School Library System

June 5, 2015

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A Note From Jen and Jane

The Social Studies Resource Toolkit is now available on EngageNY. While the entire toolkit will not be available until the end of August, visit now to see a listing of all inquiries that will be released. A fully annotated inquiry is available at grades K, 7, and 10.
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Summer PD with Olga Nesi

The School Library System is hosting Olga Nesi on July 29th and 30th for two workshops. Both are posted in MyLearningPlan and will benefit librarians, teachers, and administrators. There is no charge for these workshops and lunch is included.


School Librarians: Deeply Embedded – Fully Collaborative - Join us this summer for a day of hands-on, participant-centered learning as we share concrete, immediately implementable strategies and a practical plan to deeply embed inquiry and library instruction and resources into the curricular goals of your building. All participants will receive a print copy of the Information Fluency Continuum. Please bring a lesson or unit that requires writing from an information text if possible. (Note - this is a similar presentation to the one Olga is providing at Cornell. However, you will learn something new each time you watch Olga present the Process Portfolio.)


Growing Readers: The Power of Appeal Terms and Book Hooks – In this full-day, hands-on professional development designed for educators at all levels, learn strategies to: evaluate and improve the reading culture of your school, teach students how to use appeal terms to describe what they have read, teach students how to write Book Hooks to systematically share their reading with each other. All participants will receive a copy of Getting Beyond "Interesting" by Olga Nesi. Please bring a favorite picture book with you for use during the session.

You're Invited - PD at Dutchess BOCES School Library System

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Summer Cool Tools

If you would like to participate in meaningful professional development from the comfort of your own backyard, we have a great opportunity available.

Polly Farrington is offering a Summer Cool Tools workshop. This cycle will include the same tools that she shared in the 2014-2015 Cool Tools so registration is only open to those who did not participate. If you are interested, please email Jen.
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NOVELny Update

From the New York State Library:


On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, Lexile limiters will be added to InfoTrac and In Context resources of NOVELNY member libraries (NOVELNY provides Academic OneFile, General OneFile, InfoTrac Collections, Health Reference Center Academic, InfoTrac Newsstand, New York State Newspapers, PowerSearch, and Opposing Viewpoints In Context). Through this new feature, InfoTrac and In Context resource users will benefit from the following:


  • Lexile reading level range selection option and a score search field on the Advanced Search screen
  • Lexile reading level range limiters within search result listing on the right side menu
  • Lexile reading levels included within citations

Database orders

Please be sure to send your database order soon if you plan to order through Questar III for the 2015-2016 school year.