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SLS Update 02/10/2015



1.       Last week I sent an email updating everyone about Axis 360.  I had a mistake in the email.  For now, you will still need the older reading App.  I will keep everyone updated as to when this app can truly go away and when the DRM (Digital Rights Management) piece are resolved.

2.       We are thrilled to announce the addition of a new eBook partner to our collection.  We just purchased 520 eBook titles from StarWalk Media.  These titles are mostly elementary and contain both fiction and nonfiction titles.  All titles allow for unlimited simultaneous access.

·         Includes works by: Seymour Simon, David Adler, Caroline Arnold, Diane deGroat, Jennifer Owings Dewey, Johanna Hurwitz, Kathryn Lasky, Stan Mack, Emily Arnold McCully, Kevin O’Mally, Doreen Rappaport, Susan L. Roth, Hudson Talbott and Laura Vaccaro-Seeger

·         To access the titles:

·         We do not have the records loaded into anyone’s catalog yet, we are still waiting for MARC records

·         The MARC records will contain both Fountas & Pinnel and Lexile reading levels

·         Google Play Store App:

·         iTunes:

3.       Congratulations to Karen Arendt (Wheatland Chili TJ Connor) and Cathy Mangan (Brockport Hill School) for an amazing job with their Newbury Club!

·         Channel 13 Newstory:

·         In essence, the students from both schools had to read 5 books.  They discussed the titles using Edmodo and then had a joint party at TJ Connor school

·         They have seen a HUGE uptick in book circulation for the titles that were on the list (especially by students not involved in this) and the students who did the club are asking for more books to read

4.       Professional Development.  Note- these are now listed on the SLS Main website under events!

·         Strengthening the Foundation: Preparing Students for College-Level Research (Feb 26, snow date March 5): 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.

                                                               i.      12:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  To register:

                                                              OR (same information, two different sessions)

                                                             ii.      4:00 – 7:00 PM.  To register:

                                                           iii.      Attached is a promotion flyer for this event (called Flyer4)

·         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.

·         Common Core and Mobile Content Creation March 25 (3:45-4:45).  iPads, smartphones. and tablets are great tools for not only consuming digital content, but also for creating your own content.  The class will teach users the basics of mobile content creation with a focus on images and video.  Bring your own device or one can be provided for you during class.

5.       This Friday (February 13) is the deadline to submit a proposal for the Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core conference being held in Albany August 11-12.  For more information please visit:

6.       Registration is now open for the 2015 SSL Spring Conference (April 30-May 2 in Tarrytown, NY).  For more information please visit:

7.       Attached is a listing of upcoming workshops from RRLC.  Most are free!

8.       Writers and Books is offering a Teen Writer’s Master Workshop this summer, with an application deadline of April 1. Students in this two-week workshop will participate in one-on-one conferences with instructors, reading and writing assignments, and a final student reading. Each student will also take home a published anthology from the workshop. For more information, visit

9.      February, 2015 WXXI Education e-Newsletter

10. Great article written by Past AASL President Ann M. Martin and librarian Kathleen Roberts called “Digital Natives Does Not Equal Digital Literacy” .



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


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