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SLS Update 12/02/2013



1.      Reminder, last month new eBooks from Rosen Learning were added to our eBook collection.

·         Ancient Civilization Egypt

·         Ancient Civilization Greece

·         Ancient Civilization Rome

·         Designed for Intermediate and Middle School level students

·         Full lesson plans are available:

·         There are sample PRINT books which can be purchased from this set.  If you would like to borrow a print copy, please contact Patti Rose

2.      The latest version of Destiny (version 11.5) was released this Fall.  BOCES is holding off on performing updates as an issue was discovered that could prevent the Quest interface from working.

3.      Upcoming Professional Development Workshops:

·         December 12 from 3:45-4:45- Ensemble VideoEnsemble Video works in concert with users and systems across your organization to enable collaborative sharing and management of an ever-increasing flow of video and media content. Participants will learn how to upload, tag, share, publish and manage user-created content using the Ensemble Video Platform.

·         December 19 from 3:45-4:45- Screen Casting Your Library.  This one hour session will show you how to create quick instructional videos for teacher and student use. Using Screencast-O-Matic, participants will create a brief video tutorial. You will create an account for this free service in class. Please bring an idea for your "How To" video.

·         The December 5th EBSCO workshop is cancelled.  If you are interested in speaking with Mike James from EBSCO to schedule an appointment, his email address is

4.      Attached is a listing of newly purchased educational books available for check out at the Downtown Rochester Public Library.  Please feel free to share this list.

5.      Awareness piece...a recent law requires school districts to disseminate information provided to them by public libraries.  To read more about this, please visit:

6.      Tomorrow, December 3 from 4-6 There will be a meet and greet for the new Chair for University at Buffalo’s Department of Library & Information Sciences at RRLC (390 Packett’s Landing, Fairport).  All UB alumni and community partners are invited to attend.  There is no need to RSVP and refreshments will be served.

7.      The AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning Committee is seeking nominations of apps that encourage student engagement in learning and reinforce innovative teaching.  Nominated apps should strengthen instruction, critical thinking skills, and inquiry. The primary objective of the committee is to develop a vetted list of 25 apps tied to AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner which allow students and educators to think, create, share, and grow.   To nominate a curricular based app, please submit the following information:

8.      A message from John Brock from NYSED:

·         Please find linked below Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Librarian released October 31st and distributed at the recent American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Conference to all attendees. This Action Brief for school librarians is a starting point, designed to increase awareness of the standards, create a sense of urgency around their implementation, and provide these stakeholders - who are faced with dramatically increased expectations in the context of fewer resources - with a deeper understanding of the standards and their role in implementing the standards. Achieve, in partnership with the American Association of School Librarians, released this with support from the MetLife Foundation.  Examples are provided throughout the document which paint a picture for school librarians and other stakeholders in schools as to what the potential role for school librarians can and may be in regard to implementation of the CCSS and the change in school culture needed to effect that change.  


9.      Latest news from NYSED regarding Librarian APPR and SLO’s from November 20, 2013.  Please visit:  School Librarians are discussed on page 52.

·         How are SLOs for Library/Media Specialists established if these teachers do not have regular classes scheduled and only schedule on-demand/teacher-requested basis for specific topics and projects?

                                                               i.      Districts/BOCES will need to determine their specific rules around which courses must have SLOs when contact time varies following the State’s rules and the general principle of including the courses with the most students first and making practical judgments about how to consider different course meeting schedules like those cited in the question.

10.   App of the Week: LEARNING A TO Z.   Students can access hundreds of leveled books and quizzes across 27 levels allowing them to practice reading and check understanding. NOTE: You must purchase this database to use the app.



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

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