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Check It Out: February 24, 2016

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff



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

                                    Someone will be in the guest services office to the right of the gate to greet you



March 4, 2016  Applications to attend NETA are due to Library Services

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


Are you considering a transfer for next year? If so, please note that requests for transfers must go through Human Resources.  We anticipate openings for full time and travel positions at elementary level, and we may be adding some positions at the secondary level as well.  Please read the eligibility process carefully to determine if you are eligible for a transfer. The process information is attached below.

NETA Spring Conference

For the second year in a row, we are able to offer all librarians an opportunity to attend the NETA conference on April 21-22. Funds for registration will be paid through the generosity of the Sherwood Foundation.

Here are the rules:

  • Get permission from your principal to attend one or both days. Elementary TEAM day falls on the 22nd, so elementary librarians will not need a sub that day. Friday is also the school library strand with featured speaker Paige Jaeger.
  • If you plan to attend on a day you will need a substitute, your principal must agree to pay the cost of the sub.
  • Fill out the attached Application for Attendance at Conference and return it to Library Services no later than Friday, March 4. We plan to take advantage of discounts for early bird and group registrations. If your registration is not in by March 4, you will need to find another funding source.
  • Elementary librarians, if you bring your completed applications to our team meeting at the zoo, I will be happy to collect them at that time!
  • Check out the NETA site to get an idea of all the great sessions available.

Importance of Culturally Relevant Materials

Regina Loehr of Florence Elementary underscores the power of culturally relevant materials:

"Thank you for creating the culturally relevant list of books.  I used this list, looked at many of the reviews and awards to select  books to add to the school library.  Most of the ones I ordered were outstanding and they flew off the shelves.  One book in particular titled I'm New Here  became a great hit with one of our students who is just learning English  Her name, Fatima, was in the book!  When I showed her her name, her eyes lit up and she had the most beautiful smile! I just thought I would share this story with you."

Cassandra Clare in Omaha!

Cassandra Clare Author Event

OPL and The Bookworm will host the New York Times bestselling author Cassandra Clare at the Westside Community Conference Center, 3534 S. 108th St. Clare will be introducing her new book in the Shadowhunters series, Lady Midnight. Clare will discuss her novel, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of her books*. Copies of her books will be available for purchase at the event, provided by The Bookworm.

The event is recommended for tweens and older. Doors will open at 1:15 PM.
*Preference given to attendees with a copy of Lady Midnight.  Other titles will be signed as time permits.

Sunday, March 13, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Vote for Nebraska!

First Book is offering an exciting opportunity for free books for children in need. From now until March 31, you can vote for the state that you would like to receive 100,000 FREE books! Second and third place also receive free books! You can vote as many times as you'd like each day.

Nebraska is currently in second place! Visit this website:

The Importance of Collaboration

Roberts, K. R. (2015). COLLABORATION: THE ESSENTIAL ROLE OF LIBRARY LEADERS. Library Media Connection, 33(6), 32-33.

The article discusses the significance of collaboration in a school librarians' role as a leader, highlighting collaboration with school-wide leadership, working with specific grade levels and/or departments, and connecting with individuals. Topics addressed include librarians' involvement in lesson planning and project-based learning, working to help achieve school improvement goals, and relationships with students.

Fun Book Resource

Turn the pages to explore bygone eras, time-honored tales and historical narratives. Adventure awaits in these classic books online.  From the Library of Congress:

Spring Display Ideas

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Walk a Mile in Someone Else's Shoes

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).