New URL for School Library System website

The SLS web site has a new URL!

If you are using to access the SLS site you will be automatically forwarded to

National Information Literacy Awareness Month, 2009

2009literacy_prc_relOctober is National Information Literacy Awareness Month!  What are you doing to help spread the word?  AASL offers a few suggestions on their website at

NYSCATE Hudson Valley Conference

The NYSCATE Hudson Valley Conference planning committee is now accepting proposals.

Event:  Annual Hudson Valley NYSCATE Conference

Date:  March 6, 2010

Location:  Roy C. Ketcham High School, Wappingers Falls, NY

If you are interested in presenting go to:

The committee will take proposals through December 15, 2009.  This is always a great event with exemplary sessions, lively conversations and great networking.

Presenters get free admission to the conference, including a hot breakfast and a hearty lunch!

Any questions, contact Linda Brandon,

Local Author to appear at Pawling High School

Christine O’Neill, a senior at Pawling High School, will be conducting a
book signing on Thursday, October 8, 2009 from 7:30 to 8:30 AM and 2:30
to 3:30 PM at the Pawling High School Library.  Copies of her book,
Windwhyst, will be available for purchase ($16.22 includes tax), cash or
check only.  This event is free and open to the public.  An evening event
will be planned in the future.

Windwhyst was written last November as an entry in the National Novel
Writing Month Competition, a competition open to everyone which
encourages writers around the world to pen a 50,000 word opus in 30
days.  Christine not only met the goal of 50,000, she more than doubled
it, coming in a 110,000 words.

The book is available for sale at the following websites:

Copies are also available if you contact Shannon Mersand at Pawling High
School and will be sent through the courier, signed if requested. Sorry,
no PO’s can be accepted.

Questions about the event may be directed to Shannon Mersand:
Day 845-855-4666, Evening 845-789-1070
The author, Christine O’Neill may be contacted by Email:

NYC Job Opening – SLMS

This full-time librarian position is a very special opportunity to serve an underserved population of students in a brand-new state-of-the-art library in the South Bronx.

You would be serving a K-8 population of approximately 300 special
education students in a District 75 school.


The ability to work well with a socio-economically and ethnically diverse population of students who also have physical and mental challenges. Although the ability to run a K-8 library is a given, excellent social skills, a warm heart, and a sense of humor will be the key to a successful library program. This is a rare opportunity for librarians wishing to serve the underserved.


This library was created through a 1.3 million dollar grant from the Robin Hood Foundation. It has every amenity you can think of including a FLEX schedule, and it is well endowed, receiving an additional $13,000 in grant funds for books last year.

Pictures of this magnificent library are here:

Please FEEL FREE to contact me at if you would
like additional information, or you can send your resume and an email of
interest directly to the principal at:

Ava C. Kaplan, Principal
Damrosch Day Treatment School
NYC Department of Education
750 Jennings Street
Bronx, NY 10459
voice: 718 378-0006 x2172
fax: 718 589-9544

Submitted by
Patricia Sarles, MA, MLS
Damrosch Day Treatment School
NYC Department of Education
750 Jennings Street
Bronx, NY 10459

Fall 2009 BEDS Forms

It’s that time of year again.

The total number of database subscriptions for NOVELNY = 8

Primary Search – 1

Grolier Online -1

Business and Company Resource Center – 1

Health and Wellness Resource Center – 1

Info Trac Custom Newspapers – 1

National Newspaper Index – 1

ProQuest Platinum – 1

Twaynes Author Series – 1

The total number of database subscriptions from the SLS office = 4

H.W. Wilson Core Collection Series – 1

H.W. Wilson Library Literature Full-Text – 1

NoodleBib – 1 – 1

Fall Into Books

There’s still time to sign-up for the 11th Annual Fall Into Books Children’s and Teens Literature Conference.

This year our keynote speaker is Marsha Howard, Coordinator for Poetry in The Branches for Poets House a 50,000 volume poetry library and literary center.

Our guest author is John Grandits an award-winning book and magazine designer and the author of Beatrice Black Bear, a monthly cartoon for Click magazine.

Beth Green from Wappingers Junior High School will be one of our discussion group leaders!

Date: Friday, October 23, 2009 (registration deadline October 2, 2009)
Target Audience: School Library Media Specialists and Public Librarians
Location: Marian Shrine, Stony Point, NY

Click on the links below for copies of the flyers.

Note:  Bus transportation is available.   FIB 2009 Bus flyer

Fall Into Books is sponsored by:
Dutchess BOCES School Library System
Orange-Ulster BOCES School Library System
Rockland BOCES School Library System
Sullivan BOCES School Library System
Ramapo Catskill Library System
Mid-Hudson Library System


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