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SLS Update 02/23/2015



1.       There are still spaces available for this THURSDAY’s workshop at RIT (12-3 OR 4-7).  This is geared towards high school teachers AND administrators to can hear what skills students entering college need refinement and what skills they are doing well with.  The panel is made up of college librarians from SUNY Brockport, UR, SUNY Geneseo, RIT, MCC.  Please see the attached handout.  Please pass on this information to anyone you think might be interested.

2.       Karen Mitchell is in the process of updating each school’s links to access the Gale Virtual Reference Library eBooks (GVRL).  Currently, in your catalog, the links are to a generic Monroe 2 account.  By updating the links, it will take users to your school’s specific Gale eBook.  If you have any questions on this, please let us know.

·         We have also received Novels for Students Volume 48.  As Karen updates your school’s links, she will be adding this record into your catalog (only for the High School and Middle Schools).  This volume includes:

                                                               i.      Chandler, Raymond: The Big Sleep

                                                             ii.      Baker, Russell: Growing Up

                                                           iii.      Ngozi Adichie, Chimamanda: A Half a Yellow Sun

                                                           iv.      Tagore, Rabindranath: The Home and the World

                                                             v.      Cunningham, Michael: The Hours

                                                           vi.      Ratner, Vaddey: In the Shadow of the Banyan

                                                         vii.      Green, John: Looking for Alaska

                                                       viii.      Millhauser, Steven: Martin Dressler: The Tale of An American Dreamer

                                                           ix.      Hemingway, Ernest: A Moveable Feast

                                                             x.      Larsen, Nella: Quicksand

                                                           xi.      Hickam, Homer: Rocket Boys: A Memoir

                                                         xii.      Erdrich, Louise: The Round House

                                                       xiii.      Russell ,Karen: Swamplandia

                                                       xiv.      Woodrell, Daniel: Winter's Bone

3.       Reminder, author Steve Sheinkin will be visiting the Rochester Public Library on May 26th to talk with area students.  Two different sessions will be held, one for elementary students and one for secondary students.  To register for this and for more information on this free event please visit:

4.       The NYS Historic Newspapers (NYSHN) project provides free online access to a wide range of more than 250 newspapers (3.5 million+ pages) chosen to reflect New York's unique history. NYSHN has fundamentally changed the look and feel of its website. This change increases functionality throughout, and also provides a state map for ease of geographic access.  Click here to visit the site.

5.      WXXI (PBS) Update

·         Interesting video from PBS on race relations in America:  This is available through Off-Air Recording.

·         Interesting video from PBS: Sesame Street’s The Cookie Thief: Cookie Monster is wrongly accused of stealing world-famous masterpieces in this hilarious parody set at the Museum of Modern Cookies. Shenanigans ensue with Detective Elmo, Chris, and the gang try to clear Cookie Monster’s name as scrumptious paintings are stolen right from under their noses.  This is available through Off-Air Recording.

·         February Newsletter:

6.       Flocabulary is offering our region a free trial

·         Includes over 500 videos

    • The Week in Rap - a totally unique current events series that is can be used as a writing prompt, a primary source tool and a weekly news syndication. 
    • Word up - a vocabulary program that is proven to increase student achievement on standardized tests.
    • 12 Financial Literacy videos - through a partnership with City University of New York. The series covers everything from credit cards to investing to employee benefits, and much more.
    • K-12 supplemental resources to introduce and reinforce key concepts.
    • To access the trial, please visit: and sign up for a trial
  1. The Teen Book Festival is seeking Teens and Adults who would like to volunteer to help with this event on May 16, 2015.  Please see the attached TBF message for more information.  Questions on this can be sent to  For more information on TBF please visit their website:
  2. InfoBase Publishing is offering our region a free trial to many of their products until 5/14/2015
    • Please see the attached document for a complete listing of all the Databases
    • Please contact Patti Rose ( for the trial username and password
  3. Thank you to Lisa Osur for passing along this article from the February 2015 School Library Journal on using LittleBits.  These are electronic components that can be used in a Maker Space environment.  Note- we are in the process of purchasing these through our RRLC Maker Space grant.
  4. Registration is now open for the NYLA/SSL Carol A. Kearney Educational Leadership Institute held in Cornell on August 3 and August 4.  The main focus for this will be the IFC (Information Fluency Continuum).
  5. Have you have ever wondered about 3-D printing issues such as patent infringement(are we liable?) and intellectual freedom with regards to printing in the library, The American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy just released a report regarding 3-D printing policy and libraries. Particularly fascinating are the sections on Intellectual Freedom (p.8) and Intellectual Property (p.10).   Note- ALA also covers Public Libraries and a lot of this article pertains to Public versus School Libraries.



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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