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SLS Update 2/6/2014



1.       We have added 76 eBooks to our collection from a new vendor: Mitchell Lane Publishing.  They are all unlimited simultaneous access eBooks.  Attached is a listing of the titles and ages they are geared towards.  Note- we have not received MARC records (yet) for them, so they are not listed in the eBook library or in the media portal.  To access them, please visit the eBook page:  All schools should be IP Authenticated.  For home access, use the standard eBook log in information. 
Series available include:

·         Explore Ancient Worlds (Grades 3-5)

·         Monsters in Myth (Grades 4-8)

·         I Spy…Up in the Sky (Grades PK-2)

·         Class Pet (Grades PK-2)

·         Building America (Grades 4-8)

·         Gardening for Kids (Grades 3-5)

·         Profiles in Greek and Roman Mythology (Grades 4-8)

·         Junior Biography from Ancient Civilization (Grades 3-6)

·         A Teen Guide to Investing (Grades 4-8)

·         My Guide to US Citizenship (Grades 4-6)

2.       Online Database renewal information for 2014-2015 is almost complete.  If your district is in the process of working on budgetary items right now, please let us know and we can share with you preliminary pricing.  Note- we are still working with a couple vendors to finalize pricing.

3.       From WXXI:

·         February, 2014 WXXI Education e-Newsletter

·         Professional Development Opportunity: On Saturday, March 1, 2014, WXXI is offering a complimentary (FREE!) professional development opportunity to middle and high school teachers - Echoes and Reflections: Leaders in Holocaust Education. Seating is limited (25-30), so encourage interested teachers to sign up soon!  Please see the attached flyer

4.       New report released about school libraries: Leading In and Beyond the Library by the Alliance for Excellent Education.  It is about how librarians are critical to school’s digital success.

5.       Upcoming Professional Development:

·         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.


6.       Top 10 Sites / Apps of 2013 from the Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero Blog:

7.       The Library of Congress is accepting application for their 2014 Summer Teacher Programs- Teaching with Primary Sources.  Please see the attached document for more information. 

8.       Last week I shared information from Abdo Publishing regarding potential new eBooks to purchase for our region.  If you saw any titles that interested in, please let Patti Rose.  To view the access information or to learn more about the eBooks, please refer to the 1/31/2014 Update.

9.       Save the Date: This summer NYSED Department of Cultural Education will again host the “Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core” conference in Albany.  NYSED will reimburse for travel to Albany, provide most meals and pay for partial lodging.  This is open to any cultural institution, librarian, teacher, administrator…This will take place August 12-13 in Albany.  For more information, please visit:  Note- registration is first come, first serve.  When I hear registration is open, I will pass that information along.





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

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