SLS Weekly Update

April 23, 2021

Help packing

Do you need to pack your library up for the summer?

Let me know! I would love to come in and help!!

Just Read It! #ReadWoke

Flipster magazine Trial

Some of you have expressed an interest in emagazines. I received a trial for Flipster, a site hosted by Ebsco for emagazines. If we get a majority of people asking for a title, I can make it a regional purchase. Please look at what is offered and let me know what magazines you would like.

Below are also two flyers of information. The information below is for your trial through May 30th.

To Login to the Free Trial:

Go to:

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Culture Grams Across the Curriculum Webinar

I hope all is well. I want to cordially invite you to attend a free webinar featuring Culturegrams Online.

Feel free to invite your colleges and anyone else you think would be interested.

Date: Wednesday, April 28th, at 2:00 pm Eastern Time

Link to Webinar:

What’s covered: Using CultureGrams Across the Curriculum: Building Bridges of Connection and Empathy

In this webinar, learn about the benefits of CultureGrams to build bridges of understanding and empathy across the curriculum. Also see specific in-product examples of how to use CultureGrams for a range of subjects to create engaging assignments for multiple grade levels.

From the earliest grades, librarians and teachers need to equip students with reliable information that help build understanding and critical thinking about world cultures and events.

CultureGrams is the solution as the leading reference for concise and reliable cultural information on the countries of the world.

Please let me know if you are interested in attending and don’t hesitate to call me at the number below if you have any questions.

Thank you very much for all your time and interest! I look forward to hearing back from you.

Kind regards,

Javier Reyes

Teen Video Summer Reading Challenge

Are you looking for a fun and easy project to share with your teen library patrons and students that they can do at home, at the library, or as a creative outside activity this summer?

The CSLP Teen Video Challenge is back for 2021 and we want teens in New York state to participate! Go to this page of Summer Reading at New York Libraries

for all the details, including the submission form, contest rules, and to see the winning videos from 2020. There's also a pdf poster that you can download to promote the Teen Video Challenge activity to teens in your community. Please share this information on your social media (using #TailsandTales), your website, and with teens in your schools and libraries!

The Teen Video Challenge, sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), is an annual national video contest open to all teens (librarian and teacher support is encouraged). The challenge is for teens to create a short public service announcement-type video that shows their unique interpretation of the 2021 CSLP slogan “Tails and Tales.” Videos should not be longer than 60 seconds and should promote libraries and reading.

Videos will be accepted from June 1 through August 6, 2021.

  • The contest is open to teens 13-18 (though it's fine for people older or younger to appear in the videos).
  • The process is simple; teens just need to upload their video to the social media outlet of their choice, submit a link to their video, and complete a simple online form.
  • Videos will be limited to 60 seconds, making this a doable project for individuals or small teams.
  • Teens/teen teams may submit more than one video.
  • The program will accept submissions June 1-Aug 6, 2021, so that it can be incorporated into your summer program (it’s still a great opportunity to partner with schools with video production classes or clubs; students can produce the videos as a class project and submit them in June!)
  • Permission and model release forms will only be required from the winning entries (completing the forms is a requirement to receive prizes and acknowledgement).
  • There will be 5 national winners, who will each receive a cash prize of $200. The TVC Ad-Hoc Committee will convene a judging panel from CSLP partners and members in August.

Additional Resources:

The State Library is looking forward to many creative TVC submissions from teens in NY state!

Questions?? Please contact Sharon Phillips, Youth Services Program Manager, New York State Library at

Lunch and Learn Summer Reading 2021


Title: Partnering with 4-H/STEM team educators on Summer Reading. Learn about Great 4-H Resources for Summer Reading Programs and Tails and Tales!

Date and Time: Thursday, April 29; 12:30 - 1:15pm

Presented by:

Alexa Mallie- NYS 4-H STEM Specialist

Susan Hoskins- STEM PWT Campus Co-Chair- Senior Extension Associate Director, Institute for Resource Information Sciences, Soil and Crop Sciences, School of Integrative Plant Science

Kandis Freer- STEM PWT County Co-Chair- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County 4-H Team Leader

This year's Summer Reading theme of animals/Tails and Tales is the perfect opportunity to connect with 4-H and STEM team educators in your part of the state! Tap into the expertise of 4-H educators and staff and learn how to connect with local 4-H offices to take advantage of programs and resources in animal science/other areas that can be adapted to your Summer Reading programs and activities this year and beyond. Explore online 4-H resources as well as resources and kits that can be borrowed from local offices to enhance programs in libraries of all sizes, whether rural or urban. There will be time for questions at the end of the session.

We hope you can join us for this informative lunchtime session to learn more about valuable 4-H resources and how libraries can strengthen their connection to local 4-H offices and educators.


Register at: here is the registration link

4-H/Cornell Cooperative Extension is a valued partner of Summer Reading at New York Libraries.

Rural Engagement to Advance Learning In STEM Digitally (REALISD) in School Libraries Program

Rural Engagement to Advance Learning In STEM Digitally (REALISD) in School Libraries Program

Fully Funded Opportunities Available!

The Rural Engagement to Advance Learning In STEM Digitally (REALISD) in School Libraries will provide an online professional development workshop for school librarians working in rural areas across the United States! The workshops will provide school librarians the knowledge, skills, and abilities to support STEM education efforts in their school through digital tools and resources.

The summer workshop will be an interactive virtual event that will be held in late July 2021. The workshop will be followed by an online module in the Fall in which participants will work with other participants and project personnel to explore further topics on supporting STEM efforts and to ultimately create a final STEM in Practice Plan for their local school.

By participating in this program, participants will earn 3-hours of graduate course credit, with all tuition and fees paid for by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the federal agency supporting the REALISD Program. If selected as a participant, all other expenses for participating will be fully funded by the REALISD Program.

We invite you to apply for this program at the REALISD website by May 31st 2021!

Questions? Email

Dr. Melissa P. Johnston

Associate Professor

Educational Technology & Foundations

College of Education

University of West Georgia

p: 678-839-6060

Mackin's Version of Diversity Analysis

Many school districts are striving to make their library collections reflect their student population’s diversity while also aligning their collections to their curricular goals.

Introducing Tag Reports: A free service designed by Mackin’s team of professional librarians and teachers that puts you in control, allowing you to conduct your own analysis based on collection tags. Everything from tags to data analysis, category overviews, report generation and more, are all available to you whenever you need it, giving you the ideal tool to assess and manage your collection.

Learn More

Category Overview

Provides a high-level overview of all tagged titles in the collection and a breakdown of tag categories by average age, number of titles, and percentage of the collection.

Tag Overview

After selecting a category, users will see tag details including number of titles for nonfiction, fiction, other, and collection total, along with average age and percentage of collection.

Learn More About Tag Reports

Collection Analysis
We recommend a Collection Analysis to view classification details. Categories, such as nonfiction and fiction, are based on how items are designated in the collection analysis.

MARC Records
We analyze MARC records to identify collection titles that match against our set of tagged titles.

Report Layout
Our Tag Report layout is modeled after the List Summary feature.


Mackin’s team of professional librarians and teachers have curated our collection of descriptive, curricular tags and are working diligently to tag resources in our system.

Interested in Getting a Free Collection Analysis?