SLS Weekly Update

December 18, 2020

Spotlight on...

Victoria Calarco!

For her work on Auburn's Personalized Learning Fellowship!

A teaching fellowship that supports educators with reflecting on their strengths, reimagining what is possible for every student + redesigning the classroom experience.

I love it when I am in a meeting with admin. They are talking about forward thinking projects they are doing and *pop* there is a librarian leading the way!

Nice work, Victoria!!

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Dates to Know

Important Dates

Jan 12th- Rosen training

Jan 13th- Ask a Lawyer Copyright Webinar

Jan 19th- Council Meeting *Please make sure to register

Save the Date

Jan 27- Session with Emma Hand- author of Hybrid Teachers Survival Guide

Feb 10th- 9-10 am Teri Lesesne

March 3- 9-10 am- Teri Lesesne

Missed NYSCATE??

Did not attend NYSCATE 2020?

You can still access all of the program sessions, poster sessions and the full exhibit hall! It is not the same as being in person, but the content and discussion is incredible and the best part is that you have until next November to go back, review and watch the recordings at your convenience! With access to over 200 hours of professional development program sessions and poster sessions! The full exhibit floor is also available for you to explore at your convenience. This is so exciting and one HUGE benefit of having a virtual conference!

Please let me know if you would like this and I can sign you up.

SCRLC On Demand learning


Archived Webinars from SCRLC

Available on our YouTube Channel

NEW! Communications, Part 2: Being Understood with Jill Hurst-Wahl


Send a request to for access to online classes in design, business, technology, photography, entrepreneurship, film and writing through Skillshare.

Tech-Talk Database

In addition to the weekly Tech-Talk newsletter, SCRLC members have access to the Tech-Talk Database, which offers an up-to-date, searchable library of technology and communication articles and videos. Look for the login information at the top of your weekly Tech-Talk newsletter or email

Design4Learning: Online Teaching and Learning Skills for Library Workers

A free instructional design training program available through WebJunction to enable library workers to transfer their in-person teaching skills to the online environment. The 7 modules include: Orientation, Foundation, Diversity, Community, Content Creation, Course Management, & Capstone.

D4L was developed in partnership among the South Central Regional Library Council, Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, and the Empire State Library Network. It was funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Southern Westchester Conference

Join Us | SLS SWBOCES Virtual Conference

School Libraries: Bridging the Digital Equity Divide

Building with Intention

With Keynote Speaker Jennifer Cannell

As we confront the inequities that have been amplified during the COVID-19 pandemic, we must work together with intentionality to create systemic change. The digital equity divide is a problem with proposed solutions within reach. How can we leverage our expertise to transform our educational system to ensure that all students have access to the skills, ideas, and new learning available because of purposefully designed school library programs and partnerships?

Jennifer Cannell Bio

Dr. Jen Cannell recently returned to her hometown of Rochester, NY to serve as Assistant Professor and Director of the Graduate School Library Media Specialist Program at St. John Fisher College. She has previously worked as a middle school librarian, Library Automation Coordinator, and as a School Library System Director. Jen is the Immediate Past President of the New York Library Association. She has a passion for learning and thrives on challenging work.

Conference Proposal Deadline Extended!

Celebrate the successes bridging the digital equity divide through your school library program this year. Advocate to highlight the relevancy of school libraries in the new learning environment. Please contact Eleanor Friedman with any questions.

Click Here to Submit a Conference Session Proposal

School Libraries: Bridging the Digital Equity Divide

The digital equity divide encompasses a complex set of conditions that cannot be addressed until every student has access to affordable broadband, adequate devices, necessary software, digital literacy skills, and a community of support. This conference will look at the role school libraries can and do play in ensuring digital equity for all students, including how they partner with the school community, parents and caregivers, and their local public library to bridge the digital equity divide. Gain skills, ideas, and support towards providing equitable digital access to all students. Conference registrants will have access to all live sessions as well as access to all session recordings.

*CTLE Credit available.*

Conference highlights:

  • Opening and Closing Keynote Speakers
  • Live breakout sessions with a special focus on bridging the digital equity divide - join in live or watch on-demand
  • All live sessions will be made available asynchronously
  • Networking opportunities
  • Vendor raffle

Early Bird Special: Before January 8, 2021 - $95 Member / $110 Non-Member

Regular Price: January 9, 2021 and after - $125 Member / $140 Non-Member

For questions regarding this activity, please contact Eleanor Friedman.

Click Here to Register Through My Learning Plan


Session 1

January 26, 2021 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Session 3

January 27, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Session 5

January 28, 2021 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Session 7

February 2, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Session 9

February 3, 2021 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Session 11

February 4, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Session 2

January 26, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 4

January 27, 2021 | 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Session 6

January 28, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 8

February 2, 2021 | 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Session 10

February 3, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 12

February 4, 2021 | 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Click Here to View Our Conference Website

Southern Westchester BOCES School Library System

450 Mamaroneck Avenue, 3rd Floor, Harrison, NY 10528

For more information, please contact Eleanor Friedman at (914) 345-8500 ext. 3127

Approaching Virtual Storytimes with Intention Webinar

Upcoming Webinar: After Emergency Response Mode - Approaching Virtual Storytimes with Intention

Webinar Description:

Many libraries closed physical buildings to the public in March, but nothing stops storytime! Library staff rushed to adapt this essential routine and keep families connected to stories, songs and community. In this webinar, we will embrace the power of the pause to reflect and dive deep into our new virtual storytime normal.

About the Presenter:

Jessica Fredrickson is a former teacher turned Youth Services Librarian. In 2020, she served as a Project Coordinator for the ALSC Virtual Storytime Services Guide and as the Training and Advocacy Chair of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL). Professionally, Jessica is known for advocating for accessibility and giving storytime flannels early math makeovers. Her favorite things include tea, mountain hikes and middle grade fiction.

Thursday, February 11, 3 to 4 p.m.
Online via Zoom

Register Now!

ALA Free Webinar on Engaging Teens in a Virtual Space

Join ALA’s Public Programs Office for a free webinar and panel discussion from Pennsylvania Humanities Council members and library practitioners.

In this live session, you will learn about PHC’s award-winning, nontraditional book club, the Teen Reading Lounge and how they adapted their programming to a virtual setting during the ongoing pandemic. You will also gain an understanding of how TRL participants (youth ages 12 – 18) apply the humanities to inspire tangible actions in their communities.

WEBINAR: Teen Reading Lounge: Continuing to Engage Your Teens in a Virtual Space

Tuesday, December 15

1 p.m. CT

Register here:

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a better understanding of how to offer humanities programs to young adults in a virtual setting
  • Learn about programming you can implement into your programming and planning
  • Better understand the importance of humanities programming for young adult

Project READY: Re-imagining Equity and Access for Diverse Youth

Dutchess BOCES, Orange-Ulster BOCES, Rockland BOCES, Sullivan BOCES, Ulster BOCES, Ramapo Catskill Library System and Southeastern NY Library Resources Council are proud to present:

This 5-month course (January 2021-May 2021) is for librarians, educators, and others interested in improving their knowledge about race and racism, racial equity, and culturally sustaining pedagogy to be prepared for difficult conversations.
The primary focus of the Project READY curriculum is on improving relationships with, services to, and resources for, youth of color and Native youth.
The project will be led and taught by Dr. Evangela Q. Oates.

More information and registration here:

The program will consist of a mix of ten live webinars, regular engagement with the trainer and other students, and dozens of on-your-own modules using the Project Ready curriculum, which is online here: **The trainer will work out the exact schedule of live webinars with the participants once everyone is enrolled.**

The entire course is worth 30 CTLE credits and costs $225. <<-- If the cost is a barrier to signing up: Please reach out! Scholarships and discounts may be available based on your situation. email Carolyn Bennett Glauda: for more information.

This program is co-sponsored by Dutchess BOCES, Orange-Ulster BOCES, Rockland BOCES, Sullivan BOCES, Ulster BOCES, Ramapo Catskill Library System and Southeastern NY Library Resources Council. If you are a member of any of the above School Library Systems, please register on your MyLearningPlan site. All other school librarians, academic librarians, educators, public librarians, and interested parties can register on our site here:

NYLA Pathways to Librarianship Task Force

Pathways to Librarianship

The New York Library Association is recruiting individuals who are interested in creating a more diverse professional community through a lens of institutional and systemic change to join a task force exploring alternative pathways leading to the attainment of a graduate degree in library science.

The page has been updated to include: the video recording from the Town Hall, the chat transcript, and a link to the application for Task Force membership.

Members of the task force will be appointed to 1-year terms and asked to spend 8-10 hours per month working towards the creation of three deliverables: a Statement of Principles on the topic of Alternative Pathways To Librarianship, a white paper advocating for systemic reforms, and a framework to address inequities.

The Pathways To Librarianship Task Force is committed to diversity and encourages participation from groups that have been historically marginalized. A Master’s degree in library and information science is not required for consideration and people of all educational backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Please complete the Application Form no later than Monday, December 21st to be considered for appointment.