January 12, 2018

IMPORTANT! Library Advocacy Day

Library Advocacy Day is February 28, 2018. Librarians from across the state meet with legislators to discuss the importance of libraries. You can go to NYLA's Library Advocacy page to get more information. I encourage you to come that day but if you can't, please write your legislators and ask them to continue to support library funding. Pictures and stories of how your students use your library, and how it impacts them in a positive way, are more persuasive than I will be! Due to the financial strains in many areas, there is a lot of talk of a decrease in funding for library systems (such as SLS). What this means for you is that things we do to support you and your programs could be reduced: purchasing of eBooks and databases, conferences, professional development, etc. It could also impact funding to DLD which purchases the NOVEL databases that I know many schools rely on. Tell your story!

Shannon Miller

Reminder - Shannon McClintock Miller is rescheduled to be here at Gick Rd on March 26. If you registered for the original date, you should have received an email with updated information. Contact J’aimé if you haven't heard yet, or if you want to be put on the waiting list in case of a cancellation. Hope to see you then!

Database Pricing 2018-2019

Some of you have been asking about databases costs for 2018 - 2019 school year. We don't have all pricing yet but as a general rule, when we send budget information to your districts in January, we estimate 5% over last year's (total) cost. This is because some products increase by 1% - 2%, while others may be 8% - 10%, or even more. This way we can "average" what the costs will be. We will be sending out lists of current purchases (with exact 2018-2019 prices) to your district Communications Coordinator in April. We will also be releasing trial information as we get it. If there's something you want to see, please contact Deb and she'll work on it for you.

SSL Conference and Bus

The 2018 NYLA-SSL Conference will be held in Melville (Long Island) May 3 - 5, 2018. BOCES SLS will pay for registration (member price). In addition, there will be a bus starting in Rochester and making stops along the way, including Albany. I've reserved 5 spaces on the bus for us, and will pay for that transportation in addition to registration. First come, first serve. Contact J’aimé for information.

Teen Video Challenge - Deadline February 21, 2018

The New York State Library is pleased and excited to announce the details for the 2018 Teen Video Challenge to help promote Summer Reading at New York Libraries! This challenge gives teens, aged 13-18, the opportunity to work with their local public library to encourage the use of public libraries and create a short video promoting the Summer Reading Program and the 2018 slogan of “Libraries Rock!”

Detailed information including entry forms, timeline, and the attached promotional flyer may be found at

Contact Us

J’aimé Pfeiffer - SLS Director

Sharon Hinkle - Catalog & ILL Librarian

Karin Howansky - PD (OPALS, Technology) School Library Media Specialist

Deb Massa - PD Journals & Books, ILL Claims, Conferences & Workshops

TBA - Databases, Purchases, CCD

The best way to reach SLS is through our libraryservices email!