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State Library Updates Informational Brief on School Librarians and Student Success

October 31, 2019

"Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian Lauren Moore announced today that the New York State Library has released a new Informational Brief entitled Roles of the School Librarian: Empowering Student Learning and Success (2019) which is now posted at An Executive Summary of the document is available at This new compilation of research studies shows that the school librarian's contributions are consistently shown to be of positive value to students, teachers, and the wider school community.
In this 2019 Brief, numerous research studies on student achievement highlight the ways in which school libraries and school librarians are invaluable and integral to the learning process - in the library, in the classroom, and beyond the school walls to the global community of learners. The Brief includes statewide impact studies conducted since 2011 and goes beyond to look at the evolving roles of school librarians in leading technology integration in schools, engaging students with disabilities, assisting students with the transition to college and career, in STEM education, and more."

Pathways to Certification - School Librarian

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Reimagined Information Fluency Continuum

This year the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum (IFC) was revised. The IFC is the document that librarians use to teach information literacy skills in collaboration with teachers in the school. The revised document has been aligned to AASL, NextGen (ELA, Science, Social Studies, etc.), ISTE, and Social and Emotional Learning standards.

Many of our professional development workshops this year will focus on the IFC. Our General Membership/Communication Coordinator Meeting (found in our Professional Learning Catalog) on October 22nd was mostly devoted to showing librarians the revised document and how to begin to use it in every day practice.

On December 4th, Barbara Stripling, creator of the IFC, will present at our SLS Regional Professional Learning Day. The sign up information for this workshop is also in the Professional Learning Catalog. Barbara will take participants deeper into the IFC and show them how to use the document to enhance student learning.

Bridging the Gap: Preparing High School Special Needs Students for Success in College

Join us for an all-day conference planned by the Capital District Library Council High School to College Interest Group. This conference will take place in the Marvin Library Learning Commons at Hudson Valley Community College from 8:30 - 3:30 pm on January 14, 2020. Lunch will be on your own. A tour of the library will be offered at the end of the day.

Speakers include:

Pam Brehm-Bisaillon, Senior Transition VR Counselor, Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)

Kim Taylor-Dileva, librarian and author of Once Upon a Sign, who will share the parenting perspective

University at Albany Panel including Jennifer Obeng Ampomah, Coordinator of Project Excel Program and Carolyn Malloch, Director of the Disability Resource Center

Sally Lauletta, Transition Coordinator and Special Education Guidance Counselor, Questar III

DeAnne Martocci, Director of Center for Access and Assistive Technology, Hudson Valley Community College

Dr. Susan DeLuke, Department Chair, Early Childhood Special Education, The College of Saint Rose and Jennifer Levesque, Coordinator of Student Teaching, The College of Saint Rose

Registration Information:

Questar III SLS Professional Learning Catalog

The SLS Professional Learning Catalog is the home for all professional learning opportunities for school librarians for the 19-20 school year.

Model Schools News

Model Schools Partners with School Library System

Model Schools has joined the School Library System department. We welcome Carolyn Strauch to our team. If you have any questions about Model Schools and how it can support the instructional technology needs of your school please contact Kerrie Burch.

Questar III Robots and Gadgets

Check out the robots and gadgets available for rent for Model Schools subscribing districts. Each item comes with professional development that will align to standards and enhance existing or new instruction. For more information please contact Kerrie.

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Arts and Enrichment Directory

The Arts and Enrichment catalog provides excellent programming ideas for your school. There is something for every subject area and every grade level.

Artist Request System

We use an electronic system for arts in education and exploratory enrichment program approvals. You may have seen emails coming in that ask you to approve programs. Please approve or deny programs as soon as possible so artists can be paid on time.

Judges and Volunteers Needed

We cannot have a successful tournament without our judges and volunteers which is why each school is required to provide at least one volunteer and one judge for each team competing in the tournament on March 21st. Please start early to secure judges and volunteers. Judges and volunteers can be teachers, administrators, parents, or community members. Please ask judges and volunteers to indicate what school/team they are representing in the comments section of their registration. Registration information:

Judges (must be at least 18):

Judges must be able to attend the training on January 25, 2019 from 9-1 (new judges) or 10:30-1 (returning judges) at Capital Region BOCES. Click HERE to sign up as a judge for the tournament on March 21st (snow date March 22nd).


Click HERE to sign up to volunteer at the tournament on March 21st (snow date March 22nd). Please specify your availability so we can accommodate your schedule as much as possible.

Odyssey of the Mind Tournament

Saturday, March 21st 2020 at 7:30am

24 Sunset Boulevard

Coxsackie, NY

Mark your calendars! This year's tournament will take place at Coxsackie-Athens Central School on March 21st. Volunteers and judges are always appreciated and needed. Please email for more information.