School Library System

Week of November 11-15, 2019

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News You Can Use

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Liz Kaplan from Learning A-Z is offering a 3 month trial to Science A-Z for educators who participate in webinar on December 11, 2019 from 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM.

Below is the information. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Kaplan.

Literacy and Science: Better Together

Audience: K-6 librarians, teachers, curriculum and instruction administrators, science coordinators and administrators, special educators, technology directors

Date: December 11, 2019 3:15-4:00

Webinar participants will receive a three month trial of Science A-Z from Learning A-Z for themselves and up to 50 teachers in the district.

When Literacy, Science, and Engineering are combined in K-6 classes, students can become engaged in authentic learning experiences in science every day.

In this session we will demonstrate how students can develop a deeper understanding of STEM concepts by reading, writing, thinking, and doing with Science A-Z.

Using Science A-Z’s NGSS-designed, supplemental, digital and printable resources, we will model how to:

-Use leveled STEM reading resources to provide an authentic context for literacy instruction.

-Build content knowledge by reading or listening to leveled, high-interest nonfiction texts that are designed to spur discussion and debates, critical thinking, research, speaking, listening, and teamwork.

- Target scientific knowledge and vocabulary, as well as address comprehension strategies, close reading, citing evidence by using a wide range of reading resources.

Science A-Z ( offers a digital, assignable and printable library of K-6 leveled resources that are available from school and home and that provide valuable exposure to the crosscutting concepts of science.

Please register for the Literacy and Science Webinar at:

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

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K-12 libraries are invited to apply for funding in the amount of $10K-$50K (over a two year period) for a project that contributes to building capacity in one of three focus areas: Transforming School Library Practice, Community Memory, Digital Inclusion. This grant seeks to move small and/or rural libraries beyond transaction toward more dynamic community service.

Application Due Date:

December 2


Funding from $500 to $20,000 for non-technology based library materials including books, cataloging and processing fees, reference materials, and magazine subscriptions.

Application Due Date:

February 1


Flipster is what we use to bring professional journals to all librarians in the region. Through this SLS provided subscription you have full access to new and back digital issues of School Library Journal, Computers & LIbraries, Booklist, and Horn Book.

Take advantage of this worthwhile and free resource! Contact Amanda Karian for log-in information.

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Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books of 2019

From Publishers Weekly’s reviews of children’s and young adult books published in 2019, selections for the top 50 books of the year include picture books and graphic novels, fiction and nonfiction, debuts and bestsellers for readers of all ages.

Librarian Spotlight - Librarians Needed

We would like to feature a librarian each month who is doing great things. Last month we featured Maureen King and her therapy dog, Baxter. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please contact Kerrie or Amanda. We want to shine a spotlight on all of the great things you are doing!

Send us your displays-- we love showing you off!

Thank you, Ellen Kelley-Scalzi, for sharing your No Shave November bulletin board and display. What a fun way to support Men's Health Awareness Month (not to mention plug your new classics)!
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Professional Learning Opportunities

SLS Professional Learning Catalog

UPDATED! Check out our NEW offerings!

TeachingBooks Webinar

Discover the NEW TeachingBooks! All the same great resources! A new look! Explore videos filmed in authors' studios, lessons, book trailers, and vocabulary lists. Discover resources that will expand the experience readers have with books. Deepen connections to books while discovering online materials to engage readers, support families, and empower colleagues. Agenda: Reveal insights with book and author resources Expand accessibility for all audiences Discover new titles that enrich reading. Please register by November 12th.

Date: November 18th

Time: 4 - 5 pm

Location: Zoom Meeting


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Rosen Interactive eBooks & PowerKnowledege Science Suite Webinar

NEW DATE: December 5, 2019

4:00-5:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

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Information Session on Becoming Certified as a School Librarian

Do you or someone you know want to become a certified school librarian? Is there an administrator in your district who is facing hiring a new school librarian in the next few years? If you answered yes to either of these questions then you will want to pass along the following information to anyone who might be interested.

Questar III School Library System, in partnership with SUNY Albany, St. John Fisher College, and the University of Buffalo Library Science programs, the certification office at Questar III, and several regional librarians will be holding an information session on December 18th at Questar III Central Office beginning at 4 pm. This information session is designed to help certified teachers learn more about the various pathways to being certified as a school library media specialist, and for school administrators learn how they might approach filling those hard to fill school librarian positions.

Register by December 11th:

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Employment Opportunities



• High School Long-Term Substitute Library-Media Specialist

• Benefits as per MTA Contract


• Approximately January 2, 2020 to June 25, 2020


Please submit the following application material:

• Letter of Interest • Resume

• Copy of New York State Library-Media Certification

Address application to:

Mr. Eric Seipp, Principal

Millbrook High School

70 Church Street, PO Box AA

Millbrook, NY 12545

(845) 677-4200 x2330

Application deadline:

November 1, 2019

TeachingBooks is Hiring

TeachingBooks is hiring a Collection Development Librarian with a professional interest in working with metadata specific to children's/ YA titles, authors, awards, distinctions, series, lists, and reading programs. A commitment to diversity and Intellectual Freedom is vital, too.

This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and benefits that can be based anywhere in the United States.

Details are at

Troy City School District

Job ID:TRYN0163667-0000

Job Description:

Library Media Specialist

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.

Troy City School District has an immediate opening for a Library Media Specialist at Troy Middle School. The position is full time probationary. Must have valid NYS certification. The district is willing to consider candidates who are certified in other areas who are willing to take the necessary steps to obtain a Library Media Specialist certification. Step salary is based on experience and the TTA contract. ALL applications will be accepted through OLAS only.

Application Deadline:12/31/2019

Start Date:10/24/2019

Questar III School Library System

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

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist