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Check It Out: January 6, 2016

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


January 13, 2016     (12:00 PM) Secondary Team Meeting at DO Space 

February 10, 2016  (12:00 PM)  High School Team Meeting--location TBD

February 12, 2015      ALL SPRING SUPPLY ORDERS DUE

February 17, 2016  (12:00 PM)  Middle School Team Meeting--location TBD

February 25, 2016  (8:30-11:30)  Elementary team Meeting at Henry Doorly Zoo Aquarium

Librarians Point the Way on Digital Learning

This Knowledge Quest article is reflective of the changing role of librarians in supporting digital learning. With OPS librarians leading the way as Microsoft Innovative Educators, we are on the front lines of supporting digital integration in our schools.

SpeakUp2014 Library Challenges

Project Tomorrow‘s annual Speak Up surveys show that librarians are in a unique leadership position to develop new visions of learning at their schools. We see that administrators now have a well-articulated need and community backing to support digital integration, and… Read More ›

NebraskAccess Tutorial for NoveList Plus

This one-hour session will introduce Nebraska librarians to the features and functionality of NoveList Plus, the readers' advisory database added to NebraskAccess on July 1, 2015. At the end of the hour attendees should feel more confident in their ability to answer the patron question "What should I read next?"

Ebsco News

Searchasaurus, Kids Search, Student Research Center Slated for June 2016 Discontinuation

EBSCO has postponed the official sunset of Searchasaurus™, Kids Search™ and Student Research Center™. Originally scheduled for discontinuation in January, these three school interfaces will remain available through the end of June 2016. However, all customers must migrate to Explora™ before the start of the next school year. Visit our Explora support page for more information.

SLJ Sneak Peek

SLJ’s Sneak Peek for 2016:  This brand-new Sneak Peek guide is SLJ's gift to you—a way to share some of the titles we are most excited about seeing next season.  Books are for students in grades K-12.

Click here to download the guide (PDF, 4MB) *


* If for some reason this link doesn't work for you, copy and paste the following URL into your web browser ...

Mackin Feedback

At the fall AASL conference, I had an opportunity to speak with the owner of Mackin. They offer good service at competitive prices, but the feedback from many of our librarians is that their online ordering site is difficult. If you have had difficulty with the website, please take a moment to give Mackin your feedback by filling out the attached form:

2016 Student Technology Conference

The second annual Student Technology Conference, a free one-day online event bringing together students, educators and innovators from around the world, will be held Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 9 Am to 9 Pm EST. We invite all to attend!

The Student Technology Conference provides an international forum for the presentation, discussion and sharing of educational technology in schools and other academic settings. This conference, by students in grades 6-12 as well as colleges and universities and for all, is committed to:

  • Fostering a better understanding of how students use technology in education and to engage students, teachers and administrators in a conversation about technology.
  • Assisting teachers and administrators in understanding how students use technology both in and out of the classroom.
  • Strengthening the relationship between students, teachers and administrators about technology in the curriculum.

Last year’s conference featured more than twenty general sessions and four keynote addresses from all over the world with over 500 participants!  (Learn more about attending and presenting in the link at the top of the box.)

If you haven't joined us before, this is an amazing, engaging, collaborative, worldwide event that you will want to be a part of. You can join us for just for one session, or for every session! Even if you miss a session, they are all recorded so you can watch them later!

PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator

PBS Digital Innovators

PBS Learnign Media Digital Innovator

The PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program recognizes educators who incorporate digital media in the classroom to inspire student learning. For the first time in four years, all educators that submit a complete application and meet the entry requirements will be invited to join the program!

All 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will receive one year of free professional development, virtual trainings, access to exclusive resources, a free online course from PBS TeacherLine, invitations to special events and engagement opportunities with peers and thought leaders.

Plus, up to 54 educators, one in each state and U.S. territory, will be selected as Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators. Lead Innovators also receive a three-day, all-expense paid trip to Denver, CO in June to participate in the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Summit and to attend the ISTE Conference.

Join the community of hundreds of tech savvy K-12 educators and apply today to become a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator!

Applications will be accepted until February 8, 2016.

Easy Breezy Weeding


Weeding can be easier than you think!  Not all weeding needs to involve mountains of material.  It can be done just one book at a time.

1) You can weed books from any section of the library (not just those in the collection development cycle) any time during the school year

2) It's very easy to delete a book from the system.  In Staff Services--Titles and Items, just scan the barcode and with one click (on the minus sign) you're done!

3) Use your handy dandy discard stamp to stamp the book ONCE inside the the front cover and let it go.  Have some helpful students in need of a project?--Have them stamp your discarded books for you!

3) Toss the book into a box.  When the box is full write "Discard" on it and ask your custodian to send it to the warehouse.

What should you Quick Weed?

Books that are in rough shape (broken binding, damaged covers, have been repaired multiple times, water damage, food stains, etc.)

Or the book has clearly been used as a snack.

Can you guess which books on this shelf need to be weeded?

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).