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School Library System Council Meeting- December 7, 2016: Minutes

March 1, 2017


Friday, October 7, 2016. Distance Learning Room, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES. 12:45 PM - 3:00 PM.

School Librarians Present

Auburn Enlarged City School District

Michelle Crosby
Christina Lupo​
Anne Mlod

Cato-Meridian Central School District

Susan Cutri

​Jordan-Elbridge Central School District

Jennifer Martin

Moravia Central School District

Jenifer Westover

Port Byron Central School District

Melissa Beyel

​Skaneateles Central School District


Southern Cayuga Central School District

Dawn Sedorus

​Union Springs Central School District

Stephanie Berry
Lori Willey

Weedsport Central School District

Elizabeth Jurkiewicz


Item 1: Database Purchasing for 2017-2018

The SLS Coordinator indicated that there was a delay in getting the 2017-2018 price information for library databases from SCORE. This information would be available soon and it would be made available to the SLMS at that time.

Tony indicated that there was a disconnect last year between the initial database purchase proposals and what was put into the COSER. Ideas were discussed to address this problem in the future.

Jennifer Martin asked if Google Apps would be used again for database purchases. The SLS Coordinator asked if SLMS found this useful and he was told that it was. He indicated that this would be used again this year.

Item 2: Coordinated Collection Development (CCD)

The SLS Coordinator indicated that he was reviewing the procedures for CCD purchases so that recently submitted requests could be purchased. He also indicated that he would be reviewing this COSER and communicating with librarians about how much they had left to spend.

Item 3: Grants to Member Libraries

The SLS Coordinator indicated that he had received grant requests from Jennifer Martin (Jordan-Elbridge Middle School) and Loretta Johnson (Jordan-Elbridge High School) to establish their makerspaces. He is reviewing the procedures so that these items could be purchased and made available to these schools. He will be in contact with these SLMS as needed.

Item 4: New York State Archives 2017 Student Research Competition

Information was distributed to SLMS.

Item 5: Interlibrary Loan

The SLS coordinator indicated that it is important for everyone to participate in ILL activities. ILL allows us to make additional resources available for student instruction and reading. Our funding is based upon ILL. Please contact the SLS coordinator if you experience any difficulties or challenges with ILL.

Item 6: Professional Development Activities

The SLS Coordinator shared information about the following upcoming workshops:

  • Intellectual Freedom and the K-12 Librarian with Deborah Caldwell Stone (Deputy Director, ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom) on December 13, 2016.

  • Digital Media in the Classroom: Celebrating Success. A Digies Conference Day at SUNY Genesee Community College on December 19, 2016.

Recent Professional Development activities included:

  • Makerspaces, Inquiry, and STEM Learning: A Day of Exploration at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, October, 2016.

  • Future Ready! 2016 Greater Central New York School Library Systems Conference, October, 2016.

  • Focus on Science: Library Programs that Support the Next Generation Science Standards, TST BOCES, November, 2016.

  • NYLA Annual Conference, November, 2016

  • NYSCATE Annual Conference, November, 2016

  • Follett Training at TST BOCES, December, 2016. Several SLMS expressed an interest in attending but were unable to attend. Copies of these training materials will be made available to these SLMS soon.

Future professional development activities include: Kathleen Odean and best new books for grades 6-12; librarians are leaders with Jennifer LaGarde, aka: “The Library Girl”; the NYLA-SSL Annual Conference; and the NYLA-SSL Leadership Retreat. More information on these events will be shared when it is available.

The SLS coordinator was able to provide support for several SLMS to that they could attend NYSCATE. He asked SLMS to contact him if they needed support for other PD activities. Several SLMS asked if he would be willing to support their attendance at the NYLA-SSL Leadership Retreat. They indicated they they appreciated support for the 2016 workshop that they found very valuable. He indicated that he would offer support again.

The SLS coordinator asked school librarians to share with him ideas for future professional development workshops.

Item 7: Updates on Axis 360

The SLS coordinator shared recent enhancements to the Axis 360 ebook platform. Recent enhancements have included the implementation of a browser-based reader for ebooks and the ability of off-line access to ebooks so students can easily highlight portions, take digital notes, and look up information found in ebooks. These enhancements have not yet been made available to everyone and there is not yet online documentation, but these are available to us.

This now makes Axis 360 compatible on Chromebooks. They also give SLMS another tool to teach students how to interact with digital text in support of computer-based testing.

Axis 360 supports LightSail and the same mobile app is used for both ebooks and audiobooks. Satellite accounts are also available so that SLMS can order specific titles for their own students.

The SLS coordinator encourages SLMS to contact him when they are approached by their teachers with ebook requests or if students have challenges using this system. He also reminded SLMS that Kindles are available for loan to classroom teachers to support the use of ebooks in the classroom.

Item 8: Impact of School Libraries in Our Schools

Several SLMS shared activities happening in their schools.

  • Christina Lupo discussed an ancient religions project that she was working on with a social studies teacher.
  • Lori Willey share with us an action-based research project related to the elections and another project about weather using Voicethread with students.
  • Elizabeth Jurkiewicz discussed an Instagram-like mythology project based on the Lightning Thief with a social studies class.
  • Anne Mlod mentioned using [touch task], an online video-editing program with students. She also discussed using Kaizena (a Chrome extension) so that students could leave verbal feedback on their projects, and using My Maps (a Chrome extension) with students.

Others Present

Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES

Andrew Dutcher, School Library System Coordinator

Seymour Public Library

Jill Hand, Youth Services Librarian​

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