School Library System

Week of February 10-14, 2020

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RESCHEDULED - Getting Ready for Advocacy Day

Due to weather, the Getting Ready for Advocacy program with Jeremy Johannesen and Briana McNamee of NYLA that was scheduled for 2/7 has been rescheduled for TODAY, Friday, February 14, 2:00-3:30 pm.

If you were unable to come on 2/7, but are available on February 14, we would love to have you! Registration and more information at


As was initially announced in February 2019, the NOVELNY (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) e-resources will continue for the coming year (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021). Barring unforeseen circumstances and pending availability of funds, the following databases will be available through June 30, 2021:


*Business Insights: Essentials (Gale, a Cengage company)


*Gale OneFile: Educator’s Reference Complete (Gale, a Cengage company)

General Periodicals:

*Gale OneFile: Academic OneFile with Subject Collections (Gale, a Cengage company) *Gale Academic OneFile Select with Subject Collections (Gale, a Cengage company) *Gale General OneFile with Subject Collections (Gale, a Cengage company) *Gale OneFile: Informe Académico (Gale, a Cengage Company)

Elementary Level General Periodicals:

*Kids InfoBits (Gale, a Cengage company)

Secondary Level General Periodicals:

*Gale In Context: Middle School (Gale, a Cengage company)


*Encyclopedia Britannica (Britannica Digital Learning, a division of Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.): Includes Britannica School, Britannica Academic and Britannica Escolar.


*Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine (Gale, a Cengage company)


*Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints (Gale, a Cengage company)


*Gale OneFile: News including New York State Newspapers (Gale, a Cengage company)


*Gale OneFile: Computer Science (Gale, a Cengage company)

NOVELNY is an online virtual library connecting New Yorkers to 21st-century information via libraries and library systems statewide. NOVELNY is an electronic resource access project that enables libraries across New York State to give their communities online access to the full text of thousands of journals, newspapers and other references.

The databases listed are freely available to over 5,900 public, school, academic and special libraries currently registered for NOVELNY and to individuals who are residents of New York State that visit the NOVELNY website. If your library is not registered please see the For Librarians link on the website or contact the NOVELNY Help Desk toll-free at 877-277-0250 or in the Capital District at 518-486-6012.

The databases are also available through geoIP authentication (also referred to as geolocation). Geolocation is a method to allow or disallow a user access to a database based on his/her geographic location as determined from their IP address. If a patron is accessing the databases through a library website or the NOVELNY portal while in New York he/she will be able to enter the database without entering a username/password, library card number or a driver license number.

Any questions about the resources described above should be sent to

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· Events ·

· Reminders ·

Library Advocacy Day

Each year library advocates from across New York State converge on Albany to voice their support for funding and policies that benefit libraries. Their efforts have resulted in over $11M in additional library aid since 2011.

When: Tuesday, February 25th

Where: NYS Capitol

Agenda & Details:


· Articles ·

Librarians, Prove Your Worth...

School Library Journal

...Building Confident Readers

School Library Journal

Recent Book Award Winners & Honorees

TeachingBooks Resource List

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· Librarian of the Week ·

Each week we will showcase a librarian from our region.

Who: Andrew Millar (Andy)

What: Middle School Librarian

Where: Hudson Junior High School

Hobby: Playing golf or skiing

What book would you recommend: 13 Reasons Why is recommended for a young adult book club because of its content. My daughter read the book around the same time, so we were able to discuss some of the issues that went along in the story.

Share something that you are proud of that has recently happened in your library/school: We had an author come to our library yesterday to conduct a workshop with our 6th-grade classes on the topic of ending racism. We discussed the issues of racism in the schools and on the streets. The students learned about; Identity, Ethnicity, and Stereotypes. It was a great workshop for the students. The book is called There is one race - the human one, say me by Kimberly Y. Erwin.

What drew you to a career in school librarianship: I went for an interview for a 3rd-grade position. The interview went so well, they offered me a Library position instead, so I took it, and I love it. The rest is history.

· Books of the Week ·

Recommended by member librarians

· Send Us Your Displays ·

We love showing you off!

Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing these hilarious, very creative, and super fun displays. Your students must have gotten such a kick out of them. We sure did!

Librarian: Jennifer Two-Axe

Library: Ichabod Crane High School

Thank you, Felice, for sharing this very important class created bulletin board. Her 3rd-grade class read books together about the power of words. This is a display of all the words the children think can change the world. Outstanding!

Librarian: Felice Devine

Library: Bell Top Elementary

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Book Buzz with Britt Buckenroth

It's so hard to keep up with all the new books being published! This book club will give you the opportunity to expand your repertoire of NEW books, whether you are a school librarian or a teacher, as participants share the new books they have read. Participants will select and read NEW books (published in the last two years), from any genre, K-12 and write a book review. A review form will be provided. For each meeting, participants are expected to read either 1-2 chapter books, or 3-4 picture books and complete a review form for each book. ***PLEASE COME TO THE FIRST MEETING WITH COMPLETED BOOK REVIEWS AND READY TO DISCUSS YOUR FIRST SET OF CHOSEN BOOKS.*** The in-person one-hour meetings will be held at Questar III Conference Center. Participants will earn a total of six credit hours for attending the three meetings and completing the required book reviews. This opportunity is open to school librarians and teachers at all grade levels.

All meeting are 4:00-5:00 PM

Wednesday, 2/26

Wednesday, 3/25

Wednesday, 4/22

Cavendish Square Digital Webinar

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Model Schools Workshops

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Library Teacher - Short Term Leave Replacement

Job ID:NCLN0168600-7020

Job Description:

Forts Ferry Elementary School

Library Media Specialist preferred or Childhood Education 1-6 certification

Provide instruction and support to students

$105/day - certified, after 10 days in assignment $150/day

Position available 4/20/2020 (est) - 6/30/2020

Application Deadline:02/24/2020

Start Date:04/20/2020

Librarian - Elementary School

Job ID:LKPN0168876-7020

Job Description:

Library media specialist for our elementary school grades K-5

Application Deadline:03/02/2020

Start Date:09/01/2020

Questar III School Library System

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

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist