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  • Cool Editing Software from Google...and it's FREE!

    Posted by Elizabeth A Hartnett on 3/28/2016 4:00:00 PM

    From the Google Newsroom:

    Nik Collection by Google

    Shared publicly  -  Mar 24, 2016
    Today we’re making the Nik Collection available to everyone, for free.

    Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.

    The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities -- from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.

    Starting March 24, 2016, the latest Nik Collection will be freely available to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. If you purchased the Nik Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund, which we’ll automatically issue back to you in the coming days.

    We’re excited to bring the powerful photo editing tools once only used by professionals to even more people now. 
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  • Applied for Grants lately?

    Posted by Elizabeth A Hartnett on 3/10/2016 12:00:00 PM


    Oneida/Herkimer BOCES School Library System

    NYLA-SSL Annual Conference Mini-Grant

    Oneida/Herkimer BOCES SLS is offering FIVE $700 mini-grants for LMS, currently employed in their service districts, who would like to attend the 2016 NYLA-SSL Annual Conference May 5-7, 2016 "Capitalizing on Our Past Revolutionizing the Future" at The Desmond Hotel in Colonie, NY. The mini-grant will be paid to the district to apply towards conference costs. All expenses beyond the $700 will be the responsibility of the district or the attendee. Conference agenda and registration can be found at: SSL Annual Conference 2016

    These are due by March 28th!




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  • How cool is this??

    Posted by Elizabeth A Hartnett on 3/8/2016 3:00:00 PM

    Big Deal Technologies logo

    Spot False “Realities” in Altered Photos

    Digital cameras and image-editing software have made photo manipulation easier than ever, but photographers have been doctoring images since the medium was invented. The false “realities” in altered photographs can be either surprising and eye-catching or truly deceptive and misleading. Faking It, an interactive from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, asks students to spot which photos are fake and figure out why they were altered. Through 15 sets of questions accompanied by more than two dozen images from the museum, the Faking It quiz challenges misconceptions about the history of photo manipulation. The images in the quiz range from a heroic portrait of Ulysses S. Grant to a playful portrait of Salvador Dalí, and from New York’s Empire State Building to Oregon’s Cape Horn. This feature complements the museum’s 2012 exhibition Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop, available in the iTunes store as a free iPad app.

    Click Here to Visit “Faking It” Website

    Click Here to Visit iTunes App Store

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  • Utica Public Library Announces CommuniTeach

    Posted by Elizabeth Hartnett on 3/2/2016 1:00:00 PM

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    The Utica Public Library wants to know what you know, and wants to share it with the community.

    The library has a new program called CommuniTeach, where people can share their expertise with others in the community. Photography? Bicycling? Lebanese cooking?

    Download a CommuniTeacher application.

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  • Hello From the New SLS/Media Coordinator

    Posted by Elizabeth Hartnett on 3/2/2016 11:30:00 AM

    Excited for New Beginnings


    Now that I have been on the job for a week, I would like to introduce myself as the new coordinator of the School Library System and Media Services for Oneida/Herkimer BOCES.  Pat Skelly has been helping me to transition into this job and learn all the facets of this position. 

                    I started my career in education as a science teacher.  I taught biology, earth science, anatomy and physiology in Jacksonville, Florida for 4.5 years.  I took some time off from the workforce when I had my son, and pursued my Masters in Library Science.  I have worked as a library media specialist in the Syracuse City School District for the past nine years.  I have had experience at all grade levels, k-12, and I was the SLS coordinator there for one year.  I still live in Syracuse and commute every day.  I don’t mind the commute because it gives me the chance to listen to audiobooks. 

                    I am available for any questions that you may have, although you may have more answers than I do at this point.  However, I will work to try to find the answers for you.  I am interested in knowing more about all of you.  If you have experience in doing trainings on SLS or Media products or if you are interested in doing some, please let me know.  If there are other areas that you are interested in getting more involved in, such as the VRL or C3 committees please let me know that as well.

                    I will try and send out more frequent communications without trying to overwhelm you with emails.  I would also like to come and visit all the libraries at some point, but realistically it might not happen before the end of this school year.  I will communicate with you in email before I stop in for a visit.  If you have any concerns at all, please do not hesitate to contact me.

                    I look forward to meeting everyone and to seeing the communication coordinators at our C3 meeting on March 17th

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  • Great Books to Read in 2016 - Picture Books to YA

    Posted by Patricia M Skelly on 12/30/2015 9:50:00 AM


    2016 books  

    Discovered a new website ReadBrightly with lots of tips for reading with children and book recommendations. Check these out:  recommended picture books for 2016



    mid grades


    And how about these recommendations for tween readers: recommended middle grade books for 2016



    ya 2016

    Or these books for the YA crowd: recommended high school books for 2016


    2016 graphic

    And still more recommendations! recommendations for teen graphic novels





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  • Great Resources for Educators at Center for Media Literacy

    Posted by Patricia M Skelly on 12/29/2015 9:00:00 AM



    A pioneer in its field, the Center for Media Literacy (CML) is an educational organization that provides leadership, public education, professional development and educational resources nationally and internationally. Dedicated to promoting and supporting media literacy education as a framework for accessing, analyzing, evaluating, creating and participating with media content, CML works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to live fully in the 21st century media culture. The ultimate goal is to make wise choices possible.



    The Center for Media Literacy (CML) is dedicated to a new vision of literacy for the 21st Century: the ability to communicate competently in all media forms as well as to access, understand, analyze, evaluate and participate with powerful images, words and sounds that make up our contemporary mass media culture. Indeed, we believe these skills of media literacy are essential for both children and adults as individuals and as citizens of a democratic society.


    Our mission is to help children and adults prepare for living and learning in a global media culture by translating media literacy research and theory into practical information, training and educational tools for teachers and youth leaders, parents and caregivers of children.


    Educational Philosophy

    The Center for Media Literacy advocates a philosophy of "Empowerment through Education." This philosophy incorporates three intertwining concepts:

    1. Media literacy is education for life in a global media world.

      For 500 years, since the invention of moveable type, we have valued the ability to read and write as the primary means of communicating and understanding history, cultural traditions, political and social philosophy and news of the day. In more recent times, traditional literacy skills ensured that individuals could participate fully as engaged citizens and functioning adults in society.

      Today families, schools and all community institutions share the responsibility for preparing young people for living and learning in a global culture that is increasingly connected through social media, multi-media and influenced by powerful images, words and sounds.

    2. The heart of media literacy is informed inquiry.

      Through a four-step "inquiry" process of Awareness . . . Analysis . . . Reflection . . .Action, media literacy helps young people acquire an empowering set of "navigational" skills which include the ability to:

      • Access information from a variety of sources.
      • Analyze and explore how messages are "constructed" whether through social media, print, verbal, visual or multi-media.
      • Evaluate media's explicit and implicit messages against one's own ethical, moral and/or democratic principles.
      • Express or create their own messages using a variety of media tools, digital or not.
      • Participate in a global media culture.
    3. Media literacy is an alternative to censoring, boycotting or blaming "the media."

      Deeply committed to the First Amendment and freedom of expression, media literacy does not promote partisan agendas or political points of view. The power of media literacy is its ability to inspire independent thinking and foster critical analysis. The ultimate goal of media education is to make wise choices possible.

    Embracing this philosophy, the Center for Media Literacy is committed to media education as an essential and empowering life-skill for the 21st Century.

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  • Shared Conversation: Next Generation Media/Library Centers

    Posted by Patricia M Skelly on 12/29/2015 8:10:00 AM



    Date: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

    Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. CST (3:00 Eastern)


    NAMTC Event Flyer - Next Gen Media/Library Centers


    Media/library centers today are facing many challenges as the focus turns from print/hard copy to electronic distribution. Many centers still have circulating collections of hard copy books and DVDs, van delivery of materials to individual schools, statewide contracts for online resources, and streaming rights. Many ESAs provide Makerspaces, technology devices and support, as well as consultants for various school district needs.


    Join in for the panel discussion featuring NAMTC institutional members as they share their insights about the state of today’s library/media centers.Visit the following link to join:



    • Doreen Bergman, SLS Program Coordinator, OCM BOCES (Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES), Syracuse, New York

    • Laura Pietsch, Supervisor of Library Services, Omaha Public Schools, Omaha, Nebraksa

    • Cheryl Carruthers, Service Area Supervisor, Information & Technology, AEA 267, Cedar Falls, Iowa


    Interested in serving on a future NAMTC Shared Conversation panel? Contact the NAMTC office, or 319-654-0608.


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  • Next Meeting of Bridging the Gap

    Posted by Patricia M Skelly on 12/28/2015 9:25:00 AM







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    For High School Librarians


    O/H BOCES SLS, CLRC, and M-O BOCES SLS are excited to begin planning our next Bridging the Gap - East meeting. Please find notes from the last meeting attached here. We'd love for you, or a member of your team, to be a part of the ongoing conversation. 


    In order to schedule accordingly, please fill out the following poll by Friday, January 8th.



    BTG-East: Nov. 2015 Notes


    Draft Agenda:

    • Introductions
    • Lightning Talks: What's Being Done (Need volunteers to present for five minutes on existing efforts in their school or academic institution - reply to Matthew)
    • Assessment: Constructing a survey for recent graduates (begin outline and layout)
    • College Research Hitlist: Can we build a simple document to hand to teachers to show them college research requirements?
    • Planning Ahead: Area specific interactions; Administrator interactions 
    • Any Other Business

    This is subject to change based on feedback from the group.

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  • EMTA Technology Grant Opportunity

    Posted by Patricia M Skelly on 12/28/2015 9:00:00 AM


    Media Literacy Project Grant Application


    Purpose of the grant:

    • Support educators who provide resources and services that correlate to state and national learning standards for instructional excellence promoting media literacy.
    • To provide funds for research projects or demonstration projects that can be replicated in other areas across the state and nation.


    Amount of Grant:  This grant is for $1,000 for a period of one year. Two grants are awarded each year.




    Media Literacy is a series of communication competencies, including the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and communicate information in a variety of forms, including print and non-print messages. Media literacy empowers people to be both critical thinkers and creative producers of an increasingly wide range of messages using image, language, and sound. It is the skillful application of literacy skills to media and technology messages.

    Source: National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)

    See a more complete definition at


    Examples include:  

    • A media literacy course held after school
    • Learning about the effective creation and use of media in student work
    • Using video effectively in your lesson plans


    • Working with PreK-12 students
    • New York State Educator

    Application Process: media literacy grant application

    Applications shall be submitted by May 20, 2016.  A committee will select recipients by June 10, 2016 and projects will be completed between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. 75% of the award will be presented at the time of notification of the award. A written report will be submitted and a presentation of the project will be given at the EMTA meeting in June 2016. The presentation can be done either in person or virtually. After the presentation the final 25% of the award will be released. Arrangements for the presentations can be made through the Grant Chairperson.

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