Library and Media Services
Support and services for administrators, library media specialists
and teachers through the following:
- School Library System
- Media Resource Service
- Automated Library Systems
- On-line Information Resources
- Video Streaming
Library and Media Services includes the School Library System,
the Media Resource Service (COSER 511), Automated Library Systems
(COSER 512), and On-line Information Resources (COSER 513).
The School Library System is a grant-funded program in which participants
develop skills to manage their school library media centers as electronic
doorway libraries to effectively meet the information needs of administrators,
faculty and students. School library media specialists learn effective
strategies to deliver an information skills curriculum that supports
resource-based teaching and learning. They have access to information
on current and emerging technologies, curriculum integration, New
York State Standards and school library regulations.
Districts develop an effective library media program that ensures
students and staff are effective users of ideas and information.
To facilitate research, participants will have access to a wide
range of informational and reference resources on a regional and
national level, through online databases, a union catalog and inter-library
The Media Resource Service (COSER 511) incorporates the latest
technology into its offerings. In addition to our more than 9,000
current, subject-specific multimedia resources (videos, CD-ROMs,
films, satellite/TV broadcasts) which enhance the curriculum and
support students in the learning process, we have added video streaming.
This latest technology allows remote access 24 X 7 for faculty and
students. Professional development workshops and training sessions
encourage participants to develop skills for integrating multimedia
materials effectively into the teaching/learning process.
Automated Library Systems (COSER 512) provides a computerized library
management system that allows students and faculty to effectively
use the resources of the school library media center. Library automation
includes data conversion of shelf list cards into electronic bibliographic
records and the development of an on-line catalog and circulation
system. On-site training provides improved technical services and
maintenance of the library collections. Through technical planning
and consultation, automation of the school library becomes part
of the district's technology plan in providing appropriate on site
and remote electronic access for students.
Remote databases access services are also available.
On-line Information Resources (COSER 513) provides subscribers
with access to a variety of comprehensive full text and/or indexed
reference databases that complement the K-12 curriculum. Up-to-date
resources improve student research through successful searching
strategies. Students are able to select the type of information
required to meet their needs in a range of formats (citations, abstracts,
full-text documents and page-image documents). Staff development
workshops provide hand-on opportunities to incorporate databases
into the teaching and learning process.
Databases electronically available through the Internet include:
- Accessible Archives
- AP Photo Archives
- Britannica Online
- C.E.R.F. (Curriculum Education Resource Finder)
- Country Watch
- Discovering Series
- Electric Library
- Facts on File
- Gale Resource Centers
- New York Times
- ProQuest Direct
- Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature
- SIRS Researcher
- SIRS Discover
- SIRS Government Reporter
- U X L Series
- World Book
Other databases are available as required.