School Library System

May 25-29, 2020

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School Library System Annual Survey

We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to answer the questions in the annual survey by June 15th. It is linked below for ease of access. Thank you for your feedback!
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2020 Teen Video Challenge

The Teen Video Challenge is an annual video contest hosted by CSLP. It’s open to all teens across the country. The challenge is for teens to create a public services announcement-type video that shows their unique interpretation of the 2020 Summer Reading slogan “Imagine Your Story.”

Videos should be no longer than 60 seconds and should promote libraries and reading.

Video submissions will be accepted June 1 through August 7, 2020.

Five national winners will be chosen. Each winning submission will receive a $200 cash prize and $50 worth of summer reading materials for their library.

You can find CSLP’s Official TVC Submission Form and 2020 TVC Contest Rules here:

Last year’s TVC winners included a team of NY state teens from Kingston Library in the Mid-Hudson Library System. You can watch the Kingston Library teens’ video and the other 4 winning TVC video entries from across the country through this link.

Want to promote TVC at your library, school or school library? Download the 2020 flyer here.

You can also find more outreach and social media promotional items on the CSLP site

Let TeachingBooks Help You Promote Summer Reading

Slow the Summer Reading Slide With School & Library Partnerships

Date: Thursday, June 04, 2020

Time: 2:00 PM

Duration: 1 hour

When schools and libraries work together, it opens a whole new world of 24/7 reading opportunities for students, whether they’re at home or in the classroom. In this eye-opening webinar featuring Lisa Kulka, coordinator of libraries and instructional materials at Harlandale ISD, Texas, you’ll discover how these no-cost collaborations can help your at-home students bridge the summer reading gap. You’ll also learn:

  • How to introduce this groundbreaking partnership to your own school communities
  • Effective strategies to promote your school and library partnership, so that students fully benefit from the reading resources at their fingertips
  • How to leverage the combined power of your school and library’s digital collection to reach your reluctant readers and minimize loss of reading progress

Can't attend? Register so you can view the on-demand webinar at a later date.

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Junior Library Guild Webcasts

JLG has compiled, and continues to compile, webinars that have been very helpful when looking at navigating these turbulent times. Check them out below.

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· Librarian of the Week ·

Each week we will showcase a librarian from our region.

Who: Martha von Schilgen

Where: Hoosick Falls Jr/Sr HS

A favorite hobby:

I have several favorite hobbies but I have to say my absolute all-time favorite is reading. I just have to see what happens next! And I love to know what other people are reading so we can talk about books, too. I loved reading to children in my elementary school library days. We shared enthusiasm for books, authors and reading aloud. Fiddling, knitting and gardening round out my hobby life. In the last few years, I have played with lots of musicians in the Albany area, in North Adams and in Vermont. I really miss getting together with my musical pals.

What book would you recommend:

I just started reading “My Life as a Potato” by Arianne Costner. (Thanks, Stacey!) It’s a middle grade tale about a new kid in a school where everyone loves potatoes except him. Guess where the school is? I also just finished “ In Waves” by AJ Dungo which is a history of surfing, a history of a relationship and a tale of loss. I liked it but you may need to have tissues handy. I just finished “Guts” by Raina Telgemeier, an autobiographical middle grade graphic novel that shows the angst-ridden nature of those years, along with kids in therapy. The main character does develop in a good way over the course of the book. She comes to see her archnemesis as a whole person with problems of her own. I liked this book because it normalizes talk therapy for kids.

Share something that you are proud of that has recently happened in your library/school:

I am proud of the way my school came together to distribute food and materials to students. I am proud of the way the teachers jumped into an online presence with very little preparation time. When I talk to students, they all say they have lots to do. When I talk to parents, they are grateful for the attention and dedication shown by the teachers. And they are ready for the kids to go back to school. I think the community may have a greater appreciation of classroom teachers since the school building was closed.

What drew you to a career in school librarianship:

I have always loved books, reading, learning new things and learning how to do things. I began to see the library as a perfect fit for me when I worked in a one-person public library. I could learn every day and have tons of books to read! I realized I was teaching people how to use the library every day and I thought I could reach more children as a school librarian. I finished my college undergrad degree in education and graduate degree in Library Science. Over the years I have worked in libraries, I have combined many of my outside interests with my teaching: I use crafting, drawing, playing music, writing poetry, writing song parodies to enrich and extend the books I read with children. My career now tends more toward teaching research and critical thinking skills but I have to say: it’s all good. What could be better?

· Books of the Week ·

Recommended by member librarians
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Daily Library 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

Forming Connections Between School and Public Libraries

June 1st from 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Join us as we bring together public and school librarians to discuss collaborating with each other in the virtual world. Topics will be determined before the event based on survey feedback. Access to the meeting will be sent via Frontline before the meeting.


Virtual "Sandbox" Event Showcasing New Technology

On Tuesday, June 2nd beginning at 8:30 am, we will be having a Model Schools meeting and it will include a series of product demos that are much like what we wanted our March “Sandbox” Event to be before it was cancelled. Please join our meeting to see and provide feedback on the products that will be showcased. These are products that we are looking to add to our repertoire for Model Schools next year. This image below highlights the products being showcased.

If you are interested, please register at:

Please register by noon on June 1st so that access information may be sent to all participants by the end of the day.

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Quarantine Reads - Take Two

Secondary will meet June 3rd from 12:00 - 1:00 pm.


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Model Schools Specialist - Questar III BOCES

Job ID:QTBN0173539-0000

Job Type:Full Time (11 Month)

Application Deadline:06/17/2020

Start Date:07/01/2020

Job Description:

Starting 7/1/20 - Questar III BOCES has a full-time probationary vacancy (10-month plus 20 day schedule) for a Model Schools Specialist based out of our Central Office in Castleton, NY. This position will provide high quality integration and support of instructional technology for Questar III component school districts. Responsibilities will include: providing professional development in-district, online, and region-wide on a variety of topics related to integrating technology, curriculum, and instruction; model best practices for instructional strategies in district; provide support to districts in the areas of curriculum, assessment, and aligning standards to practice as it relates to instructional technology; prepare and present dynamic presentations to audiences of all sizes; develop and implement online courses and webinars; support districts in their implementation of educational technology initiatives, including Google and Microsoft; working in various computing platforms and with a wide variety of educational technology devices. Must have NYS Teacher certification and a minimum five years of successful teaching experience.

Questar III BOCES offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including enrollment in the NYS Teacher's Retirement Pension System. For more information on the Questar III Model School program, please visit


Library Media Specialist

Job ID: BRON0173283-7020

Job Type: Full Time (10 Month)

Application Deadline: 06/12/2020

Start Date: 09/01/2020

Job Description:

The Broadalbin-Perth Central School District is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time library media specialist position to serve all students in pre-K through grade 12 starting Sept. 1, 2020. Candidates must hold a valid New York state library media specialist certification or be eligible for state certification prior to Sept. 1, 2020. Experience at both the elementary and secondary levels with a good knowledge of media center programming for all ages preferred.

This is a tenure-track position that includes benefits as defined in the Broadalbin-Perth Teachers' Association contract.

To apply, please upload a cover letter, resume, three current (within the past year) letters of recommendation, college transcripts, and a copy of your teaching certification or screenshot of your certification on TEACH on OLAS, or mail your application materials to:

Michele Kelley
Director of Internal and External Relations
Broadalbin-Perth Central School District
20 Pine Street
Broadalbin, NY 12025

The deadline to apply is Friday, June 12.

The Broadalbin-Perth Central School District is an equal opportunity employer. Visit for complete EEO statement.

Apply here:

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.

Apply here:

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