School Library System

December 11, 2015

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A Note From Jen and Jane

Please take some time to read the many updates below. A few highlights:
  • NoodleTools will be updated in the coming weeks. These updates may require help from your technology department. More information is listed below.
  • Online advocacy tools have been working to influence decision makers. Please click on the Take Action Now link in the NYLA Reminder.
  • ESSA is now law. See the links below to understand what that means for libraries.

NoodleTools Updates

NoodleTools is free through the School Library System. Your students and teachers have access to integrated tools for note-taking, outlining, citation, document
archiving/annotation, and collaborative research and writing.

Please contact Jane if you need help getting started.

Newest Updates from NoodleTools:

  • Rollout schedule and important details you need to know

To avoid any interruption of school work, we have chosen winter break for a significant update process related to the new website design and NoodleTools interface described in our fall webinar. Check the webpage over the holidays for updated status and timing of this process. Please be informed that Saturday December 19 and Saturday December 26 and potentially the ensuing few days ahead of the New Year will be designated for this work, and NoodleTools will be offline for parts of those days.

Stage 1: The first update on Saturday, December 19th will be an overhaul of the website design. The home page and the rest of the static website pages will look different -- modern and beautiful, featuring some great pictures we've taken at local schools! NoodleTools itself (i.e., what you see when you log in to the NoodleTools application) will be unchanged.

Stage 2: Following the website update, additional holiday updates (beginning December 26th) will incorporate the new NoodleTools interface, as described in the webinar. Expect some downtime over that weekend as we migrate data to the new system.

  • What changes do my technology folks need to know about?

On December 19th, we will be changing the domain for the NoodleTools application. Your existing links to NoodleTools will not break, since they will automatically redirect to this new domain. However, if your school uses a proxy server (like EZproxy) for access, or your school/district has whitelisted our domains for web filtering or firewall access, changes to those configurations may be required. The new domains associated with NoodleTools will be and You can refer to to assist with EZproxy configuration. Keep in mind that no changes should be made until we have communicated that the December 19th Stage 1 update is in place.

Internet Explorer (IE) versions 9 and lower will no longer be supported. Please verify that you have access to Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or IE version 10 or higher.

  • Google Apps authentication

Many subscribers have switched over to our new Google Apps authentication option, providing students and teachers single-sign-on access to NoodleTools and eliminating the "forgot my password" disease! We encourage all schools using Google Apps for Education (GAFE) to take advantage of this single-sign-on option. Here is the blog entry that describes the feature and provides information about how to send us a request:

Users who authenticate through Google Apps can also access the NoodleTools Companion iOS/Android app. To do that, a user can simply locate the "app key" in their NoodleTools user profile and use that key as the password for logging in to the app (in conjunction with their Google ID as the username).

OverDrive Update

From OverDrive:

Thanks to great feedback from you and your users, OverDrive will change “Bookshelf” on your OverDrive website to “Checkouts” on December 15. This should reduce confusion between a user’s bookshelf on the website and the bookshelf in the OverDrive app.

Add your Students & Staff to OverDrive!

OverDrive is a free resource through the School Library System where students and staff can access eBooks and audiobooks. If you would like to create or update accounts in OverDrive, please contact Jane.

If you need some help getting started, just let us know!

NYLA Reminder

NYS Library Aid FY 2016-2017 - Needs Your Support!

Governor Cuomo is finalizing his Executive Budget proposal, and NOW is the time to SPEAK UP FOR LIBRARY FUNDING!

We have not gotten any assurances that library funding is secure. In 2014, the last legislative election year, Governor Cuomo cut $4M in library aid as a negotiating tactic with the legislature. Now, with an upcoming election year, library aid is again subject to these same negotiating tactics. The $5M in extra funding we worked so hard to get during this year’s budget is uncertain at best. This is unacceptable.

TAKE ACTION NOW and tell the Governor that library aid should be INCREASED, not CUT. State Education Law mandates Library Aid be $102.6M for the upcoming year – current funding of $91.6M is inadequate, let alone a cut back to $86.6M.


Use our pre-drafted letter to voice your support for fully funding NYS Library Aid in the FY 2016-2017 Budget. After you submit zip code you will have the opportunity to view and EDIT our pre-drafted letter. Our system submits your message directly to Governor Cuomo’s inbox.

Looking ahead – NYLA has released the 2016 NYLA Legislative and Budgetary Priorities – check them out!

Mark your calendars –

Library Advocacy Day 2016
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Thank you for speaking up for libraries!

ESSA Update

The following update was provided by Carl Vitevitch, Vice President for Advocacy for the School Library Systems Association of New York State:

The US Senate approved the Every Student Succeeds Act on December 9th after the US House approved it on December 2nd. President Obama signed the bill into law on December 10th.

This new legislation will take the place of No Child Left Behind law. There are many important points that school librarians should be aware of. Please see the ALA "Overview of ESSA provisions" for more information:

This law should strengthen the position of the NYLA priority to "Expand Access to School Libraries and Librarians" bill working its way through NYS legislative committees.

And for those that forgot how the legislative process works, here is a link to "I'm Just a Bill" from Schoolhouse Rock -

P-12 Science Standards

Several emails have come to the School Library System sharing the link to a survey for the draft NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS). The message below is from John Brock, Associate in School Library Services at NYSED.

Over the course of many months and in collaboration with numerous science education stakeholders across New York State, the New York State Education Department spearheaded the development of draft New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards. The Education Department recently posted the draft New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) for public preview. This draft may be accessed at

In order to collect feedback related to the draft NYSSL, the Department has posted a survey allowing respondents to rate the draft NYSSLS against a set of research-based standards evaluation criteria. The survey may be accessed at The feedback received will inform revisions to the draft NYSSLS prior to presenting them to the Board of Regents for discussion and eventual adoption.

Thank you, in advance, for participating in this important survey. The survey will remain open until close of business on Friday, February 5, 2016.

If you have any questions and/or comments, please contact Will Jaacks at 518-474-5922 or

Inquiry Immersion Weekend

The regional school library systems of Dutchess, Sullivan, and Ulster are co-sponsoring a weekend of inquiry immersion at the Diamond Mills Hotel in Saugerties, NY. If you have not had the opportunity to participate in a workshop with Olga Nesi, please consider attending on March 4-6, 2016.

REGISTRATION: Deadline: January 11, 2016 – Must register on the MLP site for Dutchess, Sullivan or Ulster.

PAYMENT DEADLINE: January 27, 2016. Send your check AND registration form (see below) as directed to Dutchess BOCES SLS. Member pricing is for school librarians and teachers from Dutchess, Sullivan and Ulster BOCES. All others are considered non-members.

  • DATES: Friday, March 4, 2016, 7 - 9:30 PM, Saturday, March 5, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Sunday, March 6, 9:00 - 11:30 AM
  • AUDIENCE: School Librarians and Classroom Teachers – Grades K-12
  • LOCATION: Diamond Mills Hotel, 25 South Partition Street, Saugerties, NY 12477 -

COST: Includes the workshop, ESIFC binder, breakfast and lunch Saturday and breakfast Sunday.

  • Member price: $100 per person (Members = classroom teachers and librarians from Dutchess, Sullivan, or Ulster county BOCES)
  • Nonmember price: $150 per person
  • Additional fee for overnight rooms: See attached flyer/registration form for details.


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