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Check It Out: November 24, 2015

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Reminder: 2nd Quarter Elementary Big 6+ Lesson Plans Due Before Winter Break

As you get ready for your work day tomorrow, this might be a good time to send me your example of your 2nd quarter Big 6+ Inquiry lesson plan.  Remember, what you send in can be for one grade level and may only cover part of the Big 6+ Inquiry framework.  Please be sure to send any handouts or materials needed to go along with the lesson as well.  I wil post a selection of submitted lessons to the Big 6+ Inquiry Libguide for you all to use.  Also, if you choose to use one of the lessons from the libguide as your 2nd quarter lesson, just send me the grade level and name.  Please let me know if you have ANY questions!  Courtney

Elementary Tracking Sheets

Hello All! 

Below you will find examples of excel documents you can use to track the lessons you teach to your students for Big 6+ Inquiry and Common Sense Media.  Thank you to Karen Jabens for helping with this template!  Please feel free to use or adjust these as you see fit.  Courtney

for more info on CSM requirements visit:

We are Thankful to Work with All of You!

We are so very thankful for the work you do with students and staff each and everyday in your school libraries!  We hope you are able to spend time with people you are thankful for over this holiday weekend. 



Britannica Trial

Starting in 2016-17, the Library Services will purchase either Britannica or World Book for each school library. School librarians will choose the products that best fits their school's needs. Our Britannica salesperson has given OPS

  • a free trial of Britannica online for all elementary buildings for the remainder of this year
  • a free trial of ImageQuest -- Millions of  high quality, rights-cleared images from one trusted site for the entire district. Check this out!!

To get to ImageQuest, use the Your Britannica Resources pull down in the top right hand corner of EB.

Secondary schools will see the changes immediately. For elementary libraries,the new resources are on the district site now if you wish to preview them.  Stacy will be putting links to the EB and  to ImageQuest on the right hand side of your school library web pages next week.

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How to Secure a Librarian Substitute


With the new substitute system, there has been much confusion about securing an appropriate substitute for a library position. Here are some guidelines to assist you:

  1. Your building secretary can assign a substitute. So if you know in advance that you will be absent, use the library substitutes list found on OPS Librarians Sites in the "Contacts" folder. Call the person to be see that she is available and then communicate your arrangements to your building secretary and ask that the secretary assign the substitute.
  2. Set up a "preferred substitute" list in Aesop. This ensures that your preferred subs will be contacted for absences before others are called.
  3. If you call  the morning of your absence, preferred list will not be used. The notification will go out to the general pool as the first priority is to get a substitute to the building.

Interactive Libraries

This is a great interactive program that schools at any grade level can use.  You could also post a question that could be answered using one of the district's online resources!  Click on the picture below to be taken to the original source.

Great exit ticket ideas!  Click on the picture below to be taken to a site full of ideas on how to "show what you know" or "what stuck with you?"

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).

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).