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Check It Out: November 18, 2015

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


November 25 - Teacher work day, no students

December 1 - New Librarians/Mentors at Rose Hill Elementary 4:45 PM

December 2 - Secondary TEAM meeting at Joslyn Art Museum

December 2 - Elementary Review Committee 4:45 PM in Library Services

Ed Ready

EdReady, powered by NROC, is a free online math readiness and remediation resource for Nebraska students. Students can help themselves prepare for math assessments through pre-testing, personal goal-setting, instructional resources, and post-testing.

Encouragement to Check Out Shelf Displays

Shelf displays can be incredibly helpful for students who need some guidance in selecting books.  But, sometimes students are reluctant to grab a shelf display book.  A handy sign can help answer the question, "Can I take one of these?"

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Purchasing Reminders!

A few purchasing issues have been brought to my attention lately. Please follow these important reminders:

Annual Order -Some schools are requisitioning library supplies on the Annual Order using library funds rather than the general building funds.Any supplies that you will be purchasing with library funds should come through Library Services.

Packing Slips - Make sure you are sending the original packing slip to Pam NOT a copy of the invoice that you have printed from the web.

Procurement card statements - Make sure that you send us the receipts for each transaction listed on your statement. We are spending time tracking down receipts that have not been sent as well as returning receipts for transactions that are not on the current statement. Your attention to detail will save us time. Thanks!

Shout Out

Kudos to our own Stacy Lickteig and Jo O'Garro who presented on data-based decision making at this year's AASL conference in Columbus, Ohio.

In a recent Knowledge Quest post, Crystal Joyce wrote, "One of the most insightful sessions I attended was A Road Map to Making Strategic Decisions Based on Your Library Data. In this session, Stacy Lickteig and Jo O’Garro from Omaha Public Schools discussed how school, student, and library data could be used as an advocate for funding as well as prove our value as a school librarian. Stacy and Jo both gathered data from several sources such as free and reduced student data, literacy scores, collection data, etc. to provide evidence of the value of school librarians on student achievement as well as provide background data that can be used to make important decisions in your library."

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Three Rivers Library System Book Bag Kit Program--UPDATE

Hello All,
I am proud to announce that the Three Rivers Library System is streamlining our book kit program. We wanted a different way to showcase our book kits while allowing our patrons the ability to put items on hold and see what is currently checked out. With this new system I'm sure there will be a learning period for us all so please let us know what you think and if you have any comments or suggestions. You can always shoot me an e-mail at or give me a call at the office (402) 330-7884. In the future, we'll be adding our professional development books soon so keep on the look out for that collection. Attached is an introduction to the new interface and instructions for the borrowing process. Please feel free to give it a look at
Thanks so much!
Chelsea Morlan

Three Rivers Library System
11929 Elm St., Suite 18
Omaha, NE 68144

Synthesis & Sharing Anchor Charts

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Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).