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School Library Services & CoSers

For information contact:
Eileen Coryat, Coordinator of School Library System/Media Services
at (607)286-7715 ext. 2702. E-mail: ecoryat@oncboces.org.

Online Databases, Books, Magazines & eBooks

This state-funded service coordinates the networking of information resources and services between school libraries in the Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES. It is a consortium of school libraries joining together for the purpose of resource sharing to meet the needs of students, teachers and administrators in component districts. Services include interlibrary loan, consulting, and ongoing professional development workshops in all areas of information literacy, curriculum development, policy and services.

The SLS maintains a current regional union catalog of library holdings available within our BOCES and the five adjacent BOCES' School Library Systems in the South Central Region of New York State. This regional "SCOOLS catalog" is accessible via the WEB. Delivery of interlibrary loan materials is through electronic mail, fax, UPS, or the BOCES courier service. See COSER 505 and 521.
LIBRARY INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES - 505 CoSer

Thisserviceprovides access to current instructional tools including print,mediaand remote resources, to meet the rapidly changing informationneeds oflibrary patrons.  Through regional planning and coordinatedpurchasing,the School Library System (SLS) explores partnerships withother librarysystems, publishers and information vendors to seek themost costeffective contracts and services.  All resources areaccessible toparticipants online.  SLS staff assists districts withtraining andtechnical assistance with electronic resources as needed. Districts mayparticipate in one or all of the extended service levels:

Level 1 - Online Databases

TheOnlineDatabase Service offers district libraries the opportunity topurchasedatabases at a volume discount.  These online fee-basedsubscriptions,which can be accessed via the Internet from school orhome, support theK-12 curriculum.  Resources assist in linking thelibrary media programto curriculum, modeling behavior students need tobe successful in theinformation age.  This shared service includesWeb-based encyclopedias,magazines, newspapers, curriculum referencetools, and other electroniclibrary databases.

Level 2 - Periodical Subscriptions

ThePeriodicalSubscription service provides for regional coordination forthe purchaseof school library magazine subscriptions.  School Librarysystemnegotiates discounted pricing with subscription providers basedon volumediscount.

Level 3 - Cooperative Collection Development (CCD)

TheCooperativeCollection Development (CCD) service encouragescollaboration andadvanced planning to guarantee that library monies arespent effectively,needless duplication of resources is avoided, andcollections arethoughtfully developed to support curriculum. Participating librariesidentify their own collection needs annually anda CCD Committeecooperatively develops selection criteria to ensurethat purchases arealigned with curriculum and meet the needs of allparticipants.  Booksbecome the property of the SLS CCD collection, butare housed in thelibrary that recommended the purchase.

Related Files
ONC BOCES School Library System CCD Plan
This service is designed to provide ongoing software support for school libraries in the ONC BOCES using the OPALS Library Automation Program. Library automation includes a joint online union catalog called SCOOLS, record conversion, and an interlibrary loan system. The union catalog serves as an electronic backup for each school library collection. This combined catalog enables students to borrow books from other libraries throughout the region, state and country. The service includes a local help desk, technology support and a listserv for problem resolution, consultation, equipment purchase, workshops and training.
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