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SLS Update 01/12/2016



1.       Attached is a listing of new eBooks from Mitchell Lane.  The 96 titles are now accessible via the Mitchell Lane Web Portal.  They are not in your Follett Destiny catalog yet (we are waiting for the MARC records).  The grade ranges are Primary, Intermediate and Middle School titles.  They are all unlimited simultaneous access titles.

2.       Registration is now open for workshop School Librarians: Deeply Embedded-Fully Collaborative (with Olga Nesi).  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

·         I would highly recommend trying to attend this workshop!

·         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.

3.       Other upcoming Professional Development workshops from the SLS & Media Dept:

·         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…

·         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.

·         Attached is a listing of upcoming workshops from RRLC

4.       Draft of the new ISTE Standards is now available:

5.       The 10th annual Digies contest is now open.  Attached is a brochure.  For more information please visit:

·         This is a digital media contest for students- it has several different categories in audio, graphic arts, interactive arts and video

·         It is done by Genesee Valley BOCES

·         In previous years we have had several winners from our region

6.       The Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Office of Professional Development is sponsoring a workshop called Reading Like a Historian.  The brochure is attached.

7.       5 Systems (InterLibrary Loan program) has been experiencing issues with emails being filtered as spam or not being delivered.  To address this issue the 5 Systems email service has been moved to a new webserver hosted by Amazon.  Emails are now signed by Amazon’s web services ( which is known to be very diligent in preventing spam and should therefore garner a higher reputation in your spam filter. In Amazon’s diligence, they will be monitoring the email.

8.       From WXXI: January, 2016 WXXI Education e-Newsletter

9.       Last month President Obama signed the ESSA (Every Students Succeeds Act).  This replaces No Child Left Behind.  Within the Act there is specific language regarding School Libraries- this is a HUGE win for school libraries.  The American Association of School Libraries (AASL) has put together a few great informational explaining what this means:

10.   The deadline for the Sokol High School Literary contest is January 29.

·         There are three categories: Poetry, Prose, and Performance

·         This is sponsored by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library

·         For more information:

11.   Axis 360 (eBook platform for popular titles) just released an app for Kindle Devices.

·         Click here for detailed installation instructions.

·         For more information on using this product, or to schedule an appointment for an onsite visit to learn how to use this please contact Lindsay Neumire (



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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