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Happening Soon: Two January Workshops

It’s not too late to sign up for our upcoming workshops!

Create Forms & Surveys in LibWizard

As a school librarian in the Monroe One BOCES region, you have access to our LibGuides account. This allows you to build guides for students and educators in your building and outside of your building. What you might not know, is you also have access to our LibWizard account.

This allows you to build surveys and forms, which can then be embedded into your LibGuide or your library website.

  • Want to know what books your patrons are reading?
  • Want to give your students an exit ticket?
  • Want your teachers to fill out a form when they want to request your time and/or space?

LibWizard is your answer. We’ll be holding a workshop on LibWizard on January 16th from 3:30 – 4:30pm. Join us!

Register here: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13458&I=3256408

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Mini Green Screens in Your Classroom

Join us Tuesday, January 28th from 3:30 to 5:00 pm for our Green Screen Pizza Box Workshop!
Have you just eaten some pizza and don’t know what to do with the empty pizza box? Well one man’s garbage is another man’s Green Screen Studio! Join our workshop (where we will be using fresh pizza boxes), and learn some great uses for green screen technology, made simply and easily.

Using iMovie on the iPad, we will teach you best practices when recording and talk about ways to integrate green screen technology into your teaching. We will also give information on how to borrow iPads from our multimedia department. This is a hands-on workshop, and each participant will take home a green screen pizza box.

 

13 Books for Tweens (by SLJ)

Last month, School Library Journal published an article titled 13 Books for Tweens by Kathy Hershberger (November 1, 2019). You can find it here, and read Kathy’s reviews. It turns out we have 9 out of the 13 featured books in our Student Overdrive Reading App.

To help you find them faster, we’ve compiled the titles that we own in our Overdrive account already linked to the records in SORA:

Summerlost (ebook) by Ally Condie

New Kid (ebook) by Jerry Craft

Blended (ebook) by Sharon Draper

Blended (audiobook) by Sharon Draper

Ghost (ebook) by Jason Reynolds

Ghost (audiobook)  by Jason Reynolds

Long Way Down (ebook) by Jason Reynolds

Long Way Down (audiobook) by Jason Reynolds

Steelheart (ebook) by Brandon Sanderson

Unwind (ebook) by Neal Shusterman

Guts (ebook) by Raina Telgemeier

Front Desk (audiobook) by Kelly Yang

Enjoy your reading!

Forms and Surveys in LibWizard

As a school librarian in the Monroe One BOCES region, you have access to our LibGuides account. This allows you to build guides for students and educators in your building and outside of your building. What you might not know, is you also have access to our LibWizard account.

This allows you to build surveys and forms, which can then be embedded into your LibGuide or your library website.

  • Want to know what books your patrons are reading?
  • Want to give your students an exit ticket?
  • Want your teachers to fill out a form when they want to request your time and/or space?

LibWizard is your answer. We’ll be holding a workshop on LibWizard on January 16th from 3:30 – 4:30pm. Join us!

Register here: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13458&I=3256408

New Titles in Learn360

Learn360 updates its content on an ongoing basis. About once a month, we import these new titles into our Safari MONTAGE catalog.

Here, we will highlight some of these new titles for you. This month, Learn360 added almost 350 new titles from eight different publishers. We’ve created some playlists to help you better navigate these titles:

Featured Playlists at the High School Level:

Applied Pyschology

Behind the Scenes of Respectful Relationships

Working in the Hospitality Industry

BBC WorldWide Learning (Middle/High School Level)

 

Featured Playlists at the Elementary Level:

Hooked on Phonics Level 2

Hooked on Phonics Level 3

Hooked on Phonics Level 4

Hooked on Phonics Level 5

Hooked on Phonics Level 6

Hooked on Phonics Level 7

Hooked on Phonics Level 8

 

Featured Professional Playlists:

Inside Writing Communities

 

Resources through SLS

Did you know that Monroe One BOCES School Library System offers librarians a chance to try out different learning kits?

We offer these through a program called We Buy It, You Try It. Over the course of the next few days/weeks, we’ll use this blog platform to highlight some of our learning kits and show you how to borrow them.

*Some of these may require training in advance, so be sure you contact Liesl to schedule some time together, or attend one of our regularly held workshops if available.

A list of kits is available in our SLS LibGuide on a page called “Physical Library” under the Home tab. This page lists our kits, as well as the kits available through the Model Schools service.

Some things to know:

  • All of our districts are able to borrow the Model Schools kits. These are available to teachers and librarians alike, as Model Schools serves all educators in the building.
  • Our SLS kits are only available to school librarians. We purchase these for research and development purposes specifically for librarians. We lend these so that librarians can test out a kit before deciding to spend their library budget on it. We also hope that it will encourage collaboration between teachers and librarians.
  • Instructions for borrowing these kits are at the bottom of the LibGuide page.
  • If you have something you’d like to try that we don’t have, let us know. While we can’t promise, we may be able to purchase it.
  • If you have any technical difficulties, contact Liesl or Sally.

Lazy People Saving the World

The UN has a series of Sustainable Development Goals for the health of our future. These include:

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-Being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequalities
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life on Land
  16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships

To meet these goals, they have developed a number of plans. These include the ActNow Campaign – supporting climate action, the Be the Change Initiative – which includes a Be the Change Challenge Toolkit, and, my personal favorite, the Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World. This guide lays out four different levels of action.

Level 1: Things you can do from your couch.

Level 2: Things you can do at home

Level 3: Things you can do outside your house

Level 4: Things you can do at work

To see details of what you can do at each of these levels, check out their website, or download and print out the .pdf.

12/5 Council Highlights

On Thursday of last week, our School Library Council and Communication Coordinators met for our quarterly liaison meeting. Here are the highlights:

Library Automation/Follett: Sally updated Five Systems in August and will update again over February break. The export uses server resources, so she can’t do this while school is in session. She has also imported the student pictures for all schools except Webster and East Rochester.

Arts in Ed: If you have decided on an author, illustrator or storyteller for this school year, please submit your Celebrities in the Schools form to Wendy Petry as soon as possible.

Authors are often sending contracts to schools for visits. Please read any contract carefully and sign it if you feel your school can follow the requests lined out. Their contract usually contains a list of requirements for their visit, covering class size limits, availability of books, and any needs for the day of the event.

BOCES generally does not sign author contracts because we send out a contract from our office with the arrangements for initial payment, hotel stay and reimbursement of expenses. Outside of these arrangements, the school will provide what is requested during an author visit.  The author’s representative can provide specifics on what is needed.  You can always touch base with our office if you have questions or want to discuss what is requested.

Electronic Databases: Barb is in the process of obtaining statistics for many of our purchased databases and will hopefully send them out by the end of the month. Stats will cover July through November.

Upcoming PD: Liesl presented a list of upcoming workshops. She also reported on our “We Buy It, You Try It” kits and how to request them. See the attached documents for the listings and instructions.

Multimedia: Safari has changed its reporting process on the backend. This is why Sally has been unable to pull reports this year. We met Friday morning to learn their new process and you should receive statistics again soon. The beginning of this year will be grouped together, but after that it will be pulled monthly.

Directors Report: Katie reported that MyOn is leaving SCORE, so this will no longer be available through Library Database Purchasing. She also reported on the SLS Mini-Grants that were awarded and the purchasing caveats for Overdrive ebooks and audiobooks. She clarified for us that the MacMillan lending model that has been so widely publicized does not currently affect school library purchases. It only affects public library purchases. Also, SORA is the preferred ebook reader for our Overdrive collection. The only ebooks we currently can’t access through SORA are the old ebooks we purchased as .pdf files. If you want training on SORA or to discuss an Advantage collection, Katie can come out to talk with you.

Reports from around the table:

  • Pittsford Elementary librarians have been taking a deep dive into the standards and selecting focus standards
  • Irondequoit Public Library has a new Director. He was at Gates prior.
  • Howard Enis says thank you to the five systems team because he has been borrowing a ton of books through ILL for 9th grade. FRES had Nikki Grimes for an author visit, and a book fair. Twelve Corners will be redesigning this summer.
  • East Rochester had a book fair as well. They also had a wonderful free author visit by local author Kathy Foster.
  • Rush Henrietta is updating the districts ICT scope and sequence (which is the integration of tech skills). They are working on identifying places they can build in research through common learning experiences.
  • Ana Canino-Fluitt was recently elected to NYLA council and got to attend her first council meeting. Next month is advocacy season. It’s great to have someone who can provide this level of insight into NYLA at our table.
  • East Irondequoit HS has had ongoing dialogue with Irondequoit Public Library Y/A librarian. Has been a great experience.

Don’t forget to do your HOUR OF CODE this week!