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SLS Update 1/31/2014



1.       We are exploring adding a new eBook vendor to our growing eBook collection.  We are working with Abdo Publishing to identify titles that may fit into our collection. 

·         We have full access until 5/1/14 to their entire eBook Collection.  Please visit:  Username: jbelair  Password: abdotrial

                                                               i.      Please feel free to share this information with your teachers!

·         Once logged in, scroll down and you can search by grade level

                                                              i.      Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School, or High School

·         If you see titles you or your teachers are interested in adding to our permanent collection, please send them to Patti Rose.

·         Note- as part of the trial they also granted us a free trial to four different Online Databases.  These are geared towards upper elementary and middle school students

                                                               i.      Inside Major League Baseball, Inside the NFL, United States Digital Database and US Presidents Digital Database

                                                             ii.      If any of the databases looks interesting, please let Jim Belair know as we could add them to our Online Database CoSER for next year

2.       Upcoming Professional Development:

·         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.

·         Primary Sources, Part II on February 27 (3:45-5:15 at BOCES CaTS).  Cathi Franchino will be delivering a hands-on workshop for teachers who would like their students to question and investigate primary sources to make sense of information and develop new understanding by using supporting evidence from the source(s). Participants will see examples of student work and see an overview of carefully structured inquiry learning with primary sources. You will examine some Common Core related sources provided by the Library of Congress, identify at least one item from their digital collections for Common Core learning in your classroom, and choose a learning strategy for implementation of your lesson.

·         All workshops are listed in the BOCES Online PD Catalog.  You can either have your district PD Person register you or contact Patti Rose.

3.       There is an alternative way to access your Gale Cengage products that may be a little easier for your students.  It will list all the Online Databases and eBooks in one place.  The Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES site is:  For your school’s site, change the last part of the link to your school’s Gale ID (BOCES 2 would be monroel). 

·         You also have the option to customize this view to remove databases or to group them by subjects you create

·         I am working with Gale to have all of the Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES eBooks imported into everyone’s Gale sites

·         If you are not sure what your Gale school site is, please contact Jim Belair

4.       Registration is open for the NYLA/SSL School Librarian Conference.  This year the conference is being held in Syracuse April 24-April 26 (last year it was in Rochester).  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

5.       The MCLS Emerging Technologies Committee would like to invite you to our February Tech Camp - Programming the Digital Way.  It will be held on Friday, February 7th from 2pm - 5pm at the Brighton Memorial Library.  This Tech Camp will be entirely dedicated to Children's and Teen Technology Services.  To register, visit:

·         Apps and eBooks in Storytimes and Library Programs: Tablets have been revolutionizing education, and libraries are close behind! Learn how to easily implement apps and ebooks into the traditional library storytime structure. Exciting and low cost library programs using educational apps and games will also be covered.

·         Central Library's YOUmedia: Get a sneak peek at the Central Library’s YOUmedia teen and tween digital lab space. See how teens can use technology for creative self-expression through digital media with video creation, audio production, and digital photography.

·         Minecraft: Minecraft is a popular new online game that allows players to build and share immense creations such as buildings, structures, and geographic landscapes. It’s the 21st Century’s answer to Legos. Learn how libraries are using Minecraft to connect with children, tweens, and teens, and promote fun collaborative projects using library technology.

6.       Vincy Murgillo, Monroe 2 BOCES Instructional Technology Specialist assigned to Brockport, shared a great graphic to help teachers think about tech as the tool to support the learning not the learning itself as well as how to integrate the tools.

7.       Last year several schools from our region participated in the GV BOCES’ Digies.  The Digies is an awards event that celebrates student work that is being done in the digital and fine arts. The festival has four categories for submission: Audio, Images, Publications and Video with each category being broken up into grade ranges. Submission are uploaded to the Digies website ( by librarians and teachers from participating schools and later judged by a panel of national experts in education and the digital media arts. At the end, there is celebration and awards ceremony where attendees can view all of the current year's submissions before the winners receive their awards. This year's ceremony will be taking place at Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY.

·         Poster

·         Brochure

8.       WXXI is holding a professional development opportunity for teachers on March 1 called Echoes & Reflections.  This will promote an interdisciplinary approach to teaching about the Holocaust.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.  Note, space is limited to around 25 participants.

9.       Follett has informed us the Destiny Circulation “issues” being experience in Internet Explorer (the cursor not staying put) and the sound issue in Chrome are now resolved.  If you have any other questions, please contact Library Automation.




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

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