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Check It Out: October 7, 2015

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Elementary Review Committee 4:45-6:00 PM, Oct. 7 - TAC Library Services Area

First Quarter ends October 16

Elementary Librarian Meeting at Joslyn Art Museum - 8:30-11:30 AM, October 22

Sandy Hook Promise

Power to Prevent Tragedies

Sandy Hook Promise wants to prevent acts of violence, including suicide and threats to others, before the incident occurs. In 4 out of 5 school shootings, the attacker told people of his/her plans ahead of time and 70% of people who die by suicide told someone of their intention or gave some type of warning or indication. 

Schools and youth organizations can register to participate in Say Something Week October 19 - 23, and help their students be trained in how to prevent tragedies and “Say Something” to a trusted adult. By participating they may also be eligible to apply for a special $10,000 “Say Something” award

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Stop Bullying on the Spot

When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time. There are simple steps adults can take to stop bullying on the spot and keep kids safe.


  • Intervene immediately. It is ok to get another adult to help.
  • Separate the kids involved.
  • Make sure everyone is safe.
  • Meet any immediate medical or mental health needs.
  • Stay calm. Reassure the kids involved, including bystanders.
  • Model respectful behavior when you intervene.

Avoid these common mistakes:

  • Don’t ignore it. Don’t think kids can work it out without adult help.
  • Don’t immediately try to sort out the facts.
  • Don’t force other kids to say publicly what they saw.
  • Don’t question the children involved in front of other kids.
  • Don’t talk to the kids involved together, only separately.
  • Don’t make the kids involved apologize or patch up relations on the spot.

TASK DEFINTION--Questions Critical Thinkers Ask

While the artistic representations leave something to be desired, the questions themselves have merit.  More good stuff to be found here:

Classroom Management

Aspirations in Computing

Elizabeth Lorang and colleagues at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Omaha are helping to organize Nebraska's activities for the annual Aspirations in Computing Awards (Aic). The Aspirations in Computing Awards are annual awards supported by the National Center for Women & Information Technology. You may find more information on the awards at


Please share the attached poster in your schools and libraries to help them recruit both high school women and their educators to apply for these awards.
If you do display the poster, you can fill in the contact information with the following names and email addresses:
Sandra Vlasnik:
Leenkiat Soh:

Elizabeth Lorang, Ph.D.
Digital Humanities Projects Librarian
Center for Digital Research in the Humanities
University of Nebraska-Lincoln | @lizlorang


Library 2.015 Virtual Conference

Library 2.015 is all day on Tuesday, October 20th. Anyone from anywhere in the world can participate for free (as long as they have an Internet connection)! Links for the conference are below. There are 50 sessions and 3 keynotes, and the schedule with connecting information is listed for time zones throughout the world.

We're celebrating the fifth anniversary of our conference! Huge thanks and a shout-out to founding partner The School of Information at San José State University and its director (and conference co-chair), Dr. Sandra Hirsh, for the vision and support that has made this unique event a reality. With their help the conference community has grown to over 21,000 members, and we encourage you to learn more, make connections, and get future announcements by joining Library 2.0.

For our pre-conference event this year, we're excited to announce Teacher Librarian Day on Monday, October 19th, a five-hour special (and also free) series of online sessions around the topic of "Teacher Librarians and School Culture" - organized by Joyce Valenza, with lots of special guests, and supported by CiSSL, the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries at Rutgers. The conference has inherited the Global Teacher Librarian Ning network, with over 7,000 members--learn more and connect with others at

We sincerely hope you will join us. Below are event links, plus some sample posts and tweets you can use if you're able to help us promote either or both of these events. You can also forward this post/email. Please do let your networks know--it's all free!


Sample Posts + Tweets:
The conference hashtag is "#lib2015" | The Teacher Librarian Day hashtag is "#tlday15"

  • Sample post (conference): "The fifth annual Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference will be held on October 20th, 2015 from 7am - 8pm US Pacific / 10am - 11pm US Eastern (International Times available on the site). Everyone is invited to participate in the conference, designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. Register for free as a member of the Library 2.0 network to attend and to be kept informed of future events!"
  • Sample post (pre-conference): "Teacher Librarian Day is Monday, October 19th, five great hours of free online sessions on 'Teacher Librarians and School Culture.' This pre-conference bonus to the annual Library 2.0 conference features Joyce Valenza, Michelle Luhtala, Shannon Miller, Ross Todd, Naomi Bates, Karen Bonano, and Craig Seasholes leading a panel on 'Social Justice @Library.' All welcome, more information at"
  • Sample tweet (conference): "Join us Oct 20 for the 5th annual Library 2.0 conference 50 presentations + keynotes all free and online #lib2015"
  • Sample tweet (pre-conference): "Join us Oct 19 for Teacher Librarian Day all free and online - awesome lineup #tlday15 "

See you online,

Steve Hargadon
The Learning Revolution

Visit TLNing at:

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