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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. Also, available through Co-Ser 516, is the Digital Media Library (DML). This service provides videostreaming appropriate for grades K-12. Training in the use of VRC and DML is provided.
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 (Circ Cat and Destiny) are supported. User group meetings are held to keep the participants updated on the features of the system software.
Ninety (90%) percent of the buildings have been designated NOVELNY Ready Electronic Doorway Libraries, EDL's. According to the New York State Library, an electronic doorway library is an integral part of the statewide community that makes use of computers and telecommunications technology with a full range of library resources and skilled library personnel. The school library media specialists help their students and staff to evaluate and use information within and beyond the building walls.