School Library System
Week of May 27 - 31
Questar III School Library System End-of-Year Dinner
Thursday, June 13th, 4-6pm
1640 Columbia Turnpike
Union Catalog - Records Needed
Schools who are part of Follett library automation through Questar III do not need to submit records.
Education Law 2D
How does this affect you?
First, please know that databases that we purchase on your behalf through our consortium are covered under this new law because it is currently written into the contracts that they must sign to be part of the consortium that they must protect student data, and how they must do that. For other products like OverDrive and Follett, I will be working with our attorney over the summer to make sure that those vendors are in compliance.
The biggest issue that you will probably see is in sites with Clickwrap Agreements. These are the Web 2.0 tools that you have been using for a long time. For example, if you use Edmodo, there is an agreement that you enter into when you "agree" to the terms and conditions upon signing up for an account. That opens you up to liability if PII can be traced back to the student. Anything that captures PII that can be traced back to the student should not be used.
What can you do?
Speak with your technology department about what they are doing and what you should be doing to ensure student data privacy. Many districts are creating a database of allowable tools and sites. Also, check out iKeepSafe and Common Sense Privacy Program for a list of certified products and more information on student data privacy. Finally, keep an ear out for more information as it comes along. This is still new for everyone and we are all learning.
Professional Learning Opportunities
Summer Professional Learning
This summer we will focus on:
- AASL Standards - Elementary
- AASL Standards - Secondary
- Primary Sources
- Leap Into Readers Advisory with Stacey Rattner and Alicia Abdul
- Lesson Collaboration
Register soon. Workshops with fewer than 10 people on June 30th may be cancelled.
Free Webinar Series: Intro to STEM in Preschool Library Programming
The New York State Library, through its Ready to Read at New York Librariesinitiative, is pleased to offer the following FREE two-part webinar series next month:
Title: An Introduction to STEM in Preschool Library Programming: What It Is, Why Do It, and How to Get Started
Part 1: Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 1:30-2:30 PM
Part 2: Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 1:30-2:30 PM
Presenter: Alissa A. Lange, PhD, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, East Tennessee State University
We will explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts in preschool, why to include this content in library story times and programs, and how to get started. With many years of experience working with preschool teachers, families, and with libraries, Dr. Lange will demystify STEM and early STEM education.
We hope attendees will leave with inspiration to include more STEM concepts in their programming for young children in a way that builds on what children and families are already doing, and that empowers children, families, and library staff to find the STEM all around them every day. We will discuss many examples of how STEM concepts can be easily incorporated into preschool programs.
The webinars will be recorded and archived. For more information, please see the attached flyer (PDF).
Register today by visiting the following link:
Questions? Please contact Sharon Phillips, Ready to Read at New York Libraries Program Director, via email at Sharon.Phillips@nysed.gov.
NYS Cyber Security Conference
As part of this conference, our office is teaming up with HPE and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) to provide a session titled “Interactive Game Teaches Cyber Safety to Kids,” which will introduce children, parents, educators and libraries to Cyber Squad – an interactive online game that teaches children and families to stay safe online. The Cyber Squad game provides players with mock scenarios across four key areas – personal information and digital footprint; online safety; privacy and security; and cyberbullying – and teaches cybersecurity literacy while simulating the consequences of both risky and safe online behaviors. This special half-day training session will take place in Albany at the Empire State Plaza on June 6, 2019, from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.