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SLS Update 04/30/2014



1.       Jane Reeves has finished updating each school in the Library Automation CoSER’s Visual Search catalog with the BOCES eBooks.  This is a quick and easy way to access and see what eBooks are available by vendor or grade level.   It is possible to have a direct link to your school’s Visual Search Catalog Tab within Destiny.  For help with this link, please contact

2.       The setup is continuing for the Axis 360 eBook library.  This will contain mostly high-interest fiction eBooks

·         We are not ready to roll this product out for student use yet (they are still making changes to the set up)

·         Feel free to start exploring:

                                                               i.      Pick your school

                                                             ii.      For a new account, click the new user link.  The password is the standard BOCES password

·         Each school can also have a direct link to their own school’s site.  In the above URL change boces2 to your school’s 4 digit barcode (except CC HS and GC HS- switch it from CCHS/GCHS to CCSH/GCSH)

·         Each school can purchase titles with their own budget so only their students/teachers will have access

                                                               i.      Those purchases are eligible for BOCES aid

·         There is still room in tomorrow’s class (May 1) for using this system

·         To date, the following are part of the Roll Out Committee: Pamela Bigsby, Adele Mockevicius, Susan Sullivan, Karen Arendt, Deb Lynch, and Marie Barron.  If interested in joining this group, please let Jim know.

3.       Upcoming PD

·         Axis 360 (May 1st- 3:45-4:45 at CaTS).  We are excited to present our latest eBook acquisitions--popular fiction titles from Axis 360. During this hands-on workshop, we will show you how to access these one-user-at-a-time eBooks, create your own custom account and how to download them to your mobile device.  THERE IS STILL ROOM!!

·         Best New Young Adult Literature (May 8th- 3:45-4:45 at Gates Public Library).  Young Adult Literature is in a boom period, with dozens of titles being released every month. Help keep on top of some great reads from the past six months that you may have missed with this workshop focusing on new fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels. A series of quick book talks will highlight contemporary, dystopian, paranormal, sci-fi, and historical YA works—and more!  Open to all teachers and librarians.

·         Inventory within Follett Destiny (May 15th- 3:45-4:45 at CaTS).  This one-hour class will give you the resources you need to return to your library and conduct an inventory using Destiny Library Manager.

4.       Online Database Trial information

·         World Book information is attached

                                                               i.      Also from World Book is a great correlation document between this database and CCSS

·         Newsbank sent us information regarding their products.  If you would like a trial, please contact Patti Rose

5.       Summer PD (Save the Date):

·         Rochester Region Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core (July 23 at Genesee Country Village & Museum).  For Teachers, Administrators and Librarians.  Please see attached flyer called Cultural Showcase.  This will be an awesome opportunity for teachers/administrators to talk with area cultural institutions on ways they can support Common Core.  Institutions include Seneca Park Zoo, RMSC, Memorial Art Gallery, The Strong, MCLS, GCV&M PLUS MANY MORE! 

·         Judy Freemen: Best New Children’s Books (July 18 at Central Library).  Sponsored by RRLC.  This is open only to librarians.

·         Third Annual Librarian Tech Camp (August 22 at Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES).  This year’s event will focus several workshops around technology and using them in a library setting.  Example sessions include: Symbaloo, Maker Spacers, eBooks, Zotero plus much more!

6.       Congratulations to Hilton’s Quest Elementary School Library for being a finalist in the Follett Challenge!  This contest is about applying technology, content and creativity in ways that engage students, foster literacy and promote critical thinking.

7.       Reminder- the deadline for the EMTA Media Literacy Grant is May 16.  Please see attached for more information.  Also, more information and past winners can be found by visiting:

8.       Information from Scholastic:

·         They are again sponsoring their summer reading challenge.  Hilton’s Village Elementary is a past winner of this.  Please see the attached flyer for more info!

                                                               i.      Also attached is a Summer Reading Cheat Sheet- the top school can win an author visit!

·         On May 5 and May 6 Scholastic is having a Warehouse Book Sale with discounts of 50-80%.  It will be held at the RIT Inn and Conference Center.  Please see attached flyer

9.       Capstone has released an app for Capstone eBooks (We own 60 of the titles in our region- most are PK-5).  This app will allows users to download and store on their iPad eBook titles for when they do not have a WiFi connection.  Please see attached document for more information.

10.   RASL (Rochester Area School Librarians) is hosting an end of the year reception at Monroe Golf Club on June 11 from 4:30-7:00.  Please see attached form for more information.




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

Cell: (585) 465-9906


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