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NYC School Library System Homepage: Are You New to the School Librarian Profession?

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What must you do now?

  1. Join the NYCSLIST Listserv.

    1. Are you on a secondary campus serving more than one high school? Join the Campus Librarian Network. 

  2. Submit your information in the Librarian Directory.

  3. Is your library automated with Destiny? (contact Leanne Ellis, Library Automation Administrator for more information). 

  4. If you are on Destiny, fill out the Destiny Administrator Data Security Agreement.

  5. Review the NYC Department of Education Collection Development Policy for Classroom Collections and School Libraries.

  6. Review your school library's cataloging specifications with each library jobber. It is important to note, there is more than one fish in the sea. Just because your school ordered from one company doesn't mean you need to stay with that company. Know your Library Vendor options and contact each company for information. 

  7. Join MyLibraryNYC.

  8. Learn about the Citywide Digital Library through Sora.

  9. School librarians use the Empire State Information Continuum (ESIFC) to guide instruction. Review it today! 

  10. Learn which NOVELny Databases are available. All teachers and students have free access!

  11. Connect with your NYCDOE Department of Library Services Coordinator.

  12. Review the NYC School Librarian Guidebook and visit the Professional Learning Opportunities page.

Wisdom from the Field

"Rome wasn't built in a day, neither is a school library" 

"Teaching skills without an end product in sight is not effective"  

"People will constantly tell you how easy your job is without any real knowledge of what is involved. You can educate people but you never have to defend yourself. They could have become librarians too! Also..."No" is a full sentence." 

"All Library Coordinators and the Director in the Office of Library Services have walked in your shoes. They have all worked as school librarians in NYC. Reach out, connect, and learn from them."   

"Don't assume classroom teachers understand the role of the school librarian. Build relationships, connect with teachers, and help them see the value add of a robust school library program." 

 

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