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School Library System (SLS)

This Erie 1 BOCES service is a continuing program that provides professional development for school library media specialists and facilitates interlibrary loan requests between participating member schools and local regional BOCES. The accessibility of interlibrary loan increases the availability of library resources to learners and teaching staff.  This service promotes the sharing of peripheral specialized collections. As an requirement to participation in the School Library System (SLS) service, all participating members must agree to loan library materials, provide monthly statistical information in a timely manner for the current school year, appoint a district designated Communication Coordinator to the SLS (as per commissioner's regulations) and provide time for Communication Coordinator functions. Membership in your local BOCES SLS is a prerequisite for the library automation service. Funded by New York State, this service is offered at no charge to districts. 

The School Library System (SLS) provides members with crucial links to library services, promotes information literacy for students and supports the New York State Learning Standards. Student access to information is expanded through an SLS structure that enriches both physical and technological access through regional library network connections to school, public, college and special libraries.

Active membership in consortial groups increase information content by promoting the cooperative purchase of full text resources. Links to the NYS Library offer access to statewide resources.

The SLS encourages the development of NOVELNY-Ready library levels of service through staff development targeting library media specialists and library consultation services.

SLS membership is open to public school districts and non-public schools within the Erie 1 BOCES region.

Erie 1 BOCES School Library System (SLS) Participating Members:

  1. Agrees to loan local library resources to Erie 1 BOCES participating members and to local regional BOCES. These BOCES include: Erie 2, Cattaraugus-Allegany, and Orleans-Niagara.
  2. Appoint a certified school library media specialist as a Communication Coordinator representing their district.
  3. Provide time for the district designated Communication Coordinator activities, including attendance at four meetings each year.
  4. Maintain local resources necessary for interlibrary loan.
  5. Adhere to timelines for interlibrary loan materials.
  6. Provide the Communication Coordinator with the necessary technologies for communication: phone, fax, copier, scanner, computer with electronic communication capability.

The School Library System:

  1. Provides staff development activities
  2. Provides library consultation
  3. Serves as a library liaison to SED
  4. Maintains a union catalog for resource sharing
  5. Coordinates interlibrary loan through member school library media specialists
  6. Promotes NOVELNY-Ready library level service
The WNYRIC utilizes cost effective best practices determined by research that allows our experienced and trained technical staff to perform robust testing and support of the WNYRIC network in the areas of security, infrastructure, energy management, virtualization strategies, disaster recovery and business continuity. Therefore, we are able to be a district advocate for vendor contract issues and aggressively negotiate contract pricing and performance terms.  
Staff follow best practices in order to provide necessary security as it relates to the most recent student, teacher and principal data security and privacy regulations.
Service Desk can be reached Monday –Friday from 7:00 a.m. –  4:30 p.m. by calling (716) 821-7171, 1-800-872-0780 or by e-mail at servicedesk  A representative will be available from 4:30 p.m. through 11:00 p.m to assist you with calls regarding emergency situations. During all other hours and holidays, a caller will receive important information regarding coverage. 


Funded by New York State




Alicia Thompson

(716) 821-7070