Call for Entries for the Gale / Library Media Connection TEAMS Award

authorSchool Library System May 26, 2015

Library Media Connection (LMC) and Gale invite all media specialists and educators at K-12 public and private schools in the United States and Canada to share their collaboration success stories and submit them for the 2015 TEAMS Award-Teachers and Media Specialists Influencing Student Achievement. The TEAMS Award recognizes and encourages the critical collaboration between the teacher and media specialist to promote learning, increase student achievement, and develop 21st-century skills.
Three winning teams will receive cash prizes ($2,500), Gale products, a one-year subscription to Library Media Connection, and a choice of professional publications from Libraries Unlimited.
Apply now to have your work highlighted. Entries are due by June 30, 2015. Awards will be presented at a reception during the American Association of School Librarians conference in 2015. Visit the TEAMS Award site to learn more.

What Makes a Good Book?

authorSchool Library System May 22, 2015

Promotional Videos for Summer Reading 2015

authorSchool Library System May 20, 2015

Summer Reading at New York Libraries “Every Hero Has a Story” promotional videos are now available for viewing and download on the Summer Reading at New York Libraries website at

In addition to this year’s PSA, there is also a message from Kate DiCamillo, the 2015-16 Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) National Summer Reading Champion and Newbery Award-winning author of and Flora & Ulysses. DiCamillo is also the Library of Congress 2014-15 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

And don’t forget that the Teen Video Challenge Videos are also great tools for promoting summer reading! The New York State winning and finalist videos are available at

The “Every Hero Has a Story” PSA and Kate DiCamillo message are provided by the Collaborative Summer Library Program as a resource to promote summer reading and public libraries.

Free Summer Audiobook Program

authorSchool Library System May 18, 2015

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for young adults. Starting again May 7th 2015, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic or required summer reading title. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at

School Librarians’ Summer Workshops

authorSchool Library System May 13, 2015

7th Annual Millbrook Literary Festival - May 30, 2015

authorSchool Library System May 1, 2015

May 30, 2015

Click here for more details and a list of participating authors.

Job Posting: School Library Media Specialist - Palmyra, NY

authorSchool Library System April 30, 2015

The Palmyra-Macedon Central School District is accepting applications for a School Library Media Specialist at the Pal-Mac Intermediate School, grades 3-5. Click here for more details.

Job Posting: K-12 Library Media Specialist Teacher - Old Forge, NY

authorSchool Library System April 27, 2015

Town of Webb Union Free School District seeks a K-12 Library Media Specialist Teacher for September 1, 2015.  NYS certification for Library Media Specialist required, multiple certifications desired.  Must have a strong working knowledge of current educational methods, technology integration and Common Core Learning Standards K-12.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate the willingness and ability to teach information literacy to the K-12 school community, foster collaborative partnerships with the school’s faculty and administration, motivate and guide students in the use of information and materials, they must be able to evaluate and select materials that promote and support the information needs of the associated clientele. The candidate will need the ability to serve the needs of students and parents for information, educational and recreational materials as well as the needs of teachers, administrators and other personnel seeking information and materials related to their professional responsibilities. Read more »

Southeastern NY Library Resources Council - Executive Director

authorSchool Library System April 24, 2015

Tessa Killian Selected to be Executive Director of Southeastern NY Library Resources Council
April 23, 2015

HIGHLAND, NY - The Board of Trustees of Southeastern NY Library Resources Council (SENLYRC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Tessa Killian as the Executive Director. Tessa has been with SENYLRC since 2000, starting as a Member Services Librarian, and transitioning to Manager of Technology and Administrative Services in 2005 and then to Associate Director in 2011. She has been serving as the Interim Executive Director since September 2014. Killian officially began her tenure as Executive Director on April 20, 2015.

“The Board is very pleased to have a skilled professional with Tessa’s experience and ability take on the leadership of the Council,” said Barbara Petruzzelli, President of the Board of Trustees and Director of the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center at Mount Saint Mary College.  “Having conducted a national search for our new executive director, we are supremely confident that Tessa is the most qualified person to move us forward.”

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Job Posting: School Library Media Specialist - Batavia, NY

authorSchool Library System April 23, 2015

The Batavia City School District is looking for a School Library Media Specialist for the John Kennedy Intermediate School.  The qualified individual will oversee and implement a busy school library servicing a collaborative staff and students in grades 2-4 with strong support of building and district administration.

Responsibilities include information skills instruction of scheduled classes for all grades and special education classes, management of library automation system, library systems, and all audiovisual equipment, supervision of library circulation and collection with annual circulation of 48,000 with the support of a full-time library clerk.  The library serves as the active center of instruction in the school, with 27 computers in the library as well as an adjacent computer lab.  The librarian works closely with teachers and staff to provide support and resources in library materials, Common Core curriculum, reading programming and instructional technology in the school.

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