School Library System

April 6 - 10, 2020

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Database Orders Due May 15th

The Library Resource Manager (LRM) is open for you to be able to put together your 2020-2021 database orders. Please note the following:

  • The FINAL order must be signed by the Business Official and the Communication Coordinator for each district.

    • Scan and email the signed order to Kimberly Harris (

    • Please make sure that the document is printed and scanned in portrait format, not landscape

    • Do not send .jpg or .png files. All files sent should be PDF files. If you are unable to send a scanned PDF file, please make a copy of your order for your records and then send the original to Kimberly Harris, School Library System, Questar III BOCES, 10 Empire State Blvd., Castleton, NY 12033. In addition, with school closures, please email Kimberly Harris if you have mailed your order so we can be on the lookout for it.

    • If you are running into issues with the above due to working remotely, please contact Amanda Karian for help.

  • ALL FINAL ORDERS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN MAY 15, 2020. Failure to turn orders in by this date may result in loss of access to your databases.

  • The student numbers are set based on the most recent BEDS data we were able to acquire. Please do not change student numbers.

Changes in LRM (from last school year)

  1. All products are now listed:

Vendor nameNew (if renewal price was received): Product name Building name (for specific building quotes)

Example:Gale CengageNew: Biography in ContextXYZ HS

  1. Discovery Ed is a streaming service. In the past it was purchased through the Database CoSer (516). This year we have moved it to the Multimedia CoSer (511) so when you purchase it this year, please note that the CoSer number for Discovery Ed is now 511. This is more important for your business official to know so they allocate the money to the correct budget line, so please make sure they are aware.

  2. You are now able to purchase from the Multimedia CoSer directly in the LRM. For example, if your district would like to purchase the Enhanced Multimedia CoSer at $2.25 per student, you can order that directly on the LRM. Other options include NBC Learn and the basic package which includes only Learn360.

  3. If you are interested in purchasing OverDrive Advantage for your school, you can place that order through the LRM as well.

    1. NEW DISTRICTS: select the product listed that says “startup fee”. If you would like to purchase above that amount then select the other option in addition to the startup fee and add in the amount that you which to add.

    2. CURRENT DISTRICTS: select “OverDrive District Funds for Content Please make a note in Product Notes of the amount you would like to spend on content.” Please write the amount you would like to spend on content in the Notes section.

Please note that the total price at the bottom of the signature page will NOT include this amount from the Notes section so please adjust the final total accordingly. Please initial next to the handwritten amount.

  1. Business Officials have access to view the LRM. They have been made aware that the process for ordering is the same and that the librarians should be reaching out to them for their signature on the final order.

Ed Law 2D:

Most products purchased through SLS are part of consortium pricing which requires vendors to sign an agreement that they will be Ed Law 2D compliant. There are only a few products purchased through SLS that are not part of that consortium pricing. For these products (see list below), we are working with the vendor to ensure compliance. If the vendor cannot meet our requirements for compliance then we will not be able to allow purchases of that product through SLS. At this time, the vendors we are working with include:

  • Visual Learning (Science Direct)

  • Elsevier

  • Country Watch

  • World Trade Press

Product Purchasing Changes:

  • Flocabulary: This product no longer falls under SLS and must be purchased through Model Schools. For a quote, your district should contact Kerrie (

  • Renaissance Learning - MyOn: This product no longer falls under SLS and must be purchased through Model Schools. For a quote, your district should contact Kerrie (

  • Learning A to Z Vocabulary: This product is no longer available as a stand alone product. It is only available in Collections. Contact Amanda with any questions.

  • NewsELA: In October of 2019, Newsela began testing a completely new product hierarchy and pricing structure. After analyzing the test market feedback completed in December 2019, Newsela will be giving schools and districts the choice between Newsela ELA, Newsela Social Studies, and Newsela Science. This just means that schools and districts have more options when it comes to purchasing Newsela. Schools and districts will have the option to renew into Newsela Essentials (the new name for Newsela PRO), or upgrade to one of the core subject products that provide additional content and features. Contact Amanda Karian ( if you need more information or have questions.

  • BrainPOP: You may notice a relatively large increase in the price this year. That is because BrainPOP has included Creative Coding for all school level packages.

  • PebbleGo:

Packages are now listed as:

  • Bronze = All 5 PebbleGo Modules

  • Silver = All 5 PebbleGo Modules +1 Add-on product

  • Gold = All 5 PebbleGo Modules +2 Add-on products

  • Platinum = All 5 PebbleGo Modules + All 3 Add-on products


  • PebbleGo Dinosaur is now part of the Animals module adding 150 articles

  • PebbleGo Health - NEW

  • PebbleGo Health in Spanish - coming soon

Information About Scanning or Mailing Signed Orders

Scanning/emailing your signed orders is best practice, as we currently have limited access to the Questar III Central Office. We ask that if you do send your signed orders via USPS, please let us know once you have done so. That way, we will know to look for it and make plans for accessing the building.

It is important that you connect with your business official to relay this message. That includes those who have already sent their orders to their business official. Please do contact them to let them know the above information. Thank you.


Please contact Kimberly Harris and/or Amanda Karian.

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Sora Simultaneous Reads Screencast

We have created for you a screencast for Sora Simultaenous Reads and the Always Available Collection. Please feel free to share with your teachers, students, and parents. We have also included a QR Code for your convenience.
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· Reminders ·

Keeping Track of SLS Information & Resources

It can be a challenge to stay organized with such an influx of information being offered on a daily basis. For your convenience, you can always find all emailed SLS Smore bulletins and newsletters under the Newsletter tab of the LibGuide.
Getting Students Excited About Reading

Information and resources about copyright, authors and read alouds

· Articles ·

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· We Love Showing You Off ·

Book Creator

Thank you to Judy Roehr of Hudson HS & Nancy Pine of Cairo-Durham MS & HS, for sharing your Book Creator creations with us. The recent PD and Nancy's shared resources are a tremendous help.

· Librarian of the Week ·

Each week we will showcase a librarian from our region.

Who: Jennifer Yost

What: Secondary School Librarian

Where: Averill Park High School

Favorite Hobby: Is a pastime, really - Spending time with my grandsons

Book Recommendation: Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala-

It's the true account of a woman who was vacationing in Indonesia with her family when the tsunami hit. Very poignant.

Recent Library Happenings: Right before the schools closed, we had the "Cinderella/Cinderfella" project going on in the library. Formal dresses and suits were donated, and students were able to choose from some lovely items to wear to our formal dances. Also, I have cleared out a large space in the library for a comfy area where students can chill. It will have a sectional sofa and a couple of leather club chairs and rolling side tables that students can set their laptops on. Also a sit-up charging bar! I'm very excited to add this to the library atmosphere - so the kids can sit comfortably as they study and recharge. :)

What drew me to school librarianship: Children's literature! I have a true, infectious love of story that I felt would be my contribution to the lives of students - hoping to inspire them

· Books of the Week ·

Recommended by member librarians
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Daily Librarian Chat

Each day librarians will get together to discuss the best possible ways to meet their students' and teachers' needs during school closures. Topics will vary based on need.

M, W, F: 10-11 AM
T, TH: 12-1 PM

Mondays are typically regional meetings including librarians from many BOCES.

No need to register.

Contact Amanda for the Zoom link.

Sora Webinar

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Digital Citizenship: How Educators Can Help Webinar

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TeachingBooks Webinar

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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:

Library Media Specialist- Elementary

Job ID: MOHN0171682-0000

Application Deadline: 04/20/2020

Start Date: 09/01/2020

Job Description:

The Rotterdam Mohonasen Central School District seeks a certified library media specialist for our elementary schools.

The successful candidate will be able to

  • Inspire and support the reading lives of both students and teachers

  • Create inclusive collections that acknowledge and celebrate diverse experiences and provide instructional opportunities to empower learners as effective users and creators of information and ideas.

  • Lead in the selection, integration, organization, and sharing of digital resources and tools to support transformational teaching and learning and develops the digital curation skills of others.

  • Build Instructional Partnerships

  • Partner with educators to design and implement evidence-based curricula and assessments that integrate elements of deeper learning, critical thinking, information literacy, digital citizenship, creativity, innovation, and the active use of technology.

  • Empower Students as Creators

  • Encourage and facilitate students to become increasingly self-directed as they create digital products of their learning that engage them in critical thinking, collaboration, and authentic real-world problem-solving.

  • Invest Strategically in Digital Resources

  • Leverage an understanding of school and community needs to identify and invest in digital resources such as books and ebooks to support student learning.

  • Design Collaborative Spaces - Provides flexible spaces that promote inquiry, creativity, collaboration, and community.

Apply here:

Library Media Specialist- High School

Job ID: MOHN0171672-0000

Application Deadline: 04/20/2020

Start Date: 09/01/2020

Job Description:

Mohonasen High School and the Mohonasen Central School District invites you to apply to join our dynamic and energetic high school staff as a full-time, probationary library media specialist. Candidates for this position must possess a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred), valid NYS certification, and relevant experience. Applicants must apply through OLAS and upload the following: job-specific cover letter, resume, three references, and copies of certificates and transcripts. No paper applications will be accepted. Select applicants will be notified by District staff.

The successful candidate will be able to

  • Embrace the use of instructional technology to engage students and improve learning while providing 24/7 access to digital information resources for the entire learning community

  • Encourage and facilitate students to become increasingly self-directed as they create digital products of their learning that engage them in critical thinking, collaboration, and authentic real-world problem solving

  • Embed the inquiry process within grade bands and within disciplines in collaboration with classroom teachers

  • Assist in assessing the inquiry-based research process

  • Provide opportunities for learners to share learning products and reflect on the learning process of others

Apply here:

Catskill CSD - Library Media Specialist - Anticipated Vacancy 2020 - 2021

Job ID: CATN0171497-7020

Application Deadline: 04/30/2020

Start Date: 09/01/2020

Job Description:

Position: Library - Media Specialist

Assignment: Catskill Central School District

Qualifications: Valid N.Y.S. Library Media Specialist Certification

Effective: September 2020

Deadline:April 30, 2020

Salary:Per CTA Contract


Questar III School Library System

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

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist