School Library System

December 19, 2014

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A Note From Jen and Jane

This is our last newsletter of 2014. Many thanks to each of you for your hard work, dedication to student success, and friendship. We wish each of you a wonderful winter break! Spend time doing the things you love most.


This week has been one of promoting libraries and all of the great work that each of you is doing out in our districts. Assistant Superintendents for Curriculum and Instruction were introduced to the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum on Tuesday.

On Thursday, our Middle School and High School Principals were introduced to the SLMPE Rubric. The SLMPE rubric will be used as our member plan of service once again this year. Please use the rubric to identify your program's strengths and weaknesses (we'll be sending it out in January). This is a great opportunity to set goals for the future with your administrator. Libraries are ever evolving and we need the support of each administrator to ensure our programs continue to grow.

Word of the Year!

Merriam-Webster Names 'Culture' The 2014 Word Of The Year. As you look towards the new year filled with new opportunities, please reflect on what you are doing that creates a great culture in your library and in your school. As I visit you schools I can see how each of you has intentionally created a place that students and staff want to visit.


Please mark you calendar now for these great opportunities being hosted by ENYSLMA! For more information or to print the registration form, visit
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More Professional Development Opportunities

All school librarians can request free access to one of CDLC's user licenses for a period of two weeks. During that time, you will have complete access to all lynda courses and receive certificates of completion for any courses that you watch in their entirety. After two weeks, your license will be inactivated and made available to the next member. However, your user profile will be saved, and you may request renewed access to the tutorial library at a later date.

For more information, please visit CDLC's page.

Syracuse University School of Information Studies

We are noticing a lack of qualified school librarians across the state. If you know of anyone who would be an outstanding librarian, please pass along this message.

Did you know that Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) offers a 25% Library Employee Tuition Award to help advance your career?

The iSchool's Master of Library and Information Science program connects you to classmates and colleagues online and in life, igniting a camaraderie that inspires ideas and insights. In addition, there is a strong focus on utilizing cutting-edge technology as it develops. You can also earn a Certificate of Advance Study in Data Science or Cultural Heritage Preservation while working on your master’s degree, without adding additional time. As a graduate of our ALA-accredited master’s program, you are equipped with the skills needed to meet job market demands—skills that will take you wherever you want to go. At the Syracuse University iSchool, your education will prepare you to be a successful leader in libraries as well as in other fields related to information science.

The iSchool at Syracuse is pleased to support professional development for librarians by offering a 25% Library Employee Tuition Award to a portion of the students admitted to our Library and Information Science (LIS) or LIS School Media master's degree programs, or our graduate Certificate of Advanced Study in Data Science. Recipients of this award can complete their degree online, on campus (or a blend of both), full- or part-time. To find out if you qualify, learn more here, or email us at

New - New York State Cultural Ed Website was developed to support the implementation of the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). This site is a place where teachers and cultural organizations can connect, collaborate, and share resources and lesson plans. Educators, parents, and families across New York State can locate free cultural resources that support a college and career ready education for all students. Visit this site to view updates about the Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core Conference on August 11th - 12th, 2015. The site can also be found on the LibGuide Resources page.

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Hour of Code

Last week, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week, millions of students from all over the world participated in The Hour of Code. If you missed it, not to worry! You can host an hour of code anytime!

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to show that anybody can learn the basics. Start here!

If internet access is limited, you can still learn about coding concepts! Check out the

'No device or internet?' section on

Other code resources:
Khan Academy
Scratch and ScratchJR
Ursula Le Guin