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September 19, 2014

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A Note From Jen & Jane

It seems as if everyone is beginning to settle into a routine... even with all of the open houses. Before we know it, BEDS day will be here. Below you will find information about the number of databases and eBooks provided by the New York State Library and the School Library System. Please be sure to add these numbers into your count when reporting materials your students have access to.

BEDS Reporting

When filling out your BEDS reports, please include the resources provided to your students through NOVELny and the School Library System.

14 Databases:

  • Provided by NOVELny = 11
  • Provided by the School Library System = 3

2128 eBooks:

  • Rosen Spotlight on New York = 14
  • Rosen Spotlight on Ancient Civilization = 18
  • ASCD Professional Development = 39
  • OverDrive = 2057

480 Non-book Materials:

  • OverDrive audiobooks = 480

Last Call for the OPALS Users Group Meeting

OPALS users: please be sure to register for next week's OPALS Users Group Meeting on September 26, 2014 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. We will be meeting at the Comfort Inn & Suites located at 99 Miller Road, 12033 (just across from Questar III's main office). This will be an exciting day of learning about:

  • OPALS' new interface
  • Soon to be released updates
  • RDA formatting
  • Much more

Lunch will be provided. To register, visit MyLearningPlan.

AASL Awards & Grants

We know you're fabulous, now it is time to let everyone else know. Visit AASL for a list of awards and grants. Please consider nominating yourself or someone in the field whose work you respect.


The TeenReaderCon website has been updated to include:

  • Volunteer Application - you and your students can receive extra perks by volunteering the day of TeenReaderCon
  • Registration - please encourage your students to register so we have an idea of how many teens will be attending (there will be free stuff for the first 400 teens)
  • Handouts - flyers and bookmarks to promote TRC with your students (contact Jen if you want us to print the flyers in color for you)

Looking for a way to bring your students? Contact Jen to learn more about reimbursement for your district to provide bus transportation.

OverDrive TeenReaderCon Collection

OverDrive has just added the ability for us to create special collections. You'll notice that all eBooks and audiobooks by our TeenReaderCon 2014 authors are listed under the collections tab. You will also see these titles featured on the main page.

Spotlight on New York

We have just recently added the newest title to the Spotlight on New York series, Strengthening Democracy in New York State. Please visit to access all 14 titles.

Netflix & Schools

Every year the question comes up about whether Netflix can be used in schools. "May one stream a Netflix Video for in-class use?" found at provides a well explained answer to that question. Netflix does NOT fall under Fair Use in an educational setting because of the agreement signed when subscribing. Please be sure that you keep this in mind when you are using any media in your library.

SSL Spring Conference - Call for Proposals

The 2015 New York Library Association SSL Spring Conference is now accepting proposals for presentations. Technology use/tools should be embedded in one of the strands, not as a stand alone session.


  • Inquiry
  • Management
  • Programming
  • Advocacy
  • Collaboration

Find the online application:

The RFP will close on December 1.

For more information about the conference, please visit:

Sharing Evidence

John Brock shared information about this professional development opportunity offered by the Colorado State Library:

We invite you to attend our next CSL in Session: It's Elementary, My Dear Watson: Sharing Evidence of your School Librarian Awesomeness! - Wednesday September 24, 2012 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM (Mountain Daylight Time)

  • How do you provide concrete, measurable evidence for abstract concepts like leadership and instructional best practice?
  • How can you provide this kind of evidence without adding to an already jam-packed workload?
  • Why is it so important that school librarians do this?

Attendees at this session will learn practical answers to these questions and more. You will walk away knowing how and why to prove your awesomeness!

The session will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website listed below. No registration is necessary!

ProQuest Webinars for NOVELNY databases - September through November

Toys to Tools by Liz Kolb

"Kolb provides a vision in which engaged students use the tools of their choice to enhance learning both inside and outside of the classroom."

Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov

"Teach Like a Champion offers effective teaching techniques to help teachers, especially those in their first few years, become champions in the classroom."