School Library System

June 1-5, 2020

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School Library System Annual Survey

We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to answer the questions in the annual survey by June 15th. It is linked below for ease of access. Thank you for your feedback!
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Project READY: Reimagining Equity & Access for Diverse Youth

Sandra Hughs Hassell has developed an online curriculum of professional development about racism and cultural competence for librarians. The professional development is free and focuses on the topics of race and racism, race equity, and culturally sustaining pedagogy. Its primary focus is on improving relationships with, services to and resources for youth of color and Native youth.

Learn more about Project READY here:

Gale Product Enhancements

As a reminder, Gale’s Kids InfoBits received product enhancements and became Gale In Context: Elementary on Friday, May 29, 2020. Visit Gale’s blog for more information.

Product icons, marketing materials and MARC records are now available from All existing URLs will continue to work; however, Gale recommends that you update your MARC records to accurately reflect the new product name. If your library is not currently using geolinks but would like to, please see for the links. You may also visit to preview the product and access guidelines for presenting product names alphabetically or by subject.

Gale invites you to attend a live webinar where they will review interface and tool enhancements: Gale In Context: Elementary (formerly Kids InfoBits)

Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 2:30–3:00 PM ET

Gale Training Links

NYS provides access to reputable, reliable digital content through its partnership with Gale. Make an impact with resources that empower curious minds, turn research into results, and foster lifelong learning.

Recorded training webinars can be accessed at any time and are available here:

Live webinars are also available to you. Please register here:

PBS Books

We learned in a recent PBS Books presentation that it is permissible for educators to use any PBS video resources in their teaching, including embedding them on websites. The newsletter below addresses some of the discussion important points we had in the Secondary Thursday Daily Chat.
Let's Talk: Race & Racism

PBS Books Newsletter

· Reminders ·

Let TeachingBooks Help You Promote Summer Reading

· Articles ·

Reopening Gets Real

American Libraries Magazine

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· Librarian of the Week ·

Each week we will showcase a librarian from our region.

Who: Nancy Thackaberry

Where: Catskill HS

· Congratulations on Your Retirement-- You Will Be Missed ·

A favorite hobby:

I love Musical Theatre, but we'll be without it for a few more months. My second favorite is reading, so I'm getting a lot of time to do that.

What book would you recommend:

I just finished reading "The Tattooist of Auschwitz" by Heather Morris. It is good, but a little difficult to read right now. I look forward to starting "Braver than you think" by Maggie Downs

Share something that you are proud of that has recently happened in your library/school:

My Middle School Library Club. I had over 80 student members. We traveled to an amusement park in Springfield, MA every June to celebrate all their hard work. Also, Catskill Elementary Librarian Nancy Kunz and I worked on the planning committee for the NY State School Library conference 2003. That experience was so rewarding.

What drew you to a career in school librarianship:

I had an English teaching degree, but after 6 months I realized it wasn't for me. Not enough books! NYS Education Dept. was offering Fellowships for School Librarians and I was all in!

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck?

Thank you, Martha, for sharing your special guest with us! Too bad he doesn't have a mask on; you could have let him in : )
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· Books of the Week ·

Recommended by member librarians
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Daily Library Chat

Monday at 10 am - Regional SLS Meeting - a Zoom link will be sent to the listserv each week before the meeting

Tuesday at 12 pm - Tech Tool Tuesday - send tech tools you would like to learn more about to Kerrie. If you would like to present a tool that has been particularly helpful to you let Kerrie know

Wednesday at 10 am - Elementary Roundtable - Elementary librarians will share ideas, ask questions, and work together to find ways to best help teachers, students, and others

Thursday at 12 pm - Secondary Roundtable - Secondary librarians will share ideas, ask questions, and work together to find ways to best help teachers, students, and others

Friday at 10 am - Open Mic Friday - Bring your questions, challenges, successes, and more for this “open mic” session

Forming Connections Between School and Public Libraries

Join us as we bring together public and school librarians to discuss collaborating with each other in the virtual world. Topics will be determined before the event based on survey feedback. Access to the meeting will be sent via Frontline before the meeting.

Date: June 10, 2020

Time: 1 - 2 pm


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Media Specialist

Job ID: GAMN0173691-0064

Job Type: Full Time (10 Month)

Application Deadline: 06/10/2020

Start Date: 09/03/2020

Job Description:

Greater Amsterdam

Media Specialist

Certification in School Media Specialist

START DATE: 9/3/2020


Apply here:


Job ID: HFSN0170507-7020

Application Deadline: 06/12/2020

Start Date: 09/01/2020

Job Description:

Hudson Falls

QUALIFICATIONS & JOB REQUIREMENTS: Must have New York State Teaching Certification in

appropriate area

SALARY RANGE: In Accordance with the Contract







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Model Schools Specialist - Questar III BOCES

Job ID:QTBN0173539-0000

Job Type:Full Time (11 Month)

Application Deadline:06/17/2020

Start Date:07/01/2020

Job Description:

Starting 7/1/20 - Questar III BOCES has a full-time probationary vacancy (10-month plus 20 day schedule) for a Model Schools Specialist based out of our Central Office in Castleton, NY. This position will provide high quality integration and support of instructional technology for Questar III component school districts. Responsibilities will include: providing professional development in-district, online, and region-wide on a variety of topics related to integrating technology, curriculum, and instruction; model best practices for instructional strategies in district; provide support to districts in the areas of curriculum, assessment, and aligning standards to practice as it relates to instructional technology; prepare and present dynamic presentations to audiences of all sizes; develop and implement online courses and webinars; support districts in their implementation of educational technology initiatives, including Google and Microsoft; working in various computing platforms and with a wide variety of educational technology devices. Must have NYS Teacher certification and a minimum five years of successful teaching experience.

Questar III BOCES offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including enrollment in the NYS Teacher's Retirement Pension System. For more information on the Questar III Model School program, please visit


Library Media Specialist

Job ID: BRON0173283-7020

Job Type: Full Time (10 Month)

Application Deadline: 06/12/2020

Start Date: 09/01/2020

Job Description:

The Broadalbin-Perth Central School District is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time library media specialist position to serve all students in pre-K through grade 12 starting Sept. 1, 2020. Candidates must hold a valid New York state library media specialist certification or be eligible for state certification prior to Sept. 1, 2020. Experience at both the elementary and secondary levels with a good knowledge of media center programming for all ages preferred.

This is a tenure-track position that includes benefits as defined in the Broadalbin-Perth Teachers' Association contract.

To apply, please upload a cover letter, resume, three current (within the past year) letters of recommendation, college transcripts, and a copy of your teaching certification or screenshot of your certification on TEACH on OLAS, or mail your application materials to:

Michele Kelley
Director of Internal and External Relations
Broadalbin-Perth Central School District
20 Pine Street
Broadalbin, NY 12025

The deadline to apply is Friday, June 12.

The Broadalbin-Perth Central School District is an equal opportunity employer. Visit for complete EEO statement.

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School Librarian

Job ID: SCEN0171669-0000

Application Deadline: 07/01/2020

Start Date: 07/01/2020

Job Description:

Please apply both on OLAS and the Schenectady City School District website to be considered for this position.

About Schenectady City Schools

With a population of nearly 10,000 students, the Schenectady City School District is one of the largest in the Capital Region. With an incredibly diverse population we are committed to ensuring that all children feel valued, are safe and will learn. We place the highest priority on a culture of equity, ensuring that race, economics, and disability are never predictors of student achievement. Every child in our district counts and will be supported each step of the way, along the path to graduation.

Librarian Role

This position will report to the Principal in a midsize urban school district located in the Capital region of Upstate New York. The Librarian will manage the school library and ensure it serves as the hub of the school. The Librarian therefore must have the ability to develop, maintain, and sustain relationships and partnerships with colleagues and the community. The Librarian will plan culturally responsive activities to meet the diverse learning needs of all students. The Librarian will maintain a Library environment that excites students about learning and engages students lived experiences. This position requires a high degree of flexibility, caring attitude and a culturally responsive equity-based mindset.

Librarian Expectations

  • Serve as tech support in our buildings and is seen as an innovator in the implementation of technology in our schools;
  • Maintain the library for effective distribution/circulation of materials, coordination of services, and effective instruction for building staff and students;
  • Knowledge of how the library supports/maintains growth in student achievement and tireless commitment to that effort;
  • Knowledge of differentiating for a variety of learning needs (both adult learners and child learners);
  • In depth knowledge of the CCLS, especially in the area of complex texts and close reading;
  • Teach essential skills such as: Microsoft office programs, database research, internet research skills, source evaluation tools, library catalog search and resource retrieval, keyboarding, reading skills, literature/non-fiction appreciation;
  • Facilitate student (and adult) access to information-rich resources for research;
  • Encourage students to explore the world around them through print and online resources;
  • Serve as teacher resource through collaboration on Common Core aligned curriculum;
  • Knowledge of enrichment education research using the CCLS (TIE).

Librarian Key Qualities

  • Demonstrates an imagination that is contagious;
  • Teaching approaches are driven by innovation and equity;
  • Facilitates library interactions that foster intellectual, cultural and social emotional learning;
  • Independent thinker that thrives in interdependent environments.

Minimum Qualifications Please apply both on OLAS and the Schenectady City School District website to be considered for this position.

  • New York State certification.
  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred).

The Schenectady City School District is committed to hiring members of protected classes and residents of the City of Schenectady. For more information on the District’s recruitment and hiring plan, please contact the Human Resources Office at 881-2000 ext. 40133. The Schenectady City School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race or gender. This policy is in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Regulations and By-Laws of the Board of Education of the Schenectady City School District.

Please apply both on OLAS and the Schenectady City School District website to be considered for this position.

Apply here:

Troy City Schools

Job ID: TRYN0171852-7020

Application Deadline: 08/31/2020

Start Date: 09/01/2020

Job Description:

Library Media Specialist - Anticipated 2020-2021 School Year

With approximately 4,000 students, Troy is a small urban school district in NY’s Capital Region. Our learning community values our ethnic, social and cultural diversity.

The Troy City School District has an anticipated opening for the 2020-2021 school year and is now accepting applications for a full-time probationary Library Media Specialist. Please apply through OLAS by sending your letter of interest, resume, NYS certification and all supporting materials. This will be an on-going recruiting process until filled.


Questar III School Library System

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

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist

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