Cayuga Onondaga BOCES SLS

Week of June 18

Retirement Party

Please don't forget our retirement celebration for Anne and Dawn on Tuesday at Seb's Green Shutters at 4!

School Librarians Research Opportunity

Dr. Anthony Betrus, professor and Business Administration Assistant Chair at SUNY Potsdam, and two other professors from SUNY Canton and Clarkson are currently working on a research project to produce educational materials to teach cybersecurity and internet safety to K-12 students. The research team is looking for school librarians to share their thoughts, experiences and challenges in this area. The interview will take approximately 15 minutes and will take place over Zoom. If school librarians in your region are interested in participating, they can e-mail

Google Like a Pro

If you’ve been using Google since it had an “!” at the end of its logo, you might think you know all the tricks for efficient and effective searches. But the internet has become increasingly vast and complex, and finding exactly what you want gets harder all the time.

That’s why we’ve partnered with disinformation research expert Cindy Otis — author of True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Spotting Fake News — to create the infographic Eight Tips To Google Like a Pro. The guidance will help you improve your search results and zero in on what you’re looking for more quickly. These advanced searching skills can also help you work your way back to the original source of specific claims, quotes, photos and videos — a critical step in fact-checking.

Some of the tips are as simple as narrowing your search time frame or putting key phrases in quotation marks, but all are designed to help you quickly unearth the specific and reliable information you are looking for. And with each tip featured, you’ll find a hyperlink that shows you what the search results look like when you use it.

Check out this new infographic, and share it with friends and family so they, too, can search like an expert.

For a future founded on facts,
The News Literacy Project

eva efron Memorial AASL Conference Grant

The 2021 eva efron Memorial American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Conference Grant (“the Grant”) is offered in honor of our friend and colleague eva efron, a dedicated member of her local, regional, and national school library community, who was just as special as the unique spelling of her name. eva served as a High School Librarian and School Library System Director (Nassau BOCES). She was an active member of both ALA and AASL. Rosen Publishing and the members of the School Library Systems Association of New York State (SLSA) are pleased to offer this grant opportunity to foster the growth of an emerging leader as an active member of ALA/AASL and in the hope that he or she will follow in eva’s footsteps as a leader of and mentor to future school librarians.