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AASL Short-term Volunteer Opportunities

authorSchool Library System July 24, 2014

AASL currently seeks volunteers for two short-term opportunities:

A Book That Shaped Me
AASL seeks AASL personal members to read and score 1-page essays on behalf of the Library of Congress. Scoring will take place between September 19-26, 2014. The essays, written by 5th and 6th graders, are entries in “A Book That Shaped Me” Library of Congress National Book Festival Summer Writing Contest. Scoring will narrow the pool for grand-prize judging by a Library of Congress selected panel of educators, children’s authors and staff. Volunteers will be asked to read 30-40 essays.

To volunteer, please fill out the Get Involved form and choose “Read and score papers for ‘A Book That Shaped Me’” from the list of available opportunities. Read more »

2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival

authorSchool Library System July 21, 2014

ProQuest Webinars for July

authorSchool Library System July 16, 2014

ProQuest has scheduled the following webinars for NOVELNY databases for the month of July. Please see dates, times and registration information below.

eLibrary Elementary and NOVELNY
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.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Please register at

Gannett Newspapers for NY State NOVELNY
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.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Please register at

If you have questions about the webinars please contact ProQuest at (to submit questions online) or or 1-800-889-3358.

Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY is a Statewide Internet Library connecting New Yorkers to 21st century information. NOVELNY is supported in part with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Job Openings - Certified School Library Media Specialist, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES

authorSchool Library System July 14, 2014

St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES School Library System has an anticipated opening for a Certified School Library Media Specialist to be shared between Edwards-Knox and Morristown Central Schools. The successful candidate will be familiar with the Common Core State Standards, the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum and emerging educational technology. This position will require flexibility and creative thinking. New York State Certification is required. Please send resume, three letters of recommendation, transcripts, copy of certification and proof of fingerprinting to Lee-Ann Morgan, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES ESC, 40 W. Main St., Canton, NY 13617. All applications are due by July 22nd.

Anyone with questions can contact:

Kelly L. Wilson
St. Lawrence-Lewis School Library System Director
Learning Resources Center Supervisor
St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Educational Services Center
40 West Main Street
Canton, New York 13617
315.386.4504 x 10200

Job Opening: Coordinator for School Library System, Saratoga Springs, NY

authorSchool Library System July 11, 2014

The Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES is looking for a School Library System Coordinator.  Applications will only be accepted until July 31st, the announcement says.  To read the announcement click here.

AASL White Paper from CLASS Research Summit

authorSchool Library System July 7, 2014

A message from AASL:

In April 2014, fifty research scholars from across the nation gathered in Chicago to plan a national research agenda focused on demonstrating the positive influences of effective school librarians and quality school libraries on student learning.

The white paper resulting from the “Causality: School Libraries and Student Success (CLASS)” forum, convened by AASL and funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is now available on the AASL website at Read more »

Requiring an Elementary School Librarian

authorSchool Library System July 1, 2014

The New York Library Association (NYLA) strongly supports the development andpassage of new legislation to require a certified school librarian for all students.  For an explanation of the bill history and process click here.

Free Online Copyright Course from Coursera

authorSchool Library System June 30, 2014

Copyright for Educators & Librarians

Fear and uncertainty about copyright law often plagues educators and sometimes prevents creative teaching. This course is a professional development opportunity designed to provide a basic introduction to US copyright law and to empower teachers and librarians at all grade levels. Course participants will discover that the law is designed to help educators and librarians.

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Registration is now open for the Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core Conference

authorSchool Library System June 27, 2014

Click on the flyer below for registration information regarding the Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core Conference (August 12 & 13, 2014).   Note, that reasonable travel and lodging expenses (at the State Rate, double-occupancy) will be reimbursed if you live more than 60 miles away from the conference. Reimbursement forms will be provided at the conference.

If you have any questions regarding this registration form, please email them to Registration is first come, first serve. Please visit the conference blog,, to learn more about this event.

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Free Library Professional Materials

authorSchool Library System June 23, 2014

The 27 professional books included on the SLS pinterest board are available to members of the Dutchess BOCES School Library System. The books were donated by Barbara Wall who is retiring at the end of this school year. If you are interested contact the SLS office. Many thanks to Barbara Wall for her generosity.

Follow DCBOCES SLS’s board Library Professional Materials on Pinterest.

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