School Library System

Week of May 13 - 17

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Questar III School Library System End-of-Year Dinner

Thursday, June 13th, 4-6pm

1640 Columbia Turnpike

Castleton-on-Hudson, NY

Our SLS end-of-year dinner will be held ay My Place this year. We will be handing out our Regional Recognition Awards at this event. All library staff are invited.

Sign up now for a fun evening of networking with colleagues, regional recognition awards, and fun! The cost is $20 per person which pays for a buffet style dinner including pulled pork, baked beans, cole slaw, corn bread, and mac & cheese. Please bring cash for beverages other than water. Payment must be received by May 31st in order to secure your spot. In order to meet requirements of the restaurant, we must have at least 20 people. Contact Kerrie with any questions. Join us for a fun evening!

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Annual Survey

Each year the SLS asks each school librarian and/or teacher on special assignment in the school library to fill out an end of year evaluation of the SLS and related services. We use this data to improve our ability to provide high quality service to you, your staff, and your students. We will accept responses to the survey below until June 14th. Thank you in advance for providing feedback to the SLS.

Interlibrary Loans

It is getting close to the end of the school year. Please look at your current interlibrary loans and start to return them. Remember, the courier system can take some time so please plan ahead.

Union Catalog - Records Needed

So that we may update the union catalog over the summer, please send your catalog records to Kerrie by June 1st. It is a requirement for our funding that we have an updated union catalog. Your assistance in keeping our catalog current for all users is greatly appreciated!

Schools who are part of Follett library automation through Questar III do not need to submit records.

View List of ILL Contacts/District Contacts

One of the great things about the new Library Resource Manager program we use for database ordering is the ability to update contact information for your school so that it appears on a contact list. The contact list cannot be found on the LRM page, but you can access it on our LibGuide under the ILL tab. Under Questar Courier, click on the link next to Directory.

When the new year starts, you will want to go back to the LRM for your database access information, but we still have lots of time before that!

Art Resources Transfer's 2019 Poulin box set is now available!

If you are a public library, school, prison or community center in New York State, you are eligible to receive a free box set of poetry, literature, and nonfiction writing. Books are entirely free and shipped at no cost.

Please enter your shipping information in this short form to order your box set:

A.R.T. also provides public institutions with free art books through our D.U.C Library Program. If you are not already a participant, we encourage you to place your order of free art books here:

About the Poulin Project:
The Poulin Project provides New York state libraries, schools, prisons, and community centers with free box sets of contemporary literature from small presses around the state. Sets include 50-75 titles by publishers including NY Review Books, Graywolf Press, Fence Books, and many others. Please note we are limited to distributing 60 sets, and you can expect its shipment in September 2019.

The Poulin Project is a NYSCA-funded initiative dedicated to expanding access to the arts and literacy. The project supports New York State independent publishers by introducing works by hundreds of contemporary writers and poets to new audiences, and enables public institutions to diversify their collections.

About the D.U.C.:

The Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (D.U.C.) distributes books on contemporary art and culture to public schools, libraries, prisons, and alternative education centers nationwide, free of charge. D.U.C. books create access to the arts and literacy these institutions could not otherwise afford to acquire.

ENYSLMA Summer Meeting

Wednesday, July 10th, 1pm

497 Old Niskayuna Road

Latham, NY

This is the membership's summer meeting and will be held at Scarborough's Restaurant. The first $15 of your meal will be covered by ENYSLMA. You are responsible for anything over that amount. Information to sign up will be forthcoming. If you want PD credit for attending, you will have to fill out your own MLP. As everyone in our region is an ENYSLMA member, I highly encourage you to attend and be part of our regional group.

Professional Learning Opportunities

Bridging the Gap: Preparing High School Special Needs Students for Success in College

Monday, June 3rd, 8:30am-3:30pm

432 Western Avenue

Albany, NY

This symposium, held at the College of St. Rose, will focus on helping special education students transition from high school to college. Speakers include ACCESS-VR's Pam Brehm-Bisaillon, Questar III's Sally Lauletta, a student panel, DeAnne Martocci from HVCC, and more! The cost is free and registration is taking place through CDLC. You can register here: Please request a certificate when registering. There will not be a MLP link. Please forward to administrators and teachers who might be interested in attending.

Summer Professional Learning

The Summer PD Catalog is now available!

This summer we will focus on:

  • AASL Standards - Elementary
  • AASL Standards - Secondary
  • Primary Sources
  • Leap Into Readers Advisory with Stacey Rattner and Alicia Abdul
  • Lesson Collaboration

Register soon. Workshops with fewer than 10 people on June 30th may be cancelled.

Communication Coordinator Meeting at Ichabod Crane

Thank you to Jennifer Two-Axe for hosting our final CC meeting of the year at her library. We had a great day of learning about primary sources and how to incorporate them into the lessons you are already doing. Maureen King was our presenter and resident expert on primary sources due to her participation in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program she attended during the summer of 2018. Thank you to Maureen as well!
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