Ideas, Inc.'s La Maga Series : Based on The Wizard of Oz, this Spanish 52-part series is ideal for language immersion classes of any skill level.
    • Mazzerella Media's Health & Wellness titles: 36 new videos focus on such topics as cliques, bullying, respect and conflict resolution.

  4. Upcoming Professional Development from the SLS:
    • Feb 1 (7:30-8:30) OR Feb 2 (3:30-4:30): Customize Visual Search with Follett Destiny
    • Feb 7: Full Day Common Core Workshop
    • Feb 8 (7:30-8:30) OR Feb 9 (3:30-4:30): Animoto Video Book Trailers (open to teachers)
    • Feb 15 (7:30-8:30) OR Feb 16 (3:30-4:30): What is new in Destiny 10.0
    • Feb 29 (7:30-8:30) OR March 1 (3:30-4:30): Using QR Codes in your Library

  5. Teen Book Festival is now on To access the author and book information please use the following link:

  6. The New York State Regents Advisory Council for Libraries (RAC) has released the second draft of Creating the Future, a 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Services in New York State: Preliminary Recommendations of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries to the New York State Board of Regents. They are seeking feedback on this document. The deadline for submitting written comments about the second draft is February 15, 2012. Comments will inform the development of the final plan which the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries will present to the New York State Board of Regents in April 2012. They encourage you to provide feedback and to share this document with your organization. The draft may be found at, and comments may be sent to

  7. Acting State Librarian Jeffrey W. Cannell invites the library community and library leaders to participate in an online opinion survey about future programs and services of the New York State Library. The survey is posted at and will be open until 5pm February 1st. The survey does specifically ask about school library systems and the role they pole in serving your needs.
  8. The University at Buffalo is having an informational night for anyone interested in learning more about the Library & Information Studies program. This will take place on Thursday, Feb 23 from 6:00-7:00 at the Webster Public Library.

  9. RRLC has updated its listing of workshops that are available to attend. Please see the attached document.

  10. Monroe 1 BOCES just informed me that they have open seats for two upcoming professional developments- no charge for either one. The first PD is on Lexiles and the second one is on Arts in Education. Attached are registration forms for both events.

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

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