School Library System
and Center for Instructional Support

The Madison-Oneida School Library System supports improved student learning though excellence in school library programs.


 Phone:   (315) 361-5663

Directions to SLS/CIS offices      GPS Coordinates for the Costello building:  N43°04.246’W075 ° 38.181’   
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To Register for SLS Workshops or Meetings, please visit our calendar here:
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New York Library Association Section of School Librarians
School Librarians: Getting Back to the Book
Presenter: Olga Nesi 
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
July 28 & 29, 2016

CNYSLSA LMS Recruitment Initiative

New Link to ESIFC Arranged by Skill

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  School Libraries Matter: The Changing Role of the School Librarian

C3 & the NYS Social Studies Framework:  MOB Social Studies / School Librarian Conference.  Click here for handouts and pictures from the day.

NYS Archives Awards Luncheon

NYS Interim Archivist - Thomas J. Ruller, Matthew Urtz - Madison County Historian, Denise Roe - Madison County Clerk, and Diana Wendell - Madison-Oneida BOCES SLS Director receiving the 2014 Annual Archives Award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Local Government Records by a Local Government at the Cultural Education Building on Oct. 21, 2014.

Photo credit:  Harvey Vlahos, Altamont Manor Photography.

Students speak out for school libraries (MP3 file)

See what authors have to say about school libraries and school librarians (click full screen icon):

In  2-25-2013:

Selection of Authentic Texts for Common Core Instruction: Guidance and a List of Resources for Text Selection:

Libraries and librarians are also great resources.Your school librarian is likely an under-tapped resource with many library catalogs searchable by Lexile. Your librarian can lead you to a plethora of appropriate materials for learning centers, online access of articles, complexity tools and more. NYS School Library Systems Association has led a resource aggregation for many additional resources to meet the Common Core Learning Standards and curriculum modules. Please visit the following site for an example of such a site:

  • Celebrate School Library Media Month with the author of the Judy Moody books

    Posted by Diana Wendell at 3/30/2016

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  • Not your grandfather's library

    Posted by Diana Wendell at 3/10/2016 9:45:00 AM

    Check out article: 

    Westlake Learning Commons

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  • What percentage of the kids in your building have checked out a book. Check out this brief article and infographic:

    Posted by Diana Wendell at 2/22/2016

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  • National Media Literacy Week Toolkit

    Posted by Diana Wendell at 10/15/2015

    Click here: Literacy Week Logo

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  • Teach More; Librarian Less

    Posted by Diana Wendell at 10/5/2015

    From SLJ Summitt and Mike Eisenberg:

    How might teacher librarians reimagine their positions to help meet strategic student learning needs? This was the main focus of the panel discussion “Become Essential” at the SLJ Leadership Summit in Seattle on September 26th.
    Mike Eisenberg et al - SLJ Summitt 9/15

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  • Librarians' Changing Roles Can Inspire School Communities

    Posted by Diana Wendell at 9/23/2015 picture

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  • Set the right course for back to school

    Posted by Diana Wendell at 9/1/2015 the year

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  • Study to demonstrate school librarian impact on student learning

    Posted by Diana Wendell at 7/16/2015
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  • School Librarians and Re-Authorization of ESEA

    Posted by Diana Wendell at 7/8/2015

    Today the US Senate today voted 98 – 0 in favor of the bi-partisan Reed-Cochran Amendment to S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. This amendment will explicitly make effective school library programs part of the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

    Prior to the vote, both Sens. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) spoke eloquently in support of this amendment and the importance of school libraries. Their work has been invaluable in garnering attention for the important role that an effective school library program plays in a student’s education.

    Next steps for this bill will be: continued discussion on the Senate floor, a Senate vote, and then -- once the House has finished work on its own H.R. 5 -- the House and Senate will appoint a conference committee to resolve any disagreements and arrive at a bill that both can agree on.  (Facebook)…/bills/s1177/BILLS-114s1177pcs.pdf

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  • Washington (state) study ties quality school library programs to student success

    Posted by Diana Wendell at 6/12/2015
    They developed a Library Quality Scale (LQS) a mechanism to rate what a librayr offers (from hours open to technology, materials, and resources, to level of stuent interaction, and more).
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