School Library System

Week of May 20-24

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Questar III School Library System End-of-Year Dinner

Thursday, June 13th, 4-6pm

1640 Columbia Turnpike

Castleton-on-Hudson, NY

Our SLS end-of-year dinner will be held ay My Place this year. We will be handing out our Regional Recognition Awards at this event. All library staff are invited.

Sign up now for a fun evening of networking with colleagues, regional recognition awards, and fun! The cost is $20 per person which pays for a buffet style dinner including pulled pork, baked beans, cole slaw, corn bread, and mac & cheese. Please bring cash for beverages other than water. Payment must be received by May 31st in order to secure your spot. In order to meet requirements of the restaurant, we must have at least 20 people. Contact Kerrie with any questions. Join us for a fun evening!

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Annual Survey

Each year the SLS asks each school librarian and/or teacher on special assignment in the school library to fill out an end of year evaluation of the SLS and related services. We use this data to improve our ability to provide high quality service to you, your staff, and your students. We will accept responses to the survey below until June 14th. Thank you in advance for providing feedback to the SLS.

Interlibrary Loans

It is getting close to the end of the school year. Please look at your current interlibrary loans and start to return them. The final week for the courier will be June 10-14. Remember, the courier system can take some time so please plan ahead.

Best Practices for Moving to Genre Organization in Your Library

At a meeting last week with Bill Curran from Follett, he showed our Follett User Group a great resource for librarians who are looking to genrify their library. To access this information, please go to: or you can click on the PDF below to access the document itself. While it can be a bit sales pitch-y with them trying to sell you their labels, it does have some valuable information for those of you looking to take the leap into genrifying your library.

Union Catalog - Records Needed

So that we may update the union catalog over the summer, please send your catalog records to Kerrie by June 1st. It is a requirement for our funding that we have an updated union catalog. Your assistance in keeping our catalog current for all users is greatly appreciated!

Schools who are part of Follett library automation through Questar III do not need to submit records.

Rosen Spotlight on Coding and Computer Science - NEW!

School Library System recently purchased the Rosen Spotlight on Coding and Computer Science for students in grades 7-10 and it is now available for use. To access it, please go to the Free SLS Resources tab on the LibGuide. Click on Once logged in you will see all of the Spotlights that have been purchased and are ready for use. You will also notice the Spotlight on Social and Emotional Learning which was purchased in February.

ALA releases new Libraries' Guide to the 2020 Census

The American Library Association released<> the Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census <>, a new resource to prepare libraries for the decennial count of every person living in the United States.

The Guide contains practical information to assist library staff in addressing potential patron and community requests regarding the upcoming 2020 Census. The Guide includes:

* basic information about the Census process;
* highlights of new components in the 2020 Census, such as the online response option;
* frequently asked questions;
* a timeline of key Census dates;
* contact information and links to additional resources.

ALA teamed with the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality to develop the Guide, with support from ALA’s 2020 Census Library Outreach and Education Task Force.

ALA plans to provide additional resources for library practitioners in the months leading up to Census Day on April 1, 2020.

The Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census<> is available for free download at<>.

Professional Learning Opportunities

Bridging the Gap: Preparing High School Special Needs Students for Success in College

Monday, June 3rd, 8:30am-3:30pm

432 Western Avenue

Albany, NY

This symposium, held at the College of St. Rose, will focus on helping special education students transition from high school to college. Speakers include ACCESS-VR's Pam Brehm-Bisaillon, Questar III's Sally Lauletta, a student panel, DeAnne Martocci from HVCC, and more! The cost is free and registration is taking place through CDLC. You can register here: Please request a certificate when registering. There will not be a MLP link. Please forward to administrators and teachers who might be interested in attending.

Summer Professional Learning

The Summer PD Catalog is now available!

This summer we will focus on:

  • AASL Standards - Elementary
  • AASL Standards - Secondary
  • Primary Sources
  • Leap Into Readers Advisory with Stacey Rattner and Alicia Abdul
  • Lesson Collaboration

Register soon. Workshops with fewer than 10 people on June 30th may be cancelled.

OER Summer Workshop at HFM BOCES

The HFM BOCES School Library System (SLS) will be hosting a ½ day workshop focused on using Open Educational Resources with students in grades 7-12. Michael Daly, SUNY OER Services, will be presenting at the HFM BOCES Conference Center on August 21, 2019 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.

The flyer for the event and information about Open Educational Resources are attached below. Please feel free to share with your faculty.

Contact Tariyka Chaulk with any questions…

Tariyka Chaulk

School Library Media Specialist

HFM BOCES School Library System