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SLS Update 01/13/2015

Greetings and Happy New Year!


1.       Please share this exciting PD with your high school teachers and administrators!  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.  To register:

                               OR (same information, two different sessions)

             4:00 – 7:00 PM.  To register:
Location: RIT

Fee: FREE to attend

Audience: High School Teachers, Administrators, and Librarians


2.       Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities.  Please contact Patti Rose or your district PD person to register.

·         eBooks on the iPad Jan 21 (3:45-4:45): Discover how easy it is to find and use an eBook provided by the School Library System using your iPad.   Professional development titles, picture books, informational texts and more are easy to locate and access through a variety of BOCES provided Apps.

·         Exploring Text Complexity with  Jan 28 (3:30-5:30): Join this interactive hands-on workshop to learn how text complexity and rubrics and reports can be used to enhance literacy activities in your school.  Further explore the Common Core Standards using the resource found in  Additionally, we will show you these tools and resources connect literacy, text, and technology.  Please bring 2-3 books you are using with your students to learn how to use the text complexity tools found in the program.  Note- this workshop is being done online at the CaTS BOCES building, but you could also do this from a computer at school.

·         Marketing your Library.  February 4 (4-5 PM): In this workshop geared for librarians, we will discuss how you can market the library program and your services to your school's community. We will discuss ways to help administrators stay abreast of the library, let teachers know the resources, and keep families informed.

·         Noodle Tools for Teachers and Librarians March 11 (3:45-4:45).  Learn how to use Noodle Tools with your students to streamline and digitize the research process.

3.       Attached is a listing of new eBooks.  Karen Mitchell is in the process of uploading the titles into the appropriate school’s catalog.  Many of the titles are Encyclopedia Britannica and additions to our Gale Literature Reference Series.

4.       An interesting article from the Huffington Post on School Libraries.  The article is called Sense and Sensibility: Why Librarians Remain Essential to Our Schools.

5. has put together a series of 15 minute “Tasty Tidbit” webinars, highlighting how to use, with practical examples from schools and libraries in New York and around the world.  Join all the sessions or just the ones you find interesting and useful at the following link:  Presented by: Professional Development Team (with over 40 years of teaching and library experience).

·         Start of the New Year with a New Look at

                                                               i.      January 20th 3:15-3:30

                                                             ii.      January 21st 3:15-3:30

                                                           iii.      January 22nd 3:15-3:30

·         Easy Collaboration Ideas You Can Implement Immediately

                                                               i.      March 24th 3:15-3:30

                                                             ii.      March 25th 3:15-3:30

                                                           iii.      March 26th 3:15-3:30

·         Get Students Excited for Summer Reading with Ready to Use Lists

                                                               i.      May 20th 3:15-3:30

                                                             ii.      May 21st 3:15-3:30

                                                           iii.      May 22nd 3:15-3:30

6.       Attached are the WXXI Off-Air January Highlights.

7.       The Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is proud to present author Steve Sheinkin!

·         Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of several fascinating books on American history, including The Notorious Benedict Arnold, which won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction. His recent book Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—The World's Most Dangerous Weapon was a Newbery Honor Book, National Book Award finalist, and winner of the Sibert Award as well as the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. Port Chicago 50 is also a contender on multiple award list.

·         There is no charge for this event! Each school is responsible for their own transportation. To register your school for a visit please go to the site below on or before March 9,2015:

·         To register:

·         For more information, please contact Tonia Burton

8.       The Greece Public Library is holding a workshop for adults on Minecraft.  This will be held Thursday January 29 from 6:30-7:30.  Please see that attached flyer for more information.

9.       St. John Fisher College is looking for names to add to their database of school librarians who are willing to have pre-service teachers observe a school library for a three hour period of time.  Attached is a document with more information and FAQ’s.

10.   Teen Book Festival Update- Sarah Dessen is now part of the line up!  For more information, please visit  Attached is a promotional flyer for TBF announcing Sarah Dessen




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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