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SLS Update 11/8/2013



1.       The order of 150 iPod Shuffles have arrived which brings the total number of iPod Shuffles to 700 units.  At this point in time, there should be no backlogged orders and we even have some shuffles on the shelves!  Reminder, if there are any book titles you would like added to our collection, please fill out the online form.

2.       Upcoming Professional Development:

·         November 14 from 3:45-4:45- Using Gale Resources to Support Elementary Libraries and Curriculum.   This workshop is geared towards classroom teachers and librarians and will discuss how to use our Gale resources to support the Common Core (Gale eBooks provided by BOCES and Kids InfoBits).  Please share this workshop with your teachers!

·         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.

3.       Tuesday is our next SLS Council Meeting.  Please be sure to share any agenda items with your district representative.  One of the agenda items is the roll out of the Member Plan of Service (SLMPE Rubric).

4.       Reminder- if you have the new EBL (High School eBooks) listed on your website, please send Jim Belair the URL for your website so it can be whitelisted to allow easier access to the EBL system.

5.       Attached is a factsheet from Gale regarding their NOVELny resources.  Please let Jim or Jane know if you have any questions.

6.       Upcoming ProQuest Training for NOVELny on December 12 from 4-6 PM

·         Gannett Newsstand: Over 87 local and regional full-text newspapers from the world-leading news and information provider Gannett Company, Inc. are now accessible on the award-winning ProQuest platform!  Titles include The Journal News (White Plains, N.Y.), Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, and the Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, N.Y.), plus additional NY and NJ regional papers.  Join us to see how Gannett Newsstand provides unique coverage and perspectives for your library users on topics that will interest them,  and learn more about how to search, find, use and share information.

·         eLibrary Elementary: Designed specifically for NY State, this  class covers the content, features and tips for using eLibrary Elementary as well as incorporating eLibrary Elementary into classroom curriculum.  Learn how young readers can use the colorful graphical search interface to find answers they need from magazines, newspapers, books, transcripts, maps, images, audio/video files and web links that are safe and appropriate for elementary school studies.  Your questions will be answered by an eLibrary Elementary training expert during this interactive session.

7.       The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will hold the Sokol High School Literary Awards Contest for student writers in grades 9 – 12. They would like to invite as many students as possible to enter the contest. There are prose and poetry categories, and students can submit original written or  - new this year – they can perform their work on YouTube! The entries are professionally judged, and there are cash prizes for the top entries.   The deadline for submissions is January 27, 2014, and the awards event will be on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Please see the attached document for additional information.

8.       Attached are two documents for the Teen Book Festival.  One is a poster and the other is bookmarks.  Both contain a finalized listing of the authors who will be attending. 

9.       The 17th Annual Rochester Children’s Book Festival is Saturday, November 16, at MCC.  For more information, please visit:

10.   A note about Copyright and Fair Use

·         Reminder, we, as librarians, should practice and model ethical behavior regarding Copyrighted materials for our faculty and students

·         If a book is scanned into a digital image without permission (unless in the public domain), it is a copyright violation and illegal.  Even if it is done as a PDF and not shared outside of the classroom, it is still a violation.

·         A great resource for Copyright information is from the NY3R’s Association (RRLC is part of this):

11.   App of the Week: Learn 360.  This is a large part of our media library and contains over 10,000 video streaming titles and other hidden gems.  For more info, please visit here.

·         Go to the 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.

·          The default video format on Learn360 is flash, so be sure to change it to QuickTime before you play any on your iPad.

·         This is the same login you would use for the Media Portal.  If a teacher doesn’t have an account, request one here.

·         Each school has a generic account for student use.  If you are unsure of what it is, please contact Joshua Perks.




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

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