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SLS Update 12/19/2013



1.       New iPod Audiobook Titles:

·         Miss Nelson is Missing

·         Penny and Her Doll

·         The Very Quiet Cricket

·         Pet Show

·         Whistle for Willie

·         Strega Nona

·         Shrek

·         Brave Irene

·         Watership Down

·         Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH


2.       Over the past couple weeks, I shared a few studies and reports regarding role of librarians, student research skills…  These are now added to the SLS Website under the Various Important Documents section.  Please do take a look at these (plus the other items on this site- including a few great infographics).

3.       The British Library has announced that it released on Flickr Commons more than a million images from seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century books for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. They describe them as “ maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorates letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of.”  They are also eliciting the public’s help in describing what the images portray through a crowdsourcing application that will be released in January. Their blog post A Million First Steps describes the collection and naming projects

4.       104 new eBook titles from Cavendish Square (new name for Marshall Cavendish) are in the process of being added to our collection.  Attached is a spreadsheet listing the new titles.  Stay tuned for more information after break on this.

5.       Reminder, no one has sent any requests for eBook purchases from Mitchell Lane.  If, you looked but did not think they would be good, please share that feedback!  If you see any titles or series you would like added, please contact Patti Rose. To view their catalog, please visit:  Please use the series navigation along the left hand side.

6.       The online application to attend the 2014 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is now available at Two graduating high school students will be selected to represent New York at the all-expenses paid honors program which will be held from June 27 through July 20, 2014. To apply, please visit and follow the instructions for submitting the online application. For more information about the NYSC, please visit For questions about the application process, please contact Mr. Anthony Jaacks at 518-474-5922 or by e-mail at The NYSC is hosted and operated by the National Youth Science Foundation ( All applications and all supporting documents/forms must be submitted online no later than 11:59 PM EST March 1, 2014.

7.       In March, SUNY Geneseo Library is hosting a conference: 3Ts: At the Core of Teaching, Technology and Transliteracy.  This is taking place the same day as many of our district’s Superintendent’s Conference Day (March 14).  This is geared towards librarians, instructors, instructional designers, IT professionals, and administrators  to highlight their best teaching practices that encourage student engagement. They are currently seeking Session Proposals.

·         Attached is a document with more in-depth information AND what types of things they are looking for.

·         To submit a proposal, please visit: complete the submission form

8.       One site I always LOVE to share this time of year is the Portable North Pole.  On this site, you can help Santa create a personalized (name, picture, present you want…) message for people.  My kids LOVE receiving this from Santa each year!

Happy Holidays!

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

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