School Library System

Week of June 10-14, 2019

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A Note from Kerrie...

Before you head out of the library on that last day of school, I wanted to thank you for all that you have done for students this year. Whether it was participating in professional learning that you then used in your library, starting a new program, or making a difference to that one student that nobody seems to be able to reach, remember that you have influence on all of the students in the school simply because the library is for everyone. Pat yourself on the back for all that you accomplished this year.

Here at the SLS, we will be working on hiring a new School Library System Specialist, putting in all those database orders, and planning another great year for you! It is going to be an exciting year next year with a revised Information Fluency Continuum, revised School Library Program Rubric, and other great learning opportunities! Maybe I'll even see you at one or more of our great learning opportunities this summer (see catalog below).

So, enjoy your vacation and rest up because next year we will be riding the waves of change and becoming beacons for learning.

Summer Professional Learning

Check out the Summer PD Catalog for great learning opportunities this summer!

This summer we will focus on:

  • Incorporating the AASL Standards - Elementary
  • Incorporating the AASL Standards - Secondary
  • Leap Into Readers Advisory with Stacey Rattner and Alicia Abdul
  • Lesson Collaboration

Sign up now. Workshops with fewer than 10 people on June 30th may be cancelled.

Looking for Something to Read this Summer?

Why not catch up on all of the journal articles you didn't have time to read during the school year? Questar III SLS provides professional magazines to all librarians in the region for FREE. We now have subscriptions to:

1. Booklist

2. Computers in Libraries

3. Horn Book Magazine

4. School Library Journal

There are two ways to access the journals:

1. Go to: and log in using the information below. Using this method of viewing the journals will allow you to print articles.

2. Download the Flipster app from your favorite app store. Click on Get Started. Complete a search for Questar III BOCES. Choose Questar III BOCES and then enter the username and password. Articles are not able to be printed from the app.

The log in information is available by contacting Kerrie.

Please do not share this information with anyone else. The terms of the agreement specifically say that our subscriptions are for school librarians in our Questar III region ONLY. Once you are logged in and you choose a journal, you will see that you have access not only to this month's journal, but to previous issues as well. Each subscription has an unlimited number of users at a time so there is no need to worry about trying to access the journals one at a time.

Senior Pranks at Hoosick Falls High School Library

The photo decorating Martha von Schilgen's window in the picture below is the senior English teacher. His likeness was also on every locker all the way down the hall. He said the hall never looked so good!
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Save the Date: Copyright Workshop September 24th

Anne Dalton, Esq. will present on the topic of copyright on September 24th at Questar Central Offices from 8:30 - 3:30. A MLP link will be included in the PD catalog that will come out over the summer. For now, mark your calendar, and let your teachers and administrators know so they can attend too.

Union Catalog - Records Needed

So that we may update the union catalog over the summer, please send your catalog records to Kerrie ASAP. It is a requirement for our funding that we have an updated union catalog. Your assistance in keeping our catalog current for all users is greatly appreciated!

Schools who are part of Follett library automation through Questar III do not need to submit records.

Interlibrary Loan Statistics Due Today

Reporting these statistics is important as they are tied to our funding which helps provide resources to you and your students. The form used to report your statistics can be found on our LibGuide on the Interlibrary Loan tab. Please email your ILL statistics to Kerrie by Friday, June 21st. Thank you for your assistance!

ENYSLMA Summer Meeting - July 10th

All school librarians in the Questar III region are NYLA, SSL, and ENYSLMA members this year. On July 10th beginning at 12:30 pm, ENYSLMA will be holding their summer meeting at Scarboroughs Restaurant & Tavern, 497 Old Niskayuna Rd, Latham. I highly encourage you to attend to see what your local affiliate is doing to support school libraries and school librarians. Please RSVP to Mindy Holland ( to let her know you will attend. I hope to see you there!

Professional Learning Opportunities

Dutchess BOCES Offers AASL Standards Training

The PDF below has information regarding the AASL standards training that Dutchess BOCES will be offering on July 11, 2019.

Employment Opportunities

Questar III School Library System Specialist

Job ID: QTBN0154116-7020

Job Description:

Questar III BOCES is looking for a full-time (10-month school schedule plus 20 days in summer) School Library Systems Specialist based out of our central office in Castleton, NY. This position is responsible for assisting school librarians and library staff within Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties. The incumbent works closely with school librarians to assist with database orders and to provide support related to system programs and services. The position conducts trainings on various topics and services; manages the library automation catalog patron and bibliographic records; maintains the system wide union catalog; actively participates in professional development; assists the Director with reporting requirements; and other duties as assigned.

Qualified candidates must have a valid NYS Library Media Specialist. Preferred candidates will have minimum of three years of SLMS experience and knowledge of library trends; knowledge of automated information management systems; excellent communication, organizational and computer skills; knowledge of instructional methods, strategies, and pedagogy; knowledge of curriculum development processes and learning theories; and knowledge of national and state standards for information and technology literacy.

Questar III BOCES prefers an online application – please apply at In addition to your on-line application, please scan and upload supporting documentation including resume, certification, and letters of reference.

For more information on Questar III, please visit

Application Deadline: 07/08/2019

Start Date: 09/03/2019

Elementary Library Media Specialist - Lansingburgh

Library Media Specialist - Germantown

Library Media Specialist - Albany City School

See attached PDF