School Library System

September 8, 2015

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A Note from Jen and Jane

Welcome back!!! We have been very busy this summer preparing for the 2015-2016 school year. Some highlights include:

  • Hosting Olga Nesi as she shared the Process Portfolio and Book Hooks and Appeal Terms
  • Converting MARC records to RDA for our Union Catalog and for all schools in our Library Automation CoSer
  • Planning professional learning opportunities for the coming school year
  • Purchasing NYLA memberships for all school librarians within Questar III component districts
  • Creating a mentor program for all new librarians with the expertise of Sharon Davis
  • Adding magazines to our OverDrive collection
  • Purchasing Rosen's newest set of interactive eBooks - Spotlight on American History
  • And so much more!!!

Please take some time to read the information below to help you prepare for the year ahead.

Welcome Back Documents

Visit our LibGuides to find all the information you need to get your school year off to a great start. The 2015-2016 Documents page (under the home tab) will provide you with a list of updated "To Do" items. Please be sure to return the directory form if you have any updates with your name, email, location, etc.


We have several new librarians who have joined us. Please help us in welcoming:
  • Laura Campagna, Red Mill Elementary School & Columbia High School
  • Carol Cusano, Schodack Middle School & High School
  • Jessica Duffy, Poestenkill Elementary School

Save the Date

Please be sure to mark your calendar for upcoming professional development opportunities. You can learn more about each by visiting the calendar tab on our LibGuides.

  • September 24th & October 19th - Coached Research Collaborative
  • November 6th - Library Girl
  • April 8th - April 10th - Technology Retreat at the Carey Conference Center
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ENYSLMA Renewals

It is time to renew your membership to the Eastern New York School Library Media Association. For just $20 you can become a member for two years. Membership provides you with access to an incredible network of professionals and special events. Visit for more information.

SSL Call for Proposals

The 2016 SSL Conference, hosted by ENYSLMA, will be May 5-7 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany. Workshop proposals are now being accepted. A link to the Call for Presentations form can be found on the conference site at

OverDrive Periodicals

We've added periodical subscriptions to our OverDrive account!!! To check out magazines, log into your OverDrive account, hover over the collections tab, and select magazines. We currently offer:
  • American Girl
  • National Geographic
  • National Geographic Kids
  • Newsweek
  • Smithsonian
  • Wired
  • Zoobooks

Magazines are simultaneous use - your students can all access the same magazine at the same time. Only the most recent issue is available and can be downloaded through OverDrive using your Nook app. Please contact Jane or Jen if you have questions or need help.

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TeenReaderCon 2.0 - Save the Date!
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: University at Albany - Downtown Campus

135 Western Ave
Albany, NY 12222

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New Titles in the SLS Professional Catalog

TeachingBooks Webinars - TODAY!!!

Attend September's Webinar of the Month: "What's New at". All registrants will receive a reminder, recording of the webinar and certificate of attendance.

Attend one or all of the regularly scheduled webinars. Registration at