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Join us to create a pilot Makerspace that enables students to explore, wonder, create, collaborate, and construct and enables educators to explore, reflect and understand what learning looks like in this environment. Application: October 14, 2017 SWBOCES School Library System is partnering with eight school districts to create four... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at SW BOCES SLS
Banned Books Week, Sept. 21 to Sept. 27, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, is almost here! From New York to Alaska, libraries, schools, bookstores and book-loving individuals across the country are fighting back against censorship and saying yes to their right to read. The American Library Association... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at SW BOCES SLS
School Library Journal announced the second annual School Librarian of the Year Award in partnership with sponsor Scholastic Library Publishing on August 30. The award honors a K–12 library professional for outstanding achievement and the exemplary use of 21st-century tools and services to engage children and teens toward fostering multiple... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2015 at SW BOCES SLS is an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books -- and it's free to all schools in SWBOCES. The online database is developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at SW BOCES SLS
This June marks the anniversary of the first-ever White House Maker Faire hosted by President Obama and featuring over 100 Makers from more than 25 states and included more than 30 exhibits representing an incredible range of creativity, problem solving, collaboration and critical thinking. Maker Faires and Makerspaces are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at SW BOCES SLS
The innovative folks at TED (short for Technology, Entertainment, and Design) who believe passionately that ideas have the power to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world, have started a new initiative for educators, TED-Ed. Just as TED is known for short videos on “ideas worth spreading,” TED-Ed allows anyone... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at SW BOCES SLS
Do you remember your first day teaching? Feelings of excitement, fear, confusion, exhilaration ---rolling over you like huge waves in an unexplored ocean. Well, SoulPancake, an interactive website with the tagline, ”Chew on life’s big questions” has taken it viral. In honor of teacher appreciation week, they posted a video... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at SW BOCES SLS
Banned Books Week, which was started in 1982 in response to a surge in reported book challenges in schools, bookstores and libraries, is being held this year on September 21-27. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores across the country set up displays, host events and stage read-ins to help focus attention... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at SW BOCES SLS
The Declaration for the Right to Libraries is the cornerstone document of ALA President Barbara Stripling’s presidential initiative, Libraries Change Lives, which is designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special, school and public. In the next year,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at SW BOCES SLS
A school district superintendent and an elementary school principal were both honored April 12 for their contribution to the advancement of school libraries and librarianship in general during the Southern Westchester BOCES School Library System Annual Spring Conference. Dr. Susan Guiney, superintendent of the Mount Pleasant Central School District, was... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2013 at SW BOCES SLS
Guest Bloggers: Dr. Ruth V. Small, Ph.D.Director, Center for Digital Literacy and Jessica Stewart, Master’s Degree Candidate, Library and Information Science-School Media, Syracuse University. Project ENABLE (Expanding Nondiscriminatory Access By Librarians Everywhere), funded by grants from the U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services, provides high quality, comprehensive, and free... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2013 at SW BOCES SLS
What is Digital Learning? "Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student's learning experience. Much more than "online learning," digital learning encompasses a wide spectrum of tools and practice, digital learning emphasizes high-quality instruction and provides access to challenging content, feedback through formative assessment,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2013 at SW BOCES SLS
The Southern Westchester BOCES School Library System has been awarded a New York State 2012- 2015 Learning Technology Grant titled, Understanding Ourselves through Others: Teaching Common Core through 21st Century Technology. The grant will allow a total of 55 seventh and eighth grade social studies/ELA teachers and school librarians from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2012 at SW BOCES SLS
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has designated Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, as the second annual Banned Websites Awareness Day. To raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries, AASL designates one day during Banned... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2012 at SW BOCES SLS
As we start the school year, it’s a good time to remind your principal of the important work you do in supporting teaching and learning. Scholastic recently posted this article explaining the instructional role school librarians play in a 21st century school and the addedd value you have to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2012 at SW BOCES SLS
I think we are all pretty much in agreement that technology can impact student learning; the issue is which technology and for what purpose. The professional literature advises us that to best prepare our students for the complex world in which they will live and work, we need to develop... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2012 at SW BOCES SLS
Kristin Fontichiaro, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI and Buffy Hamilton, Creekview High School, Canton, GA have announced the electronic publication of a free crowdsourced ebook -- School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet to Come. This eBook is now available for free download on Smashwords, an ebook publishing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2011 at SW BOCES SLS
Jeffrey W. Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, New York State Education Department, announced that “Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Services in New York State: Preliminary Recommendations of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries to the New York State Board of Regents”... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2011 at SW BOCES SLS
Budgets are tight and librarians need to make tough decisions on which resources will best support the teaching and learning needs of their faculty and students. As we talked about this at networking meetings, we started to question, What are your favorite database? Which ones do the students use the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at SW BOCES SLS
2010 was a good year for ebooks. In July, Amazon announced that it was selling more ebooks than hardcover print books, approximately 143 digital editions to every 100 print sold. Then a few months later the New York Times announced its decision to add ebooks categories to its venerable best-seller... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2011 at SW BOCES SLS
"Click, Create and Collaborate,” a SW BOCES School Library System professional development program, places the school librarian in a leadership position to support 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... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2011 at SW BOCES SLS
Alert your students! Teen ages 13-18 can work alone or in groups to create original videos on why they think libraries are needed now more than ever. The Why I Need My Library Video Contest is an initiative of 2010-2011 ALA President Roberta Stevens to engage teenagers as library advocates.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2011 at SW BOCES SLS
Congratulations to the 2010 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award winners! There were 2,000 nominations and out of the ten winners -- three were school librarians! Each winner receives $5,000 and is honored at an award ceremony in New York. The "I Love My... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2011 at SW BOCES SLS
Looking for good websites for your students? The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) has added nineteen more recommended websites to their list, Great Websites for Kids. This online resource cotains hundreds of links to outstanding websites for children fourteen years and younger. A few new ones added are:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2011 at SW BOCES SLS
It comes as no surprise that sixty per-cent of the librarians who responded to the Monthly Survey on our website reported that their library budgets had decreased this year. Money is tight everywhere -- which makes this new website even more valuable to school librarians. The School Library Exchange was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at SW BOCES SLS