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SLS Update 05/29/2015



1.       Social Studies Framework information:

·         The first part of the Social Studies Toolkit for K-12 Social Studies was just posted on EngageNY:

·         Last week a joint workshop was held for Social Studies teachers and administrators.  Information about the new Social Studies Framework AND suggested resources are available by visiting:

2.       We have added two new volumes (Volumes 8 and 9)to our Soundzabound Royalty Free Music and Sound Effects Library.  Please visit: for more information.

3.       Fun music video called “Rather Be (at the Library)” which is a parody of Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be”. .  Take a moment and listen- you will laugh, smile, and want to share with your students.

4.       Monday is the deadline to apply for the Instructional Technology Specialist position within the Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES SLS/Media Library.  For more information please visit:

5.       Upcoming Professional Development

·         Kathleen Odean will be presenting on best new YA Books for 6-12 geared towards Librarians, Reading Teachers, and ELA Teachers.  Full day workshop on June 23 at Monroe #1 BOCES. 

                                                               i.      Please see attached flyer for more information

                                                             ii.      To register:

·         Tech Camp will be August 18 at Fairport Johanna Perrin Middle School.  To register:

·         Please see attached for a listing of other workshops from RRLC

6.       Regents Review 2.0 is a series of test-prep programs for high school students who plan to take the NY State Regents exams in June. In addition to airing on WXXI, students can access the review programs on-demand. The web link has been added to Safari Montage, but is also directly available at this link:

7.       Call for Entries for the Gale / Library Media Connection TEAMS Award

·         Library Media Connection (LMC) and Gale invite all media specialists and educators at K-12 public and private schools in the United States and Canada to share their collaboration success stories and submit them for the 2015 TEAMS Award—Teachers and Media Specialists Influencing Student Achievement. The TEAMS Award recognizes and encourages the critical collaboration between the teacher and media specialist to promote learning, increase student achievement, and develop 21st-century skills

·         Three winning teams will receive cash prizes ($2,500), Gale products, a one-year subscription to Library Media Connection, and a choice of professional publications from Libraries Unlimited.

·         Apply now to have your work highlighted. Entries are due by June 30, 2015. Awards will be presented at a reception during the American Association of School Librarians conference in 2015. Visit the TEAMS Award site to learn more.

8.       My counterpart at Western Suffolk BOCES School Library System asked me to share this message from one of her librarians in a doctoral program who is working on her dissertation. 

·         "My name is Catherine Masrour and I am a librarian in Suffolk County, NY.  As part of dissertation research, I am collecting information on the challenges and opportunities facing school librarians across New York State and New England.  In order to gather current feedback from librarians, I have developed a survey.  Could you please take this brief survey? Link:

·         For more information, here is a link to my research website:  Here you will be able to view the results of the survey, learn more about my study, and get involved if you are interested.  Thanks in advance for your participation.

9.       July 7-8 will be a summer teacher and librarian workshop held at Colgate University.  The focus in Native American Culture for upper level elementary students.  Please see the attached Museum in a Suitcase Flyer.




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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