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Congratulations to Susanna Reich, SLMSENNY's 2018 Rip Van Winkle Award Winner!

Congratulations to Susanna Reich, SLMSSENY's 2018 Rip Van Winkle Award Winner!

posted Dec 28, 2017, 7:35 AM by Slmsseny Technology   [ updated Jan 14, 2018, 3:44 PM ]

Congratulations to Susanna Reich, children's book author from Westchester County, NY, who has been chosen for the 2018 Rip Van Winkle Award which is awarded each year to an author or illustrator from our region for their outstanding contributions to the world of children’s literature.  The award will presented at our annual Spring Symposium on May 19th, 2018.  Ms. Reich will be addressing our membership, facilitating a workshop, and autographing her books.  Congratulations Susanna!  The award is well deserved!

Florida Union Free School District JOB POSTING

posted Oct 6, 2017, 7:31 AM by Slmsseny Technology   [ updated Oct 6, 2017, 7:32 AM ]

It is anticipated that the District will have an opening for a Library Media Specialist. This is a full time, tenure track position. Applicants who possess the following credentials are invited to apply, via OLAS only:

Required: NYS certification as a Library Media Specialist Additional Preferred Qualifications:

●  NYS certification in English or Literacy preferred and experience with improving student literacy and achievement outcomes

●  Deep understanding of best/current practices in educational technology and the ability to team teach and support the school’s progressive curriculum

●  Technologically savvy; can support colleagues in technology integration

●  Provide ongoing strategic planning for the library that aligns with technology and other school/District plans to include budget management

●  Experience working with OPALS and other library management systems

Additionally: The District looks to employ professionals who: are excellent communicators, have the ability to reflect upon current practices and improve all areas of the school, and who seek to become members of a team of excellence.

Applications will be accepted until October 13, 2017. 

Follett User Group Training - Oct 10

posted Oct 6, 2017, 7:21 AM by Slmsseny Technology   [ updated Oct 6, 2017, 7:23 AM ]

1. Follett User Group Training

Program:Orange-Ulster BOCES, School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 10/10/2017

Meeting Times: 10/10/2017 - 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Location: Arden Hill - ISS Room 156

Join fellow school librarians and library aides at this local user group training with Follett Representative, Katrina Conte to learn how to get the most out of your library software. Attend this training to learn about the newest version of the software and to have your questions answered. You will gain valuable insight on the latest features and updates. You do not need to be part of Orange-Ulster BOCES to attend.  LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED.

Coding for All Students at James I O'Neill HS - Nov 14, 2017

posted Oct 6, 2017, 7:20 AM by Slmsseny Technology

Coding for All Students 

Why teach computer science in all schools? has developed curriculum that allows even the youngest students to explore the limitless world of computing. Courses blend online, self-guided and self-paced tutorials with “unplugged” classroom activities that require no computer.

Where: Sponsor: OUBOCES SLS, Location: James O'Neill Highland High School

When: Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 9am - 4pm

How to sign up:

Also register at:

Contact: **If you do not have OUBOCES Catalog in MLP, please email:** 

Please see attached Flyer for more information

Yorktown Central School District - Leave Replacement

posted Jun 16, 2017, 6:25 AM by Slmsseny Technology
  • Library Media Specialist-Leave ReplacementJobID: 207 
  • Position Type:
      High School Teaching

  • Date Posted:

  • Location:
      High School

  • Date Available:

  • Closing Date: 
      Until Filled

    Library Media Specialist - Leave Replacement
    2017/2018 School Year

    Position Purpose
    Under the general supervision of the Principal, to assist students, and teaching staff with an enriching library/media center environment with a wide range of reading and other educational materials; maintains library collection at school site; develops appropriate programs for students utilizing library resources; and instructs students and others on the proper use of the library resources.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    • NYS Certification as a Librarian or Library/Media Specialist
    • Bachelors from an accredited college or university in education discipline applicable to teaching assignment.
    • Masters Degree preferred.
    • Experience working with large groups students.
    Primary Activities
    • Operates and supervises the media center.
    • Evaluates, selects and requisitions appropriate books, aids and other supplies and equipment and maintains inventory records.
    • Coordinates with administrators and other teaching staff members to assist in the selection of books and other instructional materials; keeps students and teaching staff informed regarding new acquisitions for use in the media center.
    • Serves as ready resource to students to provide research assistance.
    • Maintains a comprehensive and efficient system for cataloguing all media center materials; assists students and teachers with the use of the system.
    • Coordinates system of lending library material to students and teachers.
    • Continues to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops or professional meetings, or by conducting research.
    • Organizes and maintains a system for accurate and complete record-keeping and providing student information to prospective colleges and employers, as required by district procedures and applicable laws.
    • Encourages parental involvement in students' education and ensures effective communication with students and parents.
    • Ensures that student conduct conforms to the school's standards and school district policies, and establishes and maintains standards of student behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the media center.
    • Collaborate with classroom teachers for Information Literacy and Technology Instruction and participates in lessons with classroom teachers as needed
    • Develops and arranges media center displays.
    • Assists with the preparation and administration of the media center budget.
    • Trains and supervises media center support employees.
    Additional Duties:
    Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Principal and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent.
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    • Knowledge of current teaching methods and educational pedagogy, as well as differentiated instruction based upon student learning styles.
    • Comfortable with GSuite for Education
    • Knowledge of instructional technology, data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans.
    • Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students.
    • Working knowledge of Makerspaces
    • Ability to use computer network system and software applications as needed.
    • Ability to organize and coordinate work.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with students and parents.
    • Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
    • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.
    Physical Demands:
    While performing the duties of this job, the employee:
    • is regularly required to stand, walk, and sit.
    • Is regularly required to climb, squat, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and to reach above the head and reach forward.
    • Is regularly required to use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools or controls and to talk and hear.
    • Occasionally required to lift and/or push up to 50 pounds.
    • Must have specific vision abilities for close vision, distance vision, depth perception and tell the difference between colors

    Work Environment:

    • The noise level in the work environment is typical for a school environment.
    • Work generally performed indoors with limited outside supervision of students. 

    FLSA Status:       Exempt

Highland Falls/Ft. Montgomery CSD - LMS Opening

posted Jun 16, 2017, 6:21 AM by Slmsseny Technology   [ updated Jun 16, 2017, 6:22 AM ]

Highland Falls/Ft. Montgomery CSD

Position:  K-8 Library & Digital Media Specialist

The Library & Digital Media Specialist will work with students, teachers, and administrators to continue to implement a vision for a cutting-edge 21st century library. An ideal candidate is dynamic, committed to learning and growing as a professional, willing and able to collaborate with colleagues, and experienced in educational and library best practices.  We are looking for a candidate who is eager to be part of an ongoing dialogue about how our curriculum, pedagogy, schedule, and spaces can best meet our instructional goals.


Job Goals:

  • To empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information and ideas.

  • To collaborate with classroom teachers and specialists to design and implement lessons and units of instruction, and assess student learning and instructional effectiveness

  • To provide library service to the Pre-K-8 students

  • To instill a love of learning in all students and ensure equitable access to information and ideas


  • Plan, teach, and co-teach lessons in the library and other classroom spaces

  • Co-manage the day-to-day operations of the library, including budget, program, collection development, circulation, volunteer training/coordination, and physical space

  • Assess, document, and report on student learning, including sharing information with other teachers, families, and school leadership

  • Participate in ongoing dialogues with teachers, administrators, and the Library/Tech team related to the integration of literature, media, technology, and other library resources within and across divisions

  • Train and support faculty in use of the library, its resources, and academic technology

  • Work with the Library and Tech Team and classroom teachers to develop and coordinate media literacy, research skills, and digital citizenship curricula

  • Collaborate with faculty to creatively and effectively harness a variety of ever-changing educational technologies and pedagogies

Professional Skills & Experience

  • Required

    • Master's Degree (MLS, MLIS, or related field strongly preferred)

    • Appropriate NYS Certification

    • Library and classroom teaching experience at the elementary and/or middle school level

    • Vast knowledge of and deep passion for children’s and young adult literature

    • Experience designing and implementing curriculum that is informed by a deep knowledge of both child literacy and child development

    • Forward-thinking vision and a demonstrated interest in exploring ways literature, media, technology, and other library resources can transform learning

    • Proven collaborator with a history of working closely with a variety of colleagues

    • Expertise with project-based learning and educational technology

Personal Qualities

  • Flexible

  • Creative

  • Collaborative

  • Growth mindset

  • Leader

  • Innovative educator


Mr. Michael McElduff


Ft. Montgomery Elementary School


Mr. Chris Fiorentino


Highland Falls Intermediate School

NYSED Seeks Volunteers for Educational Technology Advisory Committee

posted Mar 2, 2017, 4:25 PM by Slmsseny Technology

Great opportunity to offer feedback on technology issues! Membership Opportunity: Educational Technology Advisory Committee (ETAC)

NYSED’s Office of Educational Design and Technology is forming a volunteer advisory group, the Educational Technology Advisory Committee (ETAC).

The committee will meet monthly for approximately 1 hour each month, in the late afternoon. A teleconference option will be available for those members who live at a distance.

Our goal is to obtain feedback and advice from the educational community regarding such matters as:

• Technology Planning
• BYOD and 1:1 initiatives
• Computer-based Testing
• Technology-related funding sources
• Professional Development
• Online and Blended learning
• The role of School Librarians in educational technology
• Technology Literacy Standards
• Educational technology-related statewide policy

P-20 educators, administrators, educational leaders, and members of educational organizations with an interest in Educational Technology are encouraged to apply. The membership application is available at: Educational Technology Advisory Committee Application. Please apply by the deadline of March 31st, 2017.

For more information, please visit or email

Current Openings in NY State and the surrounding area

posted Feb 26, 2017, 1:19 PM by Slmsseny Technology

Current openings for School Librarians in New York State ‎‎(and surrounding areas!)‎‎

LMS Opening - Middletown

posted Jul 26, 2016, 9:02 AM by Slmsseny Technology

Librarian/Media Specialist Position
Full Time
Middletown High School
Enlarged City School District
Middletown, NY 10924

Applicants with minimum of two years of experience preferred and must be eligible for or have the appropriate New York State Certification/License. Will be responsible for the customary duties associated with the position. Salary will be determined according to training and experience as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Please contact Magdalen Radovich, Instructional Administrator via

LMS openings - Lower Hudson Valley

posted Jun 14, 2016, 6:56 PM by Slmsseny Technology   [ updated Jun 14, 2016, 7:06 PM ]

Ossining UFSD
2016-2017 Library Media Specialist, probationary position in an elementary setting. Library Media Specialist certification required. Bilingual preferred.

Hendrick-Hudson School District
ANTICIPATED VACANCY for the 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR Extensive knowledge of 21st century learning tools and pedagogies required. Ability to develop and lead professional learning opportunities for all staff. Salary & Benefits: Highly Competitive. Application deadline: June 24, 2016

(Search Re-opened.) Full-Time Tenure Track Library Media Specialist, K-12. Candidate must possess a strong vision of 21st Century teaching and learning with an emphasis on digital literacy, technology infusion, and project-based learning. An expansive knowledge and understanding of child and adolescent text, fiction and non-fiction is required. Must be able to collaborate effectively with students and faculty. Must be able to develop and maintain welcoming and engaging learning spaces. All applicants must hold the appropriate New York State Certification.

Southern Westchester BOCES
•Facilitate the Digital Library Advisory Board; •Coordinate, purchase, market and maintain a digital book collection; •Coordinate automation services; •Prepare and monitor budgets and contracts; •Plan and implement online and onsite professional development and other continuing education activities; •Create the School Library System monthly print/digital newsletter and an online educational technology newsletter; •Support the planning and implementation of the communication coordinators and council meetings and the annual conference; •Design, create and maintain specialized libguides; •Assist in the development of a blended learning model for the 2015-2018 Learning Technology Grant. NYS Certification as a School Library Media Specialist with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience; Strong organizational, writing, communication and interpersonal skills; Experience with inquiry-based teaching and technology integration; Proficiency in engaging adult learners in a variety of instructional strategies; Strong technology skills.

New Rochelle
The City School District of New Rochelle is seeking a tenure-track elementary school Library Media Specialist. Valid New York State Library Media Specialist certification at the time of application is required. Please include a copy of your certification(s) with your application. Do not send resumes directly to the Teacher Personnel Office. They will not be accepted.

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