Apr 30

FREE PD: Protecting Your Digital Footprint at Work, Home and on the Road

15 Tips on Identity Theft in 60 minutes, presented by Robert Lackie, on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Hasbrouck Heights High School, 365 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights NJ 07604.

3:30-4:15  Refreshments & Networking
4:15-4:30  Introductory Address
4:30-5:30  PD/CE program by Robert Lackie
5:30-6:00  Conclusion of events

RSVP to Phillip Berg,  BELS Consortium Coordinator by 5/8/12 via: Eventbrite.com
URL: http://belspdce2012.eventbrite.com/        Password: lackieatbels
Email: Phillip.Berg@school.bccls.org            Phone: (201) 265-4242

PD Certificates available upon request.

Apr 22

Free webinar on mobilizing local advocates

Weds, May 2: “Rallying Your Community: Mobilizing the Grassroots”  a free webinar sponsored by ALA’s Committee on Library Advocacy.
“In a difficult economy, the citizen voice is more important than ever. Learn how two community organizations, the Sustainable Library Citizens Coalition of Indianapolis-Marion County (Ind.) Public Library and Urban Librarians Unite of New York City, have used their voices to impact library funding.”

Advance Registration is mandatory.
Go to https://ala.ilinc.com/register/thvbchx to sign up.

Apr 13

Free Webinar on Encyclopedia Use

Thursday May 3:  Curriculum Connection: Bridging Reference and Students  sponsored by Booklist – a free, hour-long webinar with Britannica and World Book reps showcasing their study guides, interactive lessons, and material suited to state standards.  Moderated by Booklist Reference and Collection Management editor Rebecca Vnuk.

‘Can’t make the date? Register anyway so a link to the video archive of this webinar can be e-mailed to you after the event.’



Apr 12

Free Workbook for Implementing Common Core Standards in your District

"Achieve and the U.S. Education Delivery Institute have developed a practical Common Core Implementation Workbook for all states in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
The workbook uses a proven performance management methodology known as “delivery” to lay out clear action steps for states and districts. It provides relevant information, case stories of good practice, key questions and hands-on exercises for leadership teams to complete together. Regardless of your state's timeline, the workbook offers state and district leaders the means to plan for the CCSS and then drive successful implementation."

Apr 10

Free trials of Rosen Digital Resources through May 15

See if Rosen’s PowerKids Life Science, PowerKids Earth and Space Science, or Cybersmarts Digital resources are right for your students – Free trials are available through May 15 for new/prospective subscribers.

Check them out at

with username: endofyear and password: special

See http://tinyurl.com/74rgxme  for more information

Apr 09

Defining Digital Literacy

from the OITP Digital Literacy Task Force:  "digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information requiring both cognitive and technical skills…  This definition is also in a forthcoming primer that looks more deeply into the necessary skills, the need for digital literacy, the digital divide and the role of all types of libraries."

Apr 07

Media /Info Lit Curriculum from UNESCO

“This publication is divided into two parts. Part 1 provides the MIL Curriculum and Competency Framework, which gives an overview of the curriculum rationale, design and main themes. It is complementary to the UNESCO ICTs Competency Framework for Teachers (2008). Part 2 includes the detailed Core and Non-Core Modules of the curriculum.”
Download the 192 page PDF document, available at