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SLS Update 02/11/2016



1.       We are thrilled to announce that Cathy Hoose will be joining our team as the new Library Automation Support Specialist.  Cathy is currently the library clerk at Honeoye Falls-Lima High School.  Her email address will be and her phone number will be 349-9098.  Cathy’s first day with us will be February 22, 2016.  Stay tuned for more information!

2.       We have added two new volumes to our Soundzabound collection.

·         High Frequency Tracks: specializes in crafting custom music cues for TV, movie, advertising, radio, and online media music production. Some of L.A's finest Artist/Composers create dynamic songs in any genre: Pop, Rock, Metal, Latin, etc. This talented group has recorded music for hit shows, written songs for major artist, and has recorded Platinum hits. Their music has been featured on shows such as Dish Nation, Hollywood Heights, Duck Dynasty, Total Divas, The Vineyard, Millionaire Matchmaker, Dance Moms, Skin Wars, Real Housewives of Orange County, DirecTV and many others.

·         Volume 10 Supreme Soundz 3: EVEN MORE professionally produced music for any production, project or purpose - certain to help students, teachers and administrators educate, engage and interact by enhancing their multi-media creations.

·         To access please visit  There is no need to log in from school.  From home use the eBook username and password for your district

3.       Updates from WXXI:

·         A new documentary, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution will air on Feb 16 at 9 PM.  For more information on this show please visit:  If you would like us to record you a copy please complete the Off-Air Recording Form.

·         PBS has put together a great website for the 2016 Presidential Election.  Included is updated info, tons of great video clips, lesson plans, elections throughout history, plus tons of primary source information.  Please visit:

·         Ready Jet Go: new PBS Kids show.  Targeted audience is primary age students.  It is about space.  The show itself is around 15 minutes.  The other 15 minutes are clips by NASA (or similar groups) about space.  The program website is:  The show premiers on Feb 15.  If you would like us to record you a copy please complete the Off-Air Recording Form.

·         Nature Cat: new PBS Kids show.  Targeted audience is primary age students.  It is about kids exploring and connecting with the natural world.  For more information please visit:

4.       For our districts who subscribe to Ensemble (Brockport, Churchville Chili, Gates Chili, Hilton, and Spencerport)….Ensemble has a new feature called Live Streaming.  This feature will allow users to create a live web stream (up to 25 connections).  This works well off of a mobile device such as an iPad or iPhone.  We are in the beginning stages of using this feature.  If you would like more information please contact Lindsay Neumire or Jim Belair.

5.       Spotlight on CCC! Streaming Video:

·         Beyond our Borders series.  Spotlights 58 countries for students in grades 5-12.  This unique Social Studies anthropology provides an educational experience beyond textbooks and classrooms lessons.  Current on-location filming takes your students into the actual setting of each country and focuses on geography, history and culture.  Each show is 25 minutes and is correlated to CCSS and includes teachers guides and student activities.  To access please log into the Media Portal and search for Beyond our Borders.

·         Bill Nye New Adventures in Algebra for secondary students.  To access please log into the Media Portal and search for solving for X.

                                                               i.      Solving for X- Pre-Algebra: Bill Nye uses his inimitable and engaging style to teach students the most important principles of pre-algebra, including fractions, exponents, signed numbers and proportions. Whether using proportional reasoning to size up the famous Hollywood sign or cooking up fractions in his kitchen, Bill's interactive demonstrations present pre-algebraic principles in ways that are fun and easy to understand.

                                                             ii.      Solving for X- Algebra: Bill Nye brings key mathematical concepts to life and cover crucial algebraic topics such as variables, balancing equations, dimensional analysis, and linear equations in this cutting-edge program. Bill's examples illustrate the algebraic principles at work behind everything from sports to travel.

6.       Upcoming Professional Development workshops from the SLS & Media Dept:

    • 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.

7.       Reminder…in the Fall everyone received an access card which explained all the resources available from BOCES SLS/Media Department AND included all the resources your school/district purchases through the Online Database CoSER.  This card also included access information.  If you would like us to re-send you a copy of the access card please let us know.  If you made any updates to the card, please send it to us so we can update what we have on file for your school.

8.       Reminder- this year’s NYLA/SSL Conference will take place May 5-7 in Albany NY.  This conference is designed and run by NY State School Librarians and it is intended for NY State Librarians.  The Keynote speaker will be John Schu.  Also speaking will be Patricia McCormick and Holly Black.   For more information please visit:




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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