SLS Newsletter

October 23, 2020

Thank you

Hello all,

Thank you to all of you who were able to join Council this week.

Thank you to all of you who work so hard every day to bring the best services to your students and staff.

Thank you to all of you who offer and share ideas and help one another out in these trying times.

Thank you to all of you you have made me feel welcome and are patient while I learn.

Thank you to you Librarians that make everyone feel welcome.

Enjoy your weekend and take care of yourselves.


A Thank-You to Librarians Who Make Everyone Feel Welcome

Overdrive Community Read: Spanish Titles for Young Readers

You may want to share this with your ENL teachers:

OverDrive is committed to providing your library with no-cost, simultaneous access collections to help meet increased demand for digital content. As part of our OverDrive Community Read programs, at the end of October we are donating a collection of 100* Spanish Titles for Young Readers.

This bundle includes Spanish-language ebook, audiobook, and Read-Along titles with unlimited access through September 30, 2021. These titles are a great way to engage your youngest readers through book clubs, language programs, and more. A full title list is available here

We’ll begin adding the Spanish Titles for Young Readers bundle to your collection on October 30, 2020.

Important notes:

  • Content access levels for these titles will be applied according to the publisher default.
  • It may take several hours for all titles in this bundle to populate in your collection.
  • MARC records will not automatically be delivered for these titles, but they can be generated upon request.
  • Once the bundle is live, we will create a draft collection (named Spanish Titles for Young Readers) in the “Draft standard collections” section of the Curate tab in Marketplace to help you feature these titles in Sora if you’d like.

We hope your school community enjoys this donation!

Lori's Book Menu idea

Lori shared at the Council meeting a great idea that she has been doing with her students. She created "Book Menus" to help her students choose books that they are interested in.

Book Medu PDF

Knowledge Quest Article on Alignment of ESIFC and Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship

The link to the Knowledge Quest article.

The link to our libguide with grade by grade instructional alignment. Please check this out! It is amazing work that NYC has done and shared!

Trick or Reaters

Thanks Anne for the link to a fun trick or treat story telling site. It even has a read aloud of a chapter from Wings of Fire! My daughter will be thrilled!

Jennifer LaGarde on Wednesday

I hope that you can make it!

MLP link:

Keynote: #SaidNoGREATLibrarianEver: Reframing the Conversation Around Libraries by Reclaiming Your Why

Time and time again, research has shown that school libraries staffed by certified librarians, add academic and personal value to the lives of students and teachers. And yet, each year, librarianship remains a profession in peril, an occupation plagued by a single question: are you still necessary? In this session we’ll take aim at some of the language and practices that perpetuate stereotypes about our profession, while also identifying ways that ALL librarians can harness the power of WHY they chose this profession in the first place to both prove their worth AND make radical, positive changes in their school communities.

Sessions 1 and 2 are your choice of

  • Fact VS Fiction: Strategies for Building Digital Detectives
  • School Librarian Practitioner’s Meet-up
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TeachingBooks Training

We also have training Wednesday morning for Teaching books.

TeachingBooks Access Benefits for Educators

Join us to discover all of the enhanced benefits that creating an educator login allows you on TeachingBooks. Including the ability to seamlessly share resources, create custom reading lists, customize lessons from templates, and complete text complexity rubrics. Participants will leave this hands-on session having shared resources and created custom lists and/or lessons.

Creating your educator login before the session will allow more time to explore and create.

MLP link:

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Classlink Webinar

Winning with Single Sign-On, Rostering, and ID Management

Support and Engagement!

Webinar: November 10

Join us to “see and hear” from your colleagues at Susquehanna Valley School District, Conklin, NY

Time: 9 am – 10 am

Audience: non ClassLink users

Sign up here:

District successes – Beating the Odds and Succeeding with Remote Learning!


Jason Luke, Technology Director - Susquehanna Valley

Kenny Monico, Network Specialist - Susquehanna Valley

Bob Chappell, VP Instructional Technology - ClassLink

Bevin Sudocz, Director Engagement - ClassLink

Teaching and Learning:

Rostering and ID Management:

Beyond Access Forum: Inclusive and Individualized Education Agenda

Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, 8am

This is an online event.

To register for this free al day event:

The librarian track:


  • Digital Citizenship and NYCDOE discuss the collaboration shared above.
  • Diversity/SEL Analysis Tool in Titlewave
  • Teaching Digital Citizenship Through an Inquiry Lens
  • Sharing your Story with Shannon Miller

You are asked to indicate that you are a NYCDOE attendee and then add your contact information.

NYLA Advocacy Fundamentals Virtual Series

From Education to Action

Tuesday, October 27
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

You have a unique and deeply-rooted interest within the field of librarianship but how do you utilize your expertise and personal experience to assist in an advocacy campaign?In this session, we’ll review the Audience Engagement Roadmap, learn how to craft impactful messaging and explore the mediums and tools available to advocates at every level.

Attendees will have the opportunity to draft their own stories and share them with others.

Presenter: Briana McNamee, Director of Government Relations & Advocacy for the New York Library Association

Building People's Self Advocacy Skills: An Introduction to the Right Question Strategy

Tuesday, November 24
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Led by representatives of the Right Question Institute (RQI), this session will ask library workers to decide for themselves the need to be involved in advocacy work.

Any library worker - from a Director with a Masters to the library clerk or volunteer - needs to feel their work is valuable and critical to their communities before they can expect others to understand and appreciate the library experience.

Libraries are foundational to a healthy community. We will use the Question Formulation Technique to explore the role of the library and library workers in making libraries flourishing and well-resourced public spaces.

Presenter: Luz Santana (She/Hers), Co-Director of the Right Question Institute & Yeja Dunn (They/Them)

The Legislature & Libraries

Tuesday, December 15
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Successful advocacy at the New York State Capitol requires community involvement and support from the legislature.

The general election is now in our rear view mirror and we are speeding ahead to the next two-year legislative session. Members from the Senate and Assembly will join us to discuss the 2020 Session, their roles within their respective houses, priorities and, the year ahead.

Presenters: TBD

Empowerment through Self Advocacy

Tuesday, January 19
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Advocacy means fighting for the self, too. As women have cracked the glass ceiling and climbed the ladder in the working world, stereotypes about their behavior have increased. Women attempt to assert themselves when faced with challenges, yet assertive women are viewed as aggressive, mean, or bossy. Historically, librarianship has been regarded as “women’s work” and women dominate the field. However, library administrative roles are often held by men. How might women in the library world advocate for themselves and ascend these roles? Be inspired by these three women who overcame challenges in the workplace.

Presenter: TBD

Growing Genuine Community Support (Budget)

Tuesday, February 16
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Local libraries are funded with local funds. This statement might seem obvious to library advocates, but it is a mystery to many local officials and residents. Community members who are charged with funding libraries, or who influence local decision-making will exercise good choices on behalf of their communities when they understand how libraries are funded, and the true value of delivery meaningful service. This workshop will focus on how libraries can (1) advocate consistently for local funding, (2) inform local stakeholders about the nuances of library funding and (3) craft messaging that ties increased library investment to improved community wellbeing.

Presenter: Brian Hildreth, Executive Director (Southern Tier Library System)

From Your Hometown to the Capitol

Tuesday, March 9
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

You’ve made it to the end! Or have you? Advocacy work is cyclical, without a starting or ending point. Ask yourself, “What’s next?” You now have the ability to reach your legislators, mobilize your patrons, and market your movement. Now that you have developed your advocacy skill set and a better understanding of this work, you will be able to set your legislative priorities. Your outcomes this year will determine your efforts next year.

Presenter: Briana McNamee, Director of Government Relations & Advocacy (NYLA) & Megan Murray Cusick, Assistant Director for State Advocacy (ALA)

Cost and Registration

There is no fee to register to participate in this series. Pre-registration is required. You may register for the entire series or any of the individual sessions.

Continuing Education Credits

Each session is eligible for 1.5 CEUs.