SLS Weekly

Sep 11, 2020

Hello Librarians!

I hope this first week of September has gone well for you all. I know that you are all in different places this week, but wherever you are, I hope things are going well. I am always available and look forward to helping you in any way that I can.

The Council is normally supposed to meet and vote to accept the annual budget and report by October 1. This year the state has extended that deadline to October 30th, and in respect of our unusual start to the year, I have delayed our first meeting that was supposed to be on September 22nd. Our first meeting(s) this year will be virtual and not all in one day to try and accommodate as many schedules as possible.

Please take just a few moments of time to watch the below video. This is a crazy time we are in and I love the message in it. As Kid Superintendent says "We need you here... you each have something amazing and special to offer." Please give yourselves and others grace. And remember how important each and every one of you are to our students.



Opening Day 2020 Video

Weekly office hours and Monthly Webinars survey

When you know your schedule, please take a moment to fill out the survey.

Remember, that office hours are just a chance for us to connect with one another. They are not mandatory and they will not be posted in MLP.

The webinars will be training if you want it and will be posted in MLP. I would like to schedule the next Marketplace/Overdrive training for late September and will use the survey to try to pick a time that works for most.

Database trials

Don't forget to check out our current trials page with

Rosen- ending Oct 30th for Science Core Concepts and Power Knowlege as well as their ebooks

Factcite- ending September 30th for Defining Moments in US History and Milestone Documents

Ebsco- ending September 24th on Education and Academic eBook Collections

NYS Museum Educational Resources

  • Women’s Suffrage Commemoration Resources – “Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial” honors the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State and raises awareness of the struggle for equal rights up through the present day.

  • NYSM Women of Science Programming – This August, we are taking our popular Women of Science program online! During several virtual sessions, you will be able to learn from female scientists and staff about their area of study, collections, and career paths.

  • Fun Activities – Videos and downloadable activities for fun at home. Families can “color the collections” with coloring sheets inspired by exhibits and artifacts from the museum’s collections or watch a video from our museum education department about topics inspired by the museum and then make a craft activity at home.

  • Teacher Guides & Activities for Students – The New York State Museum offers educational opportunities for learners of all ages and abilities. Through online educational resources, children, families, educators, and students can experience the art, science, and history of New York State in a fun and engaging way. NYSM Teacher Guides meet New York State Learning Standards.

  • NYSM Videos – Learn about the research and collections of the New York State Museum through videos from scientists, historians, and educators.

360 Degree Virtual Field Trips from NYS MUSEUM

  • The Rotunda Murals - Learn more about the 36 paintings, created by Albany artist Will Hicok Low, that complement the State Education Building Rotunda’s architectural nobility and its aura of intellectual enlightenment. Museum Educator, Carly Benedict leads this tour of the beauty and meaning of these groundbreaking murals.

  • The Replica Liberty Bell - Gifted by President Harry Truman in 1950, the New York State’s “Liberty Bell” is an exact replica of the original Liberty Bell located in Philadelphia. Museum Educator, Anna Doren, showcases the history behind the creation of this replica and how it came to be a featured element at the New York State Education Building.

  • Regents Room of the State Education Building - Located inside the NYS Education Building, this elaborately decorated room is the meeting place for the Board of Regents. Join Museum Educator Ben Russell as he highlights the Regents history and the room’s design.

  • The Rotunda at the NYSED - Explore the NYS Education Building where Museum Educator, Carl Morrone, highlights the building's history and unique architectural elements. Designed by renowned architect and New York City native Henry Hornbostel, the Education Building was the first major building constructed in the United States solely as a headquarters for the administration of education.

FREE Virtual NYS Book Festival Sep 10-24

The 3rd annual Albany Book Festival, presented by the NYS Writers Institute at the University at Albany, will take place September 10-24 with all events online, free, and open to the public.

"We have pivoted to a Virtual Writers Institute for our entire fall programming, with everything offered online on the NYS Writers Institute’s YouTube channel and at,” said Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl. “The health and safety of everyone involved is paramount and Covid-19 protocols dictate that it is not advisable or permitted to come together in large gatherings on the UAlbany campus as in previous years.”

Featured authors include National Book Award winner Colum McCann; National Book Award finalists Edwidge Danticat and Kali Fajardo-Anstine; presidential scholar Harold Holzer, author of the recently published book, The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Batter Between The White House and the Media — From the Founding Fathers to Fake News; Noam Chomsky, one of the most cited scholars in modern history and co-author with Robert Pollin of the new book Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal; Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking; and more.

One of the great features of the Albany Book Festival is the opportunity to participate in free writing workshops. This year’s workshops include:

  • Hope on the Page: A Climate Writing Workshop with author Reif Larsen;
  • So You’re Young and Want to Write with WAMC Northeast Public Radio reporter Jackie Orchard and author and UAlbany professor Elaine Salisbury;
  • Memoirama: Everything You Need To Know To Write Memoir with Marion Roach Smith;
  • Ask Tom Anything About Book Writing, Publishing, or Marketing with author and publisher Tom Swyers; and
  • The How-To’s and Business End of Publishing During a Pandemic with author and UAlbany Professor Mary Valentis

All events will be held online. More information at The festival website will also feature a space for local authors, non-profits, and publishers to share information about their books.

The NYS Writers Institute continues to support independent local bookstores, and the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza is the sole bookseller for the Albany Book Festival. All featured books can be ordered directly online through this Albany indie bookstore at

For more information, contact the NYS Writers Institute at (518) 442-5620 or sign up for the NYS Writers Institute email newsletter to receive updates on the Albany Book Festival and other events. Online at