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In 1984, the New York State Legislature established School Library Systems. Currently, 40 School Library Systems exist around the state. The systems are based within each BOCES and the five Big City School Districts. School Library System is a state-funded program providing a variety of resources for the school library and the school librarian. Funding comes from the library component of the New York State budget. Resources available from the School Library System include databases, and regional resource sharing for all member libraries.
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At Eastern Suffolk BOCES Co-Ser 516 Library Services/Media is a shared service for the purchase and use of online databases to the students, teachers and librarians in each of the participating buildings. The Virtual Reference Collection (VRC) is a selection of databases and special software that permits the user to log in with the same password for each of the different databases, and then continue to search, moving from one to another.
This access is available from the building site and home. Video streaming services that are appropriate for grades K-12 are available as a Supplemental purchase and are added to the members' VRC page.
Library Automation Co-Ser 508 assists districts in automating the library collection so students and staff can easily access information electronically. The automation systems from Media Flex, Inc. (OPALS) and Follett (Destiny) are supported. User group meetings are held to keep the participants updated on the features of the system software.
Dr. Janet Barr, 1982 to 2006 - 2006 SLSA Distinguished Service Award winner
Gail Barraco, 2006 to 2016 - 2016 SLSA Distinguished Service Award winner
Carl Vitevitch, 2016 to present - 2018/19 SLSA President