School Library System

Week of December 9 - 13, 2019

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News You Can Use

Model Schools News

In case you do not already know, I am now the Director for Model Schools as well as School Library System and Arts in Education. I wanted to let everyone know that this is great news because there are many new opportunities for you as a result of this collaboration.

  1. What is Model Schools? It is a service that Questar III provides for districts in the area of instructional technology. Our Model Schools Specialist delivers professional development here at Questar III, but can also come to your district to deliver embedded PD. There are robotics and coding items that can be used in district and the Model Schools Specialist will work closely with teachers to use that technology in an efficient and useful way in the classroom. Of course, this includes the library as well. Software purchases that come with support can be made through Model Schools too.
  2. You have access to more professional learning opportunities and can see those by clicking here.
  3. There is also a newsletter that will be sent out periodically with information about new tech tools and updates to existing tools. You can see the most recent one here.
  4. And more...

If you are interested in learning more about what Model Schools can do please contact me.


NBC Learn Free Trial

One of the products we are considering adding to the Multimedia CoSer next year is NBC Learn. In order to see if there would be enough interest from districts to order this, I have secured a trial. The log in information is below. There is a short video below as well.

This is not a database and cannot be ordered as such, but it could be ordered as part of the package of streaming services in our Multimedia CoSer. This product would be included with the Enhanced Multi-Media Library which also includes CCC! Streaming, Learn360, and Soundzabound. I do not yet have a price for next year as we are just entering the budget season and adding NBC Learn would require us to adjust the price significantly. It is an amazing streaming service, but it does have a larger price tag.

Once you have had a chance to try this out please let me know if it is something your district would be interested in purchasing as part of the Enhanced Multimedia Service for next year. This will allow me to determine pricing. Thank you.

NBC Learn Demo for Questar III


Password: nbclearn

Here is a link to the short video.

Free Trial for NewsBank ResearchRocket

ResearchRocket is a new online resource designed to make research more engaging and fun for young students. The unique interface features a large, Google-like search box as well as inviting buttons devoted to popular topics that align with your curriculum, including Science & Math, Environment, Technology, Art & Music, Government & History, and more.

username: questar

password: library

TeachingBooks Webinar Recording

For those of you who were unable to attend the TeachingBooks webinar on 11/18/19, here is the recording:

Learning Target: Discover resources that will expand the experience readers have with books. Deepen connections to books while discovering online materials to engage readers, support families, and empower colleagues.

Reveal insights with book and author resources
Expand accessibility for all audiences
Discover new titles that enrich reading
Set up for Success

You can also find the recording on the SLS LibGuide under the Databases tab and the Free SLS Resources tab. Enjoy!

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Knowledge Quest: It Is All about Relationships Article

Scroll to "Key to College Transition" to read about one of our own!


There are several events planned for this year. To RSVP please send an email to the ENYSLMA President, Mindy Holland, at

General Membership Meeting:

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 @ 6:15 pm at Niskayuna District 2 Firehouse on Route 7 in Niskayuna. Dinner will be served. Anyone interested in ENYSLMA is welcome to attend. Time is TBD. Bitly RSVP Link:

Jarrett Kroscoczka Event:

Thursday, January 23, 2020, Author Jarrett J. Krosoczka will speak at NYLA in Guilderland. 6:30-8:00. pm. Bitly RSVP Link:

Dhonielle Clayton Event:

April 22, 2020, Dhonielle Clayton COO of We Need Diverse Books. Location TBA

Here are the updates on the ENYSLMA website:

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

Thank you, Melissa Persico, for sharing your interactive display! Can anyone Guess that Book?
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Professional Learning Opportunities

SLS Professional Learning Catalog

UPDATED! Check out our NEW offerings!

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:

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. All others who want to participate can sign up after January 8th.

Please register by January 8th:

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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:

Questar III School Library System

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

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist