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Check It Out: January 20, 2016

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Kudos to Kathie Shepoka who was a runner up in the Random House Children’s Books / School Library Journal sweepstakes.  She will receive 25 autographed copies of DIARY OF A MAD BROWNIE by Bruce Coville!

Mark your calendars for NSLA's School Librarians' Day, March 19, 2016 at Mahoney State Park!  Speakers include Bruce Arant, Beth Kabes, and more!!! NSLA members can attend free. See flier for details.

Principals and Libraries--A Perfect Match

Excellent Article in Real Simple Magazine

How to Fact-Check the Internet by Brandi Broxson

"When online stories seem too good—or bad— to be true, they just might be, says veteran journalist and American Press Institute (API) staffer Jane Elizabeth. She offers tips for sniffing out the truth."

This quick one page article gives tips on situations like--what to do if you read a fishy headline; how prevalent is misinformation on the internet; how to respond to misinformation shared by friends and family on social media...  It would be a great article to share with fellow staff members or with students.  Feel free to share the permalink below or share the PDF on any closed network tool (i.e. this libguide is available to members of the general public, so I cannot share the actual article.

This pairs really nicely with the resources below!

Big 6+ Inquiry Connections

Once you have that evidence, when should you give credit?

Digital Citizenship

Citizenship in the Digital Age Infographic

The digital age has introduced various challenges. Today’s students face a wide range of difficult issues that previous generations never had to think about (social media, cyberbullying, cybercrime, internet addiction and online privacy concerns). Teachers, school leaders and parents are called on to add a whole new idea to the curricula: digital citizenship. Many of the hallmarks of any good citizen from being respectful and responsible to doing what’s right – are key elements of digital citizenship as well. But students must learn how to apply these tried and true qualities to the realities of the digital age. The Citizenship in the Digital Age Infographic presents how the characteristics of a good citizen parallel — and differ from — those of a good digital citizen.

Characteristics of a Good Citizen

A good citizen:

  1. Advocates for equal human rights for all.
  2. Treats others courteously and never bullies.
  3. Does not steal or damage others’ property or persons.
  4. Communicates clearly, respectfully and with empathy.
  5. Actively pursues an education and develops habits for lifelong learning.
  6. Spends and manages money responsibly.
  7. Upholds basic human rights of privacy, freedom of speech, etc.
  8. Protects self and others from harm.
  9. Proactively promotes their own physical and mental health.
Characteristics of a Good Digital Citizen

A good digital citizen:

  1. Advocates for equal digital rights and access for all.
  2. Treats others with respect in online spaces and never cyberbullies.
  3. Does not steal or damage others’ digital work, identity or property.
  4. Makes appropriate decisions when communicating through a variety of digital channels.
  5. Uses digital tools to advance their learning and keeps up with changing technologies.
  6. Makes responsible online purchasing decisions and protects their payment information.
  7. Upholds basic human rights in all digital forums.
  8. Protects personal information from outside forces that might cause harm.
  9. Proactively limits health risks of technology, from physical to psychological.


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).