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SLS Update 10/24/2011

Happy Friday-

  1. We just finished trialing eBooks from Rosen Publishing on NY.  Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.  We have purchased this collection for.  Stay tuned for more information!  The eBooks will be accessible from the SLS eBook library.  When they are loaded, I will send out an email to let everyone know.

  2. Database trials:
    1. Capstone Interactive Library- contains 450+ titles.  The price is $1,245.

Username: rep

Password: audio

    1. Career Cruising- if interested in previewing this, please let Jim know.
    2. If there are any other databases, you would like to trial, please let Jim know

  1. NYLA/SSL Spring Conference (used to be SLMS Conference) will be held in May 2012.  They are still accepting workshop proposal forms.  Please see the attached document.

  2. Teen Book Festival update from Stephanie Squicciarini:

We had our TBF Read-a-Thon this past weekend and teens helped raise $2300 for TBF!  Readers also voted on what the fundraising challenge will be…if teens collectively raise $7777 for TBF 7, I (and participating TBF committee members) will serenade our authors during the opening panel…while wearing prom attire!  Since I don’t sing very well and have not worn a prom dress in, um, well…a lot of years…both of these are more than a little frightening to me!  But if you guys reach the $ goal, I will do it!  So let me know if you are going to do any fundraisers and we will be sure to get the $ raised applied to the total!  Bottle/can drives, your own Read-a-Thons…get creative and let us know!  As long as teens are involved in some way with the fundraiser, it will count toward the goal.  I can also send you some TBF swag to use during your fundraisers of you contact me with your fundraising details. 
We are also announcing our TBF Cover Design contest and NEW this year…our TBF T-Shirt Design contest!  We are looking for teen artists to help design the cover for the TBF programs this year.  The winning design (or designs) will be featured at this year’s TBF.  New this year is the T-Shirt Design contest.  Submit your designs for the T-Shirts we will sell at TBF 2013!  The winning design will be featured on the official TBF shirts for TBF 2013.  All of the information is attached.

  1. Technology integration matrix- shared from John Brock from State Ed.

The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM), produced by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology, College of Education, University of South Florida, has been added to the Web Resources for the essential element of "Educational Technology" on the SLMPE rubric Web site, at
The matrix is available:
TIM illustrates how school librarians can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, constructive, goal directed (i.e., reflective), authentic, and collaborative and associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments.

  1. We are in the process of refining our Professional Development workshops for this Spring.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
    1. Soundzabound (1 hour sessions)- October 25 am or 26 pm .  Please let your teachers know about this one!
    2. Follett Destiny Resource Lists (1 hour sessions)- October 26 or 27. Please let your teachers know about this one!
    3. Follett Destiny for Classroom Teachers (1 hour sessions)- November 2 or 3.  Please let your teachers know about this one!
    4. Allison Zmuda full day workshop- November 9
    5. ProQuest and the Common Core 3:30-5:00- November 15

  2. Learn 360 (video streaming provider) just added two new series: Math Park and Write Right. These videos are designed for students in K-5.  Both series demonstrate innovative learning methods and strategies through streaming video with engaging characters and interactive concepts. (Note- I copied the description from the company’s website).

  3. We are putting together a listing of great educational iPad/iPod Touch apps.  If you have some apps that you love, please send them my way.  FYI- here is a very cool site for educational iPad apps from the Victoria (Canada) Department of Education and Early Childhood Development:

  1. Several schools have contacted us about leveling their library’s collection for either Lexile or Fountas and Pinnell.  If you are interested in more information on this, 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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