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SLS Update 05/15/2015



Last week’s update did not send to everyone (dated 5/6/15).  If you did not receive it, please let me know and I will resend it to you. Also, all previous updates are indexed on the SLS Website:  I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


1.       2015 Librarian Summer Tech Camp will be held Tuesday, August 18th at Fairport Johanna Perrin Middle School.  Workshop sessions are still being developed but include: Coding, 3D Printing, Gaming, Follett Destiny, eBooks, LibGuides plus much more!  Multiple vendors will be on hand again this year! 

·         To register:

2.       Monroe 1 and Monroe 2-Orleans SLS are thrilled to announce Kathleen Odean will be coming to our region to do a full day workshop on best new books for Young Adults (Grades 6-12).  Kathleen is an amazing presenter!  This is open to librarians, reading teachers, and ELA teachers.  Space is limited!

·         Please see attached flyer for more information

·         To register:

·         Feel free to forward to any teachers or librarians in Monroe 1 or Monroe 2 you think may be interested in attending

3.       The School Library System purchased 58 new eBooks from Cavendish Square.  Please see the attached list.

·         Series include:

                                                               i.      Various country eBooks with several focusing on daily life

                                                             ii.      Economics, business, and finance

                                                            iii.      Warriors (Gladiators, Knights, Ninjas, Vikings, Samurai)

                                                           iv.      Explorers

                                                             v.      US States

                                                           vi.      Math in everyday life

                                                          vii.      Holidays

                                                        viii.      Pirates

·         All titles include Fountas & Pinnell levels

·         All titles are loaded into your Follett Destiny catalogs

·         All titles allow for unlimited simultaneous access

4.       The School Library System purchased two sets of Makerspaces eBooks.  One set is elementary focused and the other is secondary

·         In your Destiny Catalog:

                                                               i.      Elementary series search for maker kids

                                                             ii.      Secondary series search for makerspaces

5.       Attached is a PowerPoint around the new Social Studies Standards being rolled out.  This is from an April 27 presentation at WFL BOCES.  Currently, the area SLS Directors are working together to highlight resources that can be used across the region for teachers to use.

·         Highlighted resources include: PebbleGo, BrainPop, Rosen Spotlight eBooks, NOVELny resources, Gale In-Context Resouces (US History, World History, Opposing ViewPoints, and Biography)

6.       My counterpart at Nassau BOCES, Carl Vitevitch, is presenting at the New York State School Boards Association meeting being held in October.  He is asking for send links to photos or videos of events that you have happening in your school library. It could be a poetry slam, a maker space, a TED conference, an author visit, a group research project or something else related.  His goal is to how school libraries across New York State are an integral part of the curriculum and Common Core instruction, and we have fun doing it!  Photo credit will be given for material used in the presentation as [Your name, School, District, School Library System]

·         Please send links to photos or videos to – SUBJ: NYSSBA submission

·         Please make sure that the photos conform to your districts Board policies concerning the use of student photos.

7.       Reminder- all our schools have access to the HW Wilson Library Literature and Information Science database (provided by your BOCES School Library System). 

·         Contains most of the professional publications used by School Librarians

                                                               i.      Note- some of the publications may be a couple months behind the current issue

·         Link to access:,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=llf

·         To login, use the same credentials as you would for eBooks

8.       A requirement for all pre-service teachers from St. John Fisher College is to spend time observing a school library.  Kathi Sigler, a SJFC Librarian and liaison to the Education Department, sent the attached quotes from Pre-Service teachers regarding their experiences.  It further shows the great work being done in our school libraries!

9.       If any schools are interested in purchasing Movie Licensing USA through the Media Library CoSER please let me know. 

·         This license will cover your entire school building 24/7 for unlimited showings such as student rewards, holiday parties, last days of school, in-between testing, staffing emergencies, indoor recess, etc. The coverage includes teachers, parent groups, before/after school programs, and anyone using the schools facilities. This license is for indoor showings only and does not cover outdoor screenings or events off campus.

·         Studies included by this license include: Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, NBC/Universal Pictures, New Line Cinema, Lionsgate Films, MGM, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Summit Entertainment, Focus Features, Miramax, Warner Independent Pictures, Fine Line Features, Paramount Pictures, United Artists and Picturehouse.



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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