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Webinar - Spotlight on New York (SoNY) Interactive eBooks for Social Studies

authorSchool Library System October 22, 2014

Join us on November 13th for a 1-hour after school webinar  to learn more about the Spotlight on New York (SoNY) Interactive eBooks that are available to all SLS members, students and staff.  Participants will become familiar with a selection of interactive eBooks to support grades 3-7.

Designed to support New York’s local history, culture and government units, the Spotlight on New York series includes instruction and assessments addressing:  essential questions, NYS Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and inquiry and project based learning.

The five eBooks titles were purchased by the Dutchess BOCES School Library System: Leaders in Colonial NYThe First Peoples of New YorkNew York’s European ExplorersNew York in the American Revolution, and The Peoples and Cultures of New York. Read more »

SSL 2015 Spring Conference — Call for Proposals

authorSchool Library System October 21, 2014

The 2015 New York Library Association SSL Spring Conference is now accepting proposals for presentations. Technology use/tools should be embedded in one of the strands, not as a stand alone session.

Strands:

  • Inquiry
  • Management
  • Programming
  • Advocacy
  • Collaboration

Click here for the online application.

The RFP will close on December 1.

For more information about the conference, please visit: www.slmsseny.org

Follow us:  @slmsseny

Contact information:

Co-chairs:  Nina Levine nina.levine@gmail.com and Tara Thibault-Edmonds bootara@aol.com

AASL Seeks Awards Nominations

authorSchool Library System October 20, 2014

Applications for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2015 awards season are now available using AASL’s online awards application.

  • the National School Library Program of the Year Award, $10,000 and a crystal obelisk, sponsored by Follett, recognizes a school library program that meets the needs of the changing school and library environment and are fully integrated into the school’s curriculum;
  • the Distinguished Service Award, $3,000, sponsored by Baker & Taylor, which recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period of time, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development;
  • the ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant, up to $1,750, sponsored by ABC-CLIO, which is given to school library associations that are AASL affiliates for planning and implementing leadership programs at the state, regional or local levels;

Read more »

Cool Tools for School - 2014/15

authorSchool Library System October 17, 2014

The Cool Tools for School online professional development program for school librarians is back!  For more details about the course click on the icon below.  Look for the the workshop description and registration in the Dutchess BOCES mylearningplan.com.  Click here to check out what past participants have to say about this online course.

Position Paper on Elementary School Librarians

authorSchool Library System October 16, 2014

The New York Library Association Section of School Librarians published a position paper strongly recommending that certified school librarians be required in all

elementary schools.  The essay includes several compelling reasons and exa

mples about the positive educational impact on students when an school librarian is present and actively engaged with

This was begun at the Ed Leadership Institute in Cornell this past August.  Many librarians have contributed information, edited and corrected this paper.

This is one outcome of the 2014 School Library Summit, July 7-8 in Albany, initiated by NYLA President, Sara Kelly Johns.

“School Libraries Make the Difference” and “School Libraries Transform Learning”

authorSchool Library System October 15, 2014

From ALA and the Advocacy Office: The ALA Office for Library Advocacy has just published“School Libraries Make the Difference,” a new addition to I Love Libraries, ALA’s website for the public. It’s available at www.ilovelibraries.org/school-libraries-make-difference.

Written specifically with parents in mind, it focuses on the importance of quality school libraries and certified school librarians for student success at all education levels. Facts about student success, lifelong learning and college and career readiness, as well as infographics, and videos produced by state school library associations help to illustrate the importance of quality school library programs. Tips for getting involved range from visiting a school library to writing op-eds for local publications.

Created in consultation with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), this resource complements AASL’s new, “School Libraries Transform Learning,” a digital supplement produced by American Libraries magazine. It’s available at www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/issue/2014-school-library-digital-supplement and www.ilovelibraries.org/school-libraries-transform-learning.

A Message from NYLA/SSL

authorSchool Library System October 14, 2014

A message from Karen Sperrazza, President, NYLA/SSL:

Greetings All,

Our SSL web site is newly updated; please take a look.

Read the  Latest Issue of the Newsletter on the SSL web site.

New York Library Association Annual Conference and Trade Show

November 5-8, 2014 in Saratoga

NYLA President, Sara Kelly Johns

Complete Conference information and REGISTRATION:

http://www.nyla.org/max/4DCGI/cms/review.html?ction=CMS_Document&DocID=281&MenuKey=conf_info

Here are the SSL sponsored programs -

Pre-Conference Continuing Education Workshop (SSL)

Wednesday, 11/5, 2-5 pm

  • Dr. Barbara Stripling - Teaching Strategies for Active, Inquiry-Based Learning

Thursday, 11/6, 4-5:15 pm Program slot 2 (SSL, LAMS)

  • Sue Kowalski - Empowering Innovative Leadership through the Library

National Cyber Security Awareness Month K-12 Poster Contest

authorSchool Library System October 13, 2014

The NYS Office of Information Technology Services’ Enterprise Information Security Office is hosting the “NYS K-12 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest” during the month of October in conjunction with “National Cyber Security Awareness Month” activities. Information can be distributed to all parents, teachers and students in NYS public, private and home-schools, inviting students to participate in the contest.

This is a great opportunity for teachers to talk to students about being safe while on the Internet and when using computers and mobile devices. This year the contest has four entry categories: Kindergarten - Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. New York State winners will be entered into the MS-ISAC National Computer Security Poster Contest which is held in the spring. National contest winning posters will be included in the 2016 Annual MS-ISAC calendar distributed in the fall of 2015. Read more »

NOVELNY - Scholastic Webinars for October through December

authorSchool Library System October 10, 2014

Scholastic has scheduled the following webinars for NOVELNY databases for October through December.Please see dates, times and registration information below.

October 14, 2014, 3:30pm

Scholastic is hosting customized NOVELNY training sessions to help inform NOVELNY users about Scholastic GO!’s program features and how to incorporate Scholastic GO! into schools and public libraries. In this training they will focus on all eight of the online databases now available via NOVELNY, which include Amazing Animals of the World, America the Beautiful, The New Book of Popular Science, Lands and Peoples, Encyclopedia Americana, New Book of Knowledge, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia and La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre.
Please register at https://scholastic.webex.com/scholastic/onstage/g.php?d=654860415&t=a

Event password: fall
Call in number: 1-866-422-5206
Participant code: 2238180846

October 23, 2014, 3:30pm

Scholastic is hosting customized NOVELNY training sessions to help NOVELNY users optimize their use of Scholastic GO!’s resources to best support their Common Core instruction with students and in support of teachers. The session will focus on Common Core’s key aspects, ranging from Information Text and Vocabulary to Deeper Evidenced Based Research, Text Complexity and Point of View, and how best to incorporate these core objectives via Scholastic GO! into schools and public libraries. The session will also include how to incorporate materials from Scholastic GO! into Summer Reading at New York Libraries.
Please register at https://scholastic.webex.com/scholastic/onstage/g.php?d=654856321&t=a

Event password: fall
Call in number: 1-866-422-5206
Participant code: 2238180846

November 13, 2014, 3:30pm

Scholastic is hosting customized NOVELNY training sessions to help inform NOVELNY users about Scholastic GO!’s program features and how to incorporate Scholastic GO! into schools and public libraries. In this training they will focus on all eight of the online databases now available via NOVELNY, which include Amazing Animals of the World, America the Beautiful, The New Book of Popular Science, Lands and Peoples, Encyclopedia Americana, New Book of Knowledge, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia and La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre.
Please register at https://scholastic.webex.com/scholastic/onstage/g.php?d=658324280&t=a

Event password: fall
Call in number: 1-866-422-5206
Participant code: 2238180846

November 18, 2014, 3:30pm

Scholastic is hosting customized NOVELNY training sessions to help NOVELNY users optimize their use of Scholastic GO!’s resources to best support their Common Core instruction with students and in support of teachers. The session will focus on Common Core’s key aspects, ranging from Information Text and Vocabulary to Deeper Evidenced Based Research, Text Complexity and Point of View, and how best to incorporate these core objectives via Scholastic GO! into schools and public libraries. The session will also include how to incorporate materials from Scholastic GO! into Summer Reading at New York Libraries.
Please register at https://scholastic.webex.com/scholastic/onstage/g.php?d=653828507&t=a

Event password: winter
Call in number: 1-866-422-5206
Participant code: 2238180846

December 11, 2014, 3:30pm

Scholastic is hosting customized NOVELNY training sessions to help inform NOVELNY users about Scholastic GO!’s program features and how to incorporate Scholastic GO! into schools and public libraries. In this training they will focus on all eight of the online databases now available via NOVELNY, which include Amazing Animals of the World, America the Beautiful, The New Book of Popular Science, Lands and Peoples, Encyclopedia Americana, New Book of Knowledge, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia and La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre.
Please register at https://scholastic.webex.com/scholastic/onstage/g.php?d=652538839&t=a

Event password: winter
Call in number: 1-866-422-5206
Participant code: 2238180846

December 16, 2014, 3:30pm

Scholastic is hosting customized NOVELNY training sessions to help NOVELNY users optimize their use of Scholastic GO!’s resources to best support their Common Core instruction with students and in support of teachers. The session will focus on Common Core’s key aspects, ranging from Information Text and Vocabulary to Deeper Evidenced Based Research, Text Complexity and Point of View, and how best to incorporate these core objectives via Scholastic GO! into schools and public libraries. The session will also include how to incorporate materials from Scholastic GO! into Summer Reading at New York Libraries.
Please register at https://scholastic.webex.com/scholastic/onstage/g.php?d=659106408&t=a
Event password: winter

Call in number: 1-866-422-5206
Participant code: 2238180846

If you have any questions about the webinars please contact Scholastic at scholasticcustomersupport@scholastic.com or 1-888-326-6546 option 4.

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).

SENYLRC Continuing Education Workshops

authorSchool Library System October 9, 2014

There are exiting opportunities for our members at SENYLRC in the next few weeks! Rather than bombard you with a half dozen individual emails, here is a compilation of what’s available. Registration is now open for the following events:

Website Usability Webinars with Aaron Schmidt - hosted by the NY3R’s
Assessing and Improving Your Library Website: Part 2: Writing for the Web and Content Strategy
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
1:00pm-2:30pm Webinar Showing @ SENYLRC

Assessing and Improving Your Library Website: Part 3: User Research Methods
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
1:00pm-2:30pm Webinar Showing @ SENYLRC

There is no cost to join us for the group hosting, but if you can’t make it here, you can also view these on your own by registering at the NY3R’s website: http://www.ny3rs.org/educational-opportunities/registration/

Information Technology Special Interest Group (SIG)
Friday, October 16, 2014
10:00am-12:00pm
In this meeting, we’ll be focusing on discovery layers, as well as other topics of interest to librarians and library staff who are interested in technology and systems.

Library Instruction Special Interest Group (SIG)
Thursday, October 23, 2014
10:00am-12:00pm
This will be a “swap meet” of ideas for reference and instruction librarians to share tools for instructional practice.

NISO Webinar: 21st Century Resource Sharing

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
1:00pm-2:30pm
SENYLRC will host a viewing of this webinar that will explore these standards, discuss their differences and potential overlaps, and how interlibrary loan standards are currently in use for both traditional and e-resources.

Unconference on Student Assistants, Interns and Volunteers
Friday, November 14, 2014
9:00am-12:00pm
For anyone who supervises student assistants, interns, or volunteers, we are hosting an event to help you work with this population of invaluable library labor.

…and just announced today!!! Not one, but TWO workshops about RDA!
RDA Lite
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
9:00am-12:00pm
Hosted by Denise Garafolo, Mount Saint Mary College
For public service staff who would like to better understand the changes they are seeing in their OPAC’s due to RDA.

Practical RDA
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
9:00am-12:00pm
Hosted by Denise Garafolo, Mount Saint Mary College
For copy catalogers or anyone who does any level of cataloging and would like to know more about how RDA will affect them.
Each of the RDA workshops are $15 for members and $20 for members.
All of the other above workshops are available at no cost to members.

View all upcoming classes on the SENYLRC CE page here: http://senylrc.org/upcoming-senylrc-ce