School Library System

May 13, 2016

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A Note From Jen and Jane

Many thanks to all of you who helped plan the NYLA/SSL Conference. I heard over and over how much everyone enjoyed the time with colleagues, advocates, and national speakers. Thanks for providing inspiration for the rest of this school year!

Highlights from NYLA/SSL Conference

Makerspace Listserv

We have recently started a listserv for school librarians interested in discussing makerspaces. If you would like to be included in the discussion, please email Jen to be added to the listserv. This group includes librarians from the four regional School Library Systems: Capital Region BOCES, HFM BOCES, Questar III, and WSWHE BOCES.

CE Courses Offered by the University at Buffalo

Take advantage of two great continuing education courses being offered by the UB Department of Library and Information Science Department this fall!


LIS 707 Becoming a Vital Member of Your School Community – Leadership for Librarians

Overwhelmed by the requirements of the job, most school librarians overlook the necessity of becoming leaders in their building (and district). Being a leader is a pre-requisite to advocacy, and only through a focused advocacy plan can librarians thrive in the current economic conditions. Beginning with creating a mission and vision statement which help focus a library program, students will discuss the value of becoming a leader and identify what are leadership qualities, which ones they already have, which they need to develop, and how to do so. Next students will discover the distinctions between PR, Marketing, and Advocacy and learn how to use them to position their program. They will develop taglines, learn about branding, and write their “elevator speeches.” Finally they will put everything together, and with guidance on how to draft a mini-strategic plan, will craft an advocacy plan for the next three years. With that in place they will be able to complete a school year knowing what they accomplished and where they need to go next.

Date/Time: August 29th - Sept. 30th Online
Location: Online
Course Number: 25187
Instructor: Ms. H. Weisberg

Registration Info


LIS 710 Twitter for School Librarians

Looking for fresh ideas for your school library? Twitter provides 24/7 access to the latest and greatest ideas in education. Learn to develop your own Twitter presence through engaging activities, readings, viewings, and discussions. This course is self-paced and of value to teacher librarians and other educators who wish to use Twitter for professional purposes.
Participants with all levels of Twitter experience will gain new and valuable knowledge about social media. Leave with a toolbox of tips, tricks, and hashtags to stay connected to current trends in the education world.

Date/Time: Oct. 24th-November 25th Online
Location: Online
Course Number: 25188
Instructor: Ms. Maria Muhlbauer

Registration Info

Registration for courses will be on a rolling basis until the first day of the fall semester, August 29th, 2016. After that date, applications will be handled on a space available basis. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions, Graduate School of Education at (716) 645-2110 with any questions.


Filling out the registration form for the course serves as your application for the one-credit hour scholarship. You will be notified of scholarship acceptance once the application is completed, and the $35 application fee is paid.

East Greenbush Position is now on OLAS

East Greenbush CSD is accepting applications for a 1.0 Probationary Tenure Track Library Media Specialist. Candidates for this position shall possess NYS Certification as a School Media Specialist and preferably have experience at both the elementary & high school levels. Qualified candidates MUST apply to OLAS, submit complete application including cover letter, up-to-date resume & EGCSD Instructional Application (found on the website egcsd.org). EGCSD application may be faxed, emailed or mailed to the Personnel Office. Questions may be directed to the Personnel Office 518-207-2526 or CoynePo@egcsd.org.

Summer Reading with TeachingBook.net

Enrich the books students are reading this summer with fun and thoughtful digital materials aligned to whatever titles they are reading.

http://www.teachingbooks.net/show.cgi?f=summerreading_2016

NOVELNY Webinars

May 19, 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, faculty, teachers, students, and 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 faculty, teachers, students, and library patrons. A tip sheet on how to incorporate GO into the New York State Summer Reading Program – On Your Mark, Get Set… Read will be included.

Please register at https://scholastic.webex.com/scholastic/onstage/g.php?MTID=e799b16a8e50aa5fb947ccd802b4f890e
Event password: spring

Call in number for audio portion of presentation: 1-866-422-5206
Participant code for audio portion of presentation: 6183780556


June 2, 2016, 12:00pm

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, faculty, teachers, students, and 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 faculty, teachers, students, and library patrons. A tip sheet on how to incorporate GO into the New York State Summer Reading Program – On Your Mark, Get Set… Read will be included.

Please register at https://scholastic.webex.com/scholastic/onstage/g.php?MTID=e7a6b3057def780c560ff81aaee3c233e

Event password: summer

Call in number for audio portion of presentation: 1-866-422-5206
Participant code for audio portion of presentation: 6183780556

June 15, 2016, 3:00pm

Blending Scholastic GO! with NYS 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 resources to best support their Common Core, Social Studies Framework (SSF), and Inquiry instruction with students and in support of teachers. This session will focus on key aspects, ranging from SS Framework, C3 Inquiry Arc, Primary Resources, Information Text and Vocabulary to Deeper Evidenced Based Research, Text Complexity and Point of View. Learn how best to incorporate these core objectives via GO into schools, school libraries, and public libraries. Please register at https://scholastic.webex.com/scholastic/onstage/g.php?MTID=ebd6a3a2a22fecc1829ca6362d4dd8f90
Event password: summer

Call in number for audio portion of presentation: 1-866-422-5206
Participant code for audio portion of presentation: 6183780556

Sentry Custom Security

Does your library have a security system? If so, you may be interested in...


Sentry Custom Security manufactures high quality EM Library Security Tags, Systems and Accessories that are used by libraries throughout North America including Princeton University, University of Notre Dame, the Library of Congress and McGill University. Sentry provides very durable and reliable security tags at a considerable cost savings compared to other suppliers on the market. An additional benefit is the labor saving provided by our tag quick insertion process. When the cost of labor can equal the total tag budget, reducing labor hours translates to big savings. According to the Florida SouthWestern State College Library, switching to the QuickInsert™ tag saved the university $0.36 per item in material and time cost. To see how your library can benefit from our tag insertion innovation, visit http://www.sentrycustom.com/libraries_video.html . For more information please contact us at or 800-461-2803 or email sales@sentrycustom.com.

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OverDrive Summer Read

From OverDrive:

The OverDrive Summer Read program is quickly approaching! The Juvenile and Young Adult collections will be automatically added to your OverDrive-powered website in eBook format with unlimited access from June 1st to June 30th. The titles will be automatically added and will be featured prominently on your homepage.

The program is intended to help prevent summer slide and encourage awareness of your digital collection. Promotion is key! We want to ensure you have all the resources you need to support this exciting program in your school community and promote to educators, parents and students.

We are thrilled to announce our Summer Read webpage, part of our new Resource Center. Here you’ll find marketing materials, including complementary student activity guides, print and digital resources, and a letter home to parents. In addition to the materials, we’ve created a special, brief webcast that discusses the titles and fun, creative ways to promote them!

Check out the webpage today!