School Library System

May 4-8, 2020

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Communication Coordinator Meeting - May 13, 2020

Our last Communication Coordinator Meeting of this school year will be held Wednesday, May 13th from 9 am to 12 pm. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Announcements
  • Ed Law 2D
  • Database Statistics
  • Post-Coronavirus Book Returns
  • Review of Recent Regional Resources

Please register before noon on May 12th:

*Reminder: All librarians are welcome to join any of our meetings, but please remember that each district has designated at least one Communication Coordinator and that person should be attending each CC meeting, or sending someone in their place if they are not able to attend. This is part of the NYSED Regulations governing School Library Systems.*

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Important Information regarding Database Orders

  1. All database orders are due next Friday, May 15th. There are 7 days left to place your orders.

  2. Due Today, May 8th: If you received a quote for a database, please let us know if you would like to purchase that database by today Friday, May 8th. This is because we must enter it into the LRM, so that you can choose it as an option when placing your order. This process takes time, so we will need to know by this Friday.

  3. If we receive/d your signed database order form from anyone other than you, we will inform you. That means, if you have not heard from us, we do not have your signed order form. Please communicate with your business official if they are supposed to send it to us and have not yet done so.

Directions for saving your order form as a PDF while in the LRM are as follows:

    1. Enter your LRM CC account

    2. Click into the box titled, "District Wide Purchases"

    3. Right-click on the document

    4. Select "Print..." from the pop-up menu

    5. When the print setup menu pops up, select "Save as PDF" from the Destination dropdown box (see image below).

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May Cut & Paste Resources from TeachingBooks

Taking Care of Yourself and Family

Sora Sweet Reads Virtual Library

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Editable Virtual Library

The images are approved to use by Sora. The book covers are linked, so make a copy, add your bitmoji, and edit/share as you wish!

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Sneak Peek of Kids InfoBits (Gale In Context: Elementary) Enhancements

Friday, May 15, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

On May 29th, Kids InfoBits will become Gale In Context: Elementary, and will receive enhancements designed to increase access to library resources and have a greater impact on elementary student success. In this webinar, we'll offer a sneak peek at these upcoming changes. This session will be recorded and posted to within one business day.

Product icons, marketing materials and MARC records will be available from on May 29. All existing URLs will continue to work; however, Gale recommends that you update your MARC records to accurately reflect the new product name. You can also visit to preview the product and access guidelines for presenting product names alphabetically or by subject.

Click here for more information about how to promote Kids InfoBits enhancements on Twitter or Facebook.

Register here:

Kids InfoBits (Gale In Context: Elementary) Enhancements

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)

On May 29th, Kids InfoBits (which will be called Gale In Context: Elementary) will receive interface enhancements designed to increase access to library resources and have a greater impact on student success. In this webinar, we'll share what's changed with Gale In Context: Elementary, including both interface and specific tool enhancements. Join us to learn how these improvements will help users research smarter, not harder. This session will be recorded and posted to within one business day.

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· Reminders ·

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#HarryPotterAtHome offer extended through May 31

Sora is delighted to share that our #HarryPotterAtHome offer has been extended to May 31, 2020. Both the ebook and audiobook versions of the first book in the Harry Potter series will continue to be available in your digital collection for unlimited, simultaneous use throughout the month of May.

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· Librarian of the Week ·

Each week we will showcase a librarian from our region.

Who: Kate Banks

What: Secondary School Librarian

Where: Columbia High School (East Greenbush CSD)

A favorite hobby: My favorite hobby is going for hikes with my husband Greg. Being in nature and taking photos is one of our favorite things to do together. He has been a wonderful quarantine partner! Reading is a very close second ; )

What book would you recommend: This is always the toughest question! The book that I have most recently read that is staying with me is We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I had been told by many friends how incredible it was and I absolutely agree! The book I just started is All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and it has absolutely drawn me in! Reading has been a great way to escape all of this stress!

Share something that you are proud of that has recently happened in your library/school: Over the last two years, my colleagues and I have been working tirelessly to genrefy the fiction section of the library. I was completely resistant to the trend at first, but I will do ANYTHING to get my kiddos interested in reading. So I caved and decided to jump on the genrefying bandwagon and it has been fantastic! Going through each title and categorizing them into the nine genres was a tremendously arduous experience, but it allowed us as librarians to delve into collection development in a way that we had not been able to in years (maybe ever)! I used Jennifer LaGarde's model and would be happy to talk about our process with anyone interested.

What drew you to a career in school librarianship: My very first official job was working as a Page in the children's department of my local library. I fell in love with every aspect of being a librarian. I did have a fabulous school librarian and that helped, but it was really seeing what it meant to be a part of a library community. I have always enjoyed spending time in libraries, but until I worked in one I wasn't able to see the daily impact that library services have on a community! Working toward and attaining my teaching and library certifications has been the biggest accomplishment of my life. Being a school librarian is the best job in the world!

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Daily Librarian Chat

Monday at 10 am - Regional SLS Meeting - a Zoom link will be sent to the listserv each week before the meeting

Tuesday at 12 pm - Tech Tool Tuesday - send tech tools you would like to learn more about to Kerrie. If you would like to present a tool that has been particularly helpful to you let Kerrie know

Wednesday at 10 am - Elementary Roundtable - Elementary librarians will share ideas, ask questions, and work together to find ways to best help teachers, students, and others

Thursday at 12 pm - Secondary Roundtable - Secondary librarians will share ideas, ask questions, and work together to find ways to best help teachers, students, and others

Friday at 10 am - Open Mic Friday - Bring your questions, challenges, successes, and more for this “open mic” session

Using ThingLink to Create HyperDocs

May 12th from 10:00-11:00 AM

HyperDocs engage students in authentic learning experiences, are visually stimulating, and provide for student agency. Join Kerrie Burch, Director for School Library System and Model Schools as she shows participants how to create HyperDocs using Thinglink, an interactive learning tool. Participants should bring an existing HyperDoc they want to improve or have an existing plan for creating a HyperDoc based on a current lesson with them as this will be a hands-on session.

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Connecting School and Public Librarians Webinar - May 18

Capital Region BOCES, Questar III, and Upper Hudson Library System are collaborating to bring school and public librarians together in order to discuss how to connect students with summer reading opportunities. Please see below for more information and to register.

Date: May 18, 2020

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Join us as we bring together public and school librarians to discuss how to connect our students to summer reading opportunities. Let’s share our current “normal” and all that has changed. We will work together to share what we’ve learned, and hopefully find ways to keep our students reading and connected. This event is a 3-way collaboration between Capital Region BOCES, Questar III, and Upper Hudson Library System. If your community public librarian is not part of UHLS, please feel free to invite them along and share information!


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Library Media Specialist Summer School

Job ID: CRBN0172005-7020

Application Deadline: 05/08/2020

Start Date: 07/06/2020

Job Description

Vacancy Number:



Library Media Specialist Summer School


Cobleskill-Richmondville High School

Basic Function:

Duties involve responsibilities for carrying out the basic functions of a school library. The school library media specialist works collaboratively with classroom teachers to create experiences for learners to introduce and develop information literacy skills across grade levels and content areas.


A. NYS Certification in School Library Media Specialist
B. Experience preferred


1. Work closely with building faculty and administrators to design, develop and deliver library services and instruction in information literacy skills for students in Grades 6-12.
2. Assist with technology as needed.

Start Date:

July 6, 2020 – August 14, 2020 (dates may change depending on enrollment and State guidelines) Monday thru Thursday @2-4 hours each day There will be a mandatory training on Thursday, July 2nd from 8AM to 12PM location TBD.

Application Deadline:

May 8, 2020

Starting Salary:

$43.53 per hour (salaries are paid on an hourly basis)

The selected applicant will be subject to a fingerprint supported criminal history background check in accordance with SAVE Legislation effective July 1, 2001.

Apply here:

Schenectady City School - School Librarian

Job ID: SCEN0171669-0000

Application Deadline: 07/01/2020

Start Date: 07/01/2020

Job Description:

Please apply both on OLAS and the Schenectady City School District website to be considered for this position.

About Schenectady City Schools

With a population of nearly 10,000 students, the Schenectady City School District is one of the largest in the Capital Region. With an incredibly diverse population we are committed to ensuring that all children feel valued, are safe and will learn. We place the highest priority on a culture of equity, ensuring that race, economics, and disability are never predictors of student achievement. Every child in our district counts and will be supported each step of the way, along the path to graduation.

Librarian Role

This position will report to the Principal in a midsize urban school district located in the Capital region of Upstate New York. The Librarian will manage the school library and ensure it serves as the hub of the school. The Librarian therefore must have the ability to develop, maintain, and sustain relationships and partnerships with colleagues and the community. The Librarian will plan culturally responsive activities to meet the diverse learning needs of all students. The Librarian will maintain a Library environment that excites students about learning and engages students lived experiences. This position requires a high degree of flexibility, caring attitude and a culturally responsive equity-based mindset.

Librarian Expectations

  • Serve as tech support in our buildings and is seen as an innovator in the implementation of technology in our schools;
  • Maintain the library for effective distribution/circulation of materials, coordination of services, and effective instruction for building staff and students;
  • Knowledge of how the library supports/maintains growth in student achievement and tireless commitment to that effort;
  • Knowledge of differentiating for a variety of learning needs (both adult learners and child learners);
  • In depth knowledge of the CCLS, especially in the area of complex texts and close reading;
  • Teach essential skills such as: Microsoft office programs, database research, internet research skills, source evaluation tools, library catalog search and resource retrieval, keyboarding, reading skills, literature/non-fiction appreciation;
  • Facilitate student (and adult) access to information-rich resources for research;
  • Encourage students to explore the world around them through print and online resources;
  • Serve as teacher resource through collaboration on Common Core aligned curriculum;
  • Knowledge of enrichment education research using the CCLS (TIE).

Librarian Key Qualities

  • Demonstrates an imagination that is contagious;
  • Teaching approaches are driven by innovation and equity;
  • Facilitates library interactions that foster intellectual, cultural and social emotional learning;
  • Independent thinker that thrives in interdependent environments.

Minimum Qualifications Please apply both on OLAS and the Schenectady City School District website to be considered for this position.

  • New York State certification.
  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred).

The Schenectady City School District is committed to hiring members of protected classes and residents of the City of Schenectady. For more information on the District’s recruitment and hiring plan, please contact the Human Resources Office at 881-2000 ext. 40133. The Schenectady City School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race or gender. This policy is in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Regulations and By-Laws of the Board of Education of the Schenectady City School District.

Please apply both on OLAS and the Schenectady City School District website to be considered for this position.


Troy City Schools

Job ID: TRYN0171852-7020

Application Deadline: 08/31/2020

Start Date: 09/01/2020

Job Description:

Library Media Specialist - Anticipated 2020-2021 School Year

With approximately 4,000 students, Troy is a small urban school district in NY’s Capital Region. Our learning community values our ethnic, social and cultural diversity.

The Troy City School District has an anticipated opening for the 2020-2021 school year and is now accepting applications for a full-time probationary Library Media Specialist. Please apply through OLAS by sending your letter of interest, resume, NYS certification and all supporting materials. This will be an on-going recruiting process until filled.


Questar III School Library System

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

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist