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SLS Update 10/06/2011

Greetings, I do apologize for the number of sent out this week…

  1. Media Department updates:
    • New Audio Books for the iPod Shuffles: Please Stop Laughing at me, Downriver, Shattering Glass, A Walk to Remember, Among the Hidden, Weasel, The Sword in the Stone- 39 clues book 3, Across Five Aprils, and Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1.
    • October Off-Air tapings highlights may be found at:

  1. Upcoming Professional Development opportunities:
    • Destiny Home Page Design- Oct 12 (am) or Oct 13 (pm)
    • LSTA workshop on Assessment in the Library (full day)- Oct 13 or Oct 14 (registration form is attached)
    • eBooks in the Classroom- Oct 18 from 8:30-11:30.  This workshop is changing from its original focus.  The focus will now be on using the new SLS eBook Library.  Also, this workshop is now open to ALL DISTRICTS.  Teachers and Librarians are all welcome to attend
    • LSTA workshop with Allison Zmuda- How the Library Program Can and Should be Resurrected as Vital to Learning- November 9 (all day) (registration form is attached)
    • WFL BOCES- annual Library Leadership Academy- November 10 (all day) Information is attached- it is called LLA Brochure.pdf.
    • ProQuest will be presenting a workshop on using ProQuest, SIRS, and eLibrary with the Common Core Standards on November 15 (3:30-5:00).  Attached is an outline.  Please RSVP to Jim Belair.

  1. APPR and libraries- last school year, SLSA (School Library System Association) and NYLA submitted to State Ed a proposed rubric to evaluate school librarians.  State Ed did NOT approve this.  However, I did want to send out the information.  Again, this is NOT official and was NOT approved by State Ed, but it does contain a lot of good information.  For the latest information on APPR, please visit

  2. The SLS Department has been making several presentations at faculty meetings, department meetings, faculty meetings and Superintendent Conference Days.  If you would like us to present to anyone in your building regarding any of the resources or services (Learn 360, eBooks, iPod Shuffles, Soundazabound…) please let us know. 

  3. We are pleased to offer a free trial to Pebble Go Biographies (available until 11/15/2011). 
    • To access this trial, please visit  Username: rep  Password: audio
    • Pricing- first PebbleGo database is $395.  To add a second database, it is $300.  To a third database it is $200.  Several schools already subscribe to PebbleGo Animals and PebbleGo Space.

  1. Some of the school’s in this region have had their library’s collection leveled with Fountas and Pinnell.  If you are interested in doing this, please contact Jane Reeves.  The price is $249.

  1. In case you did not see this- there is a crosswalk between the Common Core and AASL standards.  It is on the ALA website:

  2. FYI- the Teen Read Week selection, A Long Walk to Water eBook is now available on Overdrive from the Monroe County Library System.  The kick-off event takes place at three locations:
    • October 17th from 3:30-5:00 at the Central Library’s Gleason Auditorium
    • October 19th from 6:30-8:00 at the Seymour Library in Brockport
    • October 20th from 7:00-8:00 at the Penfield Public Library
  1. Reminder- if you have not filled out the Doodle Survey for the New York State eBooks, please do so by October 14.  To date, only 7 people have responded.  The poll can be found at:

  2. A message from John Brock, from NY State Education Department:

The Office of Cyber Security (OCS) in the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services is hosting the “NYS K-12 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest” during the month of October as part of the “National Cyber Security Awareness Month” activities.  Attached is an informational flyer that can be distributed to all parents, teachers and students in NYS public, private and home-schools, inviting the students to participate in the contest.  This is a great opportunity for teachers to talk to students about being safe while on the Internet and when using their computers and mobile devices.  This year the contest has four entry categories: Kindergarten –  Grade 2, Grade 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12.  NYS winners will be entered into the MS-ISAC National Computer Security Poster Contest which is held during the spring months. National contest winning posters  will be included in the 2013 Annual MS-ISAC calendar distributed in fall of 2012. 

The OCS “NYS K-12 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest”  information web page is

Questions may be submitted to

Don’t miss out!  The Contest entry deadline is November 4, 2011.

The 2010-2011 NYS winners can be viewed at


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

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