School Library System

October 16, 2015

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A Note From Jen and Jane

This coming week is the New York Library Association's annual conference in Lake Placid, NY. Happy 125th birthday, NYLA!

From NYLA's website:

In 1890, Melville Dewey wrote The Library Journal of the need for a library association in New York State, arguing that it would "give organized assistance to the University [of the State of New York] in its efforts to make the libraries of the State more useful".

Later that year the Association was established with the express goal of working alongside SUNY to promote successful libraries across the State.

Today, NYLA's mission remains close to that original goal:

"NYLA leads, educates, and advocates for the advancement of the New York library community."

Courier Reminder - Part 2

Last week we brought you a reminder on how to ensure that items successfully travel from point to point via the courier. We have been asked to remind you NOT to use abbreviations when labeling items.

When sending items outside of your building, please be sure to put them in an envelope or bag and include:

  1. Name of the person the item is going to (or “library” if no name is known)
  2. Name of the school
  3. Name of the district
  4. NO abbreviations or codes for school names and locations!

Proper labeling and packaging is essential to ensure timely delivery and protection of all materials.

We have created courier labels that can be taped to all envelopes

PBS LearningMedia App

Last week, PBS LearningMedia announced its first app for students. The PBS Student app for iPad provides access to thousands of resources to promote learning anytime, anywhere: . Families and classrooms with other devices can still access PBS LearningMedia on their web browser.

Coming in November - Researching New York 2015

November 19-20, 2015
University at Albany, SUNY

Celebrate New York History Month at the annual Researching New York Conference on November 19th and 20th in Albany. More than 20 sessions will explore a wide range of New York State history, including many examining the conference theme, "Communities of New York." Among the featured events:

  • Sessions at the New York State Museum, including a discussion of the upcoming Museum renewal and new exhibits.
  • Talks by Ginger Strand, author of the upcoming The Brothers Vonnegut, a cultural history and joint biography that offers "a wild collision of science and literature set against the backdrop of the Cold War and the dawn of the digital world." Much of the story originates in New York at GE and the University at Albany Department of Atmospheric Sciences. She will present a public lecture on Thursday evening at the New York State Museum, The Brothers Vonnegut: Bernard Vonnegut and Kurt Vonnegut in GE's House of Magic and a conference session, Why am I Always the Only One Weeping in the Reading Room? A Writer in the Archives.
  • The Friday lunch keynote with Philip Terrie, Adirondack Towns: Cultural Constructions, Political Agendas, and Social Realities. Terrie is the author of numerous works on Adirondack history and culture.

Researching New York is an annual conference on New York State history sponsored by the University at Albany History Department and History Graduate Student Organization; M.E. Grenander Special Collections; and the New York State Archives Partnership Trust. Additional support provided by the New York State Museum, New York State Historical Association, and the New York State Council for the Humanities.

Updating the SLS Union Catalog

Questar III Union Catalog:

Questar III School Library System’s union catalog allows us to search, discover, and share our system’s resources. Help us to update our union catalog by exporting and submitting your collection’s MARC records. We would like to collect records twice a year so our union catalog stays current. Even if you have exported your records previously, it is important to submit an updated file. If you are part of the SLS OPALS system, your records automatically update to the union.

Please try to have your records submitted by November 2nd. Catalog records can be sent to or to if the file is too large.

If you need help exporting, please contact your vendor’s customer service or the SLS.