SLS Weekly update

March 19, 2021

Upcoming trainings

Council MLP.

Gale NOVELNY- March 23. MLP

Factcite- March 23. MLP

Infobase Historical Databases- March 23. MLP

SLS Best Practices/PLC- March 23 MLP

Great Reads with SORA-Diverse ebooks for Elementary- April 20 MLP

Mr. Schu- April 21 3:30-4:30 Not in MLP Yet

Great Reads with SORA-Diverse ebooks for Secondary- April 22 MLP

LGBTQIA+ Author Shaun David Hutchinson- May 5 MLP

Kathleen Odean- May 6 3 sessiosn for 6-12 throughout the day Not in MLP yet

TeachingBooks Update

March 2021 Edition for Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES SLS

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The Ready-to-Use Ideas section has been updated, re-designed, and now includes downloadable PDFs. Easier than ever for you to share and students to use. Ideas include Writing Prompts and Genre Studies. Check them out and let us know what you think!

Author-Inspired Writing Prompts

Whether you're back in the classroom, teaching virtually, or something in between, here are some ideas to get students in the "write" mood. Take advantage of the voices of published authors and illustrators in these original source selections, designed to guide every writer through the creative process.

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Engage and Excite Readers with TeachingBooks

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 10:00 CT

Deepen connections to books while discovering online materials to engage readers, support families, and empower colleagues.

  • Discover book & author resources
  • Explore instructional uses
  • Develop Custom Reading Lists & Multi-Leveled Lessons
  • Share resources to enhance collaboration

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Don't worry if you can't attend live. Sign up and receive a recording.

NYLA/YSS Scholarship

    • NYLA/YSS is currently accepting applications for the Ann Gibson Scholarship Award. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2021
    • This scholarship is given annually to honor the memory of Ann Gibson, a dynamic and dedicated librarian, storyteller, and teacher, in recognition of Ann’s many contributions to the field of youth service librarianship. The purpose of the award is to provide financial assistance to a person who has chosen to pursue graduate studies that will lead to New York State certification as a youth specialist in a public library or school media center.
    • For more information: Ann Gibson Scholarship

Infobase Career and Technical Education Collection Trial

Classroom Video On Demand: Career & Technical Education Collection

Trial runs until April 16th

Proquest When You Picture a Scientist, Who Do You See?

Nobel Prize-winning Dr. Jennifer Doudna (featured in the documentary Human Nature) and other leading scientists welcome your questions during our live online panel conversation on advancing diversity and inclusion in STEM.

Inspired by the award-winning documentary Picture a Scientist our discussion will focus on:

  • The experience of each panelist as leaders in their field.
  • The journey and obstacles each overcame.
  • What the panelists identify as positive solutions that will allow for continued equity and inclusion within the scientific community and beyond.
The conversation will be moderated by Editor in Chief for Scientific American, Dr. Laura Helmuth. Only the ninth Editor in Chief in the magazine’s 175-year history, Laura’s leadership and commitment to science journalism and storytelling makes her the ideal person to drive this candid conversation.

Meet Dr. Jennifer Doudna, scientists from the documentary, and a social scientist studying solutions.

Biochemist and Nobel Prize-winning co-inventor of CRISPR technology
Dr. Jennifer Doudna, PhD is a biochemist at the University of California, Berkeley. Her groundbreaking development of CRISPR-Cas9 (read more…)

Tribeca Film Festival, 2020
“Sweeping in scope yet intimately compelling.”- Science

Picture a Scientist is now available to watch in Academic Video Online
The film chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. In the film, biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable and open to all.

The film will be an integral part of our live conversation on March 24th. Learn more.

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See you online, Wednesday, March 24 at 3 p.m. ET | 12 p.m. PT | 7 p.m. GMT

Free LGBTQ+ Terminology and Etiquette Course

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The New York State Teacher Center Network is offering the following course at no cost. Please share with your districts as soon as possible.

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LGBTQ+ Terminology & Etiquette (Smore ad link:

Sponsored by the New York State Teacher Centers

Building Our Confidence with LGBTQ+ Terminology and Etiquette, Facilitated by Jeannie Gainsburg, Author of The Savvy Ally

Join educators from across New York State for a discussion with Jeannie Gainsburg, the author of a new guidebook for being an ally to the LGBTQ+ communities.

LGBTQ+ terms and identities are constantly evolving and it’s difficult to keep up. Many people feel intimidated by all the changes and are silenced by the fear that they will accidentally say something offensive. This encouraging and fun workshop helps relieve this anxiety by offering updated information on:

· the many identities that make up the LGBTQ+ initialism

· what being out and authentic at school is all about

· helpful pointers for sharing pronouns and using singular they

· the most common LGBTQ+ etiquette errors to avoid

· how to mess up properly

· best-practice communication tips for respectful interactions

Participants will leave with an increased confidence in their ability to have respectful interactions with and about LGBTQ+ students, coworkers, and parents. Allies can create safer spaces with their language choices and this practical, accessible, and non-judgmental workshop shows them how.

2 Dates of synchronous online 2-hour program (CHOOSE ONLY 1) : April 26, 2021 or May 20, 2021

Time: 4 - 6 PM

Cost: Free, Participants earn 2 CTLE hours.

Registration link for April 26, 2021:

Registration link for May 20, 2021:

Trauma-Informed Librarianship Webinar

Webinar: Trauma-Informed Librarianship - What Is It and What Can It Look Like?


Webinar Description:

Trauma-informed care has been used more extensively in psychotherapy and social work settings, however, it can also have a practical application in any setting, personal or professional. I think this is especially relevant for libraries where we work with patrons and, at times, in large organizations with many moving parts. In this talk, we will define trauma and how it affects the nervous system, discuss some approaches to trauma-informed care, and imagine ways it can be applied to your library setting.

About the Presenter:

Nisha Mody is a librarian at UCLA with experience serving as the Associate Director of the Network of the National Library of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region and as a Health & Life Sciences Librarian as the liaison to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Prior to entering librarianship, Nisha worked as a speech-language pathologist in a private practice, skilled nursing facility, school, and long-term acute care hospital. She is passionate about trauma-informed care and social justice. Nisha received her MLIS from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Master's in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University.

Wednesday, May 5, 4 to 5 p.m.
Online via Zoom

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Advocacy Report

First, the school library modernization bill officially has a sponsor, Jensen, and number, A6339. I’ve attached it to this email. It is intended to replace the antiquated NY-CRR 91.1. A reminder that this bill is focused on the facility itself, and not the school librarian, please note the inclusion of the clause about the annual program review which is a reference to the SLP Rubric. The sponsor, Josh Jensen, is a new Assemblyperson from the Rochester area who is proving himself to be a big proponent of libraries. This new bill came about from the work of the School Library Working Group that NYLA assembled, and Bri’s efforts to move the work forward.

Work also continues on the Media Literacy Curriculum Mandate, which would establish the school librarian as the preferred instructor. NYLA’s School Librarian Working Group also provides input on this. Bri has made contact with Assemblywoman Rosenthal, to collaborate and provide input on a series of media literacy bills that are being developed. We’ll share more on this as appropriate.

Bri and Jeremy reported at yesterday’s Leg Committee meeting that they’ve been receiving an exceptionally high number of requests from legislators and staffers for library-related support such as review of bills, requests for follow-up materials after presentations such as the recent Roundtable event, etc. They also note that NY libraries seem to have strong supporters right now from both sides of the house.

Neither the House nor Senate included in their budget proposals the governor’s proposal to bundle school aid including library materials aid. The general feeling is that it doesn’t have a snowball’s chance of passing. You can see a chart of the proposed budgets, as well as related information about legislative priorities, on NYLA’s Legislative Agenda page.

This letter was just published by NYLA (also available on their Leg Agenda page) and summarizes the current advocacy stance. We are still advocating for our initial $123.1/$45 million despite the fact that the Senate and House proposed lower numbers in their respective budgets.

It is VERY important that we stay active in speaking up for libraries – that our enthusiasm supersedes that of our legislators! Here is NYLA’s current take action campaign link.

PILLARS Symposium

Empire State Library Network (ESLN) and School Library Systems Association of New York State (SLSA) invite all librarians and educators to join us for:

The PILLARS Symposium

JULY 7 - 9, 2021

PILLARS (Preparation, Information Literacy, Libraries, Academic Resources, and 21st Century Skills for Transitioning from Secondary School to College)

Schedule of events:

  • July 7, 2021: 10am-5pm presentations on Research Skills

    • Featured Speaker – Raymond Pun, Stanford University

  • July 8, 2021: 10am-5pm, presentations on Working with the Community

  • July 9, 2021: 10am-4pm, presentations on Preparing for the Future

This event is a co-production of Empire State Library Network (ESLN) and School Library Systems Association of New York State (SLSA) This year’s conference is presented at no cost to attendees by ESLN with generous help from our sponsors.

Both CTLE and CE credit will be available to all who attend the live event.

For more information, visit the PILLARS Symposium Website or email the PILLARS Symposium Planning Committee at