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SLS Update 12/08/2011

Greetings- Please see below for various informational items.

1. It is not to late to sign up for Allison Zmuda’s presentation on December 22. If you are interested, please contact Jim Belair ASAP.

2. New audio books titles available to use with the iPod Shuffles: Arthur’s Audio Favorites by Marc Brown ; Clifford’s Christmas by Norman Bidwell ; There’s a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer ; Henry and Mudge: The First Book by Cynthia Rylant ; The Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings; The Sisters Grimm: Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley. Reminder, if you have additional suggestions for purchase, please sends them to Joshua Perks OR fill out this form:

3. Upcoming Professional Development from the School Library System:

· Adding Digital Content in Destiny with Karen Mitchell: 12/14 from 7:30-3:30 OR 12/15 from 3:30-4:30

· Using Follett Purchased eBooks within Follett Destiny with Jane Reeves: 12/21 from 7:30-3:30 OR 12/22 from 3:30-4:30 (Note, this is for eBooks that individual libraries have purchased from Follett, this is not on using the regional eBook collection from BOCES)

· LSTA Workshop- Library 2.0 How the Library Program and Should be Resurrected as Vital to Learning with Allison Zmunda: 12/22 from 8:30-3:00 at RIT Inn & Conference Center

· Using the BOCES Regional eBook Collection: 1/4 from 7:30-3:30 OR 1/5 from 3:30-4:30

4. We are going to be assembling various Web 2.0 tools for education and posting the results on the SLS website. If you could please send any of your favorite tools (Prezi, Tagxedo...) to Patti Rose we will add them to the list. Please include the tool’s name, a brief summary, and the URL to access it.

5. We are pleased to offer a Database trial to True Flix which is available from Scholastic. The URL is: Username: score / Password: score.

6. Reminder, if you are looking to borrow a book via Interlibrary Loan from the Public Library or one of the area colleges, please contacts Patti Rose. Patti is now overseeing all Interlibrary activites for our region. Also, I was recently informed that the Rochester Area SLS Connect Listserv should not be used for ILL- I know I had suggested it to some folks- my apologies...

7. FYI- Jeffrey Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education and Acting State Librarian recently testitied before the NY State Assembly regarding libraries. To see the text of his speech, please visit:

8. The New York State Library is pleased to announce the release of the “2012 Summer Reading at New York Libraries School Library Partner Manual.” The manual contains complete information on partnering with a public library, or public library system, to help all students gain the full advantage of summer reading. It also has full resource lists for books, recordings, and websites related to the 2012 theme, Night, and slogans, “Dream Big READ” (children) and “Own the Night” (teens). The manual can be downloaded from the “Summer Reading at New York Libraries” , click on Downloadable Materials. Also available on the “downloadable materials” page are summer reading flyers and brochures to share with educators and parents.

9. Last call- Gale and the National Geographic Society, one of the world's largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions, are working together to bring National Geographic content in digital form to libraries. We would like your help in defining a new virtual library for children in later elementary-school and early middle-school grades. Gale is looking for libraries willing to be research sites for our user experience teams. If you agree, a team of two or three researchers will visit your library to talk with a librarian about your online resources for children and youth, and to observe children and youth using those resources. The visit will last a few hours and take place in December. If interested, please let Jim know ASAP

10. NYLA is looking for presenters for next year’s conference to be held in Saratoga Springs (Nov 7-10 2012). The theme for workshops is “Writing our Next Chapter”. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Livia Sabourin ( Attached is the Call for Presenters Form.

11. Reminder- the SLS has several scanners that can be loaned to libraries for inventory (both USB Scanners and wireless scanners). One of the great advantages to Follett is the ability to inventory small sections of your collection at a time. To borrow a scanner or for assistance with inventory, please contact

12. With the holidays around the corner, I wanted to share one of my favorite free Internet Holiday items: Portable North Pole (I did share this out last year, but it is worth repeating). This site will allow users to make customized videos from Santa which includes names, pictures, items they may have asked Santa for… I do this every year with my children and they absolutely love it. The site is:


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

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