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Welcome Back!!

Welcome Back 2016-2017!

Please read pertinent information below.  I will be sending more detailed information out in separate emails but if you have any questions in the meantime, please email me at jpfeiffer@wswheboces.org or call 581/746-3700.  Thanks! – J’aimé

  • Battle of the Books
    • We will be sending a Survey Monkey out in early October for any school that wants to participate to get the grade levels and coaches’ contact information.
    • We will be meeting with Skidmore in the next few weeks to get a firm date (they can’t commit until the Fall).
    • Detailed information (book titles, etc.) can be found at:  http://wonderfulreading.wikispaces.com/General+Information.
  • BEDS Info
    • We will collect information for BEDS the last week of September and get it out to you the first couple of days of October.  This will include:  # of databases purchased for you through NOVELny and SLS and # of eBooks purchased through SLS for all libraries that you have access to as of BEDS date.  You add anything you purchase to those numbers.
  • Bookmarks, Posters, Passports
    • We have bookmarks, posters and “rack cards” for Overdrive.  We will be sending these out soon to anyone who registered for them and gave us a number (hopefully in time for Parents’ Nights).
    • We have “Passports to Reading” to send if you registered.
    • Additional copies will be available at our October General Membership meeting – first come, first serve.  (We can order more).
  • Communciations Coordinators and Council members
    • We sent a letter out to all Superintendents and building principals to let them know what the regs are about attending meetings, and let them know who their rep is.  Let me know if there are any issues.
  • Conferences
    • We are offering registration costs (not travel or lodging) for NYLA and NYLA-SSL this school year; details for NYLA registration will be coming soon.
  • Cool Tools Info & Registrations
    • We will once again be offering “Cool Tools for Schools” for 2016-2017.  This is an online, self-paced series to familiarize yourself with technology tools to use in the library and with your teachers/students.
    • A course description and registration details will go out late September/early October with a registration/start deadline for mid-December.
  • Database Passwords and Links
    • Jane is in the process of getting all of your database information out to you (we are delayed by some vendors).
      • PLEASE check to make sure everything is correct, and that all of your databases work properly!!
      • PLEASE check with your Tech depts. to see if they made any changes over the summer that you may not be aware of (IP addresses, filters) that could impact database access.
        • Send any changes to Jane who will make corrections in our Master Database file.
    • If you are on OPALS, Sharon has been adding and deleting databases for each school as needed.
  • Dates – Meetings, Workshops
    • We are really excited about some things we are offering this year! 
      • Information for meeting dates for Communications Coordinators and Council are on the LibGuides:  http://slslibguides.wswheboces.org/sls/home
      • Our General Membership meeting will be October 19 and will have a LOT of information, including results from the SLMPE rubric.  All are welcome.
      • Our Regional meeting is December 9 and will feature two SLS Directors who will be presenting on “Text Sets” (which is way more than print!).  All are welcome.
      • March 31 will be a regular Communications Coordinators meeting
      • On May 17, we will be having Hilda Weisburg who has written Being Indispensable: A School Librarian’s Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader and Leadership for Librarians: There Is No Option will be presenting on leadership and planning for success for school librarians.  All are welcome.
    • Register through the LibGuides calendar:  http://slslibguides.wswheboces.org/sls/
  • eBooks
    • Last Spring we added Fable Learning to our eBooks – I sent everyone the usernames and passwords but if you can’t find them, let me know.
    • In addition to Spotlight on New York, we have added Spotlight on Ancient Civilizations (Egypt, Greece and Rome) and Spotlight on American History.  They should appear on your Rosen bookshelves.
    • We added a LOT more titles to Overdrive, especially in the elementary grades where things have been lagging a bit.
      • Remember – the Elementary catalog is now K-5 and the Secondary is for 6-12.
      • I will send more information out soon about updates from Overdrive.
  • eMail
    • We set up a new email libraryservices@wswheboces.org so you can write to us there and know that someone in the office will be checking and get back to you as soon as possible.  Please use that address for any general SLS things such as Overdrive questions, problems or item loads for OPALS, etc.
  • Follett Destiny
    • Saratoga Springs added usernames and passwords for all their patrons, and they are working on an LDAP connection to automatically add patrons to Overdrive.
    • If you are interested in learning more about the LDAP connection, please let me know and I can get you the contact information to get you started.
  • ILLs
    • We continue to get ILLs for you through CDLC and World Cat.  Please write us at libraryservices@wswheboces.org for any requests you have.
    • You can find the courier schedule on our LibGuides home page: http://slslibguides.wswheboces.org/sls/home
    • PLEASE check email and OPALS frequently for requests; if you are unable to send, please let the requestor know.  ILL works best when EVERYONE participates!  (That, and our SLS funding depends specifically on that piece).
  • Model Schools and Other BOCES PD Training
  • NYLA memberships
    • NYLA is offering all School Library Systems a “flat fee” of $75.00 for “organizational” memberships for anyone who would like to join that way. 
      • We will pay $50 per person which will include a base fee of $45.00 (for NYLA and SSL Roundtable), and the additional $5.00 for ENYSLMA.  Individuals pay $30.00.
        • Deadline will be the October 19 General Membership meeting.  All checks must be payable to “NYLA.”
    •  SLS will pay Communications Coordinators and Council memberships in full as our way of saying “thank you” for serving us and your districts. 
    • I will be sending out an email specific to this very soon that will include a link to a Google doc to get your contact information so you don’t have any additional paperwork to complete.
  • OPALS
    • We will be sending out more specific information to our OPALS listserv but just a couple of things here:
      • Summer work included working on a SIP2 connection with Overdrive to automatically add your patron list (all OPALS schools within the next 2 – 4 months), and we are starting work to have an automatic load between Student Information Systems in districts and OPALS (hoping for this school year).
    • Training on OPALS in-person as well as through webinars and other documents is being done by Karin Howansky.  We will be putting things up on our OPALS page on LibGuides as they are completed.
  • Professional Journals
    • Last year we had someone working with us on getting PD journals out.  We do not have someone this year (yet) – but we will get them out to you as quickly as possible!  Thanks for your patience. 
    • If you didn’t take the survey last year you aren’t on our current list to receive journals.  I will send a list out soon with everyone we have on the list. 
  • Tech Retreat
    • On April 1 and 2, 2017 we will be sponsoring another regional SLS Tech Retreat at Carey Conference Center in Rensselaerville.  Cost to participants will be $150 - $200, depending on costs to us.  We pay an equivalent amount to sending you to a NYLA or SSL conference; the additional is covered by you.
  • TRC 3.0 (TeenReaderCon)
    • Saturday October 22 from 9:00 – 4:00 is the Big Day!!  Go to http://teenreadercon.weebly.com/ for more information, including location, bios of our 8 authors and how you can donate.

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