School Library System

April 15, 2016

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A Note From Jen and Jane

Thank you for your dedication to student success and learning. Each day brings new opportunities and we are so thankful that you choose to make a difference for our kids through your work. We hope you had a fabulous National Library Week and we give you permission to keep celebrating.

Last Call for Videos

Please consider creating a short video (less than 1 minute) to show how you and your students benefit from the School Library System. The School Library System Directors from across the state will be celebrating SLSA's 30th anniversary at the NYLA/SSL conference with some very important guests from NYSED and the Division of Library Development. Let's show off all the great things happening in our libraries!

People who are not the beneficiary of the work of a system don't always understand the value. Let's be sure that Commissioner Elia, the Board of Regents, Legislators, NYSED and DLD can see that the School Library System has an impact on student success.

Thanks in advance!

Union Catalog Records

Please submit your catalog records to by the end of the day! If you are part of the OPALS automation CoSer through the SLS, your records are up to date.

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Titlewave Collection Analysis

Several of our districts have recently completed a Titlewave Collection Analysis. This analysis will provide an easy to use report filled with data to help you advocate for improvements to your collection. If you are trying to justify new purchases, weeding out old materials, or time to focus on collection development, this report is just what you need.

  • Then, go to Collection Development on the left side of the page
  • Next, click the Submit Collection button

We have added the full instructions on our LibGuides under the OPALS Library Automation tab

Please Join Us!

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Cornell Leadership Institute

Thursday, July 28th, 1pm to Friday, July 29th, 3pm

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, United States

Ithaca, NY

New York Library Association Section of School Librarians

2016 Carol A. Kearney Educational Leadership Institute

School Librarians: Getting back to the book!
Presented by Olga Nesi

While reading motivation is often a one-on-one activity, transforming the reading culture of a building requires multiple partnerships to be gradually and thoughtfully developed: The more partners that are involved in motivating students to read, the more reading students will do. The more systematically and intelligently students discuss their reading with each other, the more encouraged they will be to read. School wide reading culture change cannot happen without our commitment to consistently meeting the needs of the various constituents in our school communities. Join us for a deep exploration of the questions and a sharing of immediately implementable strategies for transforming

the reading culture of your school.

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

July 28 & 29, 2016 (arrival/check in, 7/28 am)

Institute: Thursday 7/28 1:00pm to 5:00pm; Friday 7/29 8:30am-3:00pm

* board meeting will begin on Friday 7/29 @ 5pm and end Saturday 7/30 by 3.

Early bird (before June 15th) pricing: $250

Regular pricing (after June 15th): $325

* remember that because this is a leadership institute, it is open to NYLA/SSL members only.

Troy Mini Maker Faire

Friday, Aug. 26th, 11pm to Saturday, Aug. 27th, 6pm

30 3rd Street

Troy, NY

The Tech Valley Center of Gravity makerspace will be the hub of the Troy Mini Maker Faire.

What is TVCOG — or the CoG, as it is referred to? And what is a makerspace?

The CoG is a membership organization offering space, equipment, education and camaraderie to makers, hackers, crafters, tinkerers and artists. Housed in a beautiful new space in a renovated century-old building in downtown Troy, the CoG also sponsors and participates in maker and STEAM-education events all over the New York State Capital Region.

The goal at the CoG is to support members as they share knowledge and expertise that allows people to do for themselves, rather than just passively consuming, and work to integrate the arts, crafts, and technologies that surround us every day. Members can access the makerspace and its tools and equipment, which include 3D printers, laser cutters, and an entire woodshop, metalshop and welding area.

Visit for more information about the Maker Faire and the Center of Gravity.

Free Summer Listening

SYNC 2016 will give away 30 titles -- two paired audiobook downloads a week, starting May 5th and ending August 18th. Audiobooks for Teens

Science Kits Available for Lending through Northeast Education And Technology Education Center

NEATEC Module kits are now available for borrowing. Please note that you must have been trained on the kit you wish to borrow. A kit make be checked out for up to 3 weeks on a first come, first serve basis. Reservations should be sent to with the type of kit and dates.

Currently available:

Now that’s Tiny! (Grade 2)

Nano-Sand (Grades 3-5)

Nano-Tex Fabric (Grades 3-5)

UV and Opacity (Grades 3-5)

Thin Films (Grades 6-8)

What is Nanoscience? (Grades 6-8)

If you are interested in borrowing a kit, please contact the SLS for the agreement form. Once the form is filled out and submitted, arrangements can be made to pick up the kit.

From the New York State Library - Summer Reading

The School Library Partner Manual for 2016 Summer Reading Program is now available from the New York State Library at

Summer Reading at New York Libraries is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department and is funded through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Fellowship Opportunity

From Nate Hill, Executive Director, Metropolitan New York Library Council:

Does anyone out there want to spend 9 months in New York City working on your own exciting cross-disciplinary library/museum/archive project?

The Metropolitan New York Library Council, aka METRO, would be delighted to receive your application. Fellows will receive a $50,000 stipend and have the time of their lives designing, developing, building, and making creative solutions to the problems of practice our members have submitted. Or, surprise us and pitch your own wild and crazy idea!

Check it out:

NYLA/SSL Workshop Facilitator

Are you attending the NYLA/SSL conference? Would you be willing to be a room facilitator? Please consider helping out then fill in the form below. Thank you!

Teaching and Assessing the Social Studies Practices

Presenting the NYSCSS 2016 Summer Institute:

"Teaching and Assessing the Social Studies Practices"

July 18 - July 20, 2016 - The Desmond Hotel, Albany

You are invited to join the New York State Council for the Social Studies (NYSCSS) for our 2nd Summer Institute! Please save the dates of Monday, July 18 – Wednesday, July 20, 2016 for an intensive three-day summer institute offering an “A-to-Z Framework experience” at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.

Building off of our highly successful 2015 Summer Institute on the NYS K-12 Social Studies Toolkit Project, the 2016 Institute will focus on teacher-led methods of teaching and assessing the Social Studies Practices outlined in the new K-12 Social Studies Framework. You will learn about, design, and share strategies, resources, and methods that focus on the Framework’s Inquiry Arc.

After each afternoon session (Monday and Tuesday) you can develop sample assessment items based on one or more Social Studies Practices. On the final morning session (Wednesday) you will receive feedback on and have time to revise your assessment items.

The Institute will blend opening panel presentations with breakout sessions organized by grade bands. Rotate between session groups (i.e. K-4, 5-8, 9-12, or K-12 Leaders) based on interest or previous knowledge of a topic, or stay in the same group for an extended period of time. You can select preferred sessions upon registration.

The NYSCSS Summer Institute offers teachers opportunities to dig deeper into the six Social Studies Practices and to construct their own classroom assessments of multiple Social Studies Practices aligned to the NYS K-12 Social Studies Framework.

Visit our NYSCSS 2016 Summer Institute web page ( for more information, including a daily agenda. For additional information or questions, please contact Dr. Lawrence Paska, NYSCSS President, at

We hope to see you in Albany this summer for a deep dive together into our new Social Studies Framework.

Register Now!

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