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SLS Update 02/26/2016



1.      The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is holding a national conference called Gaming As Meaningful Education (GAME).  The conference will be held in Rochester September 23 & 24.

·         Attendees will explore how to implement interactive learning opportunities in their library program through all types of games. They will also discover how these strategies connect communities – students, parents, and educators – through the educational, recreational, and social value of games.

·         For more information:

2.      The Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES SLS is thrilled to announce we will sponsor 5 scholarship for school librarians in the Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES region to attend the Gaming As Meaningful Education conference.

·         Attached is the application.  It is a short, 1 page application

·         The SLS will pay the AASL membership rate to attend the conference

·         Scholarship winners are then asked to turnkey what they have learned to their school, district, BOCES, other…

3.      Within in our Media Portal, students and teachers have access to over 500 audio books.  It is now possible to direct link to the request form to borrow an audio book.  If you would like additional information on this please contact Lindsay Neumire.  Note- this could be a great addition to a LibGuide, Resources Page, Web Site, email to teachers to promote something…  Below are a few examples:

·         Hole in My Life:

·         I am Malala:

·         The Things They Carried:

4.      FYI- one of our eBook vendors was recently sold and will be changing its name.  StarWalk Kids Media next month will be changing names to Fable Learning.  Note- this is the company Seymour Simon started.  He recently sold it to Isabella Products.  There is nothing you need to do.  This is only an awareness piece for you.

5.      The 10th annual Digies Digital Media Festival is now open for submissions.

·         Attached is a brochure and a poster for this event

·         The goal of the festival is to celebrate student work in digital media arts in four categories: Graphic Arts, Interactive Media, Video, and Audio.

·         If you have any questions, please contact Brian Mayer from GV BOCES:

6.      Save the Date: This summer we are expanding Tech Camp to be a two day event focusing on Technology, Literacy, and Leadership.  It will remain free to attend!!

·         August 17 & 18 at the Freddie Thomas Learning Center (yes, it is fully air conditioned)

·         If there is a session you would be interested in teaching please let me know

7.      Teen Book Festival (TBF) volunteer registration is now open (closes April 1, 2016).

·         To register, go to: form-2016/

8.       For our Middle and High Schools….reminder- within the Gale Databases use the Browse feature.

·         Biography in Context: Browse People- can narrow by areas such as African American, Contemporary World Leaders, Philanthropists, Social Reformers, Scientists…

·         Science in Context: Browse Topics- Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environment, General, Math & Engineering, Physics & Astronomy

·         US History in Context: Browse Topics- African American Perspective, American Colonies, Supreme Court Cases, Economics, Events/Decades/Cultural Trends, Government Documents, Political Constructs/Movements/Organizations, Wars & Conflict

·         World History in Context: Browse Topics- Countries/Cultures/Civilizations, Economics, Events/Periods/Cultural Trends, Human Rights, Political Constructs/Movements/Organizations, Religion, Wars & Conflict


9.       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.




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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