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Check It Out: January 13, 2016

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


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

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


Accounting Changes for Lost Book Accounts

District accounting has announced, in order to streamline accounting practices, beginning June 1, 2016 library lost book accounts will no longer be tied to specific buildings. Building treasurers will deposit library lost book funds into one centralized account.

In order to provide you time to spend down your current account balances, this accounting change will not be enacted until the end of the school year. You may spend from your lost book accounts for the remainder of this school year. As of June 1, 2016, any remaining funds will be moved to the district account.

Please follow the guidelines set by Library Services for spending these funds:

  • Funds are to be spent on replacements of lost or worn items.
  • All purchases should come through Library Services

If you have any questions regarding your account balance, please contact Stacy Lickteig. Any questions regarding policy changes may be directed to Laura Pietsch.

Learn 360 has been UPDATED!

Learn 360 has updated its format and looks very different. They will be hosting a webinar on Thursday at 2:00-2:45 for users. Please send this out to any library staff who may be interested in attending. Click here to register for the webinar.

A few reminders about logging in to Learn 360:  (also, below you will find a document with the school codes for creating accounts).  Once an account is set up, staff can use their email address for their login name.  If they have forgotten their password, they can reset it from the login screen.

Follow My Journey in Peru

Northwest High School Librarian Linda Lutz's daughter Ahnika is spending a semester in Peru!  You can follow her blog here

Linda said it would be ok for you and your students to follow her journey and even send her questions! 

April Henry at the Bookworm Feb 28th

OPPD Marmallow Challenge!

In honor of Engineering Week, OPPD is doing a Marshmallow Contest again for 5th grade students in their service territory.Woman Holding Marshmallows


Here’s are the details:

In 20 minutes, teams must build the tallest structure out of:

·         20 sticks of spaghetti

·         One yard of masking tape

·         One yard of string

·         One marshmallow to top it off

Students then take a photo with their structure and submit it, along with the structure’s height, to OPPD’s Facebook page. The three teams with the tallest structures will win goodie bags for their entire classroom and an OPPD employee will visit the class to talk about careers in engineering.


Visit to learn more.

Entries are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25.

Ordering Information

  Supply Orders will be accepted in Library Services through February 29th.  Magazine and  periodical ordering information will be sent out by January 25th and will be due by February 29th

Library budgets should be spent down to around $10 to $15 dollars by April 1st. Below is a recap of ordering procedures and attached are the forms for ordering supplies and library materials.  Please contact Stacy Lickteig with any questions.

Ordering Procedures

All orders utilizing library funds must be submitted through Library Services.  This includes supplies which are purchased through library funds.

One of the goals of Library Services is to ensure that library materials are processed in an efficient manner.  In order to accomplish that goal, we require that the majority of library budgets are spent with vendors who provide free processing, free shipping, and RDA compliant records.

Approved Vendors for the 2015 / 2016 School Year

Only orders for Follett, Gumdrop or Mackin will be approved and processed by Library Services. By utilizing approved vendors, library budgets can be stretched to their fullest potential and library items can get into the hands of students and staff quickly.

Librarians can request new vendors to be considered for addition to the approved list by contacting Stacy Lickteig.

Shelf Books

Shelf books are books that are not purchased through Follett, Gumdrop or Mackin, but are intended to be added to a library’s collection. These books can be purchased through Scholastic, The Bookworm, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc. The intent behind shelf books is to provide an opportunity to quickly purchase newly published and highly anticipated titles to foster a sense of excitement about reading.  Shelf books should have a publication date of 2011 or newer.  Exceptions to this rule are for foreign language materials, graphic novels, or for materials that are intended to support specific curriculum needs.

Adding New Titles to the Catalog

New titles can easily be added to the catalog by filling out the survey New Title Survey Form found on the Library Services sites page.  New titles are ones that when searching by ISBN in LS2 Staff / Titles & Items, there is not a match found.


Britannica Image Quest Update!

Want fast, easy, and clear access to Britannica School and Britannica ImageQuest? We now have Sharing Apps for both iOS and Chrome devices. These apps place an icon on user’s device that links them directly to Britannica School. We’ve included instructions below for your convenience!

For iOS:

  1. Open mobile Safari browser on the iOS device
  2. Go to and using the browser
  3. Tap on the share icon (square with up arrow)
  4. Tap on Add to Home Screen
  5. Tap on Add
  6. Shortcut to the site is added to home screen

For Chrome:

  1. Go to the Chrome Web Store ( using the Chrome browser
  2. Search for “Britannica School and Britannica ImageQuest”
  3. Click “Add to Chrome” at the right
  4. When prompted, click ‘Add’ to confirm
  5. Britannica School will now be added to your Chrome Apps page  

Join us for any of our complimentary webinars!  Find dates and topics here:

Great Things You Do!

Below are reminders for students about Note Taking from Deanna Riley at Indian Hill.  Great reminder that taking the time to think prior to note taking is an important step to making sure they are useful!

Great display idea from Nicole Crawford at King Science Magnet Middle School.  She is rotating these to display different genres throughout the year. 

Make your own GIANT keyboard with paper plates and colored paper.  Sara Newman has this large display in her computer lab at Prairie Wind to help students with their keyboard skills.

BIg 6+ Inquiry Connections

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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).