School Library System

Week of December 16 - 20, 2019

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News You Can Use

Happy Holidays from the SLS Team!

As 2019 winds down and a new year is about to begin, it is time to reflect on the year that was.


It was a year of goodbyes and a year of hellos. While Jane left us to work at the New York State Library, Amanda joined us from Troy Middle School and has hit the ground running. We have several new librarians in the region who we said hello to this year as they started our mentor program and it has been a joy to see them acclimate to their new positions.


It was a year of new initiatives too. We began using the Library Resource Manager for database ordering and more. The Reimagined Empire State Information Fluency Continuum was revealed in August and rolled out in October. The School Library Program Rubric was finished as well with a roll out date of Spring 2020 (hopefully).


The SLS team wants to thank every one of you for your hard work and dedication to students, libraries, and the profession. Because of you, the world is a better place. We hope that you enjoy the extra long break. Happy holidays and best wishes for a wonderful new year!

NYLA Advocacy Day

Tuesday, Feb. 25th 2020 at 8am

198 State Street

Albany, NY

Send us your displays-- we love showing you off!

Thank you, Nancy Pine, for sharing your very festive Christmases from Around the World display! Joyeux Noël.Frohe Weinachten. Feliz Navidad. Buon Natale. Feliz Natal. Vrolijk kerstfeest. Crăciun fericit. Wesołych świąt Bożego Narodzenia. Happy Holidays to ALL!
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SLS Schorlaship Opportunity

Professional Learning Opportunities

SLS Professional Learning Catalog

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Communication Coordinator Meeting

Our next Communication Coordinator meeting will be January 9, 2020 beginning at 8:30. the day's learning will be focused on how to help our ELL students. Sandy Strock, RBERN, will present on the Library's Role in ELL Education. Please bring a laptop. Lunch will be served.


Register by January 3rd: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=15197&I=3177444.

Makerspace Best Practices and Edison Workshop

In this full day immersion into the world of makerspace, librarians will learn how to incorporate a meaningful makerspace into their library. Join us as Shannon Mersand (University at Albany) and Sheri McNair (HS Librarian from James I. O'Neill High School) walk participants through the tips and tricks of a great makerspace, how to incorporate a makerspace into the curriculum, and how to obtain funding for all of the great ideas participants will leave with at the end of the day. They will also present an Edison Workshop in which participants will learn how to use a programmable robot that is LEGO compatible and has four different coding levels. Participants will receive a free Edison for completing the workshop and will walk away being able to use it with their students right away. This workshop is limited to 25 participants. Lunch is provided.


Preference will be given to Questar III Librarians.


Please register by 12/20 @ 3pm: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=15197&I=3177669.

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Model Schools - Basics of Google Forms

Google Forms are powerful. They can do quizzes, take poles, and gather information. They can also be used for Scavenger Hunts. If you were able to take one of my overview workshops on Scavenger Hunts and CYOA, this will be a deeper, form and look into all of the possibilities it can do for you. For your convenience, please bring (in a Google Doc) or have in mind a few questions with answers that you would like to use for your Google Form.


Date: January 16, 2020

Time: 3:00-5:00pm

Location: Questar III Conference Room 3

Link: Register Here

Questar III Model Schools Members $25 Non-Member $50

Model Schools - Google Chrome (Web) Extensions

Google Extensions like Screencastify and Screenast-O-Matic can bring support to English Language Learners, students struggling with a concept or teachers wanting to support a more flipped environment. If you are a language teacher, Special Education Teacher or any grade level teacher, these extensions can help you and your classroom or your communication with students, staff and even community members. We can even look at other similar apps that can make a difference with students and staff members.

Please note, each district may make their own decisions on these extensions regarding Ed Law 2D. These workshops are guides to these resources.


Date: January 22, 2020

Time: 3:00-5:00pm

Location: Questar III Conference Room 3

Link: Register Here

Questar III Model Schools Members $25 Non-Member $50

Employment Opportunities

Troy Middle School

Library Media Specialist

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. 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.


Apply Online: https://pnwboces.org/OlasJobs?jobNumber=TRYN0163667-0000

Questar III School Library System

Kerrie Burch, Director of School Library System, Model Schools, and Arts

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist

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