School Library System

February 12, 2016

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A Note From Jen and Jane

February has turned into a busy month as we asked you to submit information for the NYLA census and complete your member plans. We know that you are also busy preparing budgets for next year and finalizing purchases for this year. On top of it all, you are focused on student learning. We sincerely appreciate all that you do.

Wishing you all a week filled with nothing but fun!
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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.

Digital Learning Day - February 17th

"All across the country, schools are undergoing a transformation in teaching and learning with the help of digital technology. As educators re-imagine school in new and different ways, Digital Learning Day provides an opportunity to collaborate with peers, share ideas, try new digital tools, and celebrate education innovation. Most importantly, it encourages everyone to play a role in the transformation of their own schools and communities. From virtual student debates to a digital project showcase, local Digital Learning Day events are as diverse and unique as the students that participate. The possibilities are endless. Thousands of classrooms in addition to community centers, school districts and even states get involved in the day by hosting events and activities that highlight or encourage new ways of using technology for learning."

Browse Activities and Ideas:

OverDrive Links to be Approved

We recently learned that there are several OverDrive related sites that can be whitelisted, or approved, by your technology departments to improve access at school. Please pass along the following links. If anyone has questions, please let us know.

  • * (Read and Steaming Video)
  • (Add a Library)
  • (Adobe authorization)
  • (Open EPUB)
  • (Open PDF)
  • (MP3 Audiobooks)
  • (DRM Protected eBooks, PDF and EPUB)
  • (DRM EPUB)
  • (DRM PDF)
  • (excerpts)
  • (cover images)

Gale Webinars for February and March

Database Focus: Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits is the perfect educational product for today’s young learners. It’s a content-rich, authoritative, easy-to-use resource featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics. It features a mobile responsive interface that’s designed to help kids explore and gain comfort with database searching. In this one-hour instructed webinar we’ll explore all the new bells and whistles and show you how it’s going to make research for your younger users more engaging. Kids InfoBits is available to all New York State residents. Contact you school librarian for the remote username and password.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

4pm - 5pm

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Database Focus: Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Opposing Viewpoints In Context, one of Gale's most popular and well-received, resources is available from NOVELNY! Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more. Tune into this one-hour instructed webinar to learn how to find reading level appropriate viewpoint essays, reference articles, current periodicals, multimedia, and more by using Opposing Viewpoints In Context's engaging, streamlined interface! Opposing Viewpoints In Context is available to all New York State residents. Contact you school librarian for the remote username and password

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

4pm - 5pm

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Database Focus: Business Insights Essentials

While other business resources are merely aggregations of articles, Gale Business Insights: Essentials is a user-friendly business tool. In addition to providing authoritative information and statistical data, Gale Business Insights: Essentials enables students and teachers to explore real world application and develop analytical skills. Perfect for school libraries requiring a comprehensive resource that can satisfy the needs of business and economics students/teachers. Gale Business Insights: Essentials features rich content, a user-friendly interface, robust analytical tools and a vastly improved research experience. Join us for this one-hour instructed webinar to explore its content and features. Business Insights Essentials is available to all New York State residents. Contact you school librarian for the remote username and password

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

4pm - 5pm

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Database Focus: Academic OneFile, General OneFile, Health Reference Center Academic and Newsstand

Gear Up for Research Papers & Projects! It's that time of year! Soon the library is inundated with students preparing for end of year projects and papers. This webinar will focus on serving those students with your NOVELNY resources. We'll cover features like the easy to use citation tool, ways to keep track of your sources, and more! A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion. The databases covered in this webinar (Academic OneFile, General OneFile, Health Reference Center Academic, and Newsstand) are available to all New York State residents. Contact you school librarian for the remote username and password

Monday, March 14, 2016

4pm - 5pm

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