School Library System

May 18-22, 2020

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School Library System Annual Survey

We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to answer the questions in the annual survey by June 15th. It is linked below for ease of access. Thank you for your feedback!
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SLJ Day of Dialog

May 27th

Begins at 9:00 AM

Join SLJ for the most anticipated librarian gathering of the year—now fully virtual and free to attend! A day-long program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks will keep you informed, inspired, and entertained. Attendees will hear about the latest and most exciting forthcoming titles for children, tweens, and teens, ranging from picture books and nonfiction to graphic novels and YA, and engage in Q&A sessions with authors and illustrators.

Visit the virtual exhibit hall to network with leading publishers, enjoy additional author chats, and download digital galleys and other free resources. Certificates of completion will be provided to submit for CE credits.

SLJ is anticipating an unprecedented number of library and education professionals to attend our first-ever virtual DOD, so you may find the environment or live sessions become full during the day. But fear not! All sessions and author chats will be available for viewing on-demand within an hour of their initial broadcast, and the entire event will be available on-demand until August 27.

Who should attend? Registration is open to librarians and educators.

Junior Library Guild Webcasts

JLG has compiled, and continues to compile, webinars that have been very helpful when looking at navigating these turbulent times. Check them out below.

· Reminders ·


Check out TeachingBook's May Contests & Giveaways, accompanied by multimedia resources!

  • Votes of Confidence: A Young Person's Guide to American Elections by Jeff Fleischer

  • The Colossus of Roads by Christina Uss

  • Lucy McGee Series by Mary Amato

  • Who Will it Be: How Evolution Connects Us All by Paola Vitale

  • and more!

May Contests & Giveaways

· Articles ·

Bitmoji Virtual Classroom Tutorial

Interactive Bitmoji Classroom Tutorial | Google Classroom and SeeSaw
#RemoteLibrary Virtual Meeting Ideas1
VIDEO: School Librarian Discussion Panel

SLJ: Using Virtual Meeting Tools To Connect With Students

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· Librarian of the Week ·

Each week we will showcase a librarian from our region.

Who: Anna Skoda

Where: Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School

Favorite Hobby: I love to garden - I have a new rather large yard to tame so I guess I have my work cut out for me.

Book Recommendation: I usually love the book I’m reading so I will recommend a book that the fifth grade was reading in my classes, Blood Mountain by James Preller (another book festival regular) it’s a survival book. This year we did a lot with survival books.

Recent Library Happenings: We host the Hudson Children’s Book Festival each year and I get to meet and host and get to know some of the best authors and illustrators in the world. We work really work hard getting the kids engaged with these folks and the kids become experts and reviewers of their work. The authors have said over and over it’s their favorite book festival because the kids are so involved and knowledgeable.

What drew me to school librarianship: This is my second career - I was in film and video production before I had my kids and an opportunity to get my Masters in Library Science presented itself and it has been the best decision I could have made. It made sense as I was the kid in the library who browsed the shelves for as long as they would let me and loved snooping and figuring out the card catalog. This profession lends itself to everyone from schools to corporate to academics - I tell anyone who will listen that this is the best possible career.

· Books of the Week ·

Recommended by member librarians
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Daily Library Chat

Monday at 10 am - Regional SLS Meeting - a Zoom link will be sent to the listserv each week before the meeting

Tuesday at 12 pm - Tech Tool Tuesday - send tech tools you would like to learn more about to Kerrie. If you would like to present a tool that has been particularly helpful to you let Kerrie know

Wednesday at 10 am - Elementary Roundtable - Elementary librarians will share ideas, ask questions, and work together to find ways to best help teachers, students, and others

Thursday at 12 pm - Secondary Roundtable - Secondary librarians will share ideas, ask questions, and work together to find ways to best help teachers, students, and others

Friday at 10 am - Open Mic Friday - Bring your questions, challenges, successes, and more for this “open mic” session

Quarantine Reads - Take Two

Elementary will meet May 27th from 3:00 - 4:00 pm


Secondary will meet June 3rd from 12:00 - 1:00 pm.


Forming Connections Between School and Public Libraries

June 1st from 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Join us as we bring together public and school librarians to discuss collaborating with each other in the virtual world. Topics will be determined before the event based on survey feedback. Access to the meeting will be sent via Frontline before the meeting.


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School Librarian

Job ID: SCEN0171669-0000

Application Deadline: 07/01/2020

Start Date: 07/01/2020

Job Description:

Please apply both on OLAS and the Schenectady City School District website to be considered for this position.

About Schenectady City Schools

With a population of nearly 10,000 students, the Schenectady City School District is one of the largest in the Capital Region. With an incredibly diverse population we are committed to ensuring that all children feel valued, are safe and will learn. We place the highest priority on a culture of equity, ensuring that race, economics, and disability are never predictors of student achievement. Every child in our district counts and will be supported each step of the way, along the path to graduation.

Librarian Role

This position will report to the Principal in a midsize urban school district located in the Capital region of Upstate New York. The Librarian will manage the school library and ensure it serves as the hub of the school. The Librarian therefore must have the ability to develop, maintain, and sustain relationships and partnerships with colleagues and the community. The Librarian will plan culturally responsive activities to meet the diverse learning needs of all students. The Librarian will maintain a Library environment that excites students about learning and engages students lived experiences. This position requires a high degree of flexibility, caring attitude and a culturally responsive equity-based mindset.

Librarian Expectations

  • Serve as tech support in our buildings and is seen as an innovator in the implementation of technology in our schools;
  • Maintain the library for effective distribution/circulation of materials, coordination of services, and effective instruction for building staff and students;
  • Knowledge of how the library supports/maintains growth in student achievement and tireless commitment to that effort;
  • Knowledge of differentiating for a variety of learning needs (both adult learners and child learners);
  • In depth knowledge of the CCLS, especially in the area of complex texts and close reading;
  • Teach essential skills such as: Microsoft office programs, database research, internet research skills, source evaluation tools, library catalog search and resource retrieval, keyboarding, reading skills, literature/non-fiction appreciation;
  • Facilitate student (and adult) access to information-rich resources for research;
  • Encourage students to explore the world around them through print and online resources;
  • Serve as teacher resource through collaboration on Common Core aligned curriculum;
  • Knowledge of enrichment education research using the CCLS (TIE).

Librarian Key Qualities

  • Demonstrates an imagination that is contagious;
  • Teaching approaches are driven by innovation and equity;
  • Facilitates library interactions that foster intellectual, cultural and social emotional learning;
  • Independent thinker that thrives in interdependent environments.

Minimum Qualifications Please apply both on OLAS and the Schenectady City School District website to be considered for this position.

  • New York State certification.
  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred).

The Schenectady City School District is committed to hiring members of protected classes and residents of the City of Schenectady. For more information on the District’s recruitment and hiring plan, please contact the Human Resources Office at 881-2000 ext. 40133. The Schenectady City School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race or gender. This policy is in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Regulations and By-Laws of the Board of Education of the Schenectady City School District.

Please apply both on OLAS and the Schenectady City School District website to be considered for this position.

Apply here:

Troy City Schools

Job ID: TRYN0171852-7020

Application Deadline: 08/31/2020

Start Date: 09/01/2020

Job Description:

Library Media Specialist - Anticipated 2020-2021 School Year

With approximately 4,000 students, Troy is a small urban school district in NY’s Capital Region. Our learning community values our ethnic, social and cultural diversity.

The Troy City School District has an anticipated opening for the 2020-2021 school year and is now accepting applications for a full-time probationary Library Media Specialist. Please apply through OLAS by sending your letter of interest, resume, NYS certification and all supporting materials. This will be an on-going recruiting process until filled.


Questar III School Library System

Kerrie Burch, Director of School Library System, Model Schools, and Arts

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist