Category Archives: SLAWNY

SLAWNY Works With Student to Build Network

by Kelly Kroese

We are very excited to announce the creation of the UB SLMS Student Network! The SSN functions primarily to connect SLMS students with their peers so that we have a place to go with our 524 concerns or 568 questions, as well as anything else!

We also hope to continue reaching out to the other departments in the GSE, and are pleased to be working with the Simmons-Elliott Educational Center on their SDAR outreach program.

Please sign up online at!

UB SSN is also your connection to SLAWNY, our local chapter of NYLA-SLMS. We are looking forward to working with SLAWNY to establish the first professional-student mentorship program! SLAWNY volunteer members have agreed to mentor students as part of our student SLAWNY membership. You must be a member of SLAWNY to get a mentor, and they will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis, so sign up today!

SLAWNY will be hosting their annual professional development workshop on March 21st. This year’s special guest is Stephen Krashen, linguistics expert and author of numerous books. He will talk about how to get students reading. The cost for the event is $20. More information is available at

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SLAWNY Plans Tour of Hull House, Encourages Involvement

By Kelly Kroese

<p? SLAWNY’s next gathering will be Thursday, November 6, 2008. It will be a walking tour, starting at 4:30pm at The Hull House, 5976 Genesee Street, Lancaster 14086. Built by Revolutionary War veteran Warren Hull, the c.1810 Hull House is the oldest surviving stone dwelling in Erie County and was used as a place of refuge for citizens of Buffalo fleeing the village as it was being burned by the British in Dec. 1813. Come tour this great historical landmark.

SLAWNY members will also be assisting UB ALA in their book drive for charity. Local SLMS will be donating from their personal stashes and assisting us in the collection of the books through their ILL. UB ALA is very grateful for their support and assistance

SLAWNY would like more student involvement in their networks, committees and events. They still need a lot of help with the planning of their spring professional conference, “Spring Sharing,” which will be held in March. All students should also plan on attending the event, as there are many interesting and informative sessions to experience.

There are currently only 10 Student members of SLAWNY, which is completely ludicrous. All of us in the Buffalo area should have memberships in order to build our networks and have access to “insider information.” There is rolling acceptance of membership fees so you can join at any time. The sooner the better!

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SLAWNY Branches Out, Works with Alumni

by Kelly Kroese

Here in the Buffalo area, SLMS students have access to a great resource in the School Library Association of Western NY. SLAWNY membership for students is $10 for the school year and you can join at any point during the 2008-2009 year. However, if you’d like to be listed in the SLAWNY directory, you must get your registration sent in by October 17th. The first general meeting will be held on September 30th starting at 4:30pm. It will be held at Orchard Park High School.

Also, SLAWNY is starting a newsletter! This will go out to all WNY librarians through BOCES. For their second issue (coming out in February) they would like to do a feature on recent DLIS SLMS graduates. You must be a SLAWNY member in order to be relevant for the newsletter. There will be a form available in their first issue to gather the needed information for the feature. The first issue will be coming out at the end of September. This could be a great opportunity for recent graduates because, remember, it will go out through the BOCES system. You never know who could read it! Watch for their first issue on the website:


SLAWNY Springs Into Sharing Success

By Tina Scavo

Spring Sharing was the last Saturday in March at Cheektowaga High School. Many school library media specialists in the area were on hand to hear keynote speaker Patrick Jones talk about young adults and the library, as well as the reluctant reader.

There were two workshop sessions where a wide variety of topics were covered, such as National Board Certification, Grant Writing, and Collaboration. Vendors were on hand for those who had needs to fill in their libraries. Attendees were treated to lunch, catered by Charlie the Butcher. During lunch, the Outstanding Library Advocate Award was presented to Rosina Alaimo from Maple West Elementary School in Williamsville.

Next up, the last SLAWNY meeting of the school year… Wednesday, May 21 at 4:30 pm at Southside Elementary School in Buffalo, featuring local historian and author John Percy. Hope to see you there!

SLAWNY Hosts Spring Sharing

This Saturday is Spring Sharing at Cheektowaga High School. Early registration may be over, but walk-ins are always welcome. The morning will kick off at 7:30 am with registration and breakfast. There will also be many vendors, and their exhibits will open early as well. Breakfast will be followed at 8:00 am by an address by keynote speaker Patrick Jones, talking about the reluctant reader. There will be two, one hour workshop sessions. Some of those workshops will include Using WIKIS to Harness Collective Knowledge, The Great Book Debate, Emotional Intelligence at Work and Grants and Scholarships. Hope to see you there!

Next up, the last SLAWNY meeting of the school year… Wednesday, May 21 at 4:30 pm at Southside Elementary School in Buffalo, featuring local historian and author, John Percy.

~ Tina Scavo

SLAWNY Plans Workshops for Future SLMS Students

SLAWNY is an organization for present and future library media specialists.  They meet several times a school year and they plan fun and educational workshops.  The organization has smaller network meetings broken down geographically (Northtowns, Southtowns, etc.) and by grade level (elementary, middle, etc.) (  There is also a book group, where all members are encouraged to attend to learn about the literature in our field and a travel group, to get out and enjoy each others company.

Not only are these meetings great for networking, but they are valuable learning tools as well.  So far this year we have been introduced to jobbers; we had a Book Arts workshop where Roycroft Renaissance Artisan Diane Bond, showed us how to create our own different types of book art, as well as showed us homemade books of various binding techniques and examples of books as art; we had dinner with Larry Dane Brimner, an award winning author of 150 books, including picture books, biographies, chapter books, and non-fiction books; and we also took a virtual tour of the Library of Congress Web site, where we discovered primary sources, sampled the Library’s services and resources, including Ask a Librarian, Today in History, Portals of the World, the Learning Page, and more!

Next up is Spring Sharing on March 29 at Cheektowaga High School, where there will be workshops on grant and scholarship writing, National Board certification, collaboration and more!  Hope to see you there!

~~Tina Scavo

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