NYS Library Aid FY15-16 - Executive Budget Released

authorSchool Library System January 27, 2015

A message from the New York Library Association (NYLA):

Greetings Members of the NYS Library Community,

As you may be aware, Governor Cuomo released his FY2015-2016 Executive Budget proposal Wednesday afternoon. This officially begins the budget season here in Albany.

Last year the Governor cut $4M from the previous year’s enacted budget, and proposed $81.6M in state library aid. With your hard work we were able to reverse that cut, and $5M was added back to the budget, for a final number of $86.627M.

Despite some early discouraging reports about where we would be this year, we were able to successfully retain our $5M legislative add from the FY2014-15 enacted budget.

The Governor has proposed state library aid remain flat from last year, at $86.627M. Read more »

Job Opening: Library and Arts Program Manager, Albany, NY

authorSchool Library System January 26, 2015

The Capital Region BOCES is looking for a Library and Arts Program Manager.

Basic Function:

1. School Library System (SLS): Responsible for running all aspects of the SLS, including resource-sharing, database development, staff development, library automation, Virtual Reference Library, and grants coordination.

2. Arts and Education: Responsible for managing all aspects of the arts and enrichment programs including Odyssey of the Mind, Masterminds, art show(s), professional development and collaboration with districts, artists and arts programs

Qualifications:New York State School Library Media Specialist certificate and a School Building Leader or School District Leader certificate preferred.

Starting Date:As soon as possible

Application Deadline:February 6, 2015

For a more detailed description click here.

Hudson Valley Regional NYSCATE onference

authorSchool Library System January 23, 2015

Registration is now open for the March 7th Hudson Valley Regional Conference
NYSCATE (The New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education)

The 14th Annual Hudson Valley NYSCATE Conference will feature presentations by teachers from across the state. It has become a tradition for educators in eastern New York and is a great chance to meet colleagues and share ideas about teaching and learning with technology. This year the conference organizers have also partnered with the Hudson Valley Writing Project. The day includes:

  • Presentations by classroom teachers, library media, BOCES, colleges and vendors
  • Hands-on workshops on current applications
  • Exhibits from vendors and other organizations

The cost to attend the 14th Annual Hudson Valley Conference is $45 and includes a continental breakfast and hearty lunch. The host site is Roy C Ketcham High School, 99 Myers Corners Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.

Click here for the complete brochure.

We Need You For Library Advocacy Day!

authorSchool Library System January 22, 2015

Join us on February 25, 2015 as we travel to Albany for Library Advocacy Day.  Click on the flyer below for more details.  Contact the SLS office for information about the schedule for the day and limited free bus tickets for SLS members, classroom teachers and students!

Job Opening: Library Media Specialist, Plattsburgh, NY

authorSchool Library System January 21, 2015

Position: Library Media Specialist (Full Time)

Initial Location: Itinerant/Crown Point Central/Keene Central/Elizabethtown-Lewis Central

Qualifications: NYS Certification as School Media Specialist (Library)

Salary: Per Contract or BOE Policy

Effective Date: ASAP

Reply By: January 29, 2015 - By the close of business (4:00 p.m.)

Send Application (obtained from Human Resources Office, Or From Website: CVES.org),
Resume, a copy of NYS Certification, Letter Of Intent, and 3 Letters of Recommendation

All Inquiries To:
Rachel Rissetto
Human Resources Office
Champlain Valley Educational Services
P.O. Box 455
518 Rugar Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
(518) 536-7316
Email: boyea_kim@cves.org

Champlain Valley Educational Services
(CEWW BOCES) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

The Library Freedom Project

authorSchool Library System January 20, 2015

Date: Apr. 17, 2015

Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson - Laszlo Z. Bito ‘60 Auditorium at the Reem-Kayden Center for Science and Computation

Presented by: Alison Macrina, Watertown Free Public Library; Kade Crockford, ACLU of Massachusetts; Jessie Rossman, ACLU of Massachusetts

Cost: $15 for members, including members of other NY3R’s Councils
$5 for students (register under your .edu email for the discount, or show ID at the event.)

Register herehttp://senylrc.org/library_freedom

Alison Macrina, founder of the Library Freedom Project and Supervisor of Technology and Information Management at the Watertown Free Public Library, Kade Crockford, Director of the Technology for Liberty Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts, and Jessie Rossman, staff attorney at the ACLU of Massachusetts, will present a workshop on issues of privacy and surveillance as they relate to libraries.

The following topics will be covered, with time for Q & A:
Kade Crockford: An introduction to current issues of surveillance and privacy, focusing on government and corporate surveillance. Kade will address how privacy rights fit into the greater mission of libraries as democratic institutions committed to intellectual freedom, and how surveillance threatens the core values of librarianship defined by the ALA Library Bill of Rights. Read more »

TeachingBooks.net 15 Minute “Tasty Tidbit” Webinars

authorSchool Library System January 15, 2015

Welcome To TeachingBooks.net: Your One Stop Literacy Tool

Please join us for a series of 15 minute “Tasty Tidbit” webinars, highlighting how to use TeachingBooks.net, with practical examples from schools and libraries in New York and around the world. Join all the sessions or just the ones you find interesting and useful at the following link: http://Teachingbooks.net/NYRegistration.

Presented by: TeachingBooks.net Professional Development Team (with over 40 years of teaching and library experience)

Start of the New Year with a New Look at TeachingBooks.net
January 20th 3:15-3:30
January 21st 3:15-3:30
January 22nd 3:15-3:30

Easy Collaboration Ideas You Can Implement Immediately
March 24th 3:15-3:30
March 25th 3:15-3:30
March 26th 3:15-3:30

Get Students Excited for Summer Reading with Ready to Use Lists
May 20th 3:15-3:30
May 21st 3:15-3:30
May 22nd 3:15-3:30

Save the Date: Library Advocacy Day

authorSchool Library System January 13, 2015

February 25, 2015


Albany, NY

Click here for more details on how to participate in Library Advocacy Day.

Learning and Leadership Grants

authorSchool Library System January 9, 2015

Learning and Leadership Grants from The NEA Foundation

The NEA Foundation provides grants to support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.

NYLA 2015 Conference Proposals

authorSchool Library System January 7, 2015

A message from NYLA Director Jeremy Johannesen:

Do you have a great idea for a program at the NYLA Annual Conference?

Have you always wanted to visit Lake Placid?

Are you free October 21-24, 2015?

Then your time is now - to submit a conference proposal for consideration!

The deadline to submit proposals for consideration for the 2015 NYLA Annual Conference is January 15, 2015.

The 2015 Annual Conference theme is: NYLA125: Explore. Learn. Grow.

Visit the NYLA Professional Development Proposal Page for details on proposing a CE workshop, conference program, or webinar. (Or send them to maryannkarre@gmail.com)

The programs that SSL members presented at the 2014 Conference were outstanding!  And I know that you have terrific ideas,

Happy New Year!

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