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SLS Update 12/13/2013



1.      If you have not read the Action Brief shared in last week’s update, please do!  This is an outstanding document!!!  It contains a well worded piece on the Common Core Standards and how School Librarians can help support them.  AASL did this in conjunction with the Achieve Organization!  This might be a document you may want to share with your administration.


·         This might be a great tool to share with your administration

2.      Attached is the Spring 2014 SLS Professional Development

·         All items are free to attend

·         Many of the workshops are open to teachers in your district to attend

·         Most workshops are Thursday afternoons

3.      In an effort to improve our eBook collection, a brief survey was created asking which eBooks are used, instructional practices with the eBooks, and how the eBook collection can be improved.  Please share this survey with your teacher! 


4.      Jane Reeves will be holding a Screen Casting Your Library Workshop on Thursday December 19 from 3:45-4:45

·         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.

5.      We are looking to add titles from Mitchell Lane Publishing to our regional eBook Collection.  Please visit some of the links below for more information.  If you see any titles or series you would like added, please contact Patti Rose.

·         Full collection of eBooks:  Please use the series navigation along the left hand side.

·         Common Core aligned titles from Mitchell Lane:

6.      New research study published this month on the habits of Freshmen and their knowledge/skill level for doing academic research.  Thank you to Jennifer Kegler from SUNY Brockport for sharing!

·         "Learning the Ropes: How Freshmen Conduct Course Research Once They Enter College," Alison J. Head, Project Information Literacy Research Report, December 4, 2013

·         In this study, we investigate the challenges today's freshmen face, and the information-seeking strategies they develop, use, and adapt as they make the transition from high school to college and begin to complete college research assignments. Included are data from a comparative analysis of library resources in 30 US high schools and 6 colleges and universities; interviews with 35 first-term freshmen from 6 colleges and universities, and an online survey with 1,941 US high school and college student respondents.

7.      From WXXI (PBS):

·         NYSED Commission Dr. John B. King’s 12/3/13 visit to Rochester to discuss Common Core Standards is available for viewing online.  Please visit:

·         December WXXI Education Newsletter:

8.      The next RASL meeting is Monday December 16 from 4:40-6:30.  The topic is "Full Circle: 100 years of Problematic Library Advocacy" presented by our host Melissa Frost, RCSD librarian. 

·         The Children's School of Rochester No. 15, 494 Averill Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

9.      A new author was just added to the Rochester Teen Book Festival: Ann Brashares (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants).  Attached are updated handouts and flyers.

10.  We have 20 copies of the NY State Archives Student Research Award contest poster.  This contest is for students in grades 4-12 to explore the wealth of historical records found in archives, libraries and other community organizations throughout NY State.  For more information on this, please visit:  If you would like a copy of the poster, please contact Patti Rose.

11.  App of the week: Sylvan Dell contains a collection of 80+ picture eBooks with a heavy concentration on Math, Science and Geography.  Each eBooks also contains a teacher’s guide, handouts, lexile and Fountas & Pinnell level, and can be fully translated into Spanish.  Additionally, each book has an audio component (also will read in Spanish).  When the app is downloaded, it will ask you if you have an account- choose YES.  There will be a 6 digit school code.  If you need the code resent, please let me know.  Note- this is something that can be shared with parents as they can download onto home devices.  Apple Store Link: SYLVAN DELL READER

·         In addition to the eBook version of the Sylvan Dell titles, the company sells print copies.  If you are interested in previewing and seeing what the print titles look like, please contact Patti Rose.  We have around 6 different titles from this vendor. 




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

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