SLS Weekly Update

October 2, 2020



Welcome to October! I hope that you are all safe and healthy. We made it through September!

I wanted to remind you that we have OPALS training on October 13 at 4 for their new features. It will be recorded for those who can't make it.

Cayuga Onondaga BOCES is working with several other BOCES to bring an afternoon of Jennifer LaGarde. Save the date for October 28th, from 12:15-3.

Also, we will be having training with coming up soon. There is a bit on TeachingBooks below to get you started.

Thanks for all of you who attended Overdrive training. I will be sending out the recording as soon as I get it from Kaleigh. I wanted to let you know that we are moving forward on getting the Axis 360 books transferred. I am cautiously optimistic that they will be in within the next two weeks. However, be warned that not all of them could transfer.

Thanks for those of you who came to visit during office hours! Please join us any Thursday at 8 am and/or 4 pm. Hope to "see" you!

Thank you for all of your support as I learn so much from you every day! You have all been very patient with my learning curve and are a pleasure to work with. I can't tell you how much I appreciate being able to serve you, your students and your staff.

I hope that you are all safe and healthy. Please take this weekend to rest, recharge and relax.


TeachingBooks Update

September 30, 2020

TeachingBooks Access for Everyone in Your Community

With TeachingBooks in one hand, and the books from your libraries and classrooms in the other, the possibilities to support, scaffold, and enrich the reading experience expand exponentially.

Access is for everyone in your community — so we want to make sure everything is set up just right so it can be as effortless and seamless as possible for your students, faculty, and families — from campus or remote.

First, if you are using Clever or ClassLink, please make sure it includes TeachingBooks. If not, contact us for support.

Educator/Adult Sign In
If you have not yet created an Educator Login, the process is simple and will enhance your Teachingbooks experience. You will be able to...

  1. Seamlessly share resources with colleagues and students - your recipient is provided immediate access.
  2. Create custom reading lists filled with resources.
  3. Subscribe to newsletters for support and integration ideas.
  4. Use the text complexity toolkit for selection and differentiation.

Student Sign In
Anonymous access is provided for all students to readily explore the resources available and deepen their reading experience. Students can sign in with your organization's username and password, and to simplify the process during COVID-19, we can provide you direct access buttons for your websites that will sign students right into your account. Request this for your institution by filling out this form.

Save the date

Jennifer LaGarde

October 28th


More information to come!! I am working with several other BOCES on this and I will send you more information as we finalize the details.

Hispanic Heritage Virtual Author Showcase


REFORMA is delighted to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a Virtual Author Showcase featuring Latinx authors Amparo Ortiz, David Unger, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, and Emma Otheguy. They will talk about their recent works, life, writing and more! The presentation will be held in English via Zoom and Facebook. Learn about the authors here.

When: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Program time: 10 a.m. Pacific | 11 a.m. Mountain | 12 p.m. Central | 1 p.m. Eastern
Duration: 75 minutes

This program will be recorded for future viewing and will be available on the REFORMA website.

The event is free, but registration is REQUIRED. Please register here.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries grant


I am writing today to let you know about the American Library Association's special grant opportunity for small and rural libraries, the Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries grant program.

The application period runs from Sept. 21 - Dec. 2, 2020. Additional details and an application can be accessed at

Through this grant program, ALA is distributing nearly $2 million in cash grants to small and rural libraries in 2020-2021. Up to 650 libraries in the U.S. will get:

-$3,000 to tackle an issue of concern to their community

-Online training and development of facilitation skills.

All types of libraries are eligible, including public, academic, community college, K-12, and tribal.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) defines a rural community as one that is more than, or equal to, five miles from an urbanized area and small communities to have a population of 25,000 or less.

Annie Miller and I are serving as regional contact people for this program in New York State and we welcome communication from those interested in participating. Annie is the contact person for the North Country, Capital Region, Hudson Valley, and NYC / Long Island. I am the contact person for Western NY, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Central NY.

We are reaching out to statewide library associations and networks to ask if you will share this information with your members on listservs, in newsletters, or through social media. I have attached flyers to this email which contain the contact information for Annie Miller and myself. Please feel free to share this with libraries throughout the state and the nation.

Thank you,

Keturah Cappadonia

Outreach Consultant

Southern Tier Library System

9424 Scott Road

Painted Post, NY 14870-9598

Phone: (607)962-3141 ext. 204

Fax: (607) 962-5356

Early Literacy Webinar

Please join us for a FREE webinar sponsored by the New York State Library and Ready to Read at New York Libraries.

PLEASE NOTE: This webinar was originally scheduled for March 2020 but had to be canceled/postponed due to COVID-19 issues. If you registered for the March webinar you will need to register again for the October 29 webinar.

Webinar Title: The Development of Early Literacy Learners

When: Thursday, October 29, 2020, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Presented by Donna M. Scanlon, PhD

Past Professor in the Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning

University at Albany, State University of New York

Participants will gain:

• a stronger understanding of early literacy learners and what prepares them for success

• many children’s book examples highlighting the features that support growth in early literacy skills and knowledge

• new tools to further enhance programming, outreach, and collection development related to Ready to Read at New York Libraries’ goals

Visit this link to register:

This webinar will be 1.5 hours with time for questions at the end. It will be recorded and archived for future viewing.

Questions? Please contact Sharon Phillips, Project Director for Ready to Read at New York Libraries at

SUNY Brockport Remote Teaching Survey

We are a group of faculty at SUNY Brockport who are studying how teachers and teacher-librarians used technology during the spring 2020 shift to remote teaching. We are asking if you would like to participate in our survey. The first page of the survey contains specific information about our study.

Thank you for your time.

Follow this link to the Survey:

NewsBank Special Reports _October


October 2020

NewsBank’s Special Reports are news articles, images, maps and other useful content grouped for convenience under specific topics and themes. They enable users to quickly locate information while helping them gain better insight into current global issues and events.

Following is a listing of ones that may be of particular interest at this time.

October Topics
Issues in the News - Global Diversity Awareness Month
Mental Health - Emotional Wellness Month
World Health - Coronavirus
National Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15 - 10/15)
Education Around the World

Additional featured Reports covering current issues and events
World Economics
World Politics and Government
U.S. Presidential Campaign - 2020
World Environment
Science and Health in the News

Each Special Report features current and retrospective coverage with new articles added daily. They constitute a unique value to your users and are included with your NewsBank subscription. There are over 60 Reports to be sure the information you need is always available.

Special Reports are easily accessible from the left side bar on your online resource menu page, on search screens and the Other NewsBank Products link in full-text newspaper products.

Please view and share this video with others. It shows you how to find Special Reports, what they are and how they can be used.

As always, we welcome suggestions for new topics of interest to you and your users for additional Special Reports, as well as the names of other people that should receive these message each month.


Phyllis Comrie

Vice President, Analytical Marketing

NewsBank, inc.