School Library System

Week of March 2-6, 2020

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Welcome, Sarah!

Sarah Colwill ( is the librarian at Woodland Hill Montessori School in East Greenbush. Woodland Hill Montessori added a library and librarian to their school this year. Kerrie had the opportunity to visit Sarah recently and said that the library is a beautiful space with lots of natural light and space for learning. Please join us in welcoming Sarah to our region!
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2020 Media Literacy Project Grant

The New York State Educational Media/Technology Association provides up to two annual Media Literacy Grants in the amount of $1,250 for certified teachers in New York State who are working with Pre-K-12 students on media literacy.

The 2020 Media Literacy Project Grant application is available on the EMTA Website:

The deadline to submit an application for the 20-21 school year is April 1, 2020.

*Schools must be participants in the Multimedia CoSer to qualify

LILAC 2020 Call for Proposals

The LILAC 2020 Planning Committee is now accepting proposals for 90-minute pre-conference workshops and 5, 25, or 50-minute presentations. The program tracks are: Pedagogy, Teaching with Tech, Leadership, Outreach, Collaboration & Community Engagement, Assessment, and K-12 Certification.

The submission deadline is March 13, 2020. All submissions will be reviewed and presenters notified of their acceptance by May 1, 2020.

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· Events ·

Girls in STEM

Girls in the fourth to eighth grades are invited to attend this day of free hands-on workshops focused on STEM.

Girls in STEM is a free educational event featuring hands-on workshops designed to illustrate the fun side of science and technology. Workshop sessions will be facilitated by leaders and educators in STEM professions.

Girls in STEM is sponsored by Hudson Valley Community College, the Center for Economic Growth and the many dedicated partners hosting this year's workshops.

Event check-in will take place from 8:30am - 9:00 am. We will once again offer a parents lounge, complete with wifi and refreshments.

Event details:

Volunteers needed! Find out more about volunteering here:

Date: 4/4/20

Place: Hudson Valley Community College

On the Trail of History with Award-Winning Author Ann Bausum

March 29, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

What is it like to be an author of numerous award-winning nonfiction books? How is writing nonfiction different from writing fiction? What goes on behind-the-scenes in order to make a finished book? Gain an insider's look at the process of making a history book from the perspective of an accomplished book author. Ms. Bausum will talk about how she became an author, where she gets her ideas, and how she does her extensive research, spending hundreds of hours even before writing a single word! Learn about the personal connection Ms. Bausum brings to her historical topics, particularly those with a social justice theme.

Ann Bausum has earned some of the most respected awards and honors as a writer of nonfiction for youth including the prestigious Sibert Honor Medal.

Select titles will be available for purchase and author signing.

For students in grades 5 through adult particularly those interested in history and writing about history. Registration requested.

NY State will give 1 hour of CE credit to certified librarians for the Ann Bausum Although certificates are not required, we will issue certificates of attendance as proof just in case. It is strongly encouraged for these individuals to sign up on our Event Keeper calendar as this will be additional proof of attendance.

This program is made possible through the generous support of "Bullet Aid" from Senator George Amedore.

LILAC 2020 Conference

LILAC 2020 is a 1.5-day instruction-focused conference being held at Cornell University on July 16 & 17, 2020.

This conference is predicated on the successful Library Instruction Leadership Academy and aspires to meet these three main goals:

  • Inspire the next generation of library instructors to connect, collaborate, and learn from each other
  • Offer a professional development experience for library instructors, both novice and experienced, from all types of library settings
  • Provide a venue for past LILAC participants to reunite and share their progress in instruction-related activities

Thursday & Friday, July 16 & 17, 2020

Ithaca, New York

·Census 2020·

Census Statistics

  1. Census data is used to distribute more than $675 billion in federal aid to public schools, hospitals, infrastructure, public transit, housing and much more.
  2. Each person not counted costs the state over $2,600 a year.

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Section of School Librarians Conference Registration

The SSL conference registration is now open! The SSL Conference will take place in Verona, NY at the Turning Stone Conference Center May 28-30, 2020.

As Questar III SLS Member Librarians, you are all eligible to apply for the SLS Conference Scholarship. This valuable scholarship will cover the cost of registration.

You can apply for the scholarship here or via the form below.

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NYLA Advocacy in Action

NYLA Testifies at Joint Hearing on Elementary and Secondary Education Funding

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· Librarian of the Week ·

Each week we will showcase a librarian from our region.

Who: Peggy O'Connor

What: Elementary School Librarian

Where: Donald P. Sutherland Elementary

A favorite hobby: I love skiing, swimming, and puzzles

What book would you recommend: Trevor Noah's Born a Crime. Read it, or if you are more into audio, listen to him read it. An amazing look at his life growing up in South Africa.

Share something that you are proud of that has recently happened in your library/school: I was so lucky to do some of my fieldwork with Stacey Rattner, where I learned about the Mock Book Awards. This is my 3rd year doing a school-wide Mock Caldecott program. It is so exciting and fun for both me and the students. We have had chances to share favorite books and hear from authors, talk deeply about our favorite books and see if what we think matches the ALA decision-makers.

What drew you to a career in school librarianship: I started out as an elementary teacher and was lucky enough to stay home with my son. We visited ALL the libraries in the Upper Hudson Library District during those early years, as I have always loved reading and it was such a joy introducing books to him (he was one of those strange kids who hated watching videos on car trips, so we started listening to books). When he started school I started subbing and was lucky enough to sub in the library a few times. That is when the glimmer started. As a teacher, I was the go-to person for technology and books. When it came time for me to decide whether to go back to teaching full time our school librarian was getting ready to retire and I started thinking that I would love to be in that position. I talked with her and my family and decided to go back to school for my degree in 2016. It was the best decision I have ever made. I now tell people that change is good. Going back to school reinvigorated my love for teaching and being the school librarian has proven to be the perfect spot for me.

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Recommended by member librarians
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Barbara Stripling Reimagined ESIFC Workshop

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Cavendish Square Digital Webinar

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Burnt Hills Library Media Specialist (LOA)

Job ID: BRTN0170588-7020

Application Deadline: 03/20/2020

Start Date: 03/12/2020

Job Description:

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District is seeking a highly qualified teacher to cover a leave of absence at its Pashley Elementary School library media center. The leave of absence begins on or about March 12 and will continue through the end of the school year. The successful candidate must be certified by the New York State Education Department to to teach Elementary Education in Grades K-6 or be certified as a Library Media Specialist, preference would be given to candidates with both certifications.

For an application to be complete, please respond to the following essay (no more than 1 single-spaced page) which should be uploaded to your OLAS application under the writing sample section. “Describe the three most important measures a teacher can take to maximize student motivation, engagement and achievement in your teaching area. Please provide any specific examples and/or evidence from your experience to support your response."

Apply here:

Hudson Falls CSD- Librarian

Job ID: HFSN0170507-7020

Application Deadline: 03/18/2020

Start Date: 09/01/2020

Job Description:


Must have New York State Teaching Certification in the appropriate area

SALARY RANGE: In Accordance with the Contract







Apply here:

Sharon Springs CS- Library Medial Specialist

Job ID: SHSN0170159-0063

Application Deadline: 03/30/2020

Start Date: 04/20/2020

Job Description:

Long term leave position for K -12 school library media specialist. Position to run April 20 - June 10, 2020. NYS Certification and Fingerprint Clearance Required.

Apply here:

Questar III School Library System

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

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist