School Library System

January 15, 2016

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A Note from Jen and Jane

The 2015-2016 Member Plan has been emailed to all school librarians. The information you provide helps us focus the work of the School Library System. Please plan to complete and submit the plan by Friday, February 12th. Email Jen for more information or clarifications.

Earlier this week we shared a survey to collect information for NYLA's School Librarian Census. We have had an outstanding response. If you have not yet submitted information for your school, it's not too late. The survey can be found here.
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Tech Retreat 2.0

Friday, April 8th, 5pm to Sunday, April 10th, 12pm

63 Huyck Road

Rensselaerville, NY

Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Tech Retreat for School Librarians sponsored by the School Library System!!!

Join your School Library colleagues from across the Capital District for a weekend of learning at Carey Institute for Global Good.

Polly-Alida Farrington will present 2 half-day workshops in which we will look at the type of data that is collected in school libraries, the intended audience, and the tech tools that best share your message. Bring a recent Annual Report (or other presentation that contains data) with you. We'll have fun exploring new tools as well as making a meaningful document to share with stakeholders.

Carolyn Strauch will present a half-day workshop showing you how to use Ozobots (tiny robots)in your library. We will be working with Ozobots to learn what they do, and more importantly, how they can bring the concept of pre-coding, teamwork, and creativity to the library. We will explore the coding aspects of these little wonders through hands-on activities and challenges.

Register on MyLearningPlan at

The registration fee of $150/person includes room and board for the weekend.

Spring Book Buzz

Register on MyLearningPlan to participate in Book Buzz!

So many books, so little time... How many times have we thought this? The tsunami of new books is a nonstop, never-ended tidal wave that we need to surf to keep ahead of the game!

Come to Book Buzz and learn more about great NEW books! This book club will give you the opportunity to expand your repertoire of NEW books whether you are a school librarian or a teacher.

Group members will select and read NEW books, (published in the last three years), from any genre, at any level and write a book review. A review form will be provided. For each meeting, we will meet in person for one hour.

Members will want to begin reading and be prepared to discuss their books at the first meeting. The meetings will be at Algonquin Middle School Library in Averill Park.

We will meet once in February, March and April. Our meetings are on these dates: Thurs., Feb. 25th 3:30-4:30, Wed., March 23rd 3:30-4:30 and Thurs., April 21st 3:30-4:30.

Two credit hours will be given each month, for a total of six hours. This opportunity is open to school librarians and teachers at all grade levels.

Get to know other teachers and librarians in Questar III's component districts. We hope you'll join us!

Interlibrary Loan Statistics - September to January

Please submit your interlibrary loan statistics forms by Friday, January 29th. These statistics should cover any lending between September and January.

Please find the Interlibrary Loan Statistics Form located on our LibGuide:

This form can be completed online and submitted via email to Jane.

OverDrive Statistics for the last 12 months

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With the OverDrive Read and OverDrive Listen features, reading and listening in your browser is easy and can be used in school.

If you need some training or promotional help, please let us know!

Magazines on OverDrive!

Have you checked out a magazine through OverDrive yet? Download the free Nook App to get started. The newest issue appears in OverDrive and can be checked out by more than one person at a time. Let us know if you need help!

Magazines we have in the collection:
  • American Girl
  • National Geographic
  • National Geographic Kids
  • Newsweek
  • Smithsonian
  • Wired
  • Zoobooks

CDLC Workshop - Google Essentials with Polly Farrington

Thursday, Feb. 25th, 9:30am-3:30pm

28 Essex Street

Albany, NY

Most of us use Google in our workplace, but we may not be using it to its full capacity. Come join us for a day with Polly Farrington of PA Farrington Associates as we begin to explore all Google has to offer. She will cover Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Maps, Google Scholar, Google Hangouts, how to search more efficiently with Google and more.

If you have any specific Google-related questions or topics you would like covered in this workshop, please submit them to Susan D'Entremont at by February 18, 2016 so Polly can research them before the workshop. Of course, as with all PA Farrington workshops, there will also be plenty of time for on-the-spot questions and interacting with the technology.

Registrants should bring a laptop or device to the workshop and have a Google account before the workshop. Polly recommends installing the Chrome browser on your laptop to get the most from the workshop.

Cost includes lunch: $25 for CDLC Members (including staff at member libraries and personal members - Questar III School Librarians) and $40 Non-members

Registration and payment is required by Thursday, February 18th.
Due to a limited number of seats, if you register and are unable to attend, please contact Susan D'Entremont at

Register Here:

Google Questions?

If you can't make the workshop, but have questions, please send them to Jane. Jane is attending the workshop and is happy to get some help from Polly.

Capital Region History Day

The New York State Museum invites Capital Region educators and students to participate in the National History Day competition, open to 6th – 12th grade students. The National History Day competition is the final stage of a series of history contests at local and affiliate levels. Your local level, Capital Region History Day, will take place on March 12, 2016 at the New York State Museum in Albany, NY.

We invite you to challenge your students to enter this exciting competition that makes history come alive. Contestants become writers, filmmakers, playwrights, web designers, and artists as they create unique, contemporary expressions of history. They will have the opportunity to earn medals and advance to the State and National championships to win prizes and scholarships.

This year’s theme is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. The theme provides an opportunity for students to push past the view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding. For more information about National History Day including sample topics for this year’s theme, please visit

For more information about Capital Region History Day, including how to register, please visit

If you intend to participate in Capital Region History, have any questions, or want more information, please email

New York Public Library puts more than 180,000 images online

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"That means everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways. The Library now makes it possible to download such items in the highest resolution available directly from the Digital Collections website."

Navigating DPLA

WNYLRC Winter Webinar: Navigating DPLA

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016; 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Description: Navigating DPLA: Thousands of items from digital collections in New York State are available in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Kerri Willette, Manager at the Empire State Digital Network (ESDN) and Chris Stanton, ESDN Metadata Specialists,

will provide an overview of how New York institutions are contributing content to DPLA through ESDN. They will also introduce viewers to unique features of DPLA and how to discover the records, collections, and information you need.

Location: webinar - login information will be provided

Speakers: Kerri Willette manages and coordinates activities of the Empire State Digital Network (ESDN), the statewide service hub for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

Chris Stanton facilitates the harvesting and ingestion of metadata records from libraries, archives and cultural heritage institutions throughout New York State into the Empire State Digital Network (ESDN)


Youth Media Awards Announced

The Youth Media Awards were announced Monday at ALA Midwinter. Congratulations to all award winners! All titles available within OverDrive have been purchased. Watch the webcast of the award announcements at
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Social Studies Conference

Once again the New York State Council for Social Studies (NYSCSS) is welcoming partners from school libraries and other content area classrooms to their state conference. Programs have been designed to help all teachers integrate social studies practices. Visit for more information and to register.