School Library System

March 20, 2015

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A Note from Jen and Jane

Below you will find many links to learning opportunities. Some are as early as next Tuesday so please take a look to find the sessions that interest you most.

A Message from NYLA's Advocacy Center

"Thanks in part to your advocacy efforts, the NY Senate has proposed a $5M increase in library aid, and the state Assembly has proposed a $2M increase. Budget negotiations are currently underway between the Governor and legislative leaders, so please take 30 seconds to make your voice heard again". Click here to take action NOW – your participation makes a difference!

Summer Reading at New York Libraries

As part of Summer Reading at New York Libraries, the New York State Library is pleased to announce the following finalists in the 2015 New York State Teen Video Challenge:

1. Unmask a New Hero (Rye Free Reading Room)

2. Unmask Your Imagination (DeWitt Community Library)

The Teen Video Challenge is a video competition that encourages teens to create a 30-90 second video promoting summer reading and public libraries using the 2015 teen summer reading slogan “Unmask.”

These finalists were selected by a group of judges consisting of librarians that work with youth. In the coming weeks, a final winner for New York State will be selected by a panel of celebrity judges. The State winner will be announced in April. The winning and finalist videos will be added to the Summer Reading at New York Libraries website,

Karen Balsen

Coordinator, Summer Reading at New York Libraries

New York State Historic Newspapers Workshop

Monday, March 30th, 1-3:30pm

28 Essex St

Albany, NY

New York State Historic Newspapers Workshop - presented by Eric Alan, Regional Services Librarian at Northern New York Library Network

Join CDLC to learn more about New York State Historic Newspapers.

New York State Historic Newspapers is a fantastic resource for all types of libraries. It provides free indexed access to selected historical newspapers from across New York State. Currently, the site holds over 200 newspapers, with millions of searchable pages!

During this presentation, you'll learn the history behind the website and become familiar with basic and advanced search strategies, including personal name search methods.

We will also discuss the criteria needed to get your library’s newspapers included in the project, including the possibility of receiving some funding through CDLC to get you started.

Please register by Friday, March 27th.
This even is FREE for SLS member librarians.
Participants are asked to bring a laptop or device.

Register Here

Advocacy Every Day - Webinar

Tuesday, March 24th, 12-2pm

This is an online event.

A lunchtime webinar with Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director of the NYLA.
Learn more and register here.

Web Streaming from ILEAD USA

Next week Jen will be participating as a member of the Premier Learning Team at ILEAD USA. You also have the opportunity to learn from this program through live streaming of the keynote addresses:

The web streaming link is


Tuesday March 24, 11:30AM: Everything You Learned in Library School is Wrong

David Lankes, Syracuse University, School of Information Studies, Syracuse, New York. Professor and Dean’s Scholar on New Librarianship
This keynote will focus on how librarians are radical positive change agents that make communities better.

Tuesday March 24, 3:30PM: Inspired Outreach Inspired

John Emerson, an activist, graphic designer, writer, and programmer based in New York City creator of

How do you engage the hearts and minds of your audience? Connect and empower with outreach that makes people say "Aha!" and "Let's do it!"

Wednesday, March 25, 11:00AM: FLATLAND: A Statistical Romance of Many Dimensions.

Eli Neiburger, Associate Director, IT and Production, Ann Arbor District

In which our Hero, A. Librarian, must search for scalars amidst an increasingly flat landscape, with which to earn the favor of capricious higher-dimensional beings, before her entire world collapses to a single ultradense font of information, only to find that the only dimension that truly matters is LOVE.

Wednesday, March 25, 3:30PM: “Perspectives and Advice on Accessibility and Universal Design”

Sina Bahram, an accessibility consultant, researcher, and entrepreneur

Join Sina Bahram as he walks through the concepts of accessibility and universal design, core principles fundamental to understanding how to be relevant in the 21st century. Through exploring a narrative about technology, access to information and the physical world, Sina will both motivate and show how to augment content, interactions and thinking to become more inclusive.

Thursday, March 26, 11:00AM: “Nothing Is Different But Everything Has Changed: Observations and Insights From 10 Years on the Road.”

David Bendekovic, President, The B. A. David Company, Syracuse, New York

Your ability to reach your goals has as much to do with how you choose to see the world as it does with your level of education and intelligence. This keynote will give you the keys to thinking in a more powerful way about yourself, the people around you, and the work you want to get done. What You Do Makes A Difference. You Just Have To Figure Out What Kind Of Difference You Want To Make.

The New York State Library, in partnership with the Illinois State Library, the New York Library Association and the Mid-York Library System, is participating in the multi-state nationwide 2015 ILEAD USA (Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover) program designed to increase the leadership, collaboration and technology skills of library and library system staff from all types of institutions.

ILEAD USA participants work in teams during three sets of onsite multi-day collaboration/learning sessions, supported by mentors and instructors, to address an identified statewide or local community need and develop a product, which is shared via the web.

More information about the State Library’s participation in ILEAD USA is found at:


Rondout Valley CSD is looking for a full time LMS for the Intermediate / Jr. High Schools. Start date is May 4, 2015

Qualifications: New York State Certified Library Media Specialist.
Please send cover letter, resume and two letters of reference to Karen F. Sakellariou at Rondout Valley Central School District, P.O. Box 9, Accord, New York 12404 by March 25, 2015.

NovelNY - Updates and Webinars


Gale is making a number of enhancements in their online products, which will improve accessibility, usability across devices and unity across databases. The changes will be released on April 2, but you may look at some of the enhancements now by clicking on the “Try New Experience” button in the top left corner of the following NOVELNY databases: Academic OneFile, General OneFile, Health Reference Center-Academic, InfoTrac Newsstand or New York State Newspapers.

ProQuest - eLibrary Elementary

This one hour class, created specifically for NOVELNY, covers the content, features and tips for using eLibrary Elementary as well as incorporating eLibrary Elementary into classroom curriculum. Learn how young readers can use the colorful graphical search interface to find answers they need from magazines, newspapers, books, transcripts, maps, images, audio/video files and web links that are safe and appropriate for elementary school studies. Your questions will be answered by an eLibrary Elementary training expert during this interactive session.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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ProQuest - Gannett Newspapers

This one hour class covers the content, features and tips for using Gannett Newspapers offered to NOVELNY by ProQuest. This collection of 87 different newspapers, with over one dozen from NY and NJ, is ideal for classroom and public library use. ProQuest will provide tips for searching as well as ideas for incorporating it into the classroom curriculum. Learn how to use the new search interface to locate information, create a Research account to store and manage folders and to use built in tools to make the most of your research! Your questions will be answered by a ProQuest training expert during this interactive session.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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