January 2017

Welcome Back from the Holidays!

I hope everyone had a restful holiday! I admit, I took work home then didn't look at it, so brought it back to the office this week. This is the time of year when we set goals and mine is always to visit you in your schools as much as possible. While I like to schedule some time to chat, I always love to see classes and kids in the library, so don't think it has to be only when you have "free time" available (whatever that is!?).

On the Home Page of the LibGuides, like most everyone else, I've take down the holiday decorations. For January I'm looking for pictures of what you did for "Hour of Code" last month (remember if students are in pictures that I need to know it's ok to put them on). February is Valentine's Day displays - then Battle of the Books coming up in March! Thanks for your contributions - I love seeing them all!

ELA and Math Standards Update

The Board of Regents was presented with a PowerPoint presentation in December on the results of the ELA and Math Common Core Standards surveys done over the last few months. The main recpmmendations for ELA were: Writing standards were reorganized and revised across the grades for clarity; Reading Standard 10 (text complexity) be removed as a standard to be instructional guidance, and P - 2 standards need closer review.

Science Standarads

Curious about the newly adopted Science Standards? Get a head start on working with teachers. We'll be discussing this soon at a Communications Coordinators meeting!

Essay Contest

Based on the book A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School by Carlotta Walls LaNier, students in Grades 7 & 8 are encouraged to write an essay to tell how Carlotta, when faced with racism, discrimination, and prejudice, persevered and

overcame these obstacles. More information can be found on the Robert H. Jackson website. You can also contact WSWHE-SLS to send you a form.


Don't forget that the due date for scholarships and awards for the 2017 SSL Conference is January 18! Information is on our LibGuides, and includes scholarships and administrator award nominations. This year's conference will be May 4 - 6 in Buffalo. If you are interested in attending, email me to let me know (no later than end of January).

Best Books of 2016!!

School Library Journal has THE website for all of the "best of 2016" books for kids (not YA). Picture books, graphic novels, nonfiction chapter books, unique biographies science and nature (see standards above) ... and more!

Copyright and Fair Use

We all get concerned about students who may plagiarize, but many adults are guilty of ignoring copyright and fair use! Librarians are often the most knowledgeable on this subject, yet don't always want to be the "bad guy." If you're look for something to share with your administrators and teachers, look no further! This Fair Use Evaluator (ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy) walks them step-by-step through the process of making the determination for themselves, and includes pop-up windows to define terms. While it's a DIY evaluation, there is the option of printing out their results at the end - proof that they took a close look at what they are using in their classrooms. In encourage you to try one for yourself first so you see how it's done.

Teaching Books - Increase in Stats!

We have seen a tremendous increase in the usage of over this time last year! If you haven't seen it lately, you need to check it out! You can log in with your (school) email to access your own educator account. You can create booklists and share them with students, parents, teachers, administrators. They don't need an account to see what you put together. More is added every day! If you want to see an example, take a look at the Grade 5 Battle of the Books list I created. Share with your teachers - all of their emails will hook them up to have an educator account (your @school.??? is on file - if you can't access, contact us here).