School Library System

Week of June 3 - 7

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Save the Date: Copyright Workshop September 24th

Anne Dalton, Esq. will present on the topic of copyright on September 24th at Questar Central Offices from 8:30 - 3:30. A MLP link will be included in the PD catalog that will come out over the summer. For now, mark your calendar, and let your teachers and administrators know so they can attend too.

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 - Only One More Week to Respond

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.

Gifts and Donations for Your Library Collection - To Keep or Not to Keep, That is the Question

The end of the school year is a popular time when school libraries receive donations from well-intentioned parents, teachers, and community members. And while we don't want to discourage donations, especially when budgets may be tight, we do have to consider if that donation fits in with the selection policy we currently have in place in our library. For more guidance on gifts and donations I would suggest taking a look at what ALA has to say:

"School Library Gifts and Donations

School libraries are often the beneficiaries of donations and gifts. Although these libraries frequently experience tight budgets, school librarians should thank donors for their consideration and tactfully inform donors that all donations and gifts are evaluated using the same selection criteria laid out in the selection policy as purchased materials. Additionally, school librarians might maintain a list of suggested titles that donors might purchase as gifts in honor or memory of individuals for the school library collection.

Example: School Library Gifts and Donations [as part of the district selection policy]

Gifts and donations to the school library are accepted with the understanding that the decision for use and disposition of the materials and/or funds will be determined using the same selection criteria as purchased materials. All materials should support the curriculum and needs of library users. Gifts and donations, like purchased resources, will be removed from the collection at the end of their useful life."

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Thank you to Michelle Furlong for sending the image above. What a great way to entice readers!

Additional Free Summer Reading Resource

Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education Mark Schaming is pleased to announce FREE access to thousands of enhanced e-books for New York State’s children and their families as part of the State Library’s 2019 Summer Reading program: A Universe of Stories. The State Education Department, the State Library and New York’s 23 public library systems and 40 school library systems are once again partnering with myON by Renaissance to bring the myON Digital Library Collection to children and their families across New York State! This Summer Reading partnership initiative and access to FREE e-books began in May and will run through the end of September 2019.

Readers, parents, teachers and library staff can now access the myON Digital Library with one easy statewide login and password. Login information as well as resources and promotional material for libraries and schools may be found on the State Library’s Summer Reading website at


The myON Digital Library provides children from birth through 12th grade and their families with simultaneous access to more than 6,000 fiction and nonfiction e-books, covering a broad range of topics and themes. Unlimited 24/7 access is offered, online and offline. Additional features include professionally recorded audio, text highlighting, an embedded dictionary and a zoom feature to support independent reading. Many books are also available in Spanish.

Readers can access the myON Digital Library and its special features online from any web-enabled device and offline using the free myON app. Families can download up to 20 books at a time for reading offline at home or while on summer vacation. The myON login may be used anytime and anywhere — at school, at the library, at home or on the road.

Resources and tips for parents, teachers and library staff include a video tutorial, instruction sheets and bookmarks, and strategies to support meaningful family literacy experiences. Libraries and library systems are encouraged to post login information on their websites by adding the Web Badge and other helpful resources for children and their families.


Want more information about “A Universe of Stories” and helpful resources for promoting Summer Reading at New York Libraries? Visit or contact your public library system or your school library system.

Questions about how to log in and read with myON? Call toll-free: 800-338-4204 or email: .

Questions about Summer Reading at New York Libraries? Contact Sharon B. Phillips, Summer Reading Program Manager, Division of Library Development, New York State Library at or by calling 518-486-4863.

Summer Reading at New York Libraries is a program of the New York State Library in the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department and is funded though the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The New York State Library is located in Albany, New York.

Interlibrary Loans - Courier Ends Next Week

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.

CSLP’s 2019 Teen Video Challenge

Looking for an easy program to share with your teens? The 2019 TVC has been streamlined to help make participating in this contest easier than ever!

  • Instead of state winners, there will be 5 national winners. Just have your teens submit a link to their video.
  • The program will accept submissions June 1-Aug 2, 2019, so that the program can be incorporated into summer programs (it’s still a great opportunity to partner with schools with video production classes or clubs; students can produce the videos as a class project and submit them in June!)
  • Videos will be limited to 60 seconds, making this a much more doable project for small teams.
  • Permission and model release forms will only be required from the winning entries (completing the forms is a requirement to receive prizes and acknowledgement).
  • The TVC Ad-Hoc Committee will convene a judging panel from CSLP partners and members.
  • Video uploads will not be limited to YouTube and Vimeo; rather, teens can upload to the social media outlet of their choice.

Complete Contest Rules/ 2019 TVC Contest Rules


The “2019 Teen Video Challenge” is open only to legal U.S. residents aged 13 -18. Participants are ineligible if directly related to the panel of judges for the contest. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Contest Rules.

Submissions will be accepted June 1st through August 2nd, 2019. Late entries will not be accepted.

Each participant or group may submit one video per entry. Signed model release form(s) of each individual appearing in the video will be required from the winners. A signed parental consent form will be required from all winners under the age of 18.

Terms and Conditions

All audio and artwork must be created by the entrant or be in the public domain. CSLP (and all CSLP member affiliates) have permission to use the “2019 Teen Video Challenge” submissions, including all work created and all intellectual property embodied therein, as per the Contest Release form.

Video Criteria for Acceptance

All videos must:

· Be no longer than 60 seconds.

· Promote the idea of using public libraries and reading.

· Be designed for use at any library.

· Be appropriate for viewing by audiences of all ages—this means it must be Rated G!

· Adhere to copyright laws.

· Interpret the theme of space, with the slogan of A Universe of Stories.

Video will be judged on the following criteria

· Creativity

· Message clarity and relevance

· Motivation and inspiration

· Overall impact

Winners and Prizes

CSLP will select five national winning videos; each of the winning teens/teen teams will receive $200.00. Each teen/teen team's public library will receive a prize worth $50.00 from Upstart. Winners will be announced in early Fall, 2019. The winners will be required to submit model release forms for each person that appears in their videos. The winning videos will be posted on CSLP Website/YouTube Channel for public viewing. Winners will be notified by email.

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.

Employment Opportunities

Questar III School Library System Specialist

We will be reposting the SLS Specialist position soon as our first round of interviews did not lead to an accepted offer. The position will be posted as a ten month plus 20 days (to be worked during the summer). Keep an eye out on OLAS if you, or someone you know, might be interested in applying. The successful candidate will have professional/permanent certification as a LMS. Preference will be given to those with three or more years of experience in the school library.

Summer School Librarian - Ichabod Crane

Job ID: ICHN0153206-7020

Job Description:

Ichabod Crane High School, Valatie, NY (Columbia County) is seeking a certified Librarian for the Summer School Program. The dates are July 8 - August 9, 2019 and the hours are 8:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

NYS certification required.

Please apply through Olas. You may address your letter of interest to Tony Marturano, Assistant Principal, Ichabod Crane High School.


Summer School Librarian - Cobleskill-Richmondville

Elementary Library Media Specialist - Lansingburgh

Library Media Specialist - Germantown

Library Media Specialist - Schenectady

Library Media Specialist - Granville

Library Media Specialist - Peru

School Library Media Specialist (K-5) - Greene Central School

Start Date - 09/01/2019

Library Media Specialist Job Description:

The Greene Central School District is seeking a dynamic and innovative educator to serve as a School Library Media Specialist for the Primary & Intermediate Schools. The Greene School District services approximately 1,000 students in grades 6-8. The District is very proud of its academic performance, high graduation rates, the multiple educational opportunities it provides, and its reputation as one of the most highly regarded school districts in NYS. The School Library Media Specialist will be shared between grades K-5.

  • Must be NYS Certified

Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter (addressed to Mr. Daniels, Interim Superintendent of Schools) via Cover letters should speak directly to how the candidate’s knowledge, skills, disposition, and background experience have prepared the candidate for this position.
Please send any inquiries to January Pratt, Primary Building Principal using or calling at 607-656-4023.