Critical for Speedy Handling ... No Forwards, Replies, CCs, or Shared Mailboxes

For the speediest replies from the SLMS Help Desk, it is essential that all customers remember to skip replies, forwards, cc’s, and sending emails from shared mailboxes when contacting the SLMS Help Desk.

To enable representatives to respond to issues as quickly as possible, all emails to the SLMS Help Desk must be "clean messages" from one-person to the desk; there can’t be any replies, forwards ("FW:" or "RE:" in the subject line), or carbon copies ("CC"). In addition, emails cannot be sent to the SLMS Help Desk from a shared mailbox. Messages that don’t adhere to these guidelines are "set aside" for manual processing, which could slow the response time by as long as five (5) business days.

If customers want to share an issue, once they receive a reply from the "IT Service Desk" with a call ticket number, they can forward that message to others.

As always, the SLMS Help Desk is available to provide support Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and may be reached by calling 518-473-8087 or by emailing (where an incident will be created).

Solving eLearning Launch Issues Yourself

If you experience difficulty when launching eLearning in SLMS, these hints you can apply yourself can get you going again:

  • Clear your browser cache, also referred to as your internet browsing data. For Internet Explorer (IE), select Tools > Internet Options. In the General tab under Browsing History click Delete. Make sure you have unchecked the first and seventh boxes – "Preserve Favorites website data" and "Passwords." All other boxes should be checked. Click Delete.
  • Deactivate your pop-up blocker. In IE, select Tools > Internet Options. On the Privacy tab, under Pop-Up Blocker, clear the Turn on Pop-Up Blocker check box. Then select OK. You can activate it again once your training is complete.
  • Check your "trusted sites" in your browser. They should include: *, *, and * If you need assistance with adding these trusted sites, please contact the ITS Service Desk at
  • If you can, try using a different browser; if you’re having trouble with IE, try using Firefox or Google Chrome instead.

Empire KnowledgeBank Users: Thousands of Learning Resources Await You

Thousands of courses, videos, desktop e-books, and business e-books are available for your use in the Empire KnowledgeBank (EKB) Books 24/7 repository. If you have an EKB license, click the hyperlinks below to see details of these offerings. If you do not have an EKB license, check with your agency"s training office about obtaining one.

EKB KnowledgeBank Offerings

Individual book and video resources are not searchable in the SLMS catalog. In order to access them, you must be enrolled in the books/videos class specified below. You can search for individual titles from within the portal. If you previously enrolled, access it under the following course name from your "My Learning" page:

Course Name: EKB and Skillsoft eBook and Video Portal (formerly called "Skillsoft Books 24x7")

Class code: EKBSS_TMPL20150123135209420

If you have questions or need assistance, your training office or SLMS Administrator can assist you with this step.

2017 Mandated Training Notes for SLMS Administrators

  • Learner Groups for Mandatory Training Mass Enrollments: Use the Learner Groups with an asterisk (*) when mass enrolling your agency into these classes.
  • Ethics for NYS Employees: The Ethics for NYS Employees course will launch later this year.
  • Mandated Training Compliance Query: There is a new compliance query for 2017 that will run against the learner groups created for mandated training. The name of this query is 2017_COMPLIANCE_MANDATED.

2017 SLMS Training Achievements

Since February of this year, more than 150 SLMS learners have been trained using the new comprehensive curriculum. Individuals can get training in three distinct, yet complimentary, levels of practice. SLMS 101: Fundamentals, SLMS 102: Create, and SLMS 103: Enrollment; all diverse and important areas of the system.

These classes are being offered via instructor-led classroom and webcast/webinar delivery methods.

If you’re interested in attending, we recommend you contact your organization’s training office.

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