Library Support Cooperative Collection Development - Coser 529
This service will build, maintain, and expand a collection of professional and instructional materials that support the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards and other state initiatives. The library media specialists collaborate on the acquisition of specialized collections of library resources to make the best use of school library budgets and space. The materials are housed in the member districts’ libraries and are available for loan. A professional resource collection consisting of eBooks, multimedia, DVDs, and kits is housed at member libraries and is available to participating districts. Non-fiction e-books are available to our member libraries. Our Overdrive
service for schools makes eBooks available for classroom use and student reading interests. The library media specialists collaborate on the purchase of eBook titles needed for the NYS Learning Standards. This includes non-fiction and fiction reading of close reading texts that are needed for classroom instruction. Districts can elect to have their own subset of eBooks for their students and faculty at a nominal rate. Our goal is to support classroom learning and promote the independent reading of our students.
We provide access to digital streaming services from Learn360, Classroom Video on Demand, and Swank K-12 Streaming. Royalty-free music is available for student productions from Soundzabound. Educational research services for graduate classes are available for use by participating districts. The Gale Virtual Reference Library consisting of e-books primarily geared toward professional development, is part of this service. School districts will have access to all professional resource materials via direct borrowing, interlibrary loan requests, and e-mail.
Our participating districts are focused on meeting students’ needs of information literacy with cloud server technology. The libraries utilize TLC’s Library Solution software. This service connects each library to a single database containing the 250,000 holding records for all districts in Sullivan County. With this new software, the catalogs are accessible to parents, teachers, and students online from their homes and classrooms. Library patrons will be able to request materials and electronic information at their convenience, making a virtual library available 24/7/365. This transition is in alignment with the state’s emphasis on infusing information literacy in the classrooms, arming the students with the skills needed to thrive in a technologybased
society. This service includes training, technical support, and Internet-accessible information databases at a discounted cost to our schools.