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SLS Update 2/13/2014



I hope everyone is preparing for a wonderful February break!


1.       Many people may have concerns about completing the SLMPE Rubric.  Wheatland Chili Elementary School recently completed their evaluation and the principal and librarian shared a brief reflection on this process.  Please see the attached SLPME Reflection.

2.       Just found out…with our e-edition subscription to the Democrat and Chronicle, kids and teachers have access to an Olympic Supplement.  It is under the select a serial story tab and will be available until February 21.  Please see the attached Sochi extra activities for more information.

3.       One more interesting item from the e-edition of the Democrat and Chronicle.  The Spring Serial Story starts February 24 and is called “Roosevelt, Burroughs and the Trip That Saved Nature” and is available on the e-edition only. It’s an 8-chapter non-fiction study of the friendship between President Theodore Roosevelt and nature writer John Burroughs and their camping trip to Yellowstone Park during Roosevelt’s presidency. Together, these energetic lovers of the natural world formed a key partnership in developing the environmental movement. There are plans to connect classrooms in New York State with Wyoming State classes following the story. More details on this to follow.

4.       This is a really interesting graphic on the history of technology and education  Thank you to Donna Farren (Monroe 2 BOCES Distance Learning Specialist) for finding this!

5.       Reminder, we are currently part of the EBL eBook Pilot with several universities and colleges across NY State.  We have access to thousands of eBooks from EBL and the pilot group is charged a rental fee until it is borrowed X number of times.  I wanted to let everyone know the projection is that funds will be used up around April or May.  Any eBooks that have been purchased will still be accessible, but non-purchased titles will not be available until next school year.  Please contact Jim Belair with any questions.

6.       Knickerbocker Basket Donations are being sought for the upcoming SSL Conference being held in Syracuse at the end of April.

7.       Upcoming Off Air Series: Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey


·         This is a reimagining of the first Cosmos with Carl Sagan. It will be a 13 part series Starting on March 9 and is a joint collaboration between National Geographic Channel and Fox.

·         Please put your off-air requests in soon.  You must request each episode separately (sorry but that is part of our fair-use guidelines.)


8.       The Digies, Genesee Valley BOCES’ Annual Digital Media Festival is celebrating its eighth year.  This effort continues to grow and invite wider participation.  This 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.  Submissions are due by April 1, 2014.  The culminating event is a very nice 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:

9.       2014 Library of Congress Summer Teacher Programs - Teaching with Primary Sources: The Library of Congress is offering summer programs for teachers and librarians - with FREE tuition and materials.  Applications are due March 24th.  For more information see attached or visit:

10.   ComicCon:  The MCLS Kids Comic Committee is happy to announce their second conference which will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. See attachments for registration and conference information. Please note the presentation will be from 8 am – 4 pm; there will be a book signing from 4 – 4:30 pm. Please share with anyone who might be interested in learning more about comics! 



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

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