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Choosing Web 2.0 Tools for Learning and Teaching in a Digital World

authorSchool Library System November 1, 2014

The School Library System has six copies of Pam Berger and Sally Trexler’s book Choosing Web 2.0 Tools for Learning and Teaching in a Digital World.  If you would like a copy for your professional collection please leave a comment with your name and school below.

Description:  Choosing Web 2.0 Tools for Learning and Teaching in a Digital World provides practical strategies and examples to effectively integrate Web 2.0 tools to support the inquiry process in the school library program and the classroom curriculum. Targeted for school librarians, this book addresses the questions: What is digital literacy? How is learning different in a digital world? And the most important questions, what are the best strategies, resources, and tools to support effective teaching and learning in a digital environment? The first two chapters of the book provide the important context for school librarians: research on student learning behaviors in a digital environment, Web 2.0 background and characteristics, and alignment with the new AASL Standards for the Twenty-first Century Learner and the Stripling Inquiry Process. Grades 4-12.

NYLA/SSL Awards for School Librarians

authorSchool Library System October 31, 2014

A message from the Awards Chair for NYLA/SSL:

My name is Dawn Pressimone and I am the Awards Chair for SSL.  I would like to take this opportunity to let you know that there are several awards/scholarships that you can apply for to help you attend a SSL Conference, to purchase materials, to honor an administrator, and to assist with the cost of a class.

The deadline for these applications is December 15th

Please follow the link below to complete an application.  I know we are all busy and have many things going on in our work and personal lives, but I highly encourage you to complete an application to make it possible to learn something new at a conference and gather with your peers, to add to your collection, to honor those that are our champions, and to help ease a financial burden.

Please contact me with any comments or questions.

Thank you,
Dawn Pressimone
Wayne Central School District - Ontario Elementary School


Free Graphic Novel Format Information Literacy Tutorial

authorSchool Library System October 30, 2014

Looking for an alternative way to motivate students in learning how to use the library and library resources? Try HeLIOS (Hemingway Library Information Online Skills-, an online library skills tutorial designed specifically for high school students. Using short lessons with audio narration or text only, this tutorial assists students in becoming familiar with the concepts and resources required for college-level research. It can also be accessed with tablet devices by downloading the Articulate app. Some of the lessons in the tutorial include:

• Developing a Research Question
• Finding Information Online
• How to Use the Library Catalog
• Critically Evaluating Information.

Additionally, classroom teachers and school librarians can use the tutorial’s related slide shows to present information literacy skills in school classrooms. The creation of the tutorial was a collaborative effort between academic librarians, high school teacher librarians, and a graphic designer.

The graphic novel is intended for high school students while HeLIOS Jr. is intended for elementary school students.

ACRL (Association of College and Research Librarians) PRIMO (Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online) Site of the Month. March 2012. “HELIOS: Hemingway Library Information Online Skills Tutorial.” Online Link

Christensen, Joanne F., Fawn Morgan, and JaNae Kinikin. “An Online Information Skills Tutorial.” School Library Monthly. 29.5 (2013): 8-10. Print.

3D Printer Giveaway for Libraries

authorSchool Library System October 29, 2014

3D Systems, in collaboration with the Young Adult Library Services Association and the Association of Science and Technology Centers, is committed to expanding young people’s access to 21st century tools like 3D design, 3D scanning and 3D printing. 3D Systems will donate up to 4,000 new 3D printers to museums and libraries across the country who join the MakerLab Club and establish access to 3D printing and design opportunities for their communities.


MakerLabs are equipped with 3D Printers that can be used to turn digital designs into physical objects. They are part of a growing movement of hands on, mentor-led learning environments to make and remake the physical and digital worlds. They foster experimentation, invention, creation and exploration through design thinking and project based learning.

Apply to be part of the MakerLab Club. Applications accepted until November 17, 2014. Donated printers allocated on a competitive basis.

New York State Library Announces Continuation of Electronic Products for NOVENY

authorSchool Library System October 28, 2014

On Wednesday, October 23, 20104, Bernard A. Margolis, Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian, announced 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 If your library is not registered please contact the Dutchess BOCES School Library System.

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.

Barring unforeseen circumstances and/or cuts in funding, the following database will be available through July 31, 2016:
Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale Cengage Learning)

Barring unforeseen circumstances and/or cuts in funding, the following databases will be available through June 30, 2017:
Academic OneFile (Gale Cengage Learning)
Business Insights: Essentials (Gale Cengage Learning)
eLibrary Elementary (ProQuest)
Gannett Newsstand Complete (ProQuest)
General OneFile (Gale Cengage Learning)
Health Reference Center Academic (Gale Cengage Learning)
InfoTrac Newsstand (Gale Cengage Learning)
Kids InfoBits (Gale Cengage Learning)
National Newspaper Index (Gale Cengage Learning)
New York State Newspapers (Gale Cengage Learning)
Scholastic GO! (includes Encyclopedia Americana, The New Book of Knowledge, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, Amazing Animals of the World, The New Book of Popular Science, America the Beautiful, and Lands and Peoples) (Scholastic)

Descriptions of the databases are available at

Any questions about the resources described above should be sent to:

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).

Workshop - Repackaging Research for the Common Core

authorSchool Library System October 27, 2014

Repackaging Research for the Common Core will answer the questions:

  • What are the NYS Research modules and how can I use these or adapt them for local use?
  • How can I repackage current research units, and align them with the CCLS?
  • How can I foster “shorter” as well as “more sustained” research projects - and when should I do which?
  • How do I create essential questions? What’s the trick?

Participants should come with some content ideas and will leave with a repackaged unit. Paige Jaeger is a librarian turned administrator, and recently retired from School Support Services for WSWHE BOCES. She has delivered PD to teachers and librarians around the United States.  An educator at both the elementary and secondary levels with over fifteen years of experience, Paige     writes frequently for many national magazines and journals and blogs at Her first book, Rx for the Common Core, was just published by Libraries Unlimited. Participants are requested to bring one “classroom novel” example or great “non-fiction picture book”. This workshop is a collaboration between Dutchess, Orange-Ulster, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster BOCES School Library Systems. Read more »

K-8 School Librarians - Invited to Apply for $5,000 Humanities Programming Prize

authorSchool Library System October 24, 2014

A message from ALA Public Programs Office:

The American Library Association is now accepting applications for the 2015 Sara Jaffarian Award. School libraries, public or private, that served children in grades K-8 and conducted humanities programs during the 2013-14 school year are eligible. The winning library will receive $5,000.

More information go to The deadline is Dec. 15, 2014.

The winners of the American Library Association’s 2014 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award were announced last week.  The presentation is now archived and available for viewing any time.

The speakers are Leslie Preddy, school librarian at Perry Meridian Middle School and president-elect of the American Association of School Librarians, and Suzanne Walker, children’s services consultant at the Indiana State Library.

Leslie and Suzanne discuss the collaborations and process that went into creating “ROAD I Travel,” their successful genealogy program for eighth-graders.

People applying for the 2015 Jaffarian Award are especially encouraged to watch the webinar. For information on applying, visit

2014-15 Letters About Literature

authorSchool Library System October 23, 2014

The Empire State Center for the Book is a participant in the national Letters About Literature program sponsored by the Library of Congress National Center for the Book. New York State students in grades 4-12 are eligible to participate in the program.  The state winners in the three age categories go on to represent New York at the national level.

The program has student readers write to an author living or dead describing how that author’s work somehow changed the reader’s view of the world or himself/herself. Readers respond to the book they read by exploring the personal relationship between themselves, the author, and the book’s characters or themes.

There are three competition levels:

  • Level 1 for grades 4-6
  • Level 2 for grades 7-8
  • Level 3 for grades 9-12

Submission deadlines to the Library of Congress national program are:

Level 3 - December 15, 2014

Levels 1 & 2 - January 15, 2015

The Empire State Center for the Book’s Letters About Literature program will select a state winner and 1-2 finalists in each of the three age categories. The winners and finalists will receive cash awards. The winners will be recognized at the New York State Writers Hall of Fame Gala on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at the Princeton Club in New York City. The NYS Writers Hall of Fame is also a program of the Empire State Center for the Book.

National winners, announced in late April, receive additional cash prizes. For more information and guidelines, please visit the national web site at:

Please contact Ellen Rubin, NYS Letters About Literature Coordinator, with any questions at:

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.


  • 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:

Follow us:  @slmsseny

Contact information:

Co-chairs:  Nina Levine and Tara Thibault-Edmonds

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