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SLS Update 04/24/2015



1.       For those schools participating in the Library Automation CoSER, the SLS is piloting a regional subscription to LibGuides.  This is a tool schools, libraries, and teachers can use to share information, collaborate on projects, and organize resources!  Think of this as a way to organize, share, and create pathfinders, resource guides, assignment guides….Stay tuned for more information.

·         At the recent High School / College meeting it was shared that most colleges and universities are using this product for research projects and guides

·         For examples of this being used in elementary, middle, high school, how to guides, or for classes please visit:

·         This company is offering a variety of workshops on how to set up and use their product:

2.       Save the date: this year’s Librarian Tech Camp will be held Tuesday, August 18 at Monroe #1 BOCES.  Some of the sessions may include Maker Spaces, 3D Printing, Minecraft, resources for the new Social Studies framework…plus many more!  If there are any specific sessions you are interested in attending or hearing about, please let us know.

3.       NYSED and the library community, in partnership with the Northeast Comprehensive Center (NCC) are looking to update the SLMPE (School Library Media Program Evaluation) Rubric.  This is the document we used last year in our region as our Member Plan of Service.  NYSED is seeking feedback!  If you are interested in providing feedback (they have specific questions and area they are looking to update) please contact Jim Belair ( and he will send you the information.  Note- this is time sensitive!

4.       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

5.       TBF (Teen Book Festival) Update…the full schedule of events is now available:

·         For more information, please visit:

6.       Upcoming Professional Development workshops:

·         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.

·         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!

·         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.

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

·         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

7.       Please find attached upcoming workshops offered from RRLC.  Note- most are free to attend!

8.       Attached is information for RASL (Rochester Area School Librarians) end of year social.  This is open to anyone!  It is on June 10 at Monroe Golf Club.

9.       PebbleGo has announced a new module (their 5th) which will be released this August.  The new module is on Dinosaurs and will feature articles on more than 125 different species.  The database will explore each dinosaur’s body, habitat, food, and behavior; compare the dinosaurs to modern-day animals and include a range map showing their geographic region.  For pricing information, please contact Patti Rose (

10.   Ten scholarships are available to attend the SSL Leadership Institute this summer, August 3-4 at Cornell University. See attached brochure and application for information and to apply. The deadline to apply is May 11.

11.   Genesee Valley BOCES Educational Partnership is again hosting their Diggies Festival on May 14th  at GCC Batavia. 

·         keynote from a team from the Rochester Public Library learning Lab imagineYOU who are doing fantastic digital media arts work with middle and high school students. 

·         special session with Project LookSharp, a media literacy initiative that will be talking about digital and media literacy in schools

·         3 hands-on sessions to choose from, each focusing on one aspect of digital arts. Each session comes with a tool that is yours to take back to your district and start using.

·         Please see attachments for more information

12.   Attached are the May 2015 WXXI Off Air Highlights.  Reminder, if you would like any of these programs taped, please complete the Off Air Taping request form.

 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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