WSWHE - SLS
December 21, 2015
Great Legislative News!
This legislation is critical to future funding for school librarians and shows the importance of having our voices heard in local, state and national bills that impact school libraries and school librarians!
More information, including ALA's overview of the library provisions, is available on the Advocacy Page of our LibGuides.
Local Happenings - Hour of Code
The Edublog Awards are a community-based incentive started in 2004 in response to community concerns relating to how schools, districts and educational institutions were blocking access of learner and teacher blog sites for educational purposes.
The purpose of the Edublog awards is to promote and demonstrate the educational values of these social media.
One of the best aspects is that it creates a fabulous resource for educators to use for ideas on how social media is used in different contexts, with a range of different learners.
It introduces us all to new sites that we might not have found if not for the awards process.
Offerings from WSWHE SLS
We have filled our quota for NYLA-SSL's Spring 2016 Conference in Albany and currently have a waiting list. If you would like to attend, please let me know asap so I can take a close look at the list and see if we can bump it up to send more people. I will need a final count before I can do that!
April 8 - 10, we will have our 2nd Tech Retreat at Carey Conference Center. Last year only Questar and Cap Region participated, but this year it is opening to all 4 regions, to include WSWHE and HFM. SLS will pay for part of the fees; first choice will go to people who haven't gone to a conference recently, then we will take others. We will have an announcement right after the holidays so be on the lookout for more information!
And of course it's early, but hope you'll be part of the annual Cornell Leadership Conference this coming summer!
LIBGUIDES - GROWING!
In the Best Practices Guide, we are looking to feature what YOU, our local librarians, are doing - as well as having you share good ideas and resources with each other! We currently only have 2 tabs up (Tech Share and Weeding & Feeding) but are looking for contributions for others: Displays, Learning Commons, Lesson Plans, Library Programs, Reports & Statistics ... and any others you'd like to see.
First up - what should we have as our "Home" page for Best Practices?? As you can see, it's pretty sparse now. Send your ideas or pictures to J’aimé!
Book News & Info
Please share any good online book groups, websites or blogs to post on our Book News & Info tab in LibGuides. Several of you have asked about putting together local book groups for teachers/librarians. If there's interest in doing something online such as GoodReads, let me know!
Local Hour of Code Success!
This is still a fairly new event, but it is catching on quickly! See photos of local events, as well as resources on our Best Practices "Hour of Code" page.
Additional Titles Added to GVRL
WSWHE-SLS added 24 titles to Gale's GVRL site with an emphasis on Grades 7 & 8 Social Studies. All of our secondary schools have access to these titles through their database link - click on Gale then select GVRL. The complete list is located on our eBooks page in LibGuides. If you are an elementary building and want access, please contact J’aimé. MARC records will be loaded in OPALS catalogs soon after the holiday break; if you need MARC records and you aren't on OPALS, please let me know.