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SLS Update 12/02/2015



There is a lot of information under the NYLA section- please be sure to review this info!!


1.       We are in the processing of purchasing additional littleBit kits to be used in libraries.

·         Video created by Rich Colosi (BOCES ITS) working with Spencerport students:

·         Last month littleBits held a webinar for librarians on using littleBits:


2.       A message from RASL (Rochester Area School Librarians):

·         Our RASL PR Chair, Claudine Dixon (Greece Arcadia HS) will be helping Librarians  create accounts using Twitter and Instagram, then some basic How -tos to connect Libraries and users  using social media (our students preferred communication tool) Come and share your successes with these tools or come and learn how to get started.  Please, enter Door 3 (Main Door) of Rush-Henrietta HS  at 4:00 (there will be no security check point)  Go straight past cafeteria then make a left at hallway. Library Media Center will be on the right. Vegetable/fruit tray for munching will be provided.

·         Membership forms attached and if you would like to join, Marie Barron (Churchville Chili MS), Treasurer will be there.


3.       A message from the American Library Association:

·         THE ESEA Conference Report Supports School Library Programs.  According to the ALA Washington Office, the final language of the Every Student Succeeds Act has been released. School libraries - and school librarians - are included in in critical language that supports school library programs.  This language is historic: For the first time in half a century Congress has underscored the importance of effective school library programs by expressly including them in multiple parts of this watershed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  The House is scheduled to vote on the Every Student Succeeds Act later this week.  Please contact your Representative to let them your thoughts on this topic.  An overview of the library provisions found in the Every Student Succeeds Act can be found here

                                                               i.      The ALA has provided a pre-drafted message via their online advocacy center.  Contact Your Member of Congress

4.       A message from Genesee Valley BOCES regarding the annual Digies Contest:

·         Registration for the Digies closes December 11th and we will be capping attendance at 24 per session so be sure to register soon.  This year's conference day will take place on December 17th, at GCC in Batavia. We will have a keynote from Chris Bensch from The Strong: National Museum of Play on interactive media and design.

·         Three hands-on sessions offered on:

      • Digital Audio - with attendees receiving a Snowball Ice Microphone
      • Interactive Media - with attendees receiving a Makey Makey
      • Video Production - with attendees receiving a video stabilizing tool

·         Attached is the registration form which has information about the Conference Day

·         If you have questions, please contact Brain Mayer ( of Liesl Toates (


5.       WXXI Information:

·         Attached are December Off Air Program Highlights

·         WXXI Writers Contest

                                                               i.      Attached is a flyer and poster for this year’s contest

                                                             ii.      Deadline is April 8, 2016

                                                           iii.      This is for students in grades K-3

                                                           iv.      For more information, please visit:


6.       NYLA (New York Library Association) updates:

·         SAVE THE DATE: The NYLA/SSL Summer Librarian Leadership Institute is changing the meeting dates for this summer!  The new dates are THURSDAY & FRIDAY, 7/28 & 7/29. The Institute will begin at 1pm on 7/28 and end at 4pm on 7/29.  Stay tuned for more information on this!

·         NYLA is accepting conference proposals for their November 2-5 2016 conference being held in Saratoga Spring.  Submission deadline is January 11, 2016.  To apply:

·         There are still plenty of scholarships available to attend the SSL Conference.  Also, there is still time to nominate an administrator who is highly supportive of libraries.  Last year the Superintendent at Holley CSD won this award for his work in bringing back a certified librarian to Holley Elementary School and for the new library at Holley JR/SR High School.  Please send any questions to SSL Awards Chair Dawn Pressimone (

                                                               i.      Beatrice E. Griggs Elementary Administrator's Award

                                                             ii.      NYLA SSL Secondary Administrator's Award

                                                           iii.      Beatrice E. Griggs Scholarship 

                                                           iv.      Laura Wedge Conference Award

                                                             v.      NYLA/SSL Scholarship Award Sponsored by Follett 

                                                           vi.      NYLA/SSL Conference Awards Sponsored by Gale 

·         Yesterday morning Jeremy Johannesen (NYLA Executive Director) and Mike Neppl (NYLA Director of Government Relations and Advocacy) presented a webinar to School Library System Directors on the proposed legislative Elementary School Library mandate.  The webinar lasted approximately 45 minutes, followed up by some questions (not on the video).


7.       Draft New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards for preview have been posted. Please visit for more information about the draft standards and for links to the draft standards.

8.       Registration is now open for the RIT Anime Club’s Annual Anime Convention- Tora-Con 2016- on April 23 and 24.  Attached are two printable posters.  For more information please visit

9.       Suzanne Shearman from Brockport Barclay school is wondering if anyone has any great guides or handouts designed for Parents on using Follett Destiny.  If you made something that you are willing to share, please send it along to Suzanne at  Feel free to copy in Karen Mitchell ( as we will also collect them and share them.



 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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