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SLS Update 12/15/2014



1.       We have added additional Gale literature reference titles to our collection.  They are not in Destiny yet- we are waiting for the records to import them. 

·         You can access them  by visiting the Gale eBook locations (either the BOCES location OR your school’s Gale eBook location)

·         Attached is a excel file listing all of our literature reference eBook titles- please use the tabs along the bottom to see what is in each volume.

·         Note- we do not have the most recent Poetry or Drama reference titles.  Otherwise, we should have just about the entire For Students Literature Reference Series

2.       On May 26, Rochester Central Library (downtown by the Dinosaur BBQ) is bringing in author Steve Sheinkin.  They will be holding two different author visits, one for elementary and the other for secondary.  To register and for more information on this free event please visit:

·         Note, enrollment is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis

3.       We are thrilled to present the following two Professional Developments centered on helping students be college ready.  The first one is for High School Teachers and Administrators and the second is for High School Librarians.  Please share and help to promote this!

·         Strengthening the Foundation: Preparing Students for College-Level Research

High School teachers, school librarians, and administrators are invited to attend this unique professional development opportunity led by academic librarians. The focus is college-level skills and traits students need to succeed in post-secondary research projects.  The college librarians will come prepared to share identified areas of student strengths and weaknesses garnered from their faculty concerning research papers, projects, and citations.  Attendees should be prepared to share concerns and questions about their experiences working with students. This three-hour session will include a panel presentation, small group discussions geared around practical ideas to use in the classroom, and time for questions and answers.

Date: February 26, 2015, with a snow date of March 5, 2015

Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm OR 4:00 – 7:00 PM (same information, two different sessions)

Location: RIT

Fee: FREE to attend                    

Audience: High School Teachers, Administrators, and Librarians

·         High School & College Librarians Closing the Loop

In Closing the Loop, we will focus on information literacy and research skills students need to be college ready.  Sample topics include: citations, databases, and other essential tools needed for best practices in college-level research and presentation.  This meeting will recap then build upon the work started in June 2014 between high school and college librarians. It will also incorporate work completed at the winter event that expanded to incorporate high school teachers and administrators and addressed research skills and traits expected of students entering their freshmen year of college.  Attendance at prior workshops is not required, and new participants are welcome.

Date: April 28, 2015

Time: 12:00 pm -3:00 pm

Location: Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES, Big Ridge Rd. Spencerport . 

Fee: FREE to attend        

Audience: High School Librarians and College Librarians

4.       Reminder, the deadline for  various SSL awards is December 15.  At this time, many of the awards have had NO ONE apply for them.  This is a great way to attend a conference for free!

·         Beatrice E. Griggs Elementary Administrator's Award
Beatrice E. Griggs Scholarship
NYLA SSL Secondary Administrator's Award
NYLA/SSL Scholarship Award Sponsored by Follett
Robert E. Barron Cultural Media Award
NYLA/SSL Conference Awards Sponsored by Gale
Laura Wedge Conference Award

5.       The New York State Department of Education has created a new website to highlight various cultural institutions in the state (such as museum, historical societies, public libraries, zoos…).  This is meant as a companion website to

· is the site

·         They also created a listserv:  To join this, Send an e-mail message to:  Leave the subject line blank.  Type the following command as the text of the message: subscribe culturaled YourFullName

6.       Attached is an updated listing of workshops from RRLC.  Reminder, as members of the Monroe 2 Orleans School Library System, you are able to attend most of these free of charge!

7.      The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will hold the Sokol High School Literary Awards Contest for student writers in grades 9 – 12. We would like to invite as many students as we can to enter the contest. Again this year, there are prizes for original poetry and prose, and students can submit their work written or performed. The entries are professionally judged, and there are cash prizes for the top entries. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 30, 2015, and the awards event will be on Thursday, April 30, 2015. The attachment provides additional information.

·         Please visit for more information

·         Additional information is also attached to this email

8.       Attached are WXXI December Off-Air highlights.  As always, if you would like anything record from TV, please visit:

9.       The NYS Education Department Office of Cultural Education will host a two-day conference, Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core, on Aug 11 and 12, 2015.  The conference planning team has issued a call for proposals for interactive labs in one of six curriculum areas: The Arts, English Language Arts, Math, Science, Languages Other Than English (LOTE), or Social Studies.  Lessons must be aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards and the topic should be aligned with the Social Studies Framework adopted by the Board of Regents in 2014.  Proposals are due by January 15, 2015.  For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit



 Jim Belair
School Library System Director
Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES
Desk: (585) 349-9099
Cell: (585) 465-9906
Fax: (585) 349-9090

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