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SLS Update 11/01/2013

Greetings- my apologies for the length of this update- there are several important news items below.


1.       There is a new feature within 5 SYSTEM for those schools who are using the ELA Modules.

·          If you are using the ELA Modules in your school and would like these titles disabled for Interlibrary loaning, please contact Patti Rose.

2.       PBS provided video streaming service (VITAL) has been upgraded and revamped.  The new service is called PBS LearningMedia.  The content now includes

·         5471 Video Streams

·         1057 Interactives to use on SMART Boards

·         660 Lesson Plans

·         To quickly bring up just the PBS LearningMedia content via the Media Portal, simply search “learningmedia” you can then filter for the exact content you are looking for

3.       iPod audiobooks are still in high demand but we are expecting in an additional 150 shuffles early next week.  This will bring out total number of iPod Shuffles to 700 unites (this past June we had 400 total).  Please remind your teachers that the timely return of these resources ensure other teachers have equal access.

4.       The upcoming Gale Cengage Workshop has changed topics and is now focused on elementary!  Please share this information with your teachers as enrollment is open to ALL librarians and teachers!.  The workshop is now Using Gale Resources to Support Elementary Libraries and Curriculum.  The workshop will be held November 14 from 3:45-5:15 at the CaTS Building on Buffalo Rd.        

·         The Common Core Standards require the reading of informational text – that’s what the digital resources from Gale Cengage are all about!  In this presentation, we’ll explore ways of integrating these resources into the elementary classroom and lesson plans to help meet common core learning standards. You’ll be able to find reading level appropriate (Lexile) content with in-depth informational text.  We’ll explore Kids InfoBits, a multi-source database support all areas of curriculum; Gale Virtual Reference Library, our e-reference resource for non-fiction; and touch on newspaper content in Newsstand and biographies in Biography In Context.   Bring your questions and prepare for an interactive session! Presenting will be Stacey Knibloe, M.L.S., Training Specialist with Gale Cengage Learning.  

5.       Upcoming Professional Development

·         November 4 from 2:00-3:00- Meeting of High School Librarians on how to support the proposed Regents Research Paper

·         November 7 from 3:45-5:15- Rescheduled Using Primary Resources workshop with Cathi Franchino.  Open to all teachers and librarians

·         November 14 from 3:45-4:45- Using Gale Resources to Support Elementary Libraries and Curriculum.  See #3 above for more information.  Open to all teachers and librarians

·         November 21 from 3:45-4:45- Using eBooks in the Classroom and LibraryThe BOCES SLS eBooks are a great asset for teachers and students. You will learn how to access them from home and school. Learn about using eBooks in the classroom or library by attending this one hour class.  Open to teachers and librarians.


6.       WFL BOCES is holding their annual Library Leadership Academy (LLA) on December 5 at the Newark BOCES.  Please see the attached brochure.

7.       There will be an informal meet and greet for Heidi Julien, the new chair of the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University at Buffalo on December 3 from 4-6 PM at RRLC (390 Packett’s Landing, Fairport).  This invitation is open to all UB Students, alumni and community partners.  Please feel free to pass this invitation on to whomever would be interested.  There is no need to RSVP.

8.       Reminder- registration is open for the Digies full day workshop featuring James Kennedy.  This event is taking place November 22 at Genesee Community College.  Please see the attached registration form.

9.       Attached are the November 2013 WXXI Highlights.  Also, attached is a call for Homework Hotline Book Reports (HH.PDF).  WXXI is looking for students to film doing a book report.  This will be aired on WXXI’s Home Hotline.

10.   SSL (Section of School Librarians) Information:

·         The website for the Spring 2014 SSL Conference is up and running.  Please visit: for more information.

·         There are a ton of awards and scholarships available for SSL Members (such as ones that will pay for you to attend the SSL Conference for free which is due December 1, 2013)

                                                               i.      Beatrice E. Griggs Elementary Administrator’s Award

                                                             ii.      Beatrice E. Griggs Scholarship

                                                            iii.      NYLA/SSL Secondary Administrator’s Award

                                                           iv.      Carol A. Kearney Leadership Institute Scholarship

                                                             v.      NYLA/SSL Scholarship Award Sponsored by Follett

                                                           vi.      Robert E. Barron Cultural Media Award

                                                          vii.      NYLA/SSL Conference Awards Sponsored by Gale

                                                        viii.      Laura Wedge Conference Award

                                                           ix.      Sally Daniels SSL Conference Award

·         If you have any questions on the Awards or Scholarships, please feel free to contact Dawn Pressimone, SSL Awards Chair

11.   Currently under review is the Regent’s Advisor Council on Libraries 2020 Vision.  One of the main priorities in this vision is re-working the state mandate for librarians.  The proposal includes extending the mandates to cover elementary schools and also changing the baseline for when additional staffing at a secondary building will be required.  Again, I want to stress this is still in proposal form and it will be a few years before anything may come of this (hence the term 2020 as this is a vision for what libraries will look like in the year 2020):

12.   New York State, as part of Summer Reading at New York Libraries, is very pleased to participate in the 2014 Teen Video Challenge. Attached are the New York State Entry Form (as PDF and word document) and a promotional flyer that can be printed out for distribution and posted in libraries, schools, and community locations.   Teens are directed to submit entry forms to their local library by February 19, 2012. For further information please contact: Karen Balsen, coordinator of Summer Reading at New York Libraries, at  For more information, please visit:

13.   The ILL Contact information for Fairport Jefferson Rd Elementary school has changed.  The new contact is Marie Banach and the email is  Attached are instructions for making this change within Follett.

14.   App of the Week: Capstone eBooks.  Our region currently has a collection of 44 Capstone eBooks which allow for unlimited simultaneous access. 

·         focus on the elementary curriculum

·         Each book is leveled with Lexile and Fountas & Pinnell

·         Each book will read to users and highlight the text as it is read

·          There is not a specific app for these eBooks, but they work well on iPads

·         Go to the Capstone Website on your iDevice and click the Add to Home Screen Button (a box with a little arrow facing up).  This will put it on your iPad’s main screen and it will look just like an app.

15.   A fun article meant to bring humor on a Friday. The #@%& Joys of Library Work:




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

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