School Library System

Week of January 13-17 , 2020

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KIDS Discover Free Trial

Welcome to your Kids Discover Online Free Trial! It has started and will expire on 3/15/2020

Kids Discover Online provides a cross-curricular experience for the modern classroom. It packs science, social studies, and ELA into one easy-to-use online reading platform for grades 3-8.


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· Events ·

Library Advocacy Day is February 25

Whether or not you can make it to the Capitol that day, there is much you can do to advocate for libraries. We encourage you to take advantage of one or more of these upcoming opportunities:

  • Thursday, January 30, 1:00-2:30 pm, Webinar – Primer on Legislative Visits – This webinar will outline the legislative players and process, and discuss how to prepare for, conduct, and follow up on legislative visits. Sponsored by Northern New York Library Network. More information and registration:
  • Friday, February 7, 2:00-3:30 pm, CDLC/UHLS, Albany - Getting Ready for Library Advocacy – Join NYLA Executive Director Jeremy Johannesen and NYLA Director of Government Relations & Advocacy Briana McNamee to learn about NYLA’s 2020 legislative agenda and talking points to use with legislators. More information and registration: Pre-Advocacy Activities, Monday, February 24, Albany – There will be several meetings and events at the Albany Hilton, including a luncheon, continuing education workshops, and a PAC fundraising gala. Details:
  • LIBRARY ADVOCACY DAY, Tuesday, February 25, Base Camp at Legislative Office Building120 opens at 8:00 am. – See NYLA’s Library Advocacy Day page for more details:

Elementary Round Table

Elementary Librarians Round Table

When: Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

Where: Saddlewood Elementary School, 100 Loralee Dr., Albany, NY 12205

Please join us for the Elementary Librarians Round Table!

This session will offer an opportunity for elementary librarians to meet and discuss programming, share best practices and book titles, and troubleshoot library issues together. Join us for professional conversation with snacks. February's agenda includes:

  • Introductions
  • Ideas for solving the lost book problem
  • How to collaborate with faculty and colleagues
  • Author visits: Have you done one? Would you like to?

Register in MLP at the following link:

School Library Journal Day of Dialog 2020

Join in on one of the most anticipated librarian-only gatherings of the year and be informed, inspired and entertained by the best authors, editors, and publishers working in the fields of children’s and young adult literature today. Enjoy access to exclusive author signings, free ARCs, and opportunities to network with publishing professionals and library colleagues from around the country.

May 27. 2020


· Reminders ·

NYLA is Seeking 2020 Conference Program Proposals

The process for generating the best possible content for the NYLA conference is a multi-step process that begins early - and we need YOU! New York State is home to the best and brightest librarians in the nation and we need you to step and share your best!

An open call for program proposals is open NOW through Friday, January 31, 2020

Already put in a proposal for ULU, or SSL, or YSS - submit the idea here too!

2020 NYLA Conference Program Proposal Submission Form

Want to see what others have suggested? Click HERE.

Looking for other ideas? The suggestions received as part of the 2019 Conference Satisfaction Survey are available - Click HERE

Proposal Considerations

Feel free to visit the 2020 Program Proposal Submission Form prior to actually submitting your proposal. There are a number of questions and details you will need to gather prior to hitting 'Submit Proposal'.

The conference program sessions are 75 minutes in duration, with the anticipation of 60 minutes of content, and 10 minutes of Q&A.

Feel free to submit program proposals that are not completely formulated - revisions to programs are built into the process. That being said, once you submit the proposal, you will not be able to edit that proposal prior to the rankings.

Presenters for programs that are accepted for presentation receive free registration for the conference on the day on which they are presenting, exclusive of special event tickets. Travel and lodging expenses are typically not covered, but can be negotiated on a case by case basis between the presenter and the sponsoring entity.

Help us ensure that NYLA 2020 is the 'Best Conference Ever'! Submit a program proposal!

LOC Surplus Book Program

The Library of Congress Surplus Books Program donates surplus books to educational institutions, public agencies, and nonprofit tax-exempt agencies with the purpose of building library collections, not to raise funds for institutions or organizations. My office is happy to help facilitate your organization's request for books through the program. The books will consist of a miscellaneous assortment of genres, including children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, reference books, textbooks, test-prep books, and many others. The selection provided through the Surplus Books Program changes frequently and is not listed in any database. We will do our best to find books that match your interests, but we cannot guarantee the exact books you request will be available. We recommend keeping your requests general, e.g. “test-prep books” OR "books about biology" rather than “A.P. Biology test-prep books”.

To request books for your organization, complete and submit the Surplus Books Request form below. Once your book request is received, someone from our office will contact you.

More information about the Library of Congress Surplus Books program can be found here.

Picture: During a visit from Congressman Tonko to Van Rensselaer Elementary School Library. Thank you, Jane Platania. for sharing. Jane's library received 35 nonfiction books last week.

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· Librarian of the Week ·

Melissa Persico

Each week we will showcase a librarian from our region.

Who: Melissa Persico

What: Elementary School Librarian

Where: Greenville Elementary School

When: This is Melissa's 7th school year at Greenville ES. She has a mostly flex schedule with the K's having a fixed library schedule.

Hobby: I love gardening and doing all of the arts & crafts!

Favorite book: Harry Potter will always be my #1! My favorite new book is the first in the Greystone Secrets series, The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix.

Little known fact: Our lovely SLS Specialist, Amanda Karian, is my son's godmother.

Share something that you are proud of that has recently happened in your library/school:

Over the last couple of years, I gave a few short PD sessions on Seesaw, the digital learning portfolio. A few teachers began implementing it in their classrooms and now, this year we have a school-wide subscription-- all of our teachers are now using this platform to build student portfolios and share student work with families.

What drew you to a career in school librarianship: When I was working at Bath & Body Works while in undergrad, my elementary school librarian (who also switched to my high school when I was in 9th grade) happened to come in and ask what I was up to. I told her I wanted to be a high school English teacher, and she said, "You don't want to do that. You lived in libraries your whole life-- you're a librarian." She was right, and here I am!

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· Send Us Your Displays ·

We love showing you off!

Librarian: Britt Buckenroth

School: New Lebanon Jr. Sr. HS

The Students vs. Staff Reading Competition is underway at New Lebanon Jr. Sr. High School. Participants receive raffle tickets for every 100 pages read. Prizes include cupcakes, gift cards, and even Kindles! Thank you for sharing Britt!
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World Book Webinar

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SLS Department Leader Workshop Series

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Story Design: Innovative STEAM Project Workshop

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NewsBank Webinar

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Typist - Library- Donald P. Sutherland

Job ID: EGRN0167374-0000

Job Description:

East Greenbush CSD is accepting applications for a Typist position in the Library at Donald P. Elementary School. Minimum qualifications include either: (A) Graduation from high school or possession of an equivalency diploma, including or supplemented by a course in keyboarding (typing); or (B) one year of clerical experience which involved keyboarding (typing); or (C) an equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B) above. Applicants need working knowledge of office terminology, practices and procedures; working knowledge of business arithmetic and business English; ability to perform prolonged fine-finger movement on a keyboard at a predetermined rate of speed and accuracy; ability to set up forms, charts and tabular listings; ability to perform detail work involving visual effort and strain; ability to understand and follow oral and written instruction; ability to organize and maintain records and files; ability to deal effectively with the public; and ability to use microcomputer software. This position is 3.5 hours per day/10 months.

The successful candidate must take, pass, and be reachable on the "List of Eligibles" for the Rensselaer County Civil Service examination for Typist. All interested and qualified individuals wishing to become candidates for this position MUST apply to OLAS, submit a complete application including cover letter, up-to-date resume, an EGCSD Non-Instructional application, and a Rensselaer County Civil Service application (found on the district website at

Questions may be directed to the Personnel Office 518-207-2529 or

Germantown Central School District

Library Media Specialist PK-12

Job ID:GRMN0166931-7020

Job Description:

Germantown Central School District has a Library Media Specialist (LMS) vacancy. The LMS will oversee two libraries (each with a Library Aide assigned to it) within a single PK-12 building. The LMS will provide instruction to PK-12 students in computer skills, coding and all aspects of digital citizenship. The LMS will collaborate with other educators to implement the district's Instructional Technology Plan. The position begins as soon as possible.

Application Deadline:01/24/2020

Start Date:01/07/2020

Questar III School Library System

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

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist

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