School Library System

March 6, 2015

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A Note From Jen and Jane

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at upcoming events:

  • Good luck to all teams participating in tomorrow's Odyssey of the Mind Tournament. Jane and I will be there all day and look forward to seeing your students at this exciting event!
  • Anne Dalton will be presenting a workshop on Copyright on Monday in the Questar III Conference Center.
  • The statewide Social Studies conference is taking place in Syracuse, NY next Thursday - Saturday.

SSL Conference in Tarrytown, New York

SSL President Jill Leinung has promised plenty of sunshine to all who visit Tarrytown for this year's SSL Conference. In addition, a local administrator will be receiving an award at dinner on May 1st. Jen will also be presenting an update on the School Library Summit that took place this summer with representatives from our partnering groups. You won't want to miss all of the excitement!!!

For more information about the conference, presenters, and special events, visit the conference website.

The School Library System will offer grants in the amount of $225 to pay for the registration fee for any school librarian attending the conference. Please email Jen if you are interested. You will be reimbursed after the conference once you submit proof of payment for registration and proof of attendance.

Educational Media Technology Association Grant

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 Media Literacy Project Grant provided by the Educational Media Technology Association (EMTA). If you have a great idea for a project involving media, please consider applying for this opportunity. More information about the grant, past projects that were funded, and the full grant application can be found on EMTA's website.
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Bookish Britain: Literary Jobs are the Most Desirable

While we already know the value of being a librarian, many of our friends, family, and colleagues just don't understand. Visit for an interesting ranking of the most desired jobs.

"... an aura of prestige still surrounds the quiet, intellectual life enjoyed by authors, librarians and academics."
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Save The Date - Wednesday, April 22nd

On Wednesday, April 22nd, Polly Farrington will be at CDLC to teach a full day workshop on creating "Easy Websites on Low Budgets." Stay tuned for more information.

Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival

It won't be long until the Spring festival season begins. Visit to learn more about the 30+ authors visiting Rochester, NY for the 10th Annual TBF. Jen will be going if anyone wants to carpool.
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ASCD Professional eBook Titles

Don't forget to check out Questar's ASCD professional titles. If you would like MARC records to add to your catalog, please let us know.

Please Share with Friends from Central New York

Vernon-Verona-Sherrill CSD (located between Syracuse and Utica) is seeking a full-time and permanent elementary (PreK-6th grade) Library Media Specialist who is collaborative, innovative, inspiring, and well versed in literacy demands of the 21st century. New York State certification as a Library Media Specialist is required. Apply online at:
OverDrive - Read Across America Day

A Special Request

I would love to see a flood of pictures from Questar III sent to Carl. I have no doubt that his presentation will be spectacular and that it will make a difference. Thanks! Jen

Greetings fellow school librarians,

I am asking for your assistance with an upcoming presentation.

Briefly, I am the School Library System Director at Nassau BOCES (#22 on the map), , and I recently submitted a proposal to present at the New York State School Boards Association meeting in New York City which will be held in October 2015.

I am asking you to take photos of the events that you have happening in your school library. It could be a poetry slam, a maker space, a TED conference, an author visit, a group research project or something else related and SAVE THEM.

My goal is to show how school libraries across New York State, via the state-wide School Library System, are an integral part of the curriculum and Common Core instruction, and we have fun doing it!

By mid-April, I should know if my presentation was selected, and then I will ask again for you to send your material. Photo credit will be given for material used in the presentation as [School, District, School Library System]

Anything that cannot fit, we will place on our LibGuide and share it out for everyone to view, again with credit. If I am not selected, then you have material for your end of year newsletter or to send over for inclusion for your district’s Budget Vote newsletter.

I thank you in advance for your support.



Carl Vitevitch


Nassau BOCES School Library Services

- School Library System

- Library Automation Resource Sharing Service

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Westbury, NY 11590

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