All SLS CoSer orders will be completed using our online system. Librarians will complete their orders and then bring the CoSer authorization form to their superintendents and business officials for approval. Any changes to orders must also be authorized. Please send the authorization form printed from the system to the School Library System. Please complete one per district. The School Library System is available for training and support!
The regional resource sharing package consists of ICEPAC, the regional web-based union catalog, and ICICILL, the password protected, web-based interlibrary loan manager. The resource sharing package is on a subscription basis. All member libraries are required to make the purchase in order to access ICEPAC/ICICILL. The ICEPAC/ICICILL database includes holdings of over 200 school libraries, 64 public libraries, and all medical, special and academic libraries in the North Country region, including the four year colleges. BOCES subscribes to ICEPAC/ICICILL through Northern New York Library Network.
Coordinated Cooperative Collection Development materials allowed for purchase include: single copies, series, audio books, and multiple copy sets supporting the school curriculum. All purchases must be available for interlibrary loan. The amount of CCCD materials to be purchased is not to exceed $2.00 per pupil. Schools must use money beyond the $6.25 library materials aid when ordering through this CoSer. The actual orders for the materials are completed by librarians in each district and sent to the SLS for processing.
All districts are required to pay both the Gale access fee and $1 per pupil for students in grades 3-12 in order to receive consortium eBook access. There is a $33 fee per library in order to pay the Gale access fee. The $1 per pupil for students in grades 3-12 is used to purchase new eBooks to add to the collection each year.
CoSer 528 Online Databases
This is a program for Library Media Centers, K-12. The Online Databases CoSer will provide access to specialized collections of online resources enabling participants to make the best use of limited budgets and space. The School Library System will provide access to these information and instructional resources, available in digital format, through cooperative purchase agreements. This shared service includes the searching of computerized databases with access to periodicals, newspapers, reference resources, and visual images. Staff development, technical assistance and training for this service will be provided by the School Library System.