School Library System

March 7, 2014

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A message from Jen and Jane

Although we said we would be sending out the newsletter every 2-4 weeks, we just couldn't wait. The keyword this week is FREE! Everything you read about below is FREE to you. As always, contact us if you would like additional information.

Mitinet Poll

Last year many of our schools had their MARC records enhanced through Mitinet. We would like to offer this service once again. NEW this year is the ability to have Mitinet export your records for you and then re-import the enhanced records. You'll love all the additional Fountas & Pinnell levels, Lexile levels, kid friendly subject headings, and awards notes that make your catalog one of the most important tools in your school.

Please fill out the Mitinet poll to let us know if you want your records enhanced.

Free Professional eBook

Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World by David Lankes

"Libraries have existed for millennia, but today many question their necessity. In an ever more digital and connected world, do we still need places of books in our towns, colleges, or schools? If libraries aren’t about books, what are they about?"

Visit to download your free copy of Expect More.
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Annual SSL Summer Institute at Cornell University

We saw a glimpse of the sun this week which means summer is on our minds. The School Library System will be offering reimbursement for those wishing to attend the SSL Summer Institute at Cornell University. This institute has sold out the past few years so you will want to be prepared when registration opens.

Event: Annual SSL Summer Institute at Cornell University

Dates: Monday, August 4th and Tuesday, August 5th with arrival on Sunday, August 3rd

Cost: Registration will be $270 per person, double room, SSL member price - The School Library System will reimburse you for the $270 registration fee after the institute.

Planning is still in progress for the institute, but topics will include: Common Core Standards, collaboration, inquiry, and information fluency.


Saturday, Nov. 8th, 9am

970 State Highway 146


We are teaming up with Capital Region BOCES to offer the inaugural TeenReaderCon (TRC) on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Shenendehowa Middle Schools. This event is free for all participants!

Visiting authors are:

  • Jay Asher - 13 Reasons Why
  • Joseph Bruchac - Skeleton Man, Code Talker
  • Jackie Morse Kessler - Hunger, Rage
  • Patricia McCormick - Cut, My Brother's Keeper
  • Steve Sheinkin - Bomb, Port Chicago 50

Please begin planning now. You might consider...

  • Hosting one of these authors in your school the week before. This is guaranteed to get your students interested in attending TeenReaderCon.
  • Arranging a bus to bring your students to TeenReaderCon.
  • Adding these authors to your summer reading list.
  • Letting your School Library System know how best to support you in encouraging student involvement in TeenReaderCon.

A reminder from NYLA

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