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SLS Update 04/10/2015



1.       Arbordale (Sylvan Dell) this week did a major over haul to their eBook platform.  One of the new enhancements allows the text to be highlighted as the title is being read to the students.  Reminder, these can be accessed via a computer or an app can be downloaded.  If you have any questions on how to access the titles, please contact Jim Belair.

2.       Destiny been upgraded to Version 12.5AU1 at all sites. It brings with it a new Follett message window in the upper right-hand corner of the screen when you are logged in as an administrator. Once you read their initial message, the window will be smaller but if you do not want to see the window at all, please contact Karen Mitchell ( and she will be happy to hide it for you.

3.       Interlibrary Loan Information:

·         Last day for ILL requests is May 15

·         Return ILL books by June 5

·         If you make side deals to extend ILL, that is up to you J

4.       Upcoming Professional Development workshops:

a.       Best New Books for Children with Cathy Henderson and Stacy Martine.  April 15 from 4:45-5:15 at the Gates Public Library.  Open to teachers and librarians.

                                                               i.      How do you raise a reader?  What's new in children's literature?  What's so important about kids reading books in this online age?  Join us for a session with public librarians from the Monroe County Public Library System to learn what is new in children's literature and find some gems that you can use with your students.

b.       High School and College Librarian Meeting.  April 28 from 12-3 at Monroe 2 BOCES (Big Ridge Road).

                                                               i.      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.

c.       Best New Books for Young Adults with Deena Viviani.  May 6 (NEW DATE) from 3:45-4:45 at Gates Public Library.   Open to teachers and librarians.

                                                               i.      Young Adult Literature is in a boom period, with dozens of titles being released every month.  Help keep on top of some great reads from the past six months that you may have missed with this workshop focusing on new fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels.  A series of quick book talks will highlight contemporary, dystopian, paranormal, sci-fi, and historical YA works - and more!

d.       Inventory within Follett Destiny.  May 27 from 3:45-4:45 at Monroe 2 BOCES (CaTS Building- Buffalo Rd)

                                                               i.      This one-hour class will give you the resources you need to return to your library and conduct an inventory using Destiny Library Manager.

e.       Follett Tricks to Make Life Easier.  June 3 from 3:45-4:45 at Monroe 2 BOCES (CaTS Building- Buffalo Rd)

                                                               i.      The Library Automation Team will answer your submitted questions and share user tools during this one-hour class.  Topics can include managing 'old' book reviews and out dated patron notes as well as recommended catalog display setting.  Submit your questions when enrolling by emailing

5.       We have added a new vendor to our Online Database CoSER.  We will now have the myOn product available to purchase through the SLS.

6.       Attached is a listing of new professional education books available from the Rochester Public Library.

7.       The Democrat and Chronicle e-edition (which all schools have access to) will be having a Global Climate Change supplement  on the e-edition only from April 20-May 1 for teachers/students. It’s a 16-page tab which topics include climate change, the Greenhouse Effect, effect higher temperatures have on the environment, what are the causes of climate change, and what we can do to help, along with 12 newspaper related activities.  Attached is a pdf copy if you would like to preview it.  Note- this is designed for Middle and High School students.

8.       At a recent conference I attended, I spoke with a book sales rep (Jon Simms) from Chapters Group.  They are offering our region pricing discounts (42% off and free shipping) to purchase titles for class sets of books.  Note- they do NOT provide processing or MARC records.  Attached is a sales flyer on this.  Please visit here for more information.

9.       Reminder- RRLC is again holding their Library of the Year Contest.  In recent years we have had various schools from the Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES region win this award.  Attached is a flyer you can use to promote this within your school.  For more information please visit:

10.   Attached is a listing of upcoming events taking place at the Seymour Public Library in Brockport.  Please feel free to share and promote with your students and teachers.

11.   This summer NYS Department of Education will again be holding their Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core conference (August 11-12) in Albany.  There will be an emphasis placed on the new Social Studies Framework.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

12.   Friends & Foundation and the Rochester Public Library are joining the YWCA in the Stand Against Racism in April, with programs uniquely planned for teens and adults:

·         Teen Program, Wednesday, April 15 at 3:30pm at Teen Central in Central Library, 115 South Avenue, downtown Rochester. 

                                                               i.      Meet Ben Douglas and discuss his experiences as a youth during the Civil Rights Era. Then experience with Delores Jackson Radney of Kuumba Consultants how the Great Migration changed Rochester and how it impacts teens today.

·         Adult Program, Sunday, April 26 at 1:30pm in Rundel Auditorium, Central Library , 115 South Avenue, downtown Rochester. 

                                                               i.      Panel discussion on personal experiences of the Great Migration by Dr. Frederick Jefferson, Ben Douglas, Loretta Scott, Dr. David Anderson, and Djed Snead, followed by a book discussion of The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson.

·         Please see the attached flyer for additional information

13.   Registration is now closed for the Dr. Barbara Stripling Inquiry Based Learning workshop.  Patti Rose is assembling a waiting list.  If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please let Patti know.



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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