School Library System

May 20, 2016

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A Note From Jen and Jane

Several initiatives are taking place across the state and the country to address the need for high quality teachers and librarians.

  • Representatives from the School Library Systems Association are working with the Higher Education Department at NYSED to look at alternate pathways to certification for school librarians. More information to come as this progresses.

  • ALA's Task Force on the Context of Future Accreditation is looking for feedback on how well MLS programs are preparing librarians for their future work. Please take a moment to fill out one of the two surveys to provide feedback to this group. Survey responses will be used by the task force to inform the writing of the white paper for the ALA Executive Board.

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Kate DiCamillo Webcast

On Friday, May 13, 2016 Kate DiCamillo, 2016-2017 Summer Reading Champion, presented a webcast and Q&A with students and schools from around the country. The webcast was hosted by the Edgewood School in Woodridge, IL.

Kate spoke about the benefits of libraries and summer reading, her new book Raymie Nightingale, as well as her career as an author. Many of you wished to attend the webcast, but were unable to do so due to scheduling conflicts.

So if you missed it or want to share it with a group, the webcast is now archived and available for viewing at or on It can also be accessed from the Collaborative Summer Library Program or CSLP website at In addition to watching the webcast, you can read live tweets from the interview at: Both the webcast and tweets may be shared on your school or library website.

Planning an Author Visit?

As you begin making plans to host an author visit next year, please send us your tentative arrangements. We would be happy to help coordinate visits with other districts to help you get a better price.

UAlbany Performing Arts Center

Districts have been receiving updates about programming available during the 2016-2017 school year through the Arts in Education and Exploratory Enrichment programs. We thought we would share this listing as it seems particularly relevant.

Below is the 2016-2017 Morning Matinee Series for High School student groups at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center. Admission for each show is just $5 per student with chaperones attending free of charge. Any available resource materials are provided approximately one month in advance along with directions, bus information and invoices. If you can stay on campus longer than the actual performance, an itinerary can be developed that includes lunch in the Campus Center, campus and/or PAC tours, visits to the Art Museum, etc.

Romeo and Juliet - Tuesday, October 18 at 10am
With ravishing language and uproarious comedy, Shakespeare celebrates love’s triumph and its trivialities in perhaps his most popular tragedy. Verona’s walls embrace the volatility of youth as well as the wisdom and restraint that often escape young and old alike. Presented in classic Shakespearian style, American Shakespeare Center’s production has thumb-biting, dance and swordplay as well as sonnets, bawdy wit and soul-searching speeches.
Running Time: 2 ½ hours which includes a 15 intermission during which live acoustic music is performed
Resource materials: Study guide provided in advance
Payment Due Date: October 4
Additional opportunity: The company will conduct a post-show discussion for those groups that are able to stay for an extra 15 minutes.

Fahrenheit 451 - Thursday, February 9 at 10am (snow date: Friday, February 10)
Ray Bradbury’s classic American novel presents a frightening vision of the future: fireman don't put out fires, they start them in order to burn books. Adapted and directed by Wynn Handman for American Place Theatre, this page-to-stage Literature to Life production presents a haunting look at the dangers of censorship in a modern world. Performed by Rich Orlow, the verbatim adaptation explores themes of censorship and civil disobedience.
Running Time: 60 minute performance plus 15 minute pre-and post-show discussions led by a master teaching artist for a total of 90 minutes
Resource materials: Study guide provided in advance
Payment Due Date: January 19

Algonquin Middle School

AMS Celebrates Its 13th Annual Richtol’s Read All Day With Special Guest, Newbery Award Winning Author Steve Sheinkin!

Richtol’s Read All Day is a special day to celebrate literacy and reading at Algonquin Middle School. Special guest readers, Mr. Gela, (AMS Vice Principal), Mrs. Reinisch, (gr. 6 Literacy), Mr. Anderson, (gr. 6 SS), and Mr.Rhode, (gr. 4 and 5 Teacher at Poestenkill), all generously volunteered their time to read to large groups in the auditorium.

Newbery Award winning author Steve Sheinkin was Algonquin’s special guest for Richtol's Read All Day! Mr. Sheinkin lives in Saratoga and won a Newbery Honor for his book: Bomb: The Race to Build-and-Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon. He gave three presentations answered many student’s questions. Students had an opportunity to meet Mr. Sheinkin after school and talk with him as he signed their books. He gave AMS a very special day! Generous support for this author visit was provided by Student Council, the Algonquin Parent Organization and the AMS Library.

Check out this animoto video to get an inside look at the day:

NYLA's Leadership and Management Section


JLAMS Fall 2016 Theme issue -- Libraries using social media: communicating with your communities

The editors seek research studies and case studies addressing the evolution of social media used to communicate with library users, other libraries, library service providers and vendors, and serving a community. Case studies illustrating service delivery through social media outlets are also welcome. Studies including or addressing social media metrics are welcome. Topics may include use of social media through marketing, information literacy, reference, collection development as well as organizational policies regarding social media. Proposals due no later than September 2, 2016 [4 sentences or longer describing the topic of your article]. Refereed article submission: October 12, 2016. Non-refereed article submission: October 31, 2016. Issue publication goal: November 15, 2016.

Carol L. Anderson or Carol Anne Germain


Summer School Librarian Posting

There is a Library Media Specialist (Anticipated) opening for the Dutchess BOCES Regional Academic Summer School.

Location: Dutchess BOCES Regional Academic Summer School - Roosevelt High School, Hyde Park, NY

Duties: Perform related Library Media Specialist duties as required. Appropriate NYS Certification required.

Please apply online and attach a cover letter and resume -

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Long Island University Master of Science in Library and Information Science

We all know that school librarians have the best job in the school. I'm sure many of you know teachers who envy your position. Please pass along this invitation to learn more about the Master of Science in Library and Information Science program offered by Long Island University. More information about the program can be found at
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Saint John Fisher M.S. in Library Media (Teacher Librarian) Program

Saint John Fisher College is also offering a M.S. in Library Media (Teacher Librarian) program. This program is a one year masters program for certified teachers to earn the credentials needed to move into a school library position. More information is available at