School libraries make it possible for students and teachers to gather ideas, exchange points of view, and learn together. Effective library programs provide:
At all grade levels, school librarians help students grow as individuals by fostering a love of reading and learning and teach students the critical thinking, technology, and literacy skills to ask good questions and investigate the answers. They offer equitable access to resources and technology; and help students make sense of the information they find to develop new understandings. School libraries help students develop information skills so that after graduation they can enter the workforce or go to college armed with the skills of learning and inquiry that they will need to be successful. These skills are built continuously from kindergarten to 12th grade through library instruction, and are aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards.
NYC Reads 365 challenges New Yorkers to read every single day. Read for pleasure, read to find out, read to argue, read to persuade, read to laugh, read to cry, read to understand, read to forget. Help us create a new generation of readers. For more information, read the press release for NYC Reads 365.
Social media and digital communication are essential parts of your world. Access to information brings tremendous advantages, but it also creates new responsibilities. The Social Media Guidelines offer guidleines for students and famililes about digital lietracy and citizenship.
Please visit the New York City School Librarian System website for information for educators, including upcoming professional learning opportunities.
Empire State Information Fluency Continuum provides a K-12 framework for the instructional aspects of a library program. The framework is based on three standards that form the basis for the skills and strategies that are essential for students to become independent readers and learners. The Empire State Information Fluency Continuum is endorsed by the School Library Systems Association of New York State and aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards. The Empire State Information Fluency Continuum includes:
Citizenship in the Digital Age contains sample lessons from grades 1 to 12 in the areas of responsibility and online safety. The lessons are aligned to the NYC Information Fluency Continuum and Common Core Learning Standards. It was supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Staff Social Media Guidelines recommend practices for professional social media communication between DOE employees, as well as social media communication between DOE employees and their students. The Staff Social Media Guidelines also address recommended practices for use of personal social media by DOE staff.
Melissa JacobsDirector of Library Services212-374-3459Mjacobs7@schools.nyc.gov
Michael DodesLibrary Operations and Instructional Coordinator (Queens)917-521-3654Mdodes2@schools.nyc.gov
Leanne EllisLibrary Operations and Instructional Coordinator (Bronx)917-521-3734Lellis3@schools.nyc.gov
Lynne Kresta SmithLibrary Operations and Instructional Coordinator (Manhattan)917-521-3616Lsmith9@schools.nyc.gov
Debra RandorfLibrary Operations and Instructional Coordinator (North Brooklyn)firstname.lastname@example.orgPatricia SarlesLibrary Operations and Instructional Coordinator (Staten Island and South Brooklyn)email@example.com
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