School Library System

Week of November 18-22, 2019

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News You Can Use

Happy Thanksgiving!

With the shortened week next week, there will not be a newsletter next week. The School Library System Team wishes you and your families a very happy Thanksgiving! Please know we are grateful for the work you do with students, teachers, and others each day, and we are grateful for the opportunity to help you continue to do that important work in the best way possible. Enjoy a restful break.

American Association of School Librarians Conference 2019

Last week I had the privilege of attending and presenting twice at the AASL Conference in Louisville, KY. Each time I attend a national conference I am both excited and overwhelmed. There are so many wonderful opportunities for learning!

I am always humbled and reminded to be grateful for what we do have here in NY because when you attend sessions, you hear from librarians in states who:

  • do not have any mandate for school librarians in schools
  • whose positions have been cut so severely they may not ever recover
  • who have fought for ten or more years to finally receive funding at the level of $20 per student for libraries (yes, there are success stories too!)

Much of what I learned will be transferred to future professional learning that we do here at Questar III. For example, I learned about a process for integrating standards with school priorities through the inquiry process. I can't wait to try that with the revised IFC.

I presented with J'aimé Pfeiffer on how we rolled out the national standards in our regions, and I presented separately on the High School to College Transition work that we've done in this region. In both cases, attendees provided positive feedback on the work we are doing here which was wonderful to hear. The High School to College presentation was given to an overpacked room proving that this is an area of interest to others and in which much work is still needed. I was amazed at the turnout and the questions and comments that people had regarding the work they are doing in their own regions. It was good to know that the work done for both of these presentations was helpful to others.

Finally, my overall takeaway from the conference is that we are all working toward a common goal of helping students in the best ways that we can. Learning from colleagues across the country is amazing and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to do so.


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

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Flipster is what we use to bring professional journals to all librarians in the region. Through this SLS provided subscription you have full access to new and back digital issues of School Library Journal, Computers & LIbraries, Booklist, and Horn Book.

Take advantage of this worthwhile and free resource! Contact Amanda Karian for log-in information.

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NY State Library Erie Canal Documents

In celebration of "November Is New York State History Month," the New York State Library's Manuscripts and Special Collections unit presents "The Erie Canal, New York State, and the United States,"

The Erie Canal-related images at this site were created from original documents and books in the collections of the New York State Library (unless otherwise noted). The images are 400 dpi PDFs. To open the PDF, click on the link under the image or in the citation column. Each image can be used as a stand-alone document to teach students how to analyze primary and secondary documents or groups of documents can be used as a teaching unit on some aspect of the history of the canal and New York State, including the canal as the “mother of cities”; the role of the canal in immigration history; what it was like to live/work on or near the canal, etc.

Explore New York reading lists for Summer Reading at New York Libraries

The slogan for all ages for 2020 is “Imagine Your Story” and the theme relates to folklore, fairy tales, and mythology. The current lists can be viewed at

The purpose of the Explore New York reading lists is to highlight great reads that are connected in some way to the history, culture or geography of New York State. The State Library is looking to add more diverse titles to our Explore NY lists this year, so please keep this in mind as you consider and submit titles for the updated lists for 2020.

We hope you will consider contributing book suggestions to the Explore New York reading lists for the 2020 Summer Reading at New York Libraries program! Your input and contributions are much appreciated.

If you have a list of recommendations for either adding or weeding, please send them to Katy Kukulich ( and Laura Pierson ( by December 20th, 2019. Indicate Explore NY in the subject line of your email.

Ready to Read at New York Libraries

Explore and promote the engaging early learning resources available on the DayByDayNY Family Literacy Calendar and DayByDayNY in Spanish, including a different e-book from One More Story each day, along with suggested activities and a song. Read the TumbleBook of the Day online! For more information about other Ready to Read at New York Libraries resources and training, visit Ready to Read at New York Libraries on the New York State Library website.
Why Students Struggle to Spot "Fake News"

Some studies indicate that students--sometimes viewed as digital natives--often have difficulty determining whether information found online is true. Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews writes about a study by researchers from Stanford University.


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:

Enter the 2020 Follett Challenge

Follett is giving away a total of $200,000 in Follett products and services!

  • 10 People's Choice winners will each get $5,000.
  • 9 Semi-finalists (3 from elementary schools, 3 from middle schools and 3 from high schools) will each get $15,000
  • 1 Semi-finalist will be crowned the Grand-prize winner and will win an additional $15,000 for a total of $30,000!

  • December 12, 2019:
    Entries close at 12:00pm CST

    January 20, 2020:
    Voting begins at 8:00am CST

    January 24, 2020:
    Voting closes at 4:00pm CST

    March 23, 2020:
    Winners announced!
    • 10 People's Choice winners
    • 9 Semi-finalist winners
    • 1 Semi-finalist will then be crowned the Grand-prize winner!

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

Thank you, Sarah Garno, for sharing Genet's fun and artistic Thanksgiving bulletin board. Gobble up a good book, indeed!
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'Tis the season to be thankful. What a great reminder to your Greenville kiddos, Melissa Persico. Thank you for sharing such a thoughtful and creative display!
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Professional Learning Opportunities

SLS Professional Learning Catalog

UPDATED! Check out our NEW offerings!

Rosen Interactive eBooks & PowerKnowledege Science Suite Webinar

NEW DATE: December 5, 2019

4:00-5:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

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Information Session on Becoming Certified as a School Librarian

Do you or someone you know want to become a certified school librarian? Is there an administrator in your district who is facing hiring a new school librarian in the next few years? If you answered yes to either of these questions then you will want to pass along the following information to anyone who might be interested.

Questar III School Library System, in partnership with SUNY Albany, St. John Fisher College, and the University of Buffalo Library Science programs, the certification office at Questar III, and several regional librarians will be holding an information session on December 18th at Questar III Central Office beginning at 4 pm. This information session is designed to help certified teachers learn more about the various pathways to being certified as a school library media specialist, and for school administrators learn how they might approach filling those hard to fill school librarian positions.

Register by December 11th:

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Glens Falls City School District

Library Media Specialist - Elementary

Job ID:GFCN0164570-7020

Job Description:

The Glens Falls City School District is accepting applications for an Elementary Library Media Specialist. Prior experience is preferred but not required.

Application Deadline:11/29/2019

Start Date:12/09/2019


Troy City School District

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. The 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.

Application Deadline:12/31/2019

Start Date:10/24/2019

Donald P. Sutherland Elementary - Library Typist


Job ID:EGRN0164652-0000

Job Description:

East Greenbush CSD is accepting applications for a Typist position in the Library at Donald P. Elementary School. Minimum qualifications include either: (A) Graduation from high school or possession of an equivalency diploma, including or supplemented by a course in keyboarding (typing); or (B) one year of clerical experience which involved keyboarding (typing); or (C) an equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B) above. Applicants need working knowledge of office terminology, practices and procedures; working knowledge of business arithmetic and business English; ability to perform prolonged fine-finger movement on a keyboard at a predetermined rate of speed and accuracy; ability to set up forms, charts and tabular listings; ability to perform detail work involving visual effort and strain; ability to understand and follow oral and written instruction; ability to organize and maintain records and files; ability to deal effectively with the public; and ability to use microcomputer software. This position is 3.5 hours per day/10 months.

NOTE: You must be currently employed as a Typist, having successfully passed the Rensselaer County Civil Service Typist exam in the past, OR be scheduled to take the next Rensselaer County Civil Service Typist exam on December 7, 2019, in order to be eligible for this position.

The successful candidate must take, pass, and be reachable on the "List of Eligibles" for the Rensselaer County Civil Service examination for Typist. All interested and qualified individuals wishing to become candidates for this position MUST apply to OLAS, submit a complete application including cover letter, up-to-date resume, an EGCSD Non-Instructional application, and a Rensselaer County Civil Service application (found on the district website at

Questions may be directed to the Personnel Office 518-207-2529 or

Application Deadline:11/26/2019

Start Date:12/12/201


Questar III School Library System

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

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist