WSWHE BOCES School Library System
October 11, 2021
Rock Star and Rising Star Librarians
If you would like to nominate a Rock Star Librarian or a Rising Star Librarian, please contact Kerrie. Have a fabulous week!
Upcoming Professional Development
General Membership/ Communication Coordinator Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 28th, 8am-3pm
267 Ballard Road
Survey (required so we know how you will attend and what you want for lunch) by October 13th: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSedw0uMcuoetJgJmZZvWYkLWAdtQYueSYBfzCwiJU26lY7TZw/viewform?usp=sf_link
Providing Support in the School Library - A Workshop for library support staff
Thursday, Dec. 2nd, 8:30am-3pm
267 Ballard Road
There are lots of new ebooks, audiobooks, and read-alongs in Sora.
Spanish Collection -- this always-available collection was updated as of October 1 and has 136 fiction & nonfiction Spanish-translation titles.
Professional Collection for Librarians -- We have so many professional titles now that we created a separate ribbon just for librarians!
Please add NY Reads to your Sora account and share!
Read-alongs: Franklin series, Frog or Toad, Food Around the World, Ana & Andrew series...
Gaming and digital citizenship titles, including Minecraft and Pokemon...
Elementary: Haunted Hospital, The Color Collector, Inspector Flytrap, Iggy Peck Architect, Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, books on countries, food, sports...
YA: Akata Witch, Miss Peregrine Series, It's Kind of a Funny Story, Bone Witch, So You Want to Talk About Race, Pushout, Downstairs Girl, Geekarella, Every Falling Star...
Canon titles/Module titles: Fever 1793, Sold, A Doll's House, Jane Eyre, 1984, Twelve Angry Men, Macbeth, Animal Farm, Temple Grandin, The Crucible...
And so. Much. More.
This OPALS PD Choice Board can answer many of your frequently asked questions about local OPALS catalogs.
Need tutorials on the various parts of Inter-Library Loans, otherwise known as ILLs? Check here. Our union catalog used for ILLs is run by OPALS.
If you need to borrow items from beyond our region, email Karin for help. Karin can show you how to navigate CDLC requests, and place requests beyond the Capital Region for you as well.
Rosen Spotlight on Civic Action - TRIAL
Professional Book Collection
Dive Into Inquiry
Bring Dive into Inquiry to your classroom!
Ideal for the middle and high school educator and a must-read for pre service teachers and programs!"
Available on Sora.
Using Primary Sources: Hands-on Instructional Practices
Available through ILL.
WSWHE "RISING STAR" School Librarian
Roberta Doremus - Argyle Central School
My journey to becoming a school librarian was a winding path. I graduated with a BS degree in Health Science and worked in the pharmaceutical sales industry for six years. I traveled much of the same territory that WSWHE covers, marveling at its beauty. However, I longed for less travel and pondered a career change.
In 2005, I started taking classes at SUNY Albany in the MSIS program to become a school librarian while working in the pharmaceutical field. However, marriage and children sidetracked those education plans as I stayed home and raised my children for several years. After my youngest was in elementary school, I returned to the workforce, working side by side with two amazing school librarians in the Shenendehowa district, assisting the technology needs of the school. That position reignited my passion for again pursuing the school librarian degree. With guidance from librarians I worked with, I took the plunge and enrolled in the program, which ultimately led me to my position in Argyle. I will complete the few remaining classes at the SUNY Albany ISSL program this summer 2022.
I love incorporating technology into my lessons because it is more engaging for the students. I enjoy hearing that a lesson was “fun” as the students leave, but I know they have learned valuable lessons. Lately, I have been utilizing Jeopardy-style questions as well as digital escape rooms to hammer home instruction. I love that the school librarian field is constantly changing and growing, and there is always something new to learn.
Currently, I am excited about revamping the library space to create a warm environment and weeding outdated books, curating a vibrant collection that students and staff can enjoy. The school board and administration approved and replaced the library carpet, giving it a fresh, clean feel, supporting the library renewal process. The positive buzz throughout the building about it has been very encouraging.
School Library System Staff
Karin Howansky, School Library Media Specialist
Amy Brennan-Strack, Databases, Budgets, General Information
Deb Massa, Information Processing Specialist