School Library System

November 14, 2014

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A Note From Jen and Jane

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the Questar III School Library System's Annual Report has been approved. Many, many hours went into this report that was submitted to the Division of Library Development at the State Education Department. It was my goal to accurately report all required data - even when the formulas within the report were being difficult. Hopefully the data will be put to good use at the State and Federal level to help inform decisions being made on our behalf.

Enjoy the pictures below that highlight the past week. NYLA's annual conference had many outstanding programs and we were all pleased when the Commissioner announced that the IFC would be posted on EngageNY.

TeenReaderCon was also a success, exceeding our expectations. There is nothing quite like the energy of a great author event.

If you have any events or pictures you would like highlighted in the newsletter, please send them along. We would love to share all of the things you are doing in you library, school, and community!


Welcome to the newest school librarians to join Questar III's School Library System:

Laura Campagna is the librarian at Berlin Elementary School

Kathy Maggiacomo is the librarian at Rensselaer Junior-Senior High School

Snapshots from NYLA

Below is a collection of photos highlighting great moments from NYLA's Annual Conference held November 5th - 8th. It was inspirational to be surrounded by so many library leaders who believe in the power that libraries have in the lives of our students. One especially proud moment for Questar III was the passing of the gavel as Jill Leinung became the president of SSL. Congratulations, Jill! We know you will represent us well!
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IFC is Now on EngageNY

While Commissioner King was speaking to a room full of librarians on Friday morning, there was a flurry of activity behind the scenes as the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum was being added to EngageNY. We know the value of this important tool in helping our students become better learners and now it will be much easier to use with our colleagues in content areas.

MAE Award from YALSA

I know many of you qualify for this award. Please consider applying!

YALSA members who have run an exceptional reading or literature program in the 12 months leading up to Dec. 1, 2014 are eligible to apply for the 2015 MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens, which recognizes an outstanding reading or literature program for young adults.

Do you run a spectacular teen book club that engages underserved audiences? Did your summer reading program or literature festival connect teens with literature in an innovative way? Is your Reader’s Advisory always three steps ahead of a trend? Have you connected teens to literature or helped them gain literacy skills via some other exciting means? Whether the program was large or small, if it was good, you could win $500 for yourself and an additional $500 for your library by applying for this award! Individual library branches may apply.

The MAE Award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Applications and additional information about the award are available online. Applications must be submitted online by Dec. 1, 2014. For questions about the award, please contact the jury chair, Tony Carmack ( The winner will be announced the week of Feb. 9, 2015.

Not a member of YALSA yet? It's not too late to join so you can be eligible for this award. You can do so by contacting YALSA’s Membership Marketing Specialist, Letitia Smith, at or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390. Recognize the great work you are doing to bring teens together with literature and apply today!

TeenReaderCon 2014

300+ teens arrived at the Shenendehowa Middle Schools early Saturday morning to spend a full day with their favorite authors. Rich Johns began the day with a great presentation, "Act with Respect, Always". Next, our teen moderator warmed up the crowd (and the authors) with several rounds of quick fire questions. Our TRC authors then presented during four different breakout sessions. We ended the day with a general session where the authors randomly picked words and had to work together to create a new story. Nothing but smiles all day from our teens as they met the fabulous authors pictured below: Eric Devine, Joe Bruchac, Jackie Morse Kessler, Patricia McCormick, Steve Sheinkin, and Jay Asher.
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TeenReaderCon Continuing Education Credit

Did you attend TeenReaderCon? Email Jane if you would like a certificate of attendance. Please include the hours you were there so that it can be reflected on your certificate.

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Net Neutrality Update

From the November 11th District Dispatch:

"Yesterday President Barack Obama re-affirmed his commitment to network neutrality principles and to the strongest rules to protect the open internet. The American Library Association welcomes his statement and outline of principles that echo those of public comments filed by the ALA and a coalition of library and higher education organizations this year. Here’s ALA’s full response:"

PBS LearningMedia and the Library of Congress Webinar

Shared from WMHT's Newsletter:

"Tuesday, December 2nd at 6 PM, you are invited to attend a webinar on how to bring your students into close contact with unique, profoundly personal, documents and objects with PBS LearningMedia resources from the Library of Congress. Education experts from the Library will discuss the power of images, model how to analyze photographs and prints, and highlight teaching tools available on PBS LearningMedia. Register at:"