School Library System

Week of September 16-20, 2019

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Send us your displays--we love to show you off!

Thank you, Ellen Kelley-Scalzi, for sharing your first bulletin board of the school year. Fantastic!

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At our October 22nd General Membership meeting we will be handing out the revised IFC and beginning our work with the document. So that we have enough binders, please answer the question below. Thanks!

Reimagined Information Fluency Continuum

The Reimagined Information Fluency Continuum (IFC) is now available for use. You can access it on our LibGuide under the tab labeled IFC. Kerrie is meeting with District Superintendents this morning and will hand out a copy of the brochure that outlines the priority skills for the revised document.

Our October 22nd General Membership meeting will feature two regional librarians helping to roll out the new IFC. It is strongly recommended that all librarians in the region plan on attending this day-long workshop. All librarians will receive a paper copy of the new IFC at the general membership meeting. We ask that you please bring your green binder (remove the old IFC first) to that meeting in order to practice sustainability by recycling the binders.

In addition, mark your calendars for the SLS Regional PD Day on December 4, 2019. Barbara Stripling will help librarians delve deeper into the IFC during this day-long workshop at WSWHE BOCES. See the professional learning catalog for more information and to register.

BEDS Day - Wednesday, October 2nd

BEDS day is Wed. October 2nd. That is the "opening day" according to the State Ed web page. Below is a copy of the page that you will be completing. You can access the entire BEDS form HERE so that you can see what's in it. For those of you who may be new, BEDS day is the “day” in which school districts report to the state on certain pieces of information for their districts. Each district is required to submit their BEDS forms by November 15th this year, but districts typically ask for information around now so I want you to be prepared with what you will need. The technology piece is for your IT people, not for you, unless you fill that role too.

The form has not changed much from last year. The questions being asked this year are:

  • Does this school have a library/LMC located in its school building?

    • If yes, enter FTE of all librarians
    • Is this library/LMC shared with one or more schools?
    • Enter the total number of TITLES in this library/LMC as of October 2, 2019
    • If no enter FTE of certified librarians even though there is no library
    • Does this school use a library/LMC located in another school building? If yes, list name and BEDS code.

Note: The number of titles should be EVERYTHING in your catalog, whether print, multi-media, eBooks, etc. That's the easiest way to get the number, and not parse anything out. If you need assistance with gathering these numbers, please contact Amanda for assistance. If you have any questions, please ask. Thank you!

BEDS Form Library Questions

Database Access 2019-2020

We will no longer be sending Word documents with log in information because you can now log in to the LRM to see the information for your school at any time. Please use the log in for your school that was given to you when we placed database orders. If you do not have that information, please contact your Communication Coordinator as they should have everyone's log in information for your district.

Please check your access at school and at home well before using the databases with students and/or faculty. If something is not functioning, please contact Amanda for assistance.

A reminder from our vendors:

Sharing access information with anyone that does not fall under the subscription license is considered a violation of the license agreement. Please do not post access information publicly as this also violates vendor license agreements.

High School to College Transition Special Interest Group

Below is an article that we plan to discuss at our next High School to College Transition Interest Group at CDLC. The article highlights what librarians can do to help bridge the gap in skills between high school and college. If you are interested in this topic and would like to discuss more, please attend the Interest group meeting at CDLC on October 3rd from 3:30 - 4:30. There will be a Zoom link for those who would like to attend virtually. To register, please go to:

New York State K-12 "Kids Safe Online" Poster Contest

The New York State Office of Information Technology Services is once again hosting the “NYS K-12 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest.” The contest is open to all students in New York State public, private and home-schools.

This is a great opportunity for teachers to talk to students about being safe while on the Internet and while using computers and mobile devices. The contest has five entry categories: Kindergarten-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12 and Special Education. New York State winners will be displayed in the 2021 NYS Kids Safe Online Calendar and entered into the MS-ISAC National Computer Security Poster Contest.

More information on the “NYS K-12 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest” can be found on the contest web page at Questions regarding the contest may be submitted to

Don’t miss out! The contest entry deadline is December 9, 2019.

Professional Learning Opportunities

19-20 Professional Learning Catalog

Each year we create a professional learning catalog with all of the professional development that will take place during the year. It is where you will go for links to My Learning Plan to sign up for workshops. This catalog is meant to help you plan your own professional learning for the year. We will update this catalog if there are additions, deletions, or other changes that need to be made throughout the year so please be sure to check it regularly. You can access the Professional Learning Catalog here:

Copyright and Fair Use for Librarians, Educators, and Administrators

The deadline to sign up is 4 pm on September 20th. Please join us for a very informative session with Anne Dalton, Esq. on the ins and outs of copyright and fair use. The flyer below has the link to sign up.

Mentor/New Librarian Welcome Event

October 2, 2019

4:00 pm- 5:30 pm

Questar III Central Office

Join us in welcoming our new librarians to the Questar III region! All librarians are welcome and encouraged to attend! Learning for the afternoon will include looking at the SLS resources available to all librarians in the region. Snacks will be provided.

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Book Buzz with Britt Buckenroth - Fall 2019

It's so hard to keep up with all the new books being published! This book club will give you the opportunity to expand your repertoire of NEW books, whether you are a school librarian or a teacher, as participants share the new books they have read. Participants will select and read NEW books (published in the last two years), from any genre, K-12 and write a book review. A review form will be provided. For each meeting, participants are expected to read either 1-2 chapter books, or 3-4 picture books and complete a review form for each book. ***PLEASE COME TO THE FIRST MEETING WITH COMPLETED BOOK REVIEWS AND READY TO DISCUSS YOUR FIRST SET OF CHOSEN BOOKS.*** The in-person one-hour meetings will be held at Questar III Conference Center. Participants will earn a total of six credit hours for attending the three meetings and completing the required book reviews. This opportunity is open to school librarians and teachers at all grade levels.

FIRST MEETING: October 16th

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Questar III School Library System

Kerrie Burch, School Library System Director
Arts in Education Director
Odyssey of the Mind Regional Director

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist