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Communication Coordinators - School Library System Council Meeting- March 1, 2019: SLS Council Meeting Minutes


Friday, March 1, 2019. BOCES Conference Room 1.

School Librarians Present

Auburn Enlarged City School District

Marcella Didio

Cato-Meridian Central School District

Susan Cutri

​Jordan-Elbridge Central School District

Catherine Gensler

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 (via teleconference)

Lori Willey

Weedsport Central School District

Aja Hahn

SLS Council Meeting Minutes

Announcements and Discussions

  • SLS Updates- SLS will be sending out weekly "SLS Updates" with information about new products and services, trials, professional development opportunities, and other items of interest to school librarians and school administrators.
  • Tentative calendar for 2019-2020- We looked at next year's annual calendar to identify dates of tentative professional development opportunities. We also discussed potential SLS Council meeting dates. Initial dates suggested by SLMS were:1st meeting- week of  9/23, 2nd meeting- week of 12/2, 3rd meeting- week of 3/2, 4th meeting- late April or mid-May. SLMS discussed Fridays and Mondays were difficult to meet, initial plans are for mid-week meetings next year. We will revisit these dates at our next meeting.
  • Criteria for spending funds for conferences- We discussed the general criteria for funding conferences and expectations of SLMS receiving conference funding.
  • Professional eBook Library- We had a preview of the new PD ebook collection.

SLS Services and Resources- What Can I Do Better?

  • We discussed specific resources and services to identify if SLMS still found these to be valuable and to identify ways SLS can improve these items.
  • We discussed library catalogs, the library records, and patron records to discover ways SLS can improve these items. SLS is moving forward to test an Opals-SchoolTool integration to maintain patron records. If this test is successful, SLS will work to integrate other Opals catalogs.

SLS Management

  • SLS discussed the purpose of site visits and how these will be arraigned, communications with SLMS, and CoSer orders for 2019-2020 (due at the end of March). SLS asked if the current, full-day structure of the Council meetings. It was decided that it continues to meet the needs of SLMS and SLS has made more time available for the sharing of best practices.
  • Upcoming PD opportunities were announced.

Others Present

Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES

Andrew Dutcher, School Library System Coordinator

School Library System | Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES | 1879 West Genesee Street Road | Auburn, NY 130211879 West Genesee Street Road ● Auburn, NY 13021