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SLS Update 10/17/2016

1.     IFC (Information Fluency Continuum) Alignments

I have received several questions regarding the IFC and various alignments.  I wanted to share a couple websites that you may find very useful and  helpful!

·         Alignment to Inquiry Model (Connect, Wonder, Investigate, Construct, Express, Reflection):

·         Alignment to Skills (such as connecting to a topic, prior knowledge, wonder, brainstorming, predicting, narrowing a topic…):

·         Alignment to Social Studies Inquires:


2.     Online Database Trial Information

We have a few trials taking place right now for Online Databases.  If you have questions on these trials or would like pricing information please contact Patti Rose.

·         World Almanac for Kids trial is good until 11/11/16.

·         Various Newsbank databases  

                                                               i.      America’s Historical Newspapers:  Primary source historical U.S. papers dated 1690 to 2000. Timeline/topic-based interface. Complete editions of the paper, including illustrations, advertisements, cartoons and more. Provides support for the New York State (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

                                                             ii.      Access World News/Find a Topic:  Global primary source content for all subject areas. Bring real world events to classroom learning. Full-text searching returns current and archived articles supporting research and critical thinking.

                                                            iii.      ScienceSource:  Contains digests based on articles from scientific journals and magazines. The collection clarifies complex concepts and provides important facts, ideas, results and conclusions from the original article.

                                                           iv.      NewsBank KidsPage:  Offers web-based access to articles from relevant, age-specific publications, many of which include photographs and images. Supports all subject areas.

                                                             v.      To access any of the databases please visit:  Username & Password is: ncd19154

·         If you have questions on these trials, would like pricing information, or would like to schedule trials for other products please contact Patti Rose


3.     Horizon Report

Each year the Horizon Report is published which examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in schools.  If you have a few minutes, I would recommend reading what they identify the top current trends AND what they predict will be upcoming trends within the next five years.  To read the report please visit: and click on download the report.  There are other tools on this page as well.


4.     Fall Professional Development

Attached are the Fall Professional Development opportunities available to librarians and teachers in our region.  These are free to attend.  Please share with your teachers and staff as appropriate.  

·         So You Think You Know BrainPop on Oct 25 from 3:45-4:45 (Library Staff or Teachers)

·         Awesome Animated Presentations with PowToon on Nov 17 from 12:30-3:30 (Library Staff or Teachers)

·         LibGuides Advanced on Nov 29 from 12:30-3:30 (Library Staff or Teachers)

·         Integrating Media Resources into your Instruction- Secondary on Dec 14 from 3:30-4:30 (Library Staff or Teachers)

·         Integrating Media Resources into your Instruction- Elementary on Dec 15 from 4:00-5:00 (Library Staff or Teachers)


5.     Children’s Book Festival

Saturday, November 12 will be the 20th Annual Children’s Book Festival held at MCC from 10:00-4:00.  This FREE event will feature various workshops, author/Illustrator visits, stories, and family fun activities.  It is for both professionals and those with young families!  For more information, please visit the website:




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