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y Librar School S E C O B

System Volume 1, Issue 1 October 2010

Planet School Library News, events and important topics

Building Your Personal Network Have budget cuts eliminated subscriptions to professional journals, along with travel to library, reading and technology conferences? Are you having a hard time learning about new developments in our field? Thanks to the Read/Write Web, you can keep up-to-date without leaving your library or spending money – build a Personal Learning Network!

Personal – uniquely selected for and tailed to your own particular interest and needs.

Learning - the acquisition of new information, skills, viewpoints and experiences.

Network - an interconnected group or system; an association of individuals with a common interest, a grid of shared resources.

Join me at the next Networking meeting to learn how easy and fun it can be to create your own Personal Learning Network. Learn how to seek out the innovators and influencers and how to follow their blogs, how to harness the power of an RSS feed, use twitter to your advantage, participate in free webinars, use the SW BOCES SLS website to collaborate with colleagues and

tools, services and resources, a list of member libraries and participants, and SLS services: automation, online databases, and media library. The new SLS director, Pam Berger, explained, “The new

website design and features will give librarians an opportunity to share and collabo-

Personal Network


SLS Website & listserv—New!



use diigo to collaboratively share great websites.

New Staff Member 2

Join us:

Get on the Bus!


Click Create Collaborate


Literacy Programs


Grants, etc.


SLS Contacts


Workshops, etc.


Elementary Networking Meeting—Oct. 12, 2010 Secondary Networking Meeting—Oct. 13, 2010

Networking Meetings: Join us at either Networking Meeting & build your Personal Learning Network!

SLS Launches New Website and Listserv The School Library System has launched a new website (same URL: libsys) and a new listserv ( group/swboceslistserv) to better serve school librarians. The website includes a blog which will be updated weekly, links to relevant

Inside this issue:

rate with their colleagues in southern Westchester, as well as, keep up to date on news and events.” One key

feature of the new website is the Listserv, which all librarians in the SLS received an email invitation to join. If you didn’t receive one, email Kate at

• Elementary Networking Meeting on Oct. 12, 2010 at 3:30pm –5:00pm at Columbus Elementary School, Columbus Ave.,Thornwood, NY • Secondary Networking Meeting on Oct. 13, 2010 at 3:30pm-5:00pm at Pelham Middle School, 28 Franklin Place, Pelham, NY Sharing the spirit of books and reading is provided free to all schools in Southern Westchester BOCES by the School Library System. To access

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10 minute video. It highlights The New Series Books Curriculum Resource Center, a digital collection filled with:

Go to: Enter your email address (Leave blank if under 18) Enter Password: swboceslibrary (one word, case-insensitive)

Visit the website to find out what’s new at TeachingBooks and look at the

you and your students will enjoy meeting the creators of these books.

Audio recordings with authors

sharing why they wrote these books Ready-to-use activities and questions to stimulate discussion More multimedia resources to bring these books to life.

If you share series books with students,

Engage Students in Reading with

Watch your calendars for a TeachingBooks workshop later this year!

New Staff Member at School Library System Meet Kate Lalier, the newest member to join the SW BOCES School Library System team. Kate comes from Brooklyn, where she was a teacher at a public elementary school. After teaching for a number of years, she earned an LMS degree and became the school library media specialist. She was fortunate to have the experience of working in a new, state-ofthe-art Robin Hood library.

Recently Kate and her family relocated to the Westchester area so that she could pursue a new opportunity in the library field. She is very excited to now work for the SW BOCES SLS group. There are new

projects and challenges to get underway. Kate is looking forward to meeting all of you and working together throughout the school year.

For questions regarding video streaming, e-books, or listserv inquiries contact Kate at

Get on the Bus! Attention all K-12 classroom teachers and school librarians! Pam Berger,

Director of Information and the School Library System, will be presenting a five-week online course entitled, “Get on the Bus!” This dynamic course explores Web 2.0 technology in education (Wikis, Blogs, Social Bookmarking and tagging, Media Sharing, RSS, and Social Networking). Each week participants will

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explore a new Web 2.0 tool and join other educators to share experiences using these tools to engage, motivate and challenge student thinking. Become comfortable using the major Web 2.0 tools while learning how these tools support thinking, creativity and collaboration.

Get on the Bus!


Oct. 4 through Nov. 5, 2010



Location: Online Fee:

$125 per person

If interested, contact Janet Jamal @ (914) 345-8500 ext. 122

Planet School Library

School Library Systems Collaborate to Offer “Click, Create and Collaborate” Click, Create, and Collaborate is a unique professional development program that places the school librarian in a leadership position – supporting teachers and students as they learn the new 21st Century tools for information literacy. In addition to teaching students and teachers how to navigate information, libraries have now become a place where students go to create and produce products

using Web 2.0 tools such as podcasts, videos, animoto, glogsters, wikis, blogs and more!

created to share curriculum units, instructional videos and other project materials.

The grant recipients, made up of nineteen librarians, received a Flip video camera, a Logitech webcam and a copy of Choosing Web 2.0 Tools for Teaching and Learning in a Digital World (Pam Berger, Libraries Unlimited, 2010). Librarians participate in a learning network, Spruz, to share ideas, resources, websites, post videos and to offer support to each other. A project Wiki was

Click, Create, and Collaborate addresses the need for continuing education and training that allows school librarians to become full teaching partners in the implementation and integration of Web 2.0 tools. Look for the 2011-2012 “Click, Create, Collaborate” applicaNEW tions which will be available next March.

Fairfax County Public Schools Offers Free Online Literacy Programs James L. Swanson, The 12-Day Chase

Fairfax County Public Schools are offer-

and additional resources. Participants

ing a special series, Passport 2010:

can receive the programs via satellite or for Lincoln’s Killer —10/28/10 (grades

Meet Author. This popular series pro-

over the Internet.

motes literacy and an interest in reading and writing by giving students access to authors who share their personal stories

To view the video streams, you’ll need a high-speed Internet connection and

7-12) Firoozeh Dumas, Funny in Farsi — 11/17/2010 (grades 7-12) Jennifer O’Connell, Ten Timid Ghosts –

and their writing tips and encourage

Windows Media Player version 8 or

students to keep reading, keep writing,

Erica S. Perl, Chicken Butt! – 3/31/11 call in via an 800 number during live pro- (grades K-3) grams.

and keep dreaming. Each Passport program has a website that compliments the program with activities, video clips,

later. You will also need a telephone to

This year’s authors are:

2/10/11 (grades K-3)

Register for these free programs online at Or email for more information.

Grants and Other Opportunities The Laura Bush Foundation for American Libraries

SLMS Conference Awards (2)

Deadline: December 31, 2010

These awards recognize a School Library Media Specialist seeking professional benefits through the continuing education opportunities and collegiality provided by attending an SLMS Conference in its entirety. The applicant also needs to be a leader or emerging leader

The LBF makes grants of up to $6,000 to update, extend, and diversify the book collections of the libraries that receive them. To apply online visit: http:// index.html Volume 1, Issue 1

Deadline: November 15, 2010

in the area of school library media. The recipient will receive $500 from the sponsors to help cover conference expenses. Please complete one application as the two highest scorers will be selected to attend the conference. For qualifications, application and additional information visit: http://

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Southern Westchester BOCES School Library System 2 Westchester Plaza Elmsford, NY 10523

Phone: 914- 345-8500 Fax: 914-347-3236 E-mail:

Contact the SW BOCES SLS Team Pam Berger, Director 914-345-8500 Ext 147 E-Mail: Judy Robinson, Library Assistant 914-345-8500 Ext 158

We’re on the Web! sys


Kate Lalier, Library Media Specialist 914-345-8500 Ext 127 E-Mail: Janet Jamal, Clerk Typist 914-345-8500 Ext 122 E-Mail:

Workshops, Webinars and Trial Offers FREE Discovery Education Webinars Back to the Basics: A DE Streaming Overview 10/5 @7:00PM 10/6 @3:30PM This one hour webinar will explore the myriad curriculum resources and timesaving features found in DE streaming. Learning Gone Digital: Students Using DE Streaming 10/19 @7:00PM 10/20 @3:30PM Learn how to get your students up and running with a simple spreadsheet and streaming from anywhere they have an internet connection. To register for the above webinars and more: https:// onstage/g.php?p=59&t=m AASL e-Academy Course Listings -

Fall 2010

The following 4-week courses will be from Monday, October 18 - Friday, November 12:

Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Infusing Literacy Skills into the Inquiry Process Inquiry and literacy – are they one and the same or complementary processes? In this course, participants will explore different inquiry models and how literacy can be instilled throughout. Design for Understanding Meets the 21st-Century School Librarian The course is designed to introduce participants to the Understanding by Design Curriculum framework. Known as the Backward Design model, this framework is unique in that it begins with the end in mind. Rather than planning from an activity-centered focus, the teacher-librarian first identifies the Big Ideas behind content standards. Fee for each course:

$99 for AASL members $149 for ALA members $225 for non-members $99 for retired AASL members $75 for student AASL members

A "Certificate of Completion" listing 16 clock hours will be given to those who complete the course.

Expand your mind!

Planet School Library  

Southern Westchester BOCES, School Library System monthly newsletter for October 2010.