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SLS Update 09/25/2014



1.      Reminder, October 6 (Monroe 2 BOCES) and October 9 (Monroe #1) there will be a full day copyright workshop focusing on digital resources and eLearning.

·         Space is limited.  For the Monroe #1 date, we have 5 seats left for our region

·         To register, please DIRECTLY email Patti Rose for Monroe 2 or Carolyn Byam for Monroe #1

·         Attached is a registration flyer

·         Please feel free to share this with any interested teacher, administrator or technology staff member

2.      At the end of each school year librarians complete an End of Year SLS Evaluation.  This helps BOCES SLS staff focus the direction for the SLS, Media, and Library Automation CoSERs.  It also allows us to know what areas we are meeting or exceeding expectations and those areas that could use fine tuning.  Attached are the tabulated results and comments from the librarians in our region.

3.      This year the Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES SLS joined NYLA (New York Library Association) as an institutional member.  By doing this, it will allow any of the school librarians in our region to join OR renew NYLA membership through BOCES at a discounted price of $75.  For more information, please contact Jim Belair.

4.       This past summer a school library summit was held in Albany.  It was a joint partnership between NYLA and State Education.  One of the recommendations from the summit is placement of a certified school librarian in each NY State school.  Attached are all the recommendations from the summit and a timeline for the recommendations.

5.      NYSCATE is partnering with Rochester Maker Spaces to bring a full day Maker Fair to Rochester on Saturday November 22 from 10-4. 

·         For More information or to purchase tickets, please visit:

·         Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers.  They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

·         There will be a lot of hands on activities for kids: robotics, Legos, woodworking, Arduino, food making, knitting, solar energy, artists, fashion, music, bee keeping, STEM, plus MUCH MORE!

6.      RASL (Rochester Area School Librarians) is a Greater Rochester regional group of school librarians (it is part of NYLA).  Attached is membership information and also a flyer for their Fall into Books Program.

7.      The 2015 New York Library Association SSL Spring Conference is now accepting proposals for presentations. Technology use/tools should be embedded in one of the strands, not as a standalone session.  Strands include: Inquiry, Management, Programming, Advocacy, Collaboration.

·         This year, the conference will be held April 30 to May 2 in Tarrytown, NY (Southeastern part of the State)

·         To submit a proposal, please visit:

·         For more information on the conference, please visit:  To follow the conference on Twitter: @slmsseny 

8.      FactCite (Lincoln Library) has added a new feature to their Biography for Beginners.  The new feature will read aloud and highlight the text.  If you are interested in a free trial of this product, please contact Patti Rose.

9.      On Friday, October 24, the Rochester Area Library Systems (RRLC, MCLS, all the area SLS, and Pioneer) are hosting a legislative thank you breakfast at the Henrietta Public Library.  In attendance will be several NY State Assembly and State Senators.  If you know anyone who would like to attend, please forward them the attached flyer.

10.  Jane Reeves found a very useful tool!  Many schools have had browser issues using the Capstone eBooks.  Capstone now has a Browser checker.  Please visit to see if your browser will function with Capstone eBooks.

11.  ProQuest is offering free webinars.  Some of their products are part of NOVELny, which means EVERYONE in NY State has free access to this paid content

·         eLibrary Elementary and NOVELNY.  This one hour class, created specifically for NOVELNY, covers the content, features and tips for using eLibrary Elementary as well as incorporating eLibrary Elementary into classroom curriculum. Learn how young readers can use the colorful graphical search interface to find answers they need from magazines, newspapers, books, transcripts, maps, images, audio/video files and web links that are safe and appropriate for elementary school studies. Your questions will be answered by an eLibrary Elementary training expert during this interactive session.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

                                                               i.      Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

                                                             ii.      Monday, November 17, 2014, 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

                                                           iii.      Thursday, November 20, 2014, 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

                                                           iv.      Please register at

·         Common Core and ProQuest Resources.  This one hour class will focus on the new Common Core standards and how they align to Proquest. With an emphasis on informational text, these standards require a focus on reading literacy across the curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, persuasion and analysis. The inclusion of primary sources and reference material and the addition of complex text that extends beyond the textbook can be found in Proquest resources. We have included essential questions and editorially created essential pages to provide context for learning. Our general reference databases provide an integrated model of literacy, a variety of integrated tools like lexiles for reading differentiation, My Analysis, graphic notecards and much more will be covered.

                                                               i.      Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

                                                             ii.      Please register at

·         Gannett Newspapers (Democrat and Chronicle) for NY State NOVELNY.  This one hour class covers the content, features and tips for using Gannett Newspapers offered to NOVELNY by ProQuest. This collection of 87 different newspapers, with over one dozen from NY and NJ, is ideal for classroom and public library use. ProQuest will provide tips for searching as well as ideas for incorporating it into the classroom curriculum. Learn how to use the new search interface to locate information, create a Research account to store and manage folders and to use built in tools to make the most of your research! Your questions will be answered by a ProQuest training expert during this interactive session.

                                                               i.      Friday, September 26, 2014, 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

                                                             ii.      Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

                                                           iii.      Monday, November 17, 2014, 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

                                                           iv.      Thursday, November 20, 2014, 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

                                                             v.      Please register at




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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