School Library System

March 23-27, 2020

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Communication Coordinator/Council Meeting - RESCHEDULED

Our Communication Coordinator/Council meeting that was originally scheduled for March 25th will be held virtually on April 8, 2020 from 9 am - 12 pm. If you were already registered for the March meeting, you do not need to do anything. If you were not registered please register using the links below. Council members should sign up under one link only.

Communication Coordinators:


Our meeting will take place via Zoom and the link will be sent to registrants the day before the event. If you do not register you will not receive the Zoom link so please be sure to register. Remember, our meetings are open to everyone, not just CCs and Council Members. We have a great day planned with presentations from fellow librarians on various tech tools and makerspace ideas. We hope you will join us! Thank you!

Monday's Librarian Chat

On Monday, 3/30, we will have another regional librarian chat that will include librarians from Capital Region, HFM, and WSWHE BOCES. Last week more than 60 librarians participated. There were lots of resources and ideas for staying connected with students and staff remotely. The meeting this Monday is sure to bring many new insights, experiences, and ideas. We encourage you to join in.

Kerrie will send out the Zoom link via the SLS listserv, so please keep an eye out for it.

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NYS Expanded Remote Learning with PBS

The New York State Education Department and New York’s nine public television stations announced today that expanded educational resources and “Learn-at-Home” programming is now available for all of New York’s students in response to school closings across the state. In addition, NYSED has launched a dedicated website featuring remote continuity of learning<> resources to provide districts and teachers with increased options.

Students from prekindergarten through 12th Grade will have access to PBS educational programming every weekday starting Monday, March 23rd on-air. These efforts will help ensure that all students can “Learn-at-Home", whether they have a computer or broadband at home.

Tech Talk

Due to the nationwide shutdown of schools, libraries and academic institutions, and the resulting need for more ONLINE LEARNING, Shared Results International is making our TECH-TALK content available free for students, teachers and patrons ... for the duration of this crisis.
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· Sora ·

Lots of New Titles in Sora

To help your school communities meet reading needs during school closures, OverDrive Education has provided immediate access to quality books at no cost via the student reading app, Sora.

The Big Library Read

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The BLR is an awesome simultaneous reading opportunity for HS students!

One way to bring your students together during this time is with the next Big Library Read, which started one week early. Previously, the next global ebook club was going to start on Monday, March 30. But in light of everything happening with COVID-19, and knowing your users are turning to your OverDrive site, BLR has started (Monday, March 23).

Our global ebook club is an opportunity for readers all around the world to read the same book at the same time without waitlists or holds. From March 23 – April 13, comedian Michael McCreary’s memoir Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic will be available in both ebook and audiobook formats.

Sora Webinar Presentation Slides

Sora URL

A few librarians have asked for the URL to use on their library website/page:

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Keeping Track of SLS Information & Resources

It can be a challenge to stay organized with such an influx of information being offered on a daily basis. For your convenience, you can always find all emailed SLS Smore bulletins and newsletters under the Newsletter tab of your LibGuide.
Resources for Online Learning

Many resources for remote teaching & learning

Getting Students Excited About Reading

Information and resources about copyright, authors and read alouds

Sora Single Sign-on

A refresher on accessing Sora

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· Librarian of the Week ·

Each week we will showcase a librarian from our region.

Who: Alanna Moss

What: Elementary Librarian

Where: Ichabod Crane Primary

A favorite hobby:

I am an avid trail runner and rock climber (no, not like the crazy free solo guy!). Running up and down mountains is one of my favorite things. I love the challenge of the trail, and the rewards at the top (which are never guaranteed - sometimes there is nothing to see, but the journey is the prize!). I rarely run on roads… my dog doesn’t like them either so we don’t bother. Most of my races are between 13.1 and marathon distance (26.2 miles), but I have completed a couple of 50 milers and also a 100k (about 65 miles). My partner, Dan, has gotten me into rock climbing. I have only been doing it for the past year and a half but I LOVE it. I think it is important to find new challenges no matter what your age is! Dan and I also like to spend time hiking and backpacking with our dogs, Ollie and Ellie.

I also love reading (of course!), gardening, painting with watercolors, and baking… life isn’t all about adrenaline and the slow simple life is divine.

What book would you recommend: Gosh! The pressure!!!! It all depends on who I am talking to :) Personally, I am a big fan of David Almond. I don’t get to recommend him often to my Primary School crowd, but I adore almost all of his books. I also love Catherynne Valente’s book The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. It is a wonderful YA adventure fantasy with a spunky lead heroine and a cast of memorable characters. Valente does a wonderful job twisting together humor, adventure, suspense, and opportunities to reflect. It’s not a new book, but one that just really sticks with me. I just can’t forget about it.

Share something that you are proud of that has recently happened in your library/school: I recently started a “Books made by Primary School Students” shelf and the kids go WILD for it! They are eager to donate their newly created books to the library and to look at the books that other kids have made. Right now the books are for in-library use only, but it is fun to see how excited and supportive kids of all grade levels have been.

What drew you to a career in school librarianship: When I was young some of my favorite people were librarians… My grandmother was a high school librarian and I was absolutely obsessed with the children's librarian at our local public library, Mrs. Ginter. At home, I would put check out slips in all of our children’s books and make my brothers check them out! Becoming a librarian was in my top three things to be when I grew up (along with becoming an archaeologist or a stunt double. Fun fact... I have done 2 of those 3 careers). I started my venture into the library world by volunteering in my local public library as a way to get involved in my community after moving to Kinderhook, NY from Wisconsin. After a little while, they hired me to do the children and teen programming and I discovered my passion for children's service. My director encouraged me to go to grad school, and I chose to go into the school media track because I was interested in the variety of work and the challenges that school librarians get to tackle on a daily basis. I also love the different relationships that we get to have with our students - it is a different connection than a regular classroom teacher. I love my job, and I cannot imagine doing anything else!

· Books of the Week ·

Recommended by member librarians
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Daily Librarian Chat

Each day, from 10:00-11:00 AM, librarians will get together to discuss the best possible ways to meet their students' and teachers' needs during school closures. Topics will vary based on need.

No need to register.

Contact Amanda for the Zoom link.

NewsBank: Access World News Webinar

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Model Schools Google Meet Webinar

All sessions are currently full. check the Questar MLP catalog for new dates coming soon.

Rosen Interactive eBooks & PowerKnowledge Science Suite Webinar

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HyperDocs Webinar

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Digital Citizenship: How Educators Can Help Webinar

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TeachingBooks Webinar

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Catskill CSD - Library Media Specialist - Anticipated Vacancy 2020 - 2021

Job ID: CATN0171497-7020

Application Deadline: 04/30/2020

Start Date: 09/01/2020

Job Description:

Position: Library - Media Specialist

Assignment: Catskill Central School District

Qualifications: Valid N.Y.S. Library Media Specialist Certification

Effective: September 2020

Deadline:April 30, 2020

Salary:Per CTA Contract


Questar III School Library System

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

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist