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SLS Update 05/06/2015



1.       Over the past year, many of our high school librarians have been working with area college librarians (and also some high school teachers) on skills students need when entering college.  These have been great collaborations and conversation that we are continuing to refine and further develop!  We wanted to send out all the resources and notes from our various meetings:

·         June 2014 initial meeting notes:

·         February 2015 Strengthening the Foundation Workshop: attached are a PowerPoint, Academic Librarian Abstracts and Notes from the event

·         April 2015 follow up meeting notes:

2.       Welcome back to Jane Reeves!  We are excited that she is back with us! 

3.       Congratulations to Greece Craig Hill School Library and Susan Sullivan for being named the Rochester Regional Library Council School Library of the Year.  We are all very excited for Susan and the students, staff, and community at Craig Hill!

4.       Article from eSchool News from May 4,, 2015: This is how librarians can lead the digital transformation:

5.       Reminder of a great tool within Follett Destiny: WebPath Express.  Please share this resource with you teachers and students.  It is a great tool for:

·         Students beginning to research a topic to find resources from vetted sources

·         Teachers looking for websites on various topics

·         Identify reading level of websites as there is a lexile and age range listed for each site

·         Organizing websites using a Resource List

6.       The New York State Library has released information regarding the state wide Summer Reading Program.  The theme is: Every Hero Has a Story. 

·         The website has a lot of downloadable materials:

·         Fun activity ideas for all ages related to summer reading and heroes are available at and their Pinterest boards

7.       Our colleagues at Brockport Central School District recently created a video to demonstrate the research process at the K-12 level and expectations for college research.  Thank you for sharing this video with us!

8.       Reminder, last year we added a new video streaming partner, CCC!  When searching for Streaming Media please use the Media Portal (Learn 360 only has half of our content in it). 

·         New series in CCC! is Backyard Bugs and other Arthropods.  This contains 3 programs, each 13 minutes long and are for elementary and middle grades.  They are aligned to Common Core Standards. And, to facilitate classroom learning, each episode comes with Teacher's Guides, Student Activities and Quizzes. 

9.       Notice to those who have purchased eBooks from Follett (NOT the regional eBooks provided by BOCES)….some of the titles, when accessed, may come back as saying: Unable to authenticate with this title's publisher.  If this happens, please contact Library Automation Support (

10.   Teen Read Week will be October 18-24.

·         ALA Website with information and promotional materials:

·         Information about grants to support your school doing this:

11.   Upcoming Professional Development:

·         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)

                                                               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

12.   Gale is offering several webinars on how to use their products and to get the most use out of them!  Click the date below for more information on each session:

·         Biography in Context: May 12, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET) or May 29, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET)

·         Business Insights Essentials: May 11, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (ET) or May 22, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET)

·         Gale Virtual Reference Library: May 7, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET), May 12, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET), May 22, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET), or May 27, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET)

·         Kids InfoBits: May 8, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET) or May 18, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (ET)

·         Opposing ViewPoints in Context: May 7, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET), May 15, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET), or May 26, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET)

·         Power Search: May 21, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET) or May 27, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

·         Student Resources in Context: May 13, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET)



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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