School Library System

Week of January 6 - 10, 2020

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News You Can Use

Netflix and Movie Licensing (SWANK)

A question was posed to another SLS Director recently about the legality of showing a movie using Netflix for a school that has a license to SWANK (Movie Licensing). SWANK offers a service (Movie Licensing) that would allow a school to legally stream popular movies- contact Kerrie Burch for more information on how to purchase Movie Licensing.

After doing some digging, here is what he learned:

· Districts do NOT have the right to use Netflix’s platform to show the movie even if your district has Movie Licensing because while Movie Licensing grants the rights to show the movie (DVD/Blue Ray format), they do not grant the rights through the various streaming platforms.

· The user agreement signed by the account holder says they will use Netflix only for personal use- using Netflix in school violates this

· In addition to Netflix, the same end user license/agreement would probably be true for other streaming providers. Read these agreements! The SWANK license works best with a physical DVD/Blue Ray.

· Attached below is a memo from a lawyer that goes into further detail. This is a lawyer on retainer through the Ask a Lawyer Service through our partnership with the Capital District Library Council (CDLC).

· There is also additional information from this lawyer online: Look at the 10/31/19 post AND the 12/20/19 post which details videos in education. These are all the various library questions submitted to the lawyer through a state wide Ask the Lawyer service provided by our CDLC membership.

NBC Learn Trial

One of the products SLS is considering adding to the Multimedia CoSer next year is NBC Learn. In order to see if there would be enough interest from districts to order this, we have secured a trial.

This is not a database and cannot be ordered as such, but it could be ordered as part of the package of streaming services in our Multimedia CoSer. This product would be included with the Enhanced Multi-Media Library which also includes CCC! Streaming, Learn360, and Soundzabound.

Once you have had a chance to try this out please contact Kerrie Burch if it is something your district would be interested in purchasing as part of the Enhanced Multimedia Service for next school year. This will allow SLS to determine pricing. Thank you.

NBC Learn Demo for Questar III


Password: nbclearn

Here is a link to the short video.

Libraries’ Role in ELL Education Presentation

Presentation Slides from 1/9/20

Communication Coordinator Meeting

8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Sandy Strock – RBERN Resource Specialist

NYLA Advocacy Day

Tuesday, Feb. 25th, 8am

198 State Street

Albany, NY

LOC Surplus Books Program

From Congressman, Paul Tonko:

The Library of Congress Surplus Books Program donates surplus books to educational institutions, public agencies, and nonprofit tax-exempt agencies with the purpose of building library collections, not to raise funds for institutions or organizations. My office is happy to help facilitate your organization's request for books through the program. The books will consist of a miscellaneous assortment of genres, including children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, reference books, textbooks, test-prep books, and many others. The selection provided through the Surplus Books Program changes frequently and is not listed in any database. We will do our best to find books that match your interests, but we cannot guarantee the exact books you request will be available. We recommend keeping your requests general, e.g. “test-prep books” OR "books about biology" rather than “A.P. Biology test-prep books”.

To request books for your organization, complete and submit the Surplus Books Request form below. Once your book request is received, someone from our office will contact you.

More information about the Library of Congress Surplus Books program can be found here.

13 Must-Hear Librarian Podcasts

Looking for a new podcast? Check out these thought-provoking podcasts from public and school librarians. Pro tip: If none of them are your cup of tea, look through the related podcasts feature when browsing for even more librarian podcasts.

MUSH with Noggin, the sled dog!

Karen Land—writer, public speaker, and three-time participant in the 1,049-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race across Alaska—and her Alaskan husky, Noggin, will be giving school and public library presentations in New York this spring 2020.

2020 is Karen’s 20th anniversary year! She has given over a thousand talks in almost every state (she has a few left to visit). Karen loves providing MUSHING talks for always-eager students and enthusiastic library patrons. Dogs, the sport of mushing, and Alaska inspire a diverse audience, making the event fun and interesting for all ages.

Email Karen for more details.

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Visit Karen's blog at

Professional Learning Opportunities

SLS Professional Learning Catalog

UPDATED! Check out our NEW offerings!

Model Schools - Basics of Google Forms

Google Forms are powerful. They can do quizzes, take poles, and gather information. They can also be used for Scavenger Hunts. If you were able to take one of my overview workshops on Scavenger Hunts and CYOA, this will be a deeper, form and look into all of the possibilities it can do for you. For your convenience, please bring (in a Google Doc) or have in mind a few questions with answers that you would like to use for your Google Form.

Date: January 16, 2020

Time: 3:00-5:00pm

Location: Questar III Conference Room 3

Link: Register Here

Questar III Model Schools Members $25 Non-Member $50

Model Schools - Google Chrome (Web) Extensions

Google Extensions like Screencastify and Screenast-O-Matic can bring support to English Language Learners, students struggling with a concept or teachers wanting to support a more flipped environment. If you are a language teacher, Special Education Teacher or any grade level teacher, these extensions can help you and your classroom or your communication with students, staff and even community members. We can even look at other similar apps that can make a difference with students and staff members.

Please note, each district may make their own decisions on these extensions regarding Ed Law 2D. These workshops are guides to these resources.

Date: January 22, 2020

Time: 3:00-5:00pm

Location: Questar III Conference Room 3

Link: Register Here

Questar III Model Schools Members $25 Non-Member $50

World Book Webinar

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SLS Department Leader Workshop Series

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Story Design: Innovative STEAM Project Workshop

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NewsBank Webinar

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Employment Opportunities

Germantown Central School District

Library Media Specialist PK-12

Job ID:GRMN0166931-7020

Job Description:

Germantown Central School District has a Library Media Specialist (LMS) vacancy. The LMS will oversee two libraries (each with a Library Aide assigned to it) within a single PK-12 building. The LMS will provide instruction to PK-12 students in computer skills, coding and all aspects of digital citizenship. The LMS will collaborate with other educators to implement the district's Instructional Technology Plan. The position begins as soon as possible.

Application Deadline:01/24/2020

Start Date:01/07/2020

Questar III School Library System

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

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist