School Library System

Week of November 4 - 8, 2019

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News You Can Use

ILL Requests and the Listserv

It's great to see everyone asking for multiple copies of books on the listserv! Our core value of resource sharing is definitely in action. In order to keep everyone's emails clear of unnecessary emails, when responding to a request, please respond only to the person making the request. Please do not reply all. When the person has received notification that all the copies they need are on their way, they should send a followup email to the listserv with ILL ALL CALL - REQUEST FILLED in the subject line. Thank you so much for your help!

January Communication Coordinator Meeting

I know January seems like it is a long way off right now, but it will be here before you know it. Our January CC meeting will focus on ELL students and how to best meet their needs. So that we may prepare for the day and create a presentation that fits your needs, would you please fill out the form below? Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Census 2020 Presentation - Questar III Regional PD Day

The PDF below is the presentation that Rebecca Brodeur gave at the Questar III Regional PD day on November 5th. Several people asked for a copy of this presentation, including teachers from one of the districts. Would you please share the presentation with teachers and anyone else you think might be interested? Thank you for your help in getting the information out on Census 2020!

ALA Offers Census 2020 Mini-Grants

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications<> for Library Census Equity Fund<> mini-grants. Applications<> are due Nov. 22.

ALA will provide 25 libraries with $2,000 mini-grants to bolster their service to hard-to-count communities and help achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census.

All types of libraries and library organizations are eligible to apply (e.g., public libraries, school libraries, academic libraries, tribal libraries, state library agencies, Library Friends or Foundations, library cooperatives, state library associations, etc.).

Applicants may propose activities such as conducting community outreach activities or expanding the library's technology capacity for people completing the census questionnaire online.

For more information:

* Application<>
* Announcement<>
* Background<>
* Deadline: November 22, 2019

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, Judy Roehr, for honoring those who have served. A very special book display, indeed.
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Professional Learning Opportunities

SLS Professional Learning Catalog

UPDATED! Check out our NEW offerings!

School Library Department Leader Workshop Series

Are you the official, or unofficial, department head of the library program at your school? Are you looking to learn how to juggle it all while also trying to complete your duties as a full time librarian? Wondering how to unite the rest of the librarians in your district toward a common goal? Or are you just curious to see how others manage to do it all? No matter what challenges you may face, there is help. Join us for this four part series of workshops that will focus on program advocacy, budgeting on a district level, working with other librarians in the district, and more.

This will be a four meeting series held throughout the year. The first meeting will be held November 19th at Questar III beginning at Noon. All other dates and times will be determined by the group at the first meeting so as to meet everyone's scheduling needs. Due to the fact that this series is largely based on discussion, if fewer than five people sign up, the series will be cancelled.

Register by November 12th:

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

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