SLS Weekly Update

Feb 12, 2021

Library Materials Petition sample emails

It is so important that we not lose our $6.25 per student for library books! I encourage you to send an email to anyone that you think would be supportive and willing to sign. Below are two samples to help you with wording (and I hope you sign too!)




Andrea Williams:

BSHS staff/friends of school libraries,

Would you be willing to sign this NYLA petition for school libraries?

Gov. Cuomo's new budget aims to consolidate school library funding into a pool with other district materials such as textbooks, software, and computer hardware. School library budgets have always been separated from other district material funds. Libraries today are not just print books on a shelf. We are audio and visual materials, streaming services, digital magazines, databases, etc. Consolidating funds poses the risk that the money would not be used toward library materials at all. My concern is if school library budgets are not kept separate, our students and staff may no longer have access to these important and necessary services.
For example, during all of this remote and hybrid learning models I have been able to allocate specific funds into Overdrive Marketplace so that I can add ebooks or audiobooks with 24 hours of requests from teachers, administrators and students. That would not be possible if he is able to pass this change.

The current amount libraries get is $6.25 per student (this hasn't been increased in 14 years). To put that into perspective, the cost of an eBook for 1 year is usually between $12-$24, while an audiobook for 1 year is usually $50+.

Thanks for your support!

Andrea Williams
BSHS Librarian

Information from this email from NYLA's Speak Up for School Libraries, Jamie Chabot, Librarian Maple Avenue MS, Saratoga Springs CSD and WSWHE BOCES SLS Listserv


Jamie Chabot:
Friends! Would you be willing to sign this NYLA petition for school libraries?

Gov. Cuomo's new budget aims to consolidate school library funding into a pool with other district materials such as textbooks, software, and computer hardware. School library budgets have always been separated from other district material funds. Libraries today are not just print books on a shelf. We are audio and visual materials, streaming services, digital magazines, databases, etc. Consolidating funds poses the risk that the money would not be used toward library materials at all. My concern is if school library budgets are not kept separate, our students and staff may no longer have access to these important and necessary services.

The current amount libraries get is $6.25 per student (this hasn't been increased in 14 years). To put that into perspective, the cost of an eBook for 1 year is usually between $12-$24, while an audiobook for 1 year is usually $50+.

Thanks for your support!

Speak Up for School Libraries

Virtual Vendor Fair

Several SLS directors have been working with vendors to try and do a first ever virtual vendor fair. The days will be the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after break. Each vendor will do a 15 minute presentation and stay on the zoom for 15 more minutes to answer questions. The tentative schedule is


Tuesday

8:45- Gumdrop books

9:30- FactCite/Lincoln Library

10:15-10:45- CodeMonkey

11-11:30-Ebsco

1-1:30- World Book

1:45- 2:15- PebbleGo

2:30-3- News-O-Matic

3:15-3:45- Kids Discover


Wednesday

8:45- BrainPOP

9:30- Discovery Ed

10:15-10:45- Scholastic

11-11:30-VOCES

1-1:30- Newsela

1:45- 2:15- Tales2Go

2:30-3- Noodletools

3:15-3:45-


Thursday

8:45- Newsbank

9:30- Rosen

10:15-10:45- Gale

11-11:30- TeachingBooks

1-1:30- Thorndike Press


Article from Knowledge Quest

Below is a link to a Knowledge Quest article shared with us by Jennifer Martin.

Great points in it:


  • A school library is more.
  • We need to healthy and safe first and foremost.

I encourage everyone to read this article of these times for librarians

PD Offerings- Several new sessions

Discovery Ed for Elementary

Diverse and Standout Books for Elementary with Erin Scott

Analyze your Collection for Diversity- two times

Discovery Ed for SS

Best NEW YA books with Teri Lesesne

Learn 360

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Trial Information for Source- an Infobase Pre-Research product

You will not regret taking a look at Source … it is an amazing resource and could be such a game changer fro student's research projects.

It that serves as a “Pre-Search” database and includes 3 main parts:

  • Instructional Videos for students (3-5 mins each)
  • Access to 440 eBooks and over 1.5 million articles
  • Interactive Mind Map to help students choose a topic
  • Integrates with all your Infobase resources as well as other publishers like EBSCO, Gale, JSTOR and Britannica.

The federated search feature takes things to another level considering how difficult it can be to tie in all content, especially from all vendors. We take care of that within Source!

The Mind Map also provides thought provoking extensions to basic research topics for students and considering the times I think anything we can do to make things more accessible is beneficial.

Check out the 2-min video on our site … https://www.infobase.com/product/high-schools/source-reference/

Trial Information:

Username: cayononboces
Password: digital


Access URL(s):

Source Reference
https://search.credoreference.com/?institutionId=18912

NYLASSL Virtual Trivia Night

Calling all NYLA/SSL members, both current and potential!

Join us for a virtual Trivia Night on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 7:00 to approximately 9:00 PM! This event, an individual competition with prizes, will be hosted by Educational Speaker and Consultant Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) and is FREE to members, so please take this opportunity to renew your membership. Looking forward to a night of fun, facts, and friends! 🌟

Annarose Foley
SSL VP of Conferences


-- NYLA SSL

Teaching in Remote Learning Environments Training

Discovery Ed Equity Talks

Mark you calendar for the next Equity Talks session on Thursday, February 25 at 3:00 PM ET when we'll be joined by a special guest from our partners at the NBA! Speakers will include:

Jason Collins
Former NBA Player and NBA Cares Ambassador
@JasonCollins98, @NBACares
​​​​​​
Dr. Mark Bedell
Superintendent, Kansas City Public Schools, MO
@MarkBedell_KCPS

Dr. A. Katrise Perera
Superintendent, Gresham-Barlow School District, OR
@AKPerera

Register Now »

These 45-minute sessions provide guidance and support to educators everywhere who are struggling with issues of equity exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to rely on remote and hybrid learning.

We hope you'll share this invitation with a colleague and look forward to seeing you again soon!


Sincerely,
The Discovery Education Team
#EquityTalksDE

STEM Summer Opportunity

Dear colleagues,


New York’s Department of State is accepting applications for a STEM summer opportunity for New York State teachers, high school students, and middle school students from New York State’s Appalachian Region (Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins counties).


The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), in collaboration with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is sponsoring a two-week, residential, hands-on learning institute focusing on math, science, and technology.


The two-week program for high school students and teachers will be held June 19-July 2, 2021. The one-week program for middle school students will be held June 26-July 2, 2021.


Applications must be submitted on the ARC/ORNL on-line portal by Monday, March 1st, 2021. New York State will select two nominees for each teacher and student session. Alternates may be nominated to attend based on available space. All applicants must use the ARC/ORNL online portal to apply and contact NYS’s ARC Program personnel by e-mail or phone at George.Korchowsky@dos.ny.gov and Kyle.Wilber@dos.ny.gov at 518-473-3355.


For more information and details about this exciting STEM program and the application process, please visit the NYSED’s Office of Curriculum and Instruction Awards and Scholarships page.


Sincerely,

The Office of Curriculum and Instruction

NYSCATE Grant

2021 GRANT APPLICATION OPENED!

Deadline April 30, 2021

Each year, grants of up to $2,000 are awarded to NYSCATE members, for projects consistent with its Mission Statement. They are intended to support innovative projects which align with NY Academic Learning Standards and the ISTE Standards. We encourage PK-12 faculty/staff/administrators, as well as Higher Education faculty involved in teacher preparation, to submit a proposal.

Please click on the link below to complete the application making sure to address all seven criteria corresponding to the grant rubric.

NYSCATE 2021 Grant application

All materials must be submitted by midnight April 30, 2021. If you have any questions about the grant application, please send an email to awards@nyscate.org.

NYSCATE Grant rubric

2021 Grant Budget Template.xlsx