Edcamp Hudson Valley

authorSchool Library System July 1, 2015

Edcamp Hudson Valley (http://edcamphudsonvalley.org/), an education unconference, will be held at Poughkeepsie Day School in Poughkeepsie, NY on Monday, August 31st, 2015. Edcamp Hudson Valley will bring together educators and students from around the region for a day of sharing, learning, and innovating. For more information about Edcamp Hudson Valley please visit: http://edcamphudsonvalley.org

eBooks: An Unconference @ SENYLRC

authorSchool Library System June 30, 2015

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: SENYLRC Conference Room
No cost to members, including other NY 3R’s members
Registration: http://www.senylrc.org/ebooksUnconference

Description: eBooks have been part of the library landscape for almost a decade now, but questions about the best way to incorporate them into the collection still abound. The event will start with a presentation by Jim Kropelin of EBSCO on eBook subscriptions and packages, and will continue as a conversation that will be guided by attendees. Appropriate for all, including staff at public, academic, school, and special libraries as well as systems.

Possible topics for the open space, or “unconference” include, but are not limited to:
• Problems and solutions with the discovery and access of eBooks.
• Best practices for including eBooks in catalogs.
• Let’s come to a consensus: eBooks, e-books, or ebooks. :)
• Cooperative projects in the area that are currently underway.
• Navigating the many platforms, access models, and pricing structures.
• Ideas for convincing service providers to create a consistent product.
• Sharing favorite tools for managing eBooks.
• It’s your meeting, you can suggest any other idea that you would like to bring to the table on this topic!

All participants will receive a certificate of completion for CE Credits.
More info and registration at: http://www.senylrc.org/ebooksUnconference

2015-16 NOVELNY Databases Announcement Update

authorSchool Library System June 26, 2015


Bernard A. Margolis, Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian, is pleased to announce the continuation of the current NOVELNY (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) databases. NOVELNY is an online virtual library connecting New Yorkers to 21st century information via libraries and library systems statewide. NOVELNY is an electronic resource access project that enables libraries across New York State to give their communities online access to the full text of thousands of journals, newspapers and other references.

NOVELNY offers free statewide access to an encyclopedia, strong general reference and periodicals content, issues, business, news and health concentrations, and an interface and content for children. Products were competitively selected to provide the broadest array of desired content for the best value given current resources.

The databases listed below are freely available to over 5,600 public, school, academic and special libraries currently registered for NOVELNY and to individuals who are residents of New York State that visit http://www.novelnewyork.org. If your library is not registered please see the For Librarians link on the website or contact the NOVELNY Help Desk toll-free at 877-277-0250 or in the Capital District at 518-486-6012.

The databases are available through geoIP authentication (also referred to as geolocation). Geolocation is a method to allow or disallow a user access to a database based on his/her geographic location as determined from their IP address. If a patron is accessing the databases through a library website or the NOVELNY portal while in New York he/she will be able to enter the database without entering a username/password, library card number or a driver license number. Read more »

Educational Assessment and Evaluation for Classroom Teachers and Librarians

authorSchool Library System June 25, 2015

EA&E is a series of workshops in assessment and evaluation for educators. The emphases are on professional competence, creativity and community building.

The first workshop will be offered in a one-week format at the end of July, and the second workshop will be online during the fall semester. You can earn continuing education or professional development hours for each of them. Please see the flyer for details, including where to apply. The application is a two-step process: first you apply through the URL provided, and you will hear back from the instructor who will give you the registration URL where you will finish applying and make payment. There are a limited amount of tuition subsidies and stipends available on a first come first served basis.

Click here for more details.

Participants are expected to take both courses. Participants who complete the workshops will receive 30 hours of professional credit or 3 Continuing Education Credits for each workshop from the University at Albany. Admission is by permission of the instructor.

eva efron Memorial AASL Conference Grant

authorSchool Library System June 24, 2015

Now Accepting Applications For
eva efron Memorial AASL Conference Grant

Rosen Publishing and the members of the School Library Systems Association of New York State (SLSA) are pleased to offer this scholarship opportunity to foster the growth of the recipient as an active member of ALA/AASL and in the hope that s/he carries on in eva’s footsteps by being a leader and mentor of future school librarians.

Applications will be accepted through August 1, 2015. The recipient will be announced by August 10, 2015.

Any certified school librarian in New York State who is a member of one of the New York State School Library Systems (SLS). SLS Directors or staff may not apply.

The recipient will be awarded an amount not to exceed $1500 to cover one year of ALA/AASL Membership and Attendance at the 2015 AASL Conference (November 5-8, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio), including registration, travel, and lodging. He or she will also receive a one year subscription to the Rosen Publishing Digital Resource of his/her choice.

To Apply:
Click the button below to download an application including instructions on where and how to submit it.

Apply Now!

RDA Classes for Catalogers and Non-catalogers!

authorSchool Library System June 23, 2015

RDA Lite with Denise Garofalo
Date: Tuesday, July 7
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: SENYLRC Conference Room
Cost: $15 for members, including all NY3R’s members, $20 non-members
Description: RDA Lite is intended for public service staff who would like to better understand the changes they are seeing in their OPACs due to RDA, and to answer any questions they may have about RDA. Attendees are encouraged to bring any questions or issues with them to the session.
Registration at: www.senylrc.org/RDA_Lite

“I feel I have a very good understanding of both FRBR and RDA now, and can articulate the changes to the staff at our library.” - RDA Lite attendee

Practical RDA with Denise Garofalo
Date: Monday, July 13
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: SENYLRC Conference Room
Cost: $15 for members, including all NY3R’s members, $20 non-members
Description: Practical RDA is designed for copy catalogers or anyone who does some cataloging work and would like to learn more about RDA and how it affects them. Attendees are encouraged to bring items, questions, issues, or examples with them to share during the session.
Registration at: www.senylrc.org/Practical_RDA

“Denise was wonderful. I feel much more confident in my understanding of RDA and how to apply it to my cataloging.” - Practical RDA attendee

Job Posting: Library Media Integration Specialist - Wallkill, NY

authorSchool Library System June 22, 2015

The Wallkill Central School District has an instructional opening for a Library Media Integration Specialist.

Certification as School Media Specialist, School Media Specialist (Library) or Library Media Specialist is required.

Interested individuals should contact Yvonne Herrington, Assistant Superintendent for
Educational Services, Wallkill Central School District, 19 Main Street, P.O. Box 310,
Wallkill, NY, 12589, at (845) 895-7103. Certification as School Media Specialist, School
Media Specialist (Library) or Library Media Specialist is required.

Applicants can also email the information to Ms. Roberta Gerth instead of mailing it to rgerth@wallkillcsd.k12.ny.us.

Application Deadline:  July 10, 2015

Digital Resources Summer Workshop

authorSchool Library System June 9, 2015

Uncommon Core Conference Registration is Open!

authorSchool Library System June 5, 2015

Registration for the 2015 New York State Education Department/Office of Cultural Education Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core Conference taking place August 11 & 12 is now open. Online registration is located at http://nysed.fluidreview.com

The registration fee is $61, with a registration deadline of July 17th and a payment deadline of August 3rd.

Checks are made payable to the Regents Research Fund and sent to:

Christine Dunigan, Regents Research Fund, Room 144 EB, 89 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12234

For information about travel, lodging, etc., visit


The Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core annual conference has a target audience of classroom teachers, school, public and academic librarians, public historians and representatives from museums, archives, public television, NYS historic sites, performing arts and other cultural institutions. The purpose of the conference is to develop an understanding of the Common Core with the goal to create collaboration among classroom teachers and cultural institutions.

Community Showcase: Making Connections, Serving Students

authorSchool Library System June 3, 2015

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