School Library System
and Center for Instructional Support

Supporting excellence in school library programs supporting improved student learning.

                                      Phone: (315) 361-5663
Directions to SLS/CIS offices:      GPS Coordinates for the Costello building:  N43°04.246’W075 ° 38.181’       
SLS Adm Year Award  
Beth Geatrakas (Morrisville-Eaton MS/HS Librarian) Nominated Mike Drahos (M-E Superintendent) for 2015 SLS Administrator of the Year Award
Nomination video clip part 1.  Nomination video clip part 2.
Superintendent, Mike Drahos' Acceptance Speech
SLS TOY Awards
Tina Laramie (VVS HS Librarian) Nominated Teacher Team of Darren Barone and Jolene Vanderhoof for 2015 SLS Teacher of the Year Award
Nomination video clip.
SLS Librarian of the Year Award
Diana Wendell SLS Director and Tina Laramie (VVS HS Librarian) 2015 SLS School Librarian of the Year
Nomination video clip.  Plaque video clip.

New Link to ESIFC Arranged by Skill

Summer Reading


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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.

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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:

  • 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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  • Study Ties College Success to Students’ Exposure to a High School Librarian

    Posted by Diana Wendell at 1/2/2015
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  • Skills Matter More Than Tools!

    Posted by Diana Wendell at 1/2/2015
    School librarians teach the skills:
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  • Quote about school libraries from author, Gayle Rosengren

    Posted by Diana Wendell at 1/2/2015

    School libraries are HUGELY important!  Every child doesn’t have the ability to walk to their public library on their own; they have to rely on adults to take them, and some parents are too busy to make this a priority. Perhaps they’re working two jobs and they’re exhausted at the end of the day.  Perhaps they aren’t readers themselves and don’t understand the importance of exposing their child to a world of books and starting them down the path to being lifelong readers.  But kids always have access to books in their school libraries.  At least, this has been the case in the past.  Unfortunately, school budget cuts in some school districts are threatening this heretofore most reliable source of books.  They don't see how vital school libraries are to education.  Schools without libraries would be like a daily diet of only meat and potatoes--no fruits, no whole grain breads, no fresh vegetables or yummy desserts.  The meals would keep hunger at bay, but they wouldn't result in a healthy, well-nourished child.

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  • BOCES Collaborations

    Posted by Diana Wendell at 12/3/2014
    Melissa Middleton, Jon Cornue, and Diana Wendell
    Melissa Middleton - RSE-TASC Coordinator, Jon Cornue - Staff Developer, and Diana Wendell - SLS Director at Social Studies/School Librarian Conference
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  • MOB SLS Wins 2014 NYS Archives Excellence in Educational Use of Gov't Records by a Local Gov't Award

    Posted by Diana Wendell at 11/19/2014
    Matt Urtz, Denise Roe, Diana Wendell, and Regent Tilles
    Award granted to MOB SLS and Madison County 
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  • SLSA Empire State Information Fluency Continuum (IFC) now on EngageNY

    Posted by Diana Wendell at 11/7/2014
     Carlos Ramirez, John King, Jeff Cannell
    Carlos Ramirez, NYSED Coordinator of Technology Policy, NYS Commissioner of Education, John B. King and Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Education, Jeff Cannell.
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  • November is Picture Book Month

    Posted by Diana Wendell at 11/1/2014
    Picture Book Month logo
    For program ideas visit
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