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SLS Update 1/22/2014


1.       The Media Portal is receiving an updated design with Classroom Teachers in mind!  Joshua is putting the finishing touches on Resource Lists that will allow teachers, with one click, to access any ELA Module resources available (eBooks or Audio Books).  Also, there is the ability to search for eBooks or Audio Books based on Fountas & Pinnell or Lexile levels.

·         Reminder, if there are any audio books you would like added to the collection, please fill out a request form.  Note- we can purchase most title found within the Apple Audio Book Store.

2.       The New York Educational Media Technology Association (EMTA) is sponsoring a Media Literacy Grant to a New York State Teacher. The purpose of the grant is to support educators who provide resources and services that correlate to state and national learning standards for instructional excellence promoting media literacy and to provide funds for research projects or demonstration projects that can be replicated in other areas across the state and nation. The amount of the grant is $1,000. Attached is the application. To learn more, please visit:

3.       The workshop that was scheduled for this week is cancelled due to low enrollment.  We will look to reschedule this in the Fall.

4.       Upcoming PD

·         Using Gale Online Resources to Support Social Studies Curriculum on January 30 (3:30-5:30 at Greece Arcadia High School).  A Trainer from Gale will review Secondary Social Studies resources available through databases and eBooks.  Open to all teachers, administrators and librarians.

·         Using Gale Online Resources to Support Science Curriculum on February 6 (3:30-5:30 at Brockport High School).  A Trainer from Gale will review Secondary Science resources available through databases and eBooks.  Open to all teachers, administrators and librarians.

·         Media Library Resources on February 13 (3:45-4:45 at CaTS).  The Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Instructional Media Library contains over 80,000 resources including: Streaming video, iPod audiobooks, SMART Board interactives, images, sound effects and more. This class will familiarize you with the types of resources available as well as guide you through the use of the Media Portal for viewing and ordering Media Library content.

·         Current RRLC Workshop are also attached

5.       We have added  89 new titles to our eBook Library Collection from Cavendish Square (Marshall Cavendish was purchased by Rosen Publishing and this is the new new…).  These titles are added into the Destiny eBook site and also the Media Portal.  Please see the attached listing for all new titles.  Note, all titles include unlimited simultaneous access.  There should be no need to log in from school (IP authenticated) and home access should be the usual district username/password.

6.       The BOCES Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development is sponsoring Christopher Lehman to do a full day presentation Energize Research, Reading and Writing on March 7.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

7.       The University of Buffalo is sponsoring a MLS (Masters of Library Science) Information Session on Feb 5:

8.       Saint John Fisher College is looking for library placements for their Pre-Service teachers.  A graduation requirement for their program is for all Pre-Service teachers to complete a 3-hour school library experience.  Please see the attached letter from Kathi Sigler, Education Librarian at SJFC.

9.       Attached are the WXXI February 2014 Highlights.

·         If you would like a program recorded and mailed to you, please complete the Off Air Request Form.

10.   NY State is holding a Poetry Unites Contest.  This is not a poetry writing contest, but rather someone’s chance to write about how a poem has changed or impacted them!  Please see the attached Poetry Unites document for more information.

11.   The Digital Public Library of America  (DPLA) is a recently launched national digital library project that brings together the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. To date, its open website portal includes access to more than 5.5 million text, image, sound, and moving image items from U.S. collections and one of AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning.  DPLA want to make this rich variety of open educational materials as available as possible for use in student research and classroom activities. To facilitate this use, DPLA staff and volunteers have designed an easy-to-install search widget that would allow access to our collections from a school library or other curricular webpage. This "widget" is a small search box for the DPLA which can be added to any website. DPLA encourages its free and open use and distribution! For more information and detailed instructions about how to implement the widget, please click here.



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

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