W-FL BOCES School Library System

December 2018

Tis the season...

...to be jolly! Best wishes to you in this holiday season! As this year comes to an end, don't forget to take a moment to reflect on all of the great things you've accomplished in your schools and libraries this year! SLS is excited to launch enhancements to our services in the new year...stay tuned for more info!

Professional Learning opportunities:

Monroe 2 SLS Online Database Vendor Preview: Jan 8

Monroe 2 BOCES SLS is holding an Online Database Vendor Preview, each vendor will be allotted 10-15 minutes. Currently presenting will be: BrainPOP, Capstone (PebbleGo)/Abdo, Discovery Education, EBSCO, Ensemble Video, FactCite Lincoln Library Online, Gale InfoBase/Learn360/Facts on File, JSTOR and Artstor, Kids Discover, Learning A-Z myON at Renaissance, NewsBank, OverDrive, Rosen Publishing, Scholastic Library Publishing, Swank Movie Licensing USA, TumbleBooks, Turnitin, Twig Education Ltd., World Book, Xello.


To register: https://bit.ly/2Go8YFE

Teaching Students to Think in a Media Saturated World: Jan 15

The course begins with an in-person training on Tuesday January 15 that covers foundational pedagogy, models and materials for curriculum driven media literacy integration. Each participant will then work on an integration plan for their classroom or context, with virtual support. We will deepen the work between January and March through three 90-minute online classes (dates TBD) and individual coaching as participants develop, practice, reflect on, and evaluate implementation strategies. The course concludes with another full day workshop on Wednesday March 13 where we will share and synthesize our learning and discuss the integration of this approach into the Personalized Learning strategies.


To register: https://bit.ly/2GAHygb deadline to register Jan 7th

Sign Language for Librarians: Jan 16

This workshop will introduce library faculty and staff to visual communication and basic library related sign language.

In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • basic tips in communicating with Deaf patrons
  • simple signs related to the library
  • strategies to make your library more Deaf friendly
  • resources to help participants continue their sign language and Deaf culture education


To register: https://bit.ly/2QAvKyJ

Cataloging in the Follett Consortium: Jan 23

Did you know that Follett Destiny provides multiple creative and innovative ways for libraries to personalize their collections? This workshop will provide an overview of efficient and effective copy cataloging strategies that school librarians and library staff can use to create flexible and dynamic groupings within their collections. Participants will also learn time saving tips and tricks for using the SLS Title Request form and adding copies to the consortium. This workshop is open to all Follett consortium district librarians and library staff members.


To register: https://bit.ly/2rJ8yjb

A 2nd helping of Noodletools: Feb 13

This workshop is designed for educators who are already familiar with NoodleTools and want to take it to a higher level. Learn how to create projects that emphasize student collaboration; use exemplars to teach citation skills; tailor your notecard instructions to personalize learning; teach organization skills through the outlining feature; and construct a comment bank to deliver customized feedback. This workshop is ideal for teacher/librarian collaborations, so invite a colleague to attend w/ you! Please bring a project to develop.


To register: https://bit.ly/2Go0gra

Take advantage of your Advantage account: Feb 27

Attention Media Library subscribers: Are you getting the most from your OverDrive account? Want to increase usage among your students and staff? Maximize your OverDrive collection with an Advantage Account. Learn about the various lending models available, including class sets and cost-per-circulation options. Practice shopping for titles and building carts. Explore helpful resources like automated lists and marketing tools, and customize your collection with curated lists.


To register: https://bit.ly/2R6W6YZ

Upcoming Conferences:

SLS Contact Information

  • SLS Main Line: 315.332.2100
  • Katherine Hammill, SLS Director, 315.332.7236
  • Ryan Ayers, SLS Coordinator, 315.332.7231
  • Teresa Keyes, SLS Coordinator, 315.332.7241
  • Sharon Zadarlik, SLS Secretary, 315.332.7234
  • Sue Marcano, Library Automation, 315.332.7452