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SLS Update 10/21/2013



1.       In preparing for the new Regents Research Paper Graduation Requirement, there will be a meeting for High School Librarians on November 4, 2013 from 2:00-3:00 at the CaTS Building on Buffalo Rd.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Jim Belair.

2.       Update regarding eLibrary Elementary.  When this database was first introduced, it is used a “unique” reading level score.  The vendor has changed the default to now list lexile.  If you need assistance with this, please contact Patti Rose.

3.       Upcoming Professional Development:

·         Thursday October 24 from 3:45-4:45- Dynamic Destiny Home Page. If you have a district library page or other site where you maintain all your library resources, we will show you how to embed that site so Destiny becomes a comprehensive virtual library that will meet the information needs of today's students.

·         Wednesday October 30 from 3:45-5:15- Media Literacy for StudentsJust as literacy is a skill that equips one to understand and communicate through language, media literacy is a skill that equips students to understand and communicate through media. Media Literacy classes provide students with skills, tools, insights, and a vocabulary to understand the important role that media plays in shaping, reflecting, and sometimes subverting our social realities. This course will outline the importance of teaching media literacy and we will review some ready-to-teach lesson plans.  Open to all librarians and teachers.

·         Thursday November 7 from 3:45-5:15- rescheduled Using Free Online Primary Sources with Cathi Franchino.  With the Furlough over, we are now able to offer this workshop!

·         For a full description of each workshop, please visit:

4.       The TEDxRochester Team has arranged for viewing parties to be held at multiple locations across the greater Rochester area where you can go and congregate with like-minded individuals to watch TEDxRochester 2013.The event is Nov.4 from 9 Am -3:30 PM.  One of those locations is the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, located at 115 South Avenue in downtown Rochester.  TEDxRochester will be live streamed into the Gleason Auditorium throughout the day. Coffee and cookies will be available all day, and there is a wide selection of lunch locations and food trucks available as well.  Sign up to attend at TEDxRochester's Viewing Parties page <>.

5.       The October 23rd RASL meeting "Fall into Books with RASL" at St. John Fisher College has been cancelled. Preparations are under way for the meetings for the rest of the school year. 

6.       As of Oct. 10, 2013, has a total of 55,942 resources! is a database of instructional materials which will enliven your K-12 reading and library activities. includes Meet-the-Author Movies & Book Readings, Author Name Pronunciations, Book Guides & Lesson Plans, Award Winners, Booklists (including thematic booklists), Common Core Standards, and more.  This resource is provided to all teachers and students within our region by the School Library System.

7.       App of the Week: ebrary reader

·         ebrary is one of the eBook vendors we work with.  We contain a collection of various professional development titles (most are from ASCD) and a few other items (such as Long Walk to Water, the Giver series, Witch of Black Bird Pond, Curious George, Jumanji, Bloody Jack series, Handsmaid tale, The Great Gatsby, The Things They Carried, plus much, much more).  For a full listing of eBooks from this vendor please visit:

·         This app can be confusing to install.  In essence, it is a three step process

                                                               i.      Create an ebrary account specific to each user: to do this, access the ebrary site from any school computer, click log in along the top right corner and choose create an account

                                                             ii.      Create an Adobe account (this is free).  Note, if you use OverDrive through the Public Library, you already have an Adobe Account.  Reason for this: ebrary uses Adobe Digital Editions for the DRM (Digital Rights Management) to ensure copyright protection of the eBook.

                                                            iii.      Download the ebrary app, and enter your unique ebrary account info and your adobe digital editions info


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