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1.     Save the Dates:

·         HS & College Libraries: Collaborating for Student Success on May 24 at SUNY Brockport.  Next week we should have a formal flyer created.

                                                               i.      To register:

·         Judy Freeman’s Books Kids will Sit Still For on 5/31 at MCC.  Full Day.  Free to attend.  More info to come.

·         Kathleen Odean’s Best Books for Teens on 6/22 at Monroe 1.  Full Day.  Free to attend.  More info to come.

·         2017 Tech Camp will be August 21 and 22 at Gates Chili HS.  Free to attend.  More info to come.

2.     RRLC Information:

·         RRLC announced the start of the 2017/2018 Technology Grants.  This is what we used at BOCES 2 when we first started our MakerSpace program.

                                                               i.      For more information: RRLC 2017-18 Technology Grant Application Page.

                                                             ii.      This is important- individual school libraries are not eligible to apply on their own.  The application has to be done through BOCES.  It is encouraged to work with other districts and/or other library types (such as academic or public)

·         Attached is a listing of upcoming RRLC Workshops

·         Silo-Busting 2017

                                                               i.      3rd Annual Silo-Busting event will be April 25th from 2-4 at the Rochester Brainery.

                                                             ii.      Attached is additional information

·         RRLC is sponsoring a Networking Event at the Genesee Brew House on 3/23.  For more information:

3.     NYSED’s Office of Educational Design and Technology:

·         The office is forming a new advisory committee which will meet monthly for approximately 1 hour each month, in the late afternoon.  A teleconference option will be available for those members who live at a distance.

·         Their goal is to obtain feedback and advice from the educational community regarding such matters as:

                                                               i.      Technology Planning

                                                             ii.      BYOD and 1:1 initiatives

                                                            iii.      Computer-based Testing

                                                           iv.      Technology-related funding sources

                                                             v.      Professional Development

                                                           vi.       Online and Blended learning

                                                          vii.      The role of School Librarians in educational technology

                                                        viii.      Technology Literacy Standards

                                                           ix.      Educational technology-related statewide policy

·         P-20 educators, administrators, educational leaders, and members of educational organizations with an interest in Educational Technology are encouraged to apply.  The membership application is available at: Educational Technology Advisory Committee Application.  Please apply by the deadline of March 31st, 2017.

·         For more information, please visit  or email

4.     Teen Video Challenge:

·         The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) has just extended the deadline for entries for the 2017 Teen Video Challenge (TVC) to mid-March, so we have extended the deadline for New York State entries.  The new TVC flyer is attached

·         Any New York State teen aged 13-18 is encouraged to create a short video promoting the fun and benefits of Summer Reading at their public library. 

·         The committee wants to see their interpretation of the 2017 Collaborative Summer Library Program teen slogan “Build a Better World.” 

·         Entries compete for state and national recognition, as well as a $50 gift certificate from Upstart for the sponsoring library of the winning entry.

·         For information and printable TVC forms, please visit:

5.       Attached is a listing of Cavendish Square eBook titles now available in Axis 360. 

6.     Upcoming PD:

·         Mediapalooza: 3/9/2017 from 12:30-3:30.  Whether you're new to the world of digital media, or you've already dabbled in media creation and production before, attending this workshop will enhance your skills with all three forms of media: video, audio, and imagery. You will gain confidence in understanding media formats, as well as increase your skills using various techniques and tools for capturing, converting, creating, and producing your own custom graphics, video clips, and audio. You'll also discover novel uses of the mobile devices and tools that you already have, which will enhance your own content creation and expand student expression. Activities will include strategies, techniques and tools for:

o   Converting and editing audio and video

o   Creating, cropping and customizing photos, images, and graphics

o   Producing screenshots, snips, and screen grabs

o   Producing and distributing live motion, animated, and interactive videos Computers and mobile devices will be available; however, participants should bring their own laptop and smartphone or mobile device, along with a collection of digital pictures, photos, and project ideas you'd like to implement in your classroom.

·         Ensemble Video: 3/14/2017 from 3:30-4:30.  Once students or teachers make digital videos, they are often faced with the problem of how to share these videos with others. The Ensemble product makes storing and sharing videos easy. This workshop will show you how to upload and organize videos and playlists, as well as how to share them easily with students, colleagues and families. Note- Ensemble is a paid product available through BOCES. Brockport, Churchville-Chili, Gates Chili, Hilton, Spencerport and Wheatland Chili currently subscribe to this service.

·         Promoting and Advocating Your School Library Media Program: 3/28/2017 from 12:30-3:30.  In this workshop, we will discuss ways to advocate and promote our school library programs to teachers, administrators, parents and other school stakeholders. We will share examples of what other schools have done and brainstorm implementation strategies you can use in your school library.

·         Screencasting for Beginners: 3/29/2017 from 12:30-3:30.  Have you ever wanted to create videos to share with your students, but you weren't sure how to start? This session will give you the information you need to create and share quality screencasts using free tools. You will also be given time for hands-on practice with your own projects.

·         BOCES 2 Makerspace Kits for Libraries - Spotlight on Ozobot: 4/5/2017 from 3:30-4:30.  Come explore one of the awesome new tools that the BOCES School Library System has for you to use in your library. We will demonstrate the Ozobot robots and give you some ideas of how you can use them with your students. With Ozobots, kids learn how to write code using small, light-sensing robots. Come play and learn with us! Note - Ozobots are intended for use in our district libraries. If a classroom teacher is attending, it is encouraged they do so with the librarian.

·         IFC (Information Fluency Continuum) Roundtable Discussion: 4/26/2017 from 12:30-3:30.  Participants will be asked to share examples of how their districts are using the IFC. Examples may include use in the library, use by classroom teachers, use with curriculum maps, use for school wide research or more. During the workshop, participants will review the shared examples and create new ways they can adopt/adapt the IFC for their own use.

·         Awesome Animated Presentations with PowToon!: 5/3/2017 from 3:00-4:30.  PowToon is a user-friendly and intuitive presentation web- based software that allows someone with no technical or design skills to create professional animated presentations. PowToon allows teachers (and students) to create content that is visually engaging, captivating and fun to make. Use dynamic characters, eye-popping images, built in templates and voice elements, and active text sequences to convey your message and capture your audience's attention and imagination.

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