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SLS Update for 10/17/17

1.      MakerSpaces

·         If you would like information on any of the MakerSpace kits available to borrow through the School Library System please visit:

·         If you have any specific suggestions or ideas of things you would like to see added to our collection please let Lindsay know

·         Reservations for this school year are filling up quickly!  Please be sure to contact Lindsay if you would like to schedule any of these resources


2.     Tween Tribune

·         New resource for K-12 from the Smithsonian featuring:

                                          i.    Daily AP news articles

                                        ii.    Lexile® leveled for K-12

                                       iii.    Self-scoring quizzes customized by Lexile® level

                                       iv.    Critical thinking questions

                                        v.    Student commenting

                                       vi.    Espanol AP articles

                                      vii.    Weekly lesson plans

                                     viii.    Weekly video

                                       ix.    Weekend "Monday Morning Ready" newsletter as prep for the week ahead

·         Teacher Sign Up Page:

·         To learn more:

3.     Research Study Results

·         Last Spring many of us filled out an online survey regarding school libraries for a research study done through the University of Albany (and several in our region won a gift card for participating)

·         From the study authors: We would like to invite you to attend our upcoming webinar: The School Library Effect: What we’ve found, what should we look for? on Oct. 23rd at 7pm to join us in discussing what methods and/or variables school library researchers might wish to consider as we move forward. Please feel free to share the link and encourage practitioners, researchers and LIS students to join us. Joette Stefl-Mabry, PhD and Michael S. Radlick, PhD.

·         To Register:

·         If you have any questions please contact Yenisel Gulatee, PhD Research Assistant:


4.     Digies Conference

·         Genesee Valley SLS is again holding their annual Digies Conference at Genesee Community College in Batavia on December 14th

·         The day will center around graphic arts, with hands on sessions that explore Canva, Silhouette and more

·         Each attendee will receive and learn how to use the Silhouette's new Portrait 2 machine, a $199 tool!

                                                              i.      The Silhouette Portrait is a 2D printer. It lets you cut intricate and precise shapes out of cardstock and other materials that can then be used to form 3D structures. AASL recently featured the Silhouette on the KnowledgeQuest blog...the GVEP SLS was already implementing it last year. 

·         Attached is additional information

·         Attendance is capped at 75.  To register:  Note- there is a registration fee to attend

5.     Upcoming PD from the School Library System

·         BOCES 2 Makerspace Kits for Libraries – Spotlight on Robots on Thursday 11/9/2017 from 3:00-4:30PM                       

                                                              i.      Come explore some of the awesome tools that the BOCES School Library System has for you to use in your library! We will demonstrate the Dash & Dot robots, Ozobots, and Cubelets and give you some ideas of how you can use them with your students.  See how your students can learn important skills, including coding and problem solving, with adorable robots. Come play and learn with us! 

                                                             ii.      To Register:

·         BOCES 2 Makerspace Kits for Libraries: Breakout EDU for the Library on Thursday 11/30/2017 from 12:30-3:30PM                 

                                                              i.      Escape rooms are a fast-growing trend in education right now, so how can librarians get in on the action? In this workshop, we will discuss using Breakout EDU kits to create excitement about learning in your library. Come see what the buzz is about: check out the Breakout EDU kits that are available through the Monroe 2 Maker collection, and all of the digital resources that can be used to create content-rich, engaging games. And because there is nothing quite like hands-on learning, you will have the opportunity to play a library-themed Breakout game!

                                                             ii.      To Register:

·         BOCES 2 Makerspace Kits for Libraries: LEGO Party on Tuesday 12/5/2017 from 3:00-4:30PM                     

                                                              i.      Who doesn't love LEGOs? We now have three different kinds of LEGO kits available for our libraries in our Monroe 2 Makers collection. Come see our Story Starter, WeDo, and Mindstorms EV3 LEGO kits. Story Starter is a great way for students to combine storytelling skills with the LEGO app and hands-on building. LEGO WeDo is robotics for the younger set, and Mindstorms takes LEGO robotics to the middle and high school level. For each kit, we will talk about how it works, how it can be used with students, and the educator resources that are available to support you.

                                                             ii.      To Register:

6.     Upcoming NOVELny Webinars

·         Refresh on Opposing Viewpoints In Context on Monday, October 23, 2017, 3:00 PM,  45 mins

                                                              i.      Want to refresh on the content and tools available in Opposing Viewpoints In Context? Then this webinar is for you! Opposing Viewpoints In Context provides balanced viewpoints on the issues of today for the student doing research or for the adult who wants to know more. In this session we'll explore newly added issues pages, like Fake News on Social Media, and detail how you can incorporate this resource into your web pages, libguides, and social media.

                                                             ii.      Register here:

·         Fight Fake News: Harnessing the Power of your NOVELNY Gale Resources on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 10:00 AM, 45 mins

                                                              i.      Are your users tired of fake news? Your library has a wealth of authoritative, current, balanced news and information sources in your NOVELNY resources from Gale. In this session, we'll share best practices for bringing users into these resources, showing how transparent they are, and providing tips for ways your library can fight fake news with these great tools at your back!

                                                             ii.      Register here:

·         NOVELNY: Read Like a Detective, Write Like a Reporter: Cultivate Evidence-Based Reading & Writing on October 18, 2017,  3:00pm – 4:00pm

                                                              i.      “Oh, yeah? Prove it!”  You normally hear children saying that on playgrounds and in backyards.  Now, students are hearing that in their classrooms as teachers focus on revised standards.  New standards emphasize the importance of evidence-based reading and writing for grades K-12.  Join us for this session to learn about these shifts in student expectations and discover strategies to promote the use of evidence in research.

                                                             ii.      Please register at

·         NOVELNY: Discover STEM Resources on November 15, 2017,  3:00pm – 4:00pm

                                                              i.      Schools are taking a new look at their resources for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  This session will take you on a journey to find STEM resources.  Learn about the STEM initiative and how Britannica can support you to: motivate students to learn deeply and think critically; emphasize real-world application of key concepts; build problem-solving, logical-reasoning, research and inquiry skills; and encourage collaboration, writing and discussion to prepare students for college and future careers.

                                                             ii.      Please register at

·         NOVELNY: Straight from the Horse’s Mouth: Explore Past Events with Firsthand Accounts on December 15, 2017,  3:00pm – 4:00pm

                                                              i.      Bring research and non-fiction reading to life for your young adult and teen patrons.  In this hands-on session, learn about how to use Britannica School to ignite inquiry and promote self-directed learning.  We’ll explore ideas and strategies to uncover content, engage reluctant readers, and provide support to ALL users.  Attendees will learn about the following: “My Britannica” to collect, organize and share favorite content; classroom curriculum resources for American History, World Studies, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry and all levels of Language Arts and Math; expanded video and media content including a video download feature; and ideas to promote Britannica School and NOVELNY in your community.Please register at

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