School Library System

April 8, 2016

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A Note from Jen and Jane

This newsletter is full of important details that will have an impact on programs for the coming year. First, we had a very successful budget season. State Library Aid will be increasing by 4.3%. This increase will effect the amount of money the School Library System receives to support you. Next, we have links to online learning opportunities and programs to consider for your library. Stay current, increase your understanding, and have fun! Last, we are hearing of many projected openings in our districts for school librarians. If you know of someone who is looking to join the best profession, please be sure to share the OLAS link.

Budget Update from NYLA

The Governor and Legislature have come to an agreement on the FY2016-17 New York State budget. The budget bills are still warm (the last one was printed April 1st at 7:30 am), but it is finalized, so we wanted to provide you an update on library aid in this year's agreement.

Thanks to your efforts and effective advocacy, we are happy to report the following:

​State Library Aid: $95.6M ($4M increase)

This allocation represents a 4.3% increase in total library aid, which is equivalent to the increase in educational foundation aid. This is the most library aid included in any state budget since FY2008-09.

State Library Construction Aid: $19M ($5M increase)

The allocation for the construction aid program was increased by $5M, or 35%, which is the first increase in nearly a decade.

MTA Payroll Tax Reimbursement: $1.3M

As you know, last year we were able to secure a permanent exemption for public libraries and public library systems subject to the MTA payroll tax. This reimbursement reflects the taxes paid in the previous year. It will be the last year this reimbursement is required.

This year's budget, an election year budget, produced many challenges. The cumulative effect of your advocacy efforts - your letters, phone calls, meeting with your legislators, participation in Advocacy Day - made the difference and allowed us to fare better than many groups. Thank you!

Your NYLA membership make these successful outcomes possible, and we thank you for your continued support. Did you know NYLA also has an Advocacy Fund? Your support allows NYLA to amplify our message and be heard in Albany. Donations to NYLA are tax-deductible.

To make a donation to NYLA's Advocacy Fund, please click here.

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Jeremy Johannesen

NYLA Executive Director


AASL Recognizes the New York State Council for the Social Studies

From an email sent by Larry Paska, President of the NYSCSS, to all NYSCSS members:

On Thursday morning at the convention, NYSCSS was honored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) with a Certificate of Commendation for our statewide convention collaboration with the NY Library Association’s Section of School Librarians. This collaboration began with our 2015 Syracuse convention and continued into this year. Our NYSCSS partnerships with other professional organizations are a major part of our work, connecting social studies educators with other disciplines. This award was presented by Jill Leinung, NYLA-SSL President and representative on our 2016 Albany Convention Planning Committee. We love our libraries!

Science Youtube Channels & Podcasts to Share with Students and Teachers

Games in Education

Tuesday, Aug. 2nd, 9am to Wednesday, Aug. 3rd, 4pm

1976 Burdett Avenue

Troy, NY

Games in Education Symposium is a two-day event focusing on the use of technology to supplement & inspire education in the classroom. Participants span early childhood through post secondary educators in New York’s Capital District and surrounding regions who are interested in finding ways to use video games and related technology to enrich and inspire interest by students in core curriculum topics. The symposium has run annually since 2007 and is free for educators to attend. - See more at:

Thousand Island Book Festival: Reading on the River

You're invited to the Thousand Island Book Festival being held on June 4, 2016. Visit for more information.

2016 Authors:

  • Suzanne Bloom
  • Bryan Collier
  • The VanRipers
  • Aline Newman
  • Matt McElligott
  • Matt Phelan
  • Michelle Knudsen
  • Vivian Vande Velde

Union Catalog Records

Please submit your catalog records to by April 15th. If you are part of the OPALS automation CoSeR through the SLS, your records are up to date.

Share Your Summer Reading List!

We will be adding to our OverDrive library before the end of the year and we need your help choosing titles! Please share your summer reading list with us!

OLAS Job Announcements

Districts have already started to post anticipated job openings for next school year. If you are thinking to make a move or know someone who is looking for a school librarian position, please check OLAS often. It is beneficial to search multiple times using "library" and "librarian" to find all available postings.