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SLS Update 01/04/2016

Happy New Year! 


On behalf of the staff at Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES School Library System and Media Department we hope you had a safe, enjoyable, and fun holiday!


1.       Attached is the Spring SLS PD offerings.  Please feel free to share any of these workshops with teachers you feel may be interested.

·         LibGuides for Beginners on Jan 12 from 4-5.  Welcome to the wonderful world of LibGuides! This workshop will be an introduction and a hands-on learning experience for those who are ready to try LibGuides but not sure where to begin.

·         Best New Websites of Teaching and Learning on Jan 26 from 3:45-4:45.  Are you looking for new and exciting web-based tools to use  with your students? This course will cover some of the best creative and collaborative websites for the classroom. There will also be time for hands-on exploration of the resources.

·         Creating a Digital Textbook Using Existing eTools on Feb 10 from 12-3.  Within our region there is a wealth of eResources available for students and teachers. The resources range from streaming video, eBooks, online databases, content creation tools, plus many more! Learn how these resources can be combined together to create a digital textbook for students to use from home and at school.

·         Lights! Camera! Action! Creating Student Videos with iMovie (iOS) on March 18 from 8:30-11:30.  There are thousands of educational apps available for iPad devices, but one of the most powerful apps for student learning is iMovie. Utilizing the intuitive features of the app and the built-in functionality of the iPad, students can use iMovie to shoot, edit, and compile several different types of video projects ranging from annotated slideshows to Hollywood-esque book trailers! In this session, learn the basics of using iMovie for the iPad, and discover some creative video projects for your students.

·         LibGuides Advanced on March 22 from 4-5.  So you think you know LibGuides? This workshop is for you! If you feel confident with the basic elements of building LibGuides and are looking to expand your knowledge, this course will cover tips and tricks to make your guides even better. There will also be time for hands-on work with your own LibGuides.

·         Codecademy on March 8 from 3:45-4:45.  Curious about coding? Thinking about coding with your students but not sure where to begin? This course will cover Codecademy, a fantastic FREE coding resource to use with your students (and for your own lifelong learning!). Learn how Codecademy works and how it can be used with students.

·         Amazing Destiny Tools You May Not Be Using (Yet!) on April 19 from 3:45-4:45.  Learn new tricks within Destiny such as tweeting Resource Lists, Using a SMARTPhone to scan ISBN or to circulate books…

·         School Librarians: Deeply Embedded-Fully Collaborative (with Olga Nesi) full day on April 26 (Monroe #1 BOCES) or April 27 (Gates Chili High School Library).  Are you the victim of “drive-by” collaboration? Do you get the sense that even if you are teaching all the time, your instruction is not ever fully and systematically embedded into school-wide instructional goals? Do you wish library resources were more seamlessly integrated into classroom instruction? Join us for a day of hands-on, participant centered learning as we share concrete, immediately implementable strategies and a practical plan to deeply embed library instruction and resources into the curricular goals of your building.

·         Best New Children’s Books on May 24 from 4:15-5:15 at Greece Public Library.  How do you raise a reader? What’s new in children’s literature? What’s so important about kids reading books in this online age? Join us for a session with public librarians from the Monroe County Public Library System to learn what is new in children’s literature and find some gems that you can use with your students.

·         Inventory within Follett Destiny on May 10 from 3:45-4:45.  This one-hour class will give you the resources you need to return to your library and conduct an inventory using Destiny Library Manager.

·         Best New Young Adult Books for Grades 6-12 with Kathleen Odean.  Full day on June 21.  More information to follow.


2.       Attached is an updated EMTA (Educational Media Technology Association) grant for NY State teachers and librarians.  Two $1,000 awards for student projects focused on Media Literacy will be awarded.  The deadline to submit is May 20, 2016.

3.       Over the holiday break ProQuest updated the links they use to access their products (such as SIRS, ProQuest and Culture Grams).  There is no need to change your links as the old ones will do an automatic redirict.  The new ProQuest link is:

4.       St. John Fisher College is again looking for local school libraries who can help with a 3-hour pre-service teacher experience.

·         35 elementary placements are needed

·         10 middle/high school placements are needed

·         These placements have had an impact on graduates from St. John Fisher and their mindset towards libraries.  Please see the attached document

·         For more informaiton please contact Kathi Sigler:


5.       The University at Buffalo's Library and Information Science Department is offering two 1-credit online courses this spring designed for school librarians. I was wondering if this information is something that BOCES SLS would be interested in sharing with its members. I have attached the course descriptions. The 5-week courses will be offered from January 25, 2016 through February 26, 2016.  Please see attached document for more information.

6.       Registration is now open for the May 5-7 NYLA/SSL 2016 Conference being held in Albany.  For more information, please visit:

·         Note- this is typically a very well done conference that is aimed ONLY at school librarians in NY State.  It is full of outstanding sessions and vendors we deal with on a regular basis.  If you have questions on this conference please let Jim know.

7.       Attached is a listing of PD courses from RRLC.

8.       Gale Kids InfoBits received a few enhancements!

·         Mobile Responsive Design – pages adjust to mobile device size

·         New Browse Topics View – ability to easily jump between topics on a single page

·         Filter by Content Level – Limit search results to Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced within a search result list

·         Google Drive Integration (see

·         Google Classroom Integration (see

9.      Attached are listing for upcoming Gale and Scholastic Go Webinars.  Many are designed for K-12 school library or teacher viewing.

10.  Attached is a listing of new education books available from the Rochester Central Library.


Jim Belair
Coordinator – School Library Systems
Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES
Desk: (585) 349-9099
Cell: (585) 465-9906
Fax: (585) 349-9090


Hello all – WXXI received a grant to be able host a couple of workshops and promote our communities idea of “What is Your American Dream.”

·         WXXI will host two workshops.  Our plan is to draw from our community resources and partner with community groups, school groups (clubs), after school programs, etc. who provide service to youth and young adults.  The goal would be to identify 8 groups and then have the groups select 8 youth and/or young adults willing to participant in the workshops.

·         The workshops would be held at the WXXI television studios and take place sometime between February 26 and April 22 – dates TBD.  Time of the workshop can be worked out when we identify the community groups.

·         The first workshop would introduce the participants to “What is your idea of the American Dream” by showcasing a sampling of micro-documentaries (about 7-10 minutes each).  Each group will be tasked with roundtable discussions around the clips with a dialogue around the prompt “What is Your American Dream?” and will also be tasked to create a “word cloud”.  The “word cloud” will be on a 4’ x 12’ blank banner with a writable surface – and will work as a mobile graffiti wall.   After the first workshop – participating community groups will take the mobile graffiti wall back to their organization/school/club, etc. and display in high traffic areas for anyone who walks by a chance to contribute.  The banners would be on display for about 3 weeks.

·         At the end of the three weeks - the second workshop would re-convene the participants from the first workshop and they will bring back their “graffiti walls”.  This would give the groups participating the opportunity to look at and talk about the differences and/or sameness in the “word clouds” and ascertain if the American Dream has different meanings to different geographic and socio-economic locations throughout the City of Rochester and Monroe County.

·         Youth and young adults participants should be 10th grade and up.

·         Your organization/school would have to provide transportation to WXXI – WXXI will provide a meal.

·         During the workshop WXXI will video tape the participants engaged in the workshop activities and could possibly be used on social media or an interstitial to be aired on WXXI television.


If you are interested in participating or know of an organization/club/group etc. who would like to participate and meet the criteria – please have them contact me.


In January, I would like to host a planning meeting with group representatives who would like to participate.  I am sending this request to many organizations – but – please keep in mind - We are limited to 8 participating organizations – so the first 8 organizations who contact me – will be given priority to participate in the program!


If you are not interested  - please feel free to share this with who you think may be.   Hope to hear from you soon.


Thanks.  Shelley.


Shelley Figueroa

Coordinator, Education & Outreach

The Educational Outreach Center

WXXI Public Broadcasting

P.O. Box 30021

280 State Street (14614)

Rochester, NY  14603-3021

(585) 258-0278

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