School Library System

January 16, 2015

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A Note from Jen and Jane

This week we had an outstanding time with Mary Ratzer and Judi Dzikowski as we learned more about how Rosen's Spotlight on New York and Spotlight on Ancient Civilizations help us address the Social Studies Frameworks. Thank you to all who were able to attend the workshop on Tuesday.

Interlibrary Loan & Our Courier

Since the beginning of the year our couriers have not been stopping at every building in a district. Each district has one designated school where the courier stops. Please be sure to print this year's schedule so you know when and where the courier will be.

Please be sure to properly pack and label all items! We would prefer that all items be in an envelope (or bag if larger) clearly marked with:
  • Name of recipient (first AND last)
  • Building
  • District

Jane has created ILL Routing Labels which you can print and attach to all items being sent through the courier. We prefer if these labels are on blue so they are easily identifiable to the couriers. The couriers visit dozens of schools and have hundreds of people they are supporting.


... send items with no labels!
... send books without putting them inside of an envelope or bag!
... get frustrated! If something is not picked up the day you think it should be, give us a call. We will find out why there was a delay.

Thank you for identifying where items are being picked up from in your district. The couriers really do follow the schedule and they really do look in the designated location for items on scheduled pick up days. They are not able to identify items they are supposed to take if they are not in the correct area or if there is not a note in that area alerting them that the item is elsewhere.

Thanks for your patience and assistance!

Speaking of Unlabeled Items...

Do you know who this book belongs to?

Please contact Jane if you can help us identify where it belongs.

Book Buzz

Even if you were unable to participate in Book Buzz with Rebecca Ekstrom, please visit the blog to see what everyone read for the book club. You will find many great book talks to help you introduce your students to a wide selection of books. We have ordered everything that was available on OverDrive so you won't need to wait for your own copy of the book to arrive. Happy reading!

Skype/Zoom with a 3-Time Iditarod Musher and her Iditarod Lead Dog


Karen Land — writer, oral historian, public speaker, and three-time participant in the 1,150-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race across Alaska — will be Skyping/Zooming with students across the globe this Winter/Spring 2015. E-mail for more information and to set up a date!

Karen is available for one-time Skype/Zoom visits, or is offering a DAILY IDITAROD CHECK-IN throughout the 2015 race (the Iditarod starts March 7, 2015). For those classrooms following the Iditarod, Karen and her sled dogs, Lolo and Romano, will answer students’ questions as they arise and provide fun, informative commentary only an Iditarod-finisher can offer.


We have recently added a PowerPoint presentation on Infographics to our LibGuide. This presentation was provided by Cary Gouldin at the 2014 NYLA Annual Conference. Cary is a librarian at the University at Albany. You may also wish to explore An Ethical Island, a blog written by Mia MacMeekin. The graphic below is from Mia's blog.
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Just a Reminder...

National Readathon Day is approaching. To learn more about this initiative, visit Encourage your students to make #timetoread.

Professional Development Opportunities

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Teaching is the Core Regional Workshop: How Assessment Data Can Inform Instruction

Description: This workshop will discuss processes and procedures used to evaluate student needs and how to utilize assessment data to analyze areas of strength and weakness in order to develop comprehensive strategies for school and student improvement. Time will be made to facilitate collaborative work around best practices in DDI.

Presenters: Nichole McCollum, Senior Data Analyst
Chris Casey, Associate Data Analyst

Date/Time: Monday, March 23, 2015 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Cost: Free for Teaching is the Core Consortium Districts, $250 for Non-Consortium Districts

Location: Questar III BOCES Conference Center
10 Empire State Blvd., Castleton, NY
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Learn360 Training

Learn360: Webinar Schedule -

March 2015 Wednesday 3/18/15, 7 to 7:30 p.m. EST: LEARN360: Online Learning

"This webinar covers the My Learn360 suite of features, which provides teachers the tools they need to get classes online and incorporate flipped classroom teaching methods. We will also cover how to share content on Learn360 as well as how to find content that has been shared at the school, district, state, or even across the entire Learn360 community!"

Kid President: Ideas Change Things! #BookItForward