School Library System

Week of May 27 - 31

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Questar III School Library System End-of-Year Dinner

Thursday, June 13th, 4-6pm

1640 Columbia Turnpike

Castleton-on-Hudson, NY

Our SLS end-of-year dinner WILL be held ay My Place this year. We will be handing out our Regional Recognition Awards at this event. Please bring cash for beverages other than water. At this time, sign up has ended. Contact Kerrie with any questions.

Union Catalog - Records Needed

So that we may update the union catalog over the summer, please send your catalog records to Kerrie ASAP. It is a requirement for our funding that we have an updated union catalog. Your assistance in keeping our catalog current for all users is greatly appreciated!

Schools who are part of Follett library automation through Questar III do not need to submit records.

Annual Survey

Each year the SLS asks each school librarian and/or teacher on special assignment in the school library to fill out an end of year evaluation of the SLS and related services. We use this data to improve our ability to provide high quality service to you, your staff, and your students. We will accept responses to the survey below until June 14th. Thank you in advance for providing feedback to the SLS.

Education Law 2D

You may be hearing the term Education Law 2D bounced around a lot lately and wondering, like me, what it means and what you should know about it. The short answer is that this law addresses the need for keeping students' personally identifiable information (PII) safe. Right now, Ed. Law 2D protects the privacy of student, teacher, and principal data, allows for a Chief Privacy Officer at the state level, ensures that data sent to third parties (vendors for databases, for example) is not sold, ensures that if data is shared there is a sound educational reason for sharing that data, and more. It has been around for quite a few years, but it is gaining some notoriety because the state is proposing the addition of Part 121. If you need something to read that will help you fall asleep, you can read the Proposed Part 121 that is currently in the stage of second rounds of public comment. It calls for a parent policy and the addition of a data officer in each school. The proposal is slated to go to the Regents sometime during the next school year.

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.

Interlibrary Loans

It is getting close to the end of the school year. Please look at your current interlibrary loans and start to return them. The final week for the courier will be June 10-14. Remember, the courier system can take some time so please plan ahead.

Professional Learning Opportunities

Summer Professional Learning

The Summer PD Catalog is now available!

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

NYS Cyber Security Conference

The New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) has announced that registration is open for the 22nd Annual New York State Cyber Security Conference. The conference, which takes place on June 4-5, 2019, at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, is focused on boosting cyber security awareness and empowering state and local governments, academia, libraries, organizations and citizens to take better control of their digital security. The conference is free to government, public-sector employees and library staff.

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.