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SLS Update 12/02/2011

Greetings, please see below for various items:

  1. eBook update:
    • We just received around 420 MARC records for additional Marshall Cavendish eBooks- we are still waiting on MARC records for 18 items. The total number of eBooks from this company is 558 (with 18 more on their way).
    • Karen Mitchell has placed the Twayne Author Series eBooks (866 titles) available from NOVEL NY into our collection
    • Karen Mitchell is putting the finishing touches on a new eBook brochure- when it is finished, I will send it out to everyone
  2. The Media Department has purchased the following audio books for use with the iPod Shuffles:

· Brotherband Chronicles: The Outcasts book 1 by John Flanagan

· The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

· Emily Windsnap and the Mosnster from the Deep by Liz Kessler

· Animal Farm by George Orwell

· My Brother Sam is Dead by James Collier

  1. Save the Date: RRLC is sponsoring a Tech Camp at R.I.T. on January 5, 2012 from 9am – 4pm. The conference will feature 30-minutes sessions on the following tools, apps, and gadgets: Diigo, Dropbox, Cloud Computing, eReaders, Facebook, Google Tools and Apps, iPhone/iPad apps for librarians, Instapaper, LibX toolbar, Live Scribe Pen, Omeka, Picasa, Animote, Prezi, XtraNormal, QR Codes, Screencasting with Jing and Mikogo, Twitter, and WordPress. An updated list of events will be posted on the RRLC web site in December. To register, go to and click on Register for Courses - or call the office at 585-223-7570.
  2. For any fans of the 39 Clues Series- Beginning December 25, a different top secret eBook short story will be released daily, leading up to an explosive finale on December 31. Codes hidden in each of the seven stories combine to unlock an exclusive card and medal. For more information, please visit:
  3. Reminder, if you would like to attend the rescheduled December 22 Allison Zmuda workshop, Library 2.0: How the Library Program Can and Should be Resurrected as Vital to Learning, please let Jim Belair know. To-date, the following people are signed up: Pam Valenti, Nancy Cholewa, Karen Arendt, Janet Clarke-Hazlett, Stephanie Harney, Sharon Pierce, Howard Enis, Linda Paul, Karen Sickelco, Meaghan Ashworth, and Stacy Martin.
  4. Please find attached the finalized Spring 2012 Professional Development offerings from your School Library System. Items that would be of interest to library staff ONLY are listed under School Library System. Items that would appeal to classroom teachers AND library staff are listed under technology.
  5. The Laura Bush Foundation Library Grant application can be found at: . It's due December 31, 2011.
  6. The Teen Video Challenge, a CSLP (Collaborative Summer Library Program) sponsored competition for teens to create a video promoting public libraries and summer reading, is well underway. Please encourage the teens in your area to enter the competition where they could win $275 and $150 in prizes and cash for their local public library. All information and competition entry forms can be found at by clicking on 2012 Teen Video challenge. Attached is a flier on this event.
  7. The Library Directory for our region is now available on our website: If you have items that need to be updated within this resource, please let Patti Rose know. Also, Patti is updating the SLS Website for Member Libraries. She is including the website for each library. I have found great ideas for a webpage by “creeping” on other library’s sites! Please note, on the website there are two directories listed: one is the full directory and the other is a quick guide in excel. We are in the process of collecting directories from the other BOCES/City within our region. When we receive them, we will post them to our website.
  8. Congressional Quarterly (CQ) is offering a trial of their CQ Researcher Online Database. This trial is active until the end of April. To access the trial, please visit: Username: slsa Password: trial
  9. For those that may not be aware, there is a local listserv just for school librarians within Rochester and the surrounding areas called SLS Connect: Monroe 1 BOCES, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES, WFL BOCES, GV BOCES, and the Rochester City School District. Information to subscribe to the listserv may found at: This past week, Andrea Borrelli put out a call to borrow as many copies as possible of One Green Apple by Eve Bunting (she still needs copies).
  10. Message from Joanne Shawhan from NY State Education, Associate in School Library Services: I would like to share some information on one of the ELA presentations given at the Network Team Institute earlier this week--Dr. Marilyn Jager Adams on text complexity and reading (ELA Shifts 3 & 6). I think her work shows the possibilities of a strong school library program in implementing the Common Core and improving students reading and literacy. Her article from the Winter 2010-2011 American Educator can be found at and her PowerPoint presentation can be found at . When reading this material, you might want to think about how you could implement some of her ideas in your particular library with your students.
  11. Comics, Libraries, and Education: Literacy Without Limits is a conference organized by librarians and educators in Monroe County who are passionate about comics. Comics are a great way to educate, enrich, and entertain. This conference will provide ideas and inspiration for connecting readers of all ages with comics. Most importantly, the goal is to offer professional expertise to promote the idea that comics, and other forms of graphic novels, enrich literacy development, provide opportunities to better understand and connect with the world, and foster dispositions of life-long reading. The conference schedule includes presentations by creators Mark Siegel, George O’Connor, Frank Cammuso, and others. The conference will also have panel discussions on such topics as exploring the creative process of composing comics, emerging topics and trends in Children’s and teen Comics, developing multi modal illiteracies and critical literacy, and integrating comics and graphic novels in the K-College classroom setting. Following an opening panel discussion, attendees will choose between two presentations in each of four time slots, with a break for lunch. The day will conclude with an autographing session, where attendees will have the opportunity to purchase books by the speakers. For more information visit the Website .

  12. A message from our Online Database Partner Gale Cengage: Our K-12 Publishing team would like to interview middle school and elementary school media specialists in your area to develop content, interface, and feature requirements for a potential National Geographic Kids Library solution. Is anyone interested in being interviewed, please let me know.


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

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