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SLS Update for 9/28/17

1.     Encyclopedia Britannica

·         When you add this to your online database selections, you can choose to have elementary, middle, or high as a direct link

·         There is also a link for their Spanish Encyclopedia- you can choose either elementary or high school

·         Teachers can set up accounts to do advanced features.  The school code for this is: novelny.  Do NOT share the school code with students

                                                               i.      To setup an account, go to

                                                             ii.      Choose any level.

                                                           iii.      Click on the "My Britannica" prompt towards the top right of the screen.

                                                           iv.      Click “Sign up” and enter the requested information. 

                                                             v.      Copy/paste or enter this code “novelny” into the “School Code” box, and click OK.


2.      2017 AASL Best Website Collection is now available

·         The 2017 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover


·         The websites are placed into the following categories:

                                                               i.      Media Sharing

                                                             ii.      Digital Storytelling

                                                           iii.      Manage & Organize

                                                           iv.      Social Networking & Communication

                                                             v.      Content Resources

                                                           vi.      Curriculum Collaboration


3.     Welcome to new school librarians in our region this year

·         Brockport Oliver Middle School: Lisa Rice (

·         Churchville Elementary School: Katie Andres (

·         Churchville Chili Middle School: Becky Leathersich (

·         Gates Chili Disney Elementary School: Beth Larter (

·         Hilton High School (Long Term Sub): Colleen Pittman (

·         Kendall Elementary School: Louise Reger (


4.     Resources for ELL

·         RBERN has shared many resources that we can use/share for our students and teachers when working with ELL students.

· (FREE Literary Terms and Devices & Content Glossaries from NYSED)

· FREE Welcome to the Library signs in 68 languages)

· (Language RBERN located in New York City – has many resources in a variety of languages)

·         Attached is a listing of various multilingual publishers where you can purchase print books

·         With Follett Titlewave you can do an advanced search and limit the search results to other languages. 


5.     New York State Library is looking for help with Summer Reading

·         The New York State Library is pleased to continue partnering with NYLA/YSS and NYLA/SSL to provide the Explore New York recreational reading lists as part of Summer Reading at New York Libraries. We are requesting your input to help prepare the four Explore New York reading lists for the upcoming 2018 Summer Reading season.  The Summer Reading at New York Libraries slogan for all ages for 2018 will be “Libraries Rock!”

·         The 2017 lists, found on will be updated and revised in all areas. Keeping the New York State Learning Standards in mind, we would like to equalize the balance of recreational nonfiction and fiction titles.

·         If you are interested in lending your expertise to the selection of books related to the history, culture, and diversity of New York State, please contact Jess Hoffman at  by October 6, 2017.


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