SLS Update

October 9, 2020


Please let me know if you are interested in attending NYSCATE. The dates are from Saturday, November 21 through Tuesday November 24th. You can go for the whole thing or for an individual day. If you choose to go through BOCES, I would ask that you take notes on the sessions you go to, share them, and be willing to present on something you learned. Please let me know by Friday October 16th.

Kids Safe Online Poster Contest

The New York State Office of Information Technology Services’ is once again hosting the “NYS K-12 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest.” The contest is open to all students in New York State public, private and home-schools. As students learn to navigate the classroom in a more virtual setting during the COVID-19 pandemic, they need a strong cyber education to accompany it. Learning to be a good digital citizen has become a skill that even our youngest students must develop to get the most out of their online education.

This is a great opportunity for teachers to talk to students about being safe while on the Internet and while using computers and mobile devices. The contest has five entry categories: Kindergarten–Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12 and Special Education. New York State winners will be displayed in the 2022 NYS Kids Safe Online Calendar and entered into the MS-ISAC National Computer Security Poster Contest.

More information on the “NYS K-12 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest” can be found on the contest web page at

Questions regarding the contest may be submitted to

Don’t miss out! The contest entry deadline is December 18, 2020.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Jessica E. Smith

Strategic Planning and Program Management

Chief Information Security Office

Office of Information Technology Services

W. A. Harriman State Office Campus, 1220 Washington Ave., Bldg. 5, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12226

(518) 242-5020 |

Gale's Open Web for NOVELNY

The New York State Library is partnering with Gale on their Open Web Initiative to make some of the NOVELNY resources more discoverable and accessible. Specifically, the Open Web Initiative will include the following three NOVELNY products: Gale Academic OneFile, Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine, and Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints. The Gale Open Web Initiative supplements existing access paths and provides access for those who are not searching through their local library.

Research and analytics reveal that most people begin their research journeys on Google, and may therefore never intersect with their library web site. Gale’s Open Web Initiative extends Gale’s geo-authentication service to open web users to reach users in New York who likely would not have found NOVELNY’s statewide library resources otherwise.

Once access is enabled later this week, when open web users in New York State find select Gale resources provided through NOVELNY they will be granted product access without further prompt for authentication. This may occur via Google and Google Scholar search results or links into select Gale Open Access social issue topics on When these open web users are authenticated based on their geo location, their usage will be attributed to NOVELNY’s top-level consortia location ID.

The geo-authentication links that are currently available to library systems, member libraries and their end users are still available, still work, and should still be used on library web sites, portal pages, and the like. Usage enabled through these links will continue to be attributed to the library system or member library location ID expressed in the links.

If you have any questions about this initiative please contact Amy Heebner, Library Development Specialist 2, at

NovelNY Survey

FROM: Lauren Moore, State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries


Dear Colleagues,

The New York State Library is evaluating the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVELNY). The New York State Library has enlisted an evaluator to assist in evaluating the NOVELNY program. We are requesting your participation in a short survey to help us plan for the future of the NOVELNY program, especially within the context of the State Library’s next Library Services and Technology Act Five-Year Plan.

We have hired Brockport Research Institute to conduct the evaluation.

We are seeking feedback from members of the New York library community. We hope to have broad participation, so please distribute within your networks. Below is a link to the survey which should take about 10 minutes to complete.

The deadline for completing the survey is close of business on October 29, 2020.

For more information about NOVELNY please see If you have questions regarding the survey please contact Kelley Madden at the Brockport Research Institute at or 585-431-3416. If you have questions about the evaluation project or the NOVELNY program please contact Amy Heebner, Library Development Specialist, New York State Library at

Thank you for helping us shape the future of the New York State Library and its services.

Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY is a Statewide Internet Library connecting New Yorkers to 21st century information. NOVELNY is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Repurposing the Librarian: Emphasize the Need for SLMS

Repurposing the Librarian:

Using the Hybrid Classroom to Emphasize the Need for School Library Media Specialists

Thursday, October 15, 2020 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Register here:

Registrants will receive the Zoom link one day prior to the webinar.

About the program:

This webinar will be recorded.

With a Hybrid model of learning for the 2020-21 school year, one librarian has found a way to prove how necessary her expertise is in the district. Originally asked to teach enrichment classes during the hybrid model, Library Media Specialist Dani Newman counter-offered her administrator by saying she would be happy to do that, but wanted to also find a way to circulate books for all her students. During this workshop, she will discuss how she developed a plan, discussed it with administration and teachers whose classes would be involved, and set it in motion. Newman will talk about how she is being used a push-in technology expert for both teachers and students and how she is using the Enrichment classes to develop "tech leaders" in the school. During a time when many librarians or their libraries are being "repurposed," Newman will the describe the way she has been utilized in a different way, while maintaining the distinction of being the School Library Media Specialist.

Registrants will be emailed the Zoom link one day prior to the event.

About the presenter: Dani Newman, MSEd, is in her third year as a Library Media Specialist at Fillmore Central School District in Fillmore, NY. While the school is a PK-12 school, she primarily teaches PK-6.Newman serves as the Middle School Drama Co-Director and the Odyssey of the Mind advisor. She also coaches archery and softball. Newman is the Chair of the Cattaraugus-Allegany School Library System's Communication Coordinators Committee (C3). Previous to her position at Fillmore, she worked as a high school English teacher in Olean, NY, and Smethport, PA. She also worked as an adjunct professor of English Composition at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Newman, a mother of five grown children (and grandmother of one), lives in Smethport, Pennsylvania

Note: If you don’t have an account on our website but want to register for this workshop, you can create an account, using your own credentials. If you go to the upper right hand corner of our website, you’ll see text that says “Create an account”. Click on that to get started. If your library is a member of WNYLRC, you will select “WNYLRC Member Library Staff”. Once you select that, you will then be prompted to select your Institution. If you’re an employee of a library affiliated with the other 3Rs/ESLN councils, you will select “Other 3Rs Library Council Member”. Then you will be prompted to select which council you are affiliated with. If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to email me!

PENAmerica What to Expect 2020 Disinformation during voting resources

As Election Day draws near, our media literacy team is continuing to make space for virtual conversations about information integrity, voter trust, and what to expect on Election Day and beyond. We'll be offering more workshops and tipsheets in multiple languages to prepare voters and the news consuming public with the crucial skills to recognize false content regarding the voting process and coverage as results roll in, as part of our campaign, What to Expect 2020. I hope you'll take some time to explore the opportunities and resources below and share them widely. Our democracy depends on media literacy champions like you!

Stay healthy, safe, and well-informed,

Nora Benavidez & PEN America's Media Literacy team