School Library System

January 8, 2016

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A Note From Jen and Jane

Welcome back to the new year! Each new year allows us a fresh start and an opportunity to re-evaluate. Please visit our LibGuides and draw your attention to the 2015-2016 subtab that pops up when you hover on the home tab. Please note:
  • Our LibGuides is constantly updated with new information, including the updated directory of school librarians
  • As of last year, the courier only visits one building in each district. Please be sure to identify the correct location in your district so ILL items travel faster through our system


The member plan was emailed to all librarians on January 5th. Please take some time to reflect on your library program and complete the member plan by Friday, February 12th. We do ask for your administrator's signature so that you have an opportunity to initiate conversations with your principal and superintendent about the library program. The information we receive is valuable in helping us develop a strong system that supports your needs.

New OverDrive Titles

Media Literacy Grant

The Educational Media Technology Association awards two $1,000 grants each year to educators. Please visit the Mulitmedia tab on our LibGuides for more information as well as a copy of the application.

Sneak Peek

From School Library Journal:

"Introducing Sneak Peek, a selection of 100 of the most anticipated children’s and YA titles publishing in Spring and Summer 2016—handpicked by SLJ’s trusted review editors. Whether you’re working on collection development, considering what titles to booktalk in the coming months, or curious about which titles will be given away as free galleys at major upcoming conferences, we’ve got you covered."

Designing Next Generation Media/Library Centers: Digital vs Analog

You are invited to take part in the next NAMTC Shared Conversation: Designing Next Generation Media/Library Centers: Digital vs Analog. This is a virtual learning opportunity to engage in a conversation with colleagues across the nation and the ways in which they are supporting future ready learners in and through their Library/Media Centers. Please note that the time on the attached flyer is 2:00 CST on January 19, 2016 but here in NY the conversation will take place at 3:00 EST. Please share with your colleagues.

https://collaborative.zoom.us/j/368287158
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Kids InfoBits Update - NOVELny

An update on a NOVELny database from our friends at the New York State Library:


Last week Gale updated Kids InfoBits to a mobile responsive design. With this update, K-5 students will be able to explore and learn research skills on mobile devices, like tablets and smart phones. Students can also utilize the Google-integrated features like Drive and Classroom.


New Features include:

  • Mobile Responsive Design – pages adjust to mobile device size
  • New Browse Topics View – ability to easily jump between topics on a single page
  • Filter by Content Level – Limit search results to Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced within a search result list
  • Google Drive Integration (see www.gale.com/google)
  • Google Classroom Integration (see www.gale.com/google)

Existing URLs have been automatically updated; no action is necessary by libraries.


If you have any questions about the updates please contact Gale at Gale.CustomerSuccess@cengage.com.

Mark Your Calendars!

Many thanks to the Mid-Hudson Library System for sharing this list in their newsletter:


Start planning now for some of the many "library holidays" coming up in 2016! Many of these events are sponsored by the American Library Association or other organizations that provide marketing materials for the event. These can be great programming and PR opportunities in your community:


Library Lovers Month: February

Take Your Child to the Library Day: February 6, 2016

Digital Learning Day: February 17, 2016

Teen Tech Week: March 6-12, 2016

Freedom of Information Day: March 16, 2016

School Library Month: April

National Library Week: April 10-16, 2016

Theme: Libraries Transform

National Library Workers Day: April 12, 2016

National D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything and Read Day): April 12, 2016

Money Smart Week: April 23-30, 2016

Preservation Week: April 24-30, 2016

Children's Day/Book Day - El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día): April 30, 2016

Choose Privacy Week: May 1-7, 2016

Children's Book Week: May 2-8, 2016

Library Card Sign-up Month: September

Outside the Lines: September (week TBD)

Banned Books Week: September 26-October 1, 2016

Teen Read Week: October 9-15, 2016

National Friends of Libraries Week: October 16-22, 2016

International Games Day: November 19, 2016

NOVELny

Below is a listing of upcoming Scholastic and Gale Webinars being offered for the NOVELNY databases provided to all school libraries by the New York State Library. Please note that the offerings are listed by vendor, not date.

Scholastic Webinars:

January 21, 2016, 3:00pm

Beyond the Intro to GO!

Now that you know how to use GO - let's learn how to utilize and elevate learning in your libraries. Learn how to promote the regular use of Scholastic GO with parents, teachers, students, all the communities you serve. Activities that will help create and build digital reading stamina as well as promote the regular use of Scholastic GO in the lives of your teachers, students, and library patrons.

Please register at https://scholastic.webex.com/scholastic/onstage/g.php?d=625977258&t=a

Event password: snow

Call in number: 1-866-422-5206
Participant code: 6183780556


January 26, 2016, 3:30pm

Blending Scholastic GO! with Common Core, Social Studies Framework, and the C3 Inquiry Arc

Scholastic is hosting customized NOVELNY training sessions to help NOVELNY users optimize their use of Scholastic GO!'s resources to best support their Common Core, Social Studies Framework (SSF), and Inquiry instruction with students and in support of teachers. The session will focus on Common Core's key aspects, ranging from Primary Resources, Information Text and Vocabulary to Deeper Evidenced Based Research, Text Complexity and Point of View, SS Framework, C3 Inquiry Arc, and how best to incorporate these core objectives via Scholastic GO! into schools and public libraries.

Please register at https://scholastic.webex.com/scholastic/onstage/g.php?d=626518182&t=a
Event password: snow

Call in number: 1-866-422-5206
Participant code: 6183780556


Gale Webinars:


Thursday, January 14, 2016

3:00 PM 45 mins

Kids InfoBits is Going Mobile!

On December 11, Gale updated Kids InfoBits to a mobile responsive design! With this update, K-5 students will be able to explore and learn research skills on mobile devices, like tablets and smart phones. Also available beginning December 11, students can utilize the Google-integrated features like Drive and Classroom. Join us for this webinar to see the ins and outs of the mobile responsive design and how to share documents using Google! A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion.

To register, visit https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?PRID=20368248cc950ff0ce47e43fb54688e4


Monday, February 08, 2016

3:00 PM 45 mins

Save it to Google! Gale to Google Path Integration

You may have noticed the Google sign-in on your Gale/NOVELNY resources - join this webinar to learn more how these tools integrate into user workflow! Google has sold over 5 million Chromebooks and has over 40 million Google Apps for Education users worldwide so Gale is excited to offer integration with Google Classroom, Google Drive, and Chrome Apps. We'll show you how to download and edit documents in Google Drive, how to download and install the Opposing Viewpoints In Context Chrome app, and post documents to go along with assignments in Google Classroom. A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion.

To register, visit https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?PRID=20368248cc950ff0ce47e43fb54688e4


Thursday, March 10, 2016

3:00 PM 45 mins

Gear Up for Research Papers & Projects

It's that time of year! Soon the library is inundated with students preparing for end of year projects and papers. This webinar will focus on serving those students with your NOVELNY resources. We'll cover features like the easy to use citation tool, ways to keep track of your sources, and more! A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion.

To register, visit https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?PRID=20368248cc950ff0ce47e43fb54688e4


Monday, March 21, 2016

11:00 AM 45 mins

Celebrate National Poetry Month with NOVELNY Resources

Did you know there are thousands of full-text poems in your NOVELNY resources? And thousands of critical essays and interviews with poets? Join us for this webinar to take a look at how to find these treasures and well as how to share them with your students and patrons! A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion.

To register, visit https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?PRID=20368248cc950ff0ce47e43fb54688e4


Thursday, April 21, 2016

2:00 PM 60 mins

What Your Usage Reports Tell You

Gale's Usage Reports for your NOVELNY databases can be very telling. What magazine and journal sources are most popular? When are the databases used most? Join us for this webinar as we take a look at how to run usage reports and examine what they're telling you! A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion.

To register, visit https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?PRID=20368248cc950ff0ce47e43fb54688e4


Friday, May 20, 2016

10:00 AM 60 mins

Tips and Tricks for Success with your NOVELNY Gale Resources

Forget spring cleaning—summer is the perfect time to freshen up! As your research needs slow down a little in the summer, join this session to learn about the materials and tools available to support your success using your NOVELNY resources. You’ll learn how to leverage available promotional materials, customize your Gale Admin settings for success, and explore training and classroom-integration resources. A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion.

To register, visit https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?PRID=20368248cc950ff0ce47e43fb54688e4

Be an Author: A Beginner's Workshop for School Librarians

On January 21st, ENYSLMA presents Be an Author: A Beginner's Workshop for School Librarians - not your usual meet-the-author event. At this program, you are the focus of the workshop. Learn how to take your ideas and experiences to start the process of becoming an author. Discover how to find support for your writing: work with copy editors, agents and editors, or perhaps go in the self-publishing direction. Our presenters are Nancy Castaldo, author of The Race Around the World and Lois Miner Huey, author of Forgotten Bones: Uncovering a Slave Cemetery.
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