WSWHE BOCES SLS - September 25, 2020
While it didn't quite work out that way, and every district and building has its own "model" of returning to school, what I have learned about is resilience. The resilience of students to be learning remotely or in a hybrid model. The resilience of teachers to teach synchronously and asynchronously. And mostly about the resilience of school librarians working on collaborations, figuring out the quarantine time for physical materials, encouraging students to go online for research materials, eBooks and audiobooks, teaching how to reserve books for "curbside" pickups and deliveries through classroom teachers, putting together online resources for ease of access - and so much more! In difficult circumstances, I see so many of you reaching outside your comfort zone to do more, and talking about "opportunities" to find another way to reach your school communities and learn something new.
Again - you are amazing!! Keep it up but take time for "self-care." And let us know whatever, however and whenever we at SLS can help you.
"Heads high. Hearts open. You've got this!" (Pluto)
General Membership Meeting - IMPORTANT Changes
You can enroll in MLP; if you've already enrolled, it has been changed to reflect the start and end time, 3 hours CTLE, and online.
If you are unable to participate, you will have access to the folder with slides and PD. We have had a couple of requests from district curriculum coordinators to attend so they can make sure all librarians get the information if they are unable to attend, and we are looking forward to having them join us.
Regional BOCES SLS Meetings
Our next meeting is Wed. October 7 and the topic will be "EdLaw2D." We will send a Zoom link before the meeting for anyone who would like to join us.
Surveys - Still Need Info
2020-21 School Year - Collecting information on what your role, and what your physical space, looks like so far. This may change ... but it will help us to know what you are all facing as we plan our year of PD, etc.
Battle of the Books 2021 - If your school participated last year, please complete the survey on behalf of your school, or ask the coaches to. The sooner we know the potential participation numbers, the sooner we can make decisions and get information out to everyone.
Thanks so much!!!
We are encouraging all of you to use the "Library.fyi" single sign-on which, in addition to databases, includes links to eBooks and YOUR library catalog and - coming soon! - a link to MultiMedia services if your district participates. It is completely customizable which makes it great for collaborations. Recently, they've added a way for you to use a check-list to turn on and off any databases you want to show on your Library.fyi.
Karin has been putting in hours and hours of work on getting all of them up and working!! You can click on her link to FAQs, but feel free to reach out to her for more specific information.
Sora and Public Libraries
Links and Other Info
We understand that you are inundated with emails and we will try to put some things that come across our desk in a SMORE instead of forwarding multiple emails. There are some (Fact Cite "Throwback Thursday" and "Tech Talk" weekly topics) that we will continue to forward.
In addition, we often receive promotions from vendors that have information and attachments. We are currently not forwarding those; if there are vendors that you work with and would like to receive promotions directly, let us know if you need their contact information.
Overdrive--Candlewick Press titles on sale until Halloween...some are $0 or .99!
Library Journal and School Library Journal Library Con Live! (Free Virtual Event - Nov 5, 2020)
Fun New Pins on Librarian Share
Once there, click on images to take you to the sites:
Welcome Back Email - and Link
When you can't find it, it's on our LibGuides "Welcome Back" page - and we leave that up all year so you can find what you're looking for.
When you need information stat...
This will take you to many of those areas where you need help, and you need quick information on many of our topics, such as: