School Library System

April 24, 2015

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A Note from Jen and Jane

This week's newsletter is filled with many wonderful treats!!! We are offering free NYLA memberships to all school librarians, we've linked to fun videos with Kwame Alexander, and we have included a few surprise updates from OverDrive.


NYLA Memberships for All

We have exciting news!!! The Council has approved the purchase of New York Library Association (NYLA) memberships for all school librarians within Questar III. That's right, we will be purchasing a NYLA membership for you.

Why are we doing this? NYLA is a great organization that fully supports and advocates for school librarians. As we look to them for leadership, support, and guidance it only makes sense that our school librarians become an active part of this organization.

We will be working with NYLA during July so that all memberships will be effective from August 1, 2015-July 31, 2016. Please take a moment and look at the Library System Associate Member Worksheet. All librarians will be enrolled in the Section of School Librarians (SSL) as their primary section. If you would like to add additional sections or roundtables, please fill out the form and return it with cash or check made payable to Questar III School Library System.

There are many benefits to being a NYLA member and we are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity!

Times Union Books Blog: all things literary

Congratulations to Alicia Abdul and Kristen Majkut, two local librarians who are now writing for the Times Union Books Blog. Please be sure to visit the Times Union to see their first posts.

Regents Review through WMHT May 4th - 15th from 5:00 - 6:00 PM

May 4, Common Core Algebra I
May 5, Common Core ELA
May 6, Common Core Geometry
May 7, Algebra 2/Trigonometry
May 8, Chemistry
May 11, Earth Science
May 12, Living Environment
May 13, Physics
May 14, Global History and Geography
May 15, U.S. History & Government

Last year's episodes and video clips can be found at:

Send us Your Pictures!

Our SLS LibGuide has a great image gallery feature that we would love to use, but we need your pictures to display! If you have pictures of your library that you would like to share please send them our way. Please make sure images are appropriate to post on a public site. Images of your library and your displays would be perfect!

Kwame Alexander - May 13, 2015

Do you need a few more reasons to come meet Kwame Alexander on May 13th? Just watch the videos below...
The Rooster Chronicles: Vol I
The Rooster Chronicles: Vol II

Librarians Lead the Way...

"April is School Library Month, and this year’s theme is “Your School Library: Where Learning Never Ends.” No tag line could be truer. Librarians are lifelong learners by nature. Whether it is the newest educational theory, the latest research methods, or the newest educational technology push, librarians love to learn and share new things."

Visit Tech & Learning to continue reading Librarians Lead the Way in EdTech by Shannon Mersand.

OverDrive Updates Coming Next Week

OverDrive continues to enhance their program to better meet our needs. Below are a few updates that will be available beginning Wednesday, April 29th.

Narrated (embedded audio) eBooks and enhanced audiobooks will be identified by special text on the cover image, in addition to information on the details page.

Users will be able to renew digital titles:

If there are no existing holds on a title, the renew option appears on your digital library bookshelf three days before the title expires. Renewing a title does not extend the lending period, but allows the user to borrow the title again right after the lending period expires by placing a hold on the title.

  1. After clicking renew:
    Note: Any users that have not previously placed a hold on a title will be asked to enter their birth date before proceeding.

    • Users 13 and over enter their email address and can select to automatically borrow the title at renewal.

    • Users 12 and under receive a message that the title is renewed. An alert icon on the user’s account at the digital library will indicate when the title is available.

  2. Once borrowed, users must download the title again or select Read (in your browser) to continue reading.

If a title has holds, the request again option will appear, allowing the user (of any age) to join the holds list to borrow the title again as soon as it’s available.

Webinar : Helping Students Make Good Digital Decisions with Digital Compass

Join Common Sense Education for a webinar to celebrate the launch of their newest free education resource, Digital Compass. Based on the concept of “choose your own adventure” books, Digital Compass guides students in grades 6-9 to learn the fundamentals of digital citizenship through animated, interactive experiences in which students choose several different paths for each character. Students explore digital dilemmas, making good (and not-so-good) decisions, and trying out possible solutions through stories and mini-games – all without risking their real-world reputations. Digital Compass is available at no cost as a web-based interactive, and will be available soon as an iOS app, Android app, and Edmodo app.

Join Common Sense Education’s Kelly Mendoza and Brisa Ayub for this live, interactive presentation and learn how you can implement Digital Compass into your own digital citizenship program. Get involved now by following Periwinkle, one of the characters from Digital Compass, on Twitter at @whereswink. Start sharing her great #digcittip recommendations with your class today!