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SLS Update 11/17/2015



1.       Lindsay Neumire pulled some streaming videos and eBooks centering on Thanksgiving!  Please see the attached document.

2.       Suggestion- on your Online Resources page you may want to consider adding a direct link to WebPath Express

·         This is an example for Gates Chili Walt Disney Elementary School


·         To create the link: use your district WebPath Express Link and then add your site number (such as 100 or 104) at the end of the link (no space).  If you need help finding the site number please contact Karen Mitchell.

                                                               i.      Brockport:

                                                             ii.      Churchville Chili:

                                                           iii.      Gates Chili:

                                                           iv.      Greece:

                                                             v.      Hilton:

                                                           vi.      Holley:

                                                         vii.      Kendall:

                                                       viii.      Spencerport:

                                                           ix.      Wheatland Chili:

3.       The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is sharing a recording of their November 3 webinar, “Using DPLA for Teaching and Learning.”

·         View the webinar:

·         This webinar provides useful information on the value of DPLA as a tool for teaching and learning and describes current DPLA education projects, including the recently released primary source sets<>.

4.       At the Academic Level, they are working on a new set of frames (frames is similar to how we use standards) for Academic Libraries (similar to the K-12 Information Literacy Standards).  Nancy Greco, Instruction and Archives Librarian from St. John Fisher College, recently presented to RRLC Advisory Board about the new frames.  Attached is her PowerPoint Presentation and VERY useful word document which outlines the new frames.   In our continuing effort to work on the K-12 to College Information Literacy Continuum I would suggest taking a quick look (especially the second page of the word document).

5.       Last week Karen Mitchell uploaded new EBL eBooks to school catalogs.  Most of the titles are High School, but there are a couple elementary titles.

·         Attached is a spreadsheet with the various titles

·         EBL is the project that we have partnered with the various Academic Libraries from across NY State

·         The regular BOCES username/password does not work.  Each user must create their own generic account first

6.       We now have the ability to create direct links for the various World Book Encyclopedia databases.  If you would like a direct link to WB Kids, WB Student, or WB Spanish please let Patti Rose know.

7.       Online Databases updates:

·         BrainPop is undergoing a redesign.  For a look at the new interface and the new features please visit:

·         Useful tip from Lisa Osur (Holley JR/SR HS): Titlewave has an App for smartphones. It allows you to scan ISBNs from books you see that you may want to order.  It then adds that title to your list of item.

·         Scholastic is offering a trial of their Science Flix Online Database.  This trial runs through 12/15/15


                                                             ii.      Username: flixsci  Password: cry

8.       The New York State Education Department is seeking educators for the New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE) Library Media Specialist Content Specialty Test (CST) item review committee meeting, January 2016. The purpose of this meeting is to review items for the Library Media Specialist CST. During the item review meeting, participants will review test items for content, accuracy, adherence to development criteria, and overall quality.  These  items were developed to align with the approved exam framework.  A copy  of the approved NYSTCE assessment design and framework is available  online at:  The committees are typically made up of 10-12 educators. Representatives are needed from Institutions of Higher Education teacher preparation programs and P-12 educators as well as representing the geographic and ethnic diversity of New York State. Travel, lodging and meals will be reimbursed. Also, during the  school year (contract days), the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson  will reimburse a PreK–12 educator's school district for the cost of a  substitute teacher.  

9.       Joette Stefl-Mabry, PhD, and her research team at  the University at Albany has requested that Librarians participate in a survey which is designed to assess the current state of school librarians in New York and which will  be a part of the larger research study of the School Librarian Effect  on Student Academic Achievement in New York.  The survey is confidential, but does ask for the school’s BEDS code.  A list of BEDS Codes, by county, is attached for reference.  The researchers emphasize that all information will be kept strictly confidential.   As requested in the survey, the researchers ask for at least the name of their district and building, so that they will be able to bring other data into the analysis, allowing  them to dig deeper than the research done in all prior library studies. The price of stronger evidence is more  detailed information for analysis.  No one other than the researchers involved in the study (Stefl-Mabry & Radlick) will have access to  that information and the district/building information will not be reported in any study or publication.

·         Link to the survey:

·         Attached is a PDF listing the BEDS Codes

10.   The National WWII War Museum in New Orleans is providing a free student webinar commemorating the 74th anniversary of Pearl Harbor on Tuesday December 1.

·         Join The National WWII Museum and the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument to commemorate the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor through this special live webinar. Travel to New Orleans to get behind-the-scenes access to the Museum’s newest exhibition, Richard C. Adkerson & Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries, officially opening December 11. Explore Pearl Harbor resources and artifacts that tell the story of the "day that will live in infamy."  Next, students will venture to Hawaii for an up-close encounter of the USS Arizona Memorial with National Park Service educators. Learn how the park remembers the historic anniversary every year and preserves the stories of the attack for visitors from across the globe. Hear firsthand testimony from a witness of the attack and discover how this one day forever changed our country’s history.  Classrooms participating live will have the opportunity to ask questions of the Museum and Park Service educators. All registered teachers will receive a recording if they cannot watch the live program.  Space is limited, so register today if you haven't already!

11.   A message from the Memorial Art Gallery: In connection with Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of the Ebony Fashion Fair, and thanks to funding from the Mary S. Mulligan Charitable Trust, The MAG will run two versions of a special teen fashion camp FREE to selected students ages 12 to 17. All interested teens are encouraged to apply by December 15. Please see information on the attached pdf.


 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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