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SLS Update 09/18/2015



1. updated its look and added some new tools this past week.  One interesting thing it can do is share resource list for a specific author or book. 

·         Example of a resource page for The Lightning Thief:

·         Log in using your school email address OR leave username blank and enter the standard BOCES password

·         They have added a large section on text complexity

·         They are adding a literacy calendar which will identify notable literary events, author birthdays, etc and will link those dates on the calendar to resources within the website

2.       Information for your BEDS report:

·         Total number of databases you have access to: 10 from NOVELny PLUS 4 from BOCES PLUS total number your library purchases (for MS and HS, count the Gale databases here)

·          Total number of eBooks: 2,644 from BOCES PLUS total number your library purchased on your own

                                                               i.      This does not include ebrary or Axis 360.  Do not worry about that count this year!

3.       Fall 2015 Professional Development.  Please see the attached document for more information

·         Sept 24: Inquiry Workshops that Sizzle with Dr. Barbara Stripling. (8am-3pm)

·         Sept 30: How to Create Proper Source Citations for Bibliographies (3:45pm-4:45pm)

·         Oct 14: An Introduction to 3D Printing (3:45pm-4:45pm)

·          Nov 4: Minecraft in Schools (4pm-5pm)

·         Nov 12: Copyright Q&A (Half day at Monroe 2 in am and Half day at Monroe 1 in pm)

·         Nov 18: Media Portal Tools to Use With Students (3:45pm-4:45pm)

·         Dec 2: Accessing eBooks through Destiny (3:45pm-4:44pm)

·         Dec 16: Using Ensemble to Store and Share User Created Content (3:45pm-4:45pm)

4.       Other Professional Development items:

·         Attached is a listing of PD from The Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC).  As members of the BOCES 2 SLS, you are all members of RRLC.

·         In November there will be a regionally sponsored workshop (Monroe 1, Monroe 2, GV, WFL, Memorial Art Gallery and Social Studies Council of Rochester) for teachers and librarians working with students in grades K-8 on Visual Literacy and Inquiry in Social Studies.  This will be held at the Memorial Art Gallery and will allow for “hands on” time using the MAG’s resources.  Please see the attached flyer.

·         Attached is webinar information for Scholastic GO and Gale.  All NY students and teachers have access to these resources

5.       Noodle Tools Update:

·         Now available through Google Apps for Education

                                                               i.      Can sign in using your Google Account info- must use Google Apps for Education

                                                             ii.      For more information:

·         They also updated the look and functionality

                                                               i.      Improved notecards

                                                             ii.      Responsive Design for Tablets

                                                            iii.      Tagging

                                                           iv.      Videos can be inserted into notecards

                                                             v.      Updated teacher comments and students can send comments to teachers

6.       Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library (FFRPL), manager of the Harold Hacker Fund for the Advancement of Libraries is again offering a grant opportunity for Rochester area libraries. For the 2015-16 grant cycle, a total of $12,000 is available for projects that meet the stated funding areas:

    • To further education and professional development for librarians and library staff throughout the five-county region served by Rochester Regional Library Council.
    • To further innovative library projects and programs at RRLC member libraries and the Monroe County Library and Pioneer Library Systems and their member libraries.

7.       Attached is a listing of new education books available through the Rochester Public Library.

8.       Each year Beloit College publishes their Mindset List which about students entering their freshmen year of college.  Example- Google has always been around since they were born or The Lion King has always been on Broadway.

9.       Over the summer the SLS purchased a two year subscription to LibGuides which covers all public schools.  If you are interested in using these in your library, please contact Jane Reeves.

·         Jane Reeves and Lisa Osur (Holley JR/SR HS) have been working on a LibGuide for 3D Printing:

·         Great example from Pamela Bigsby at Brockport Middle School on the America Colonies:  

10.   The NYS Office of Information Technology Services’ Enterprise Information Security Office is hosting the “NYS K-12 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest” during the fall in conjunction with “National Cyber Security Awareness Month” activities. 

·         This year the contest has four entry categories: Kindergarten – Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12

·         The Contest entry deadline is December 2, 2015

·         For more information:




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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