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SLS Update 10/30/2015



1.       One of our video streaming partners, CCC!, has added new content this school year.  Attached are PDFs of the new series.

·         Drive Thru History.  20 different programs for grades 7-12

·         Backyard Bugs and other Arthropods for elementary students

·         Wow I Never Knew That  243 subjects to satisfy your student’s insatiable curiosity  for grades 5-12

2.       Within ebrary there are thousands of Professional Development eBook titles, including several hundred from Association or Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

·         Attached are spreadsheets for each district which contains ASCD titles, authors and a direct link to that specific eBook

·         There are thousands of other professional titles from other publishers as well!

·         You can use the direct link to an eBook title found in the spreadsheet

                                                               i.      If using a device on your school’s network, no need to log in

                                                             ii.      If using from home, use the district eBook username/password

                                                            iii.      If you would like to download to a tablet you must create your own, unique ebrary account

3.       A presentation given to the NYS School Board Association on using Libraries to Maximize Student Achievement.

4.       There is a group of School Library System Directors working on aligning the IFC (Information Fluency Continuum) to the new Social Studies framework.  The alignments have been developed to integrate with the supporting questions and activities of the Social Studies inquiries.  For each supporting question, a chart frames the teaching of the information skills, practices, and formative assessments with the inquiry process.  The site developed is available at

·         They are seeking feedback on this project.  At the bottom of the home page, please submit your name, email, and any comments.

5.       Updated information for 9th and 10th grade Global Studies:

6.       Within LibGuides it is easy to insert a Follett Destiny Widget to search your collection.  Here is an example from Hilton High School:

·         For assistance doing this, or help to get started with LibGuides please contact Lindsay Neumire.

7.       On Monday, November 2, RASL (Rochester Area School Librarians) are holding the first event of the year!  It is focused on Makerspaces and will take place at Rochester Makerspaces, 850 St. Paul St.  Rochester 14605 (Back of the Building).  This will be from 4:30-6:00 with an optional Dinosaur BBQ Dinner afterwards.  To register or for more information please contact Karen O’Donnell (

8.       Fall 2015 Professional Development

·         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)

                                                               i.      This is not just for librarians!  The ½ day workshop is set up for Q&A that people may have around copyright. 

·         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)

9.       An informational video from 1946: Librarian as Your Vocation  At the 4:58 time mark is where they talk about school librarians.   The big, new technologies discussed are microfilms and motion pictures…and in modern libraries phonographs!




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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