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Check It Out: April 20, 2016

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Spring Fling

It's time to celebrate!  Please join us in toasting our retirees and another successful year!


Other reminders:

April 21-22 - NETA

May 11, 2026  - Last date for checkout in elementary

May 12, 2016 - Spring Fling at Planet Sub 

May 17, 2016 - Last day for instruction in elementary

NETA OPS Shared Notebook

Going to NETA this week? Let's divide and conquer the sessions by sharing our notes in a shared notebook. Below is a link that includes a Welcome page with directions.

NETA 2016 OPS Shared Notebook

If you aren't going to NETA, this will be a great resource to check out after the session.

Below is a link to last year's shared Notebook if you want to check it out.

NETA 2015 OPS Shared Notebook 

Feel free to forward this on to any OPS staff that may find it useful.

7 Habits of Highly Impactful Librarians

Take a moment and read through this phenomenal article on 7 things school librarians can do that have the most impact.

Habit #1: Build strong and trusting relationships

Habit #2:  Speak the language of school leadership

Habit #3:  Be the gatekeeper and curator of all digital content

Habit #4:  Be the champion and CEO of independent reading

Habit #5:  Adopt an evidence-based approach in everything you do

Habit #6:  Be a teacher-librarian with a constructivist approach based on inquiry

Habit #7:  Be the orchestrator of your school or district's makerspace initiative

From Common Sense Media

Using Multimedia:  Getting the Most out of Video

From film projectors to laser discs, videotapes to DVDs, film in the classroom is not new. But today, with video easily accessible on almost any device, teachers are increasingly relying on it for learning purposes. Yet using video effectively in the classroom isn’t as simple as just pressing the play button. Too often students zone out and become passive viewers, getting much less out of the experience than they could. Fortunately, a few simple steps can help you prime your students to be active, engaged viewers.

Key Questions:

  • How can I prepare my classroom to ensure that my classroom is primed for optimal video viewing?
  • What are the most effective uses of video for classroom instruction?
  • How can viewing be an active and not passive learning experience?
  • What are some strategies to engage students before, during, and after viewing?

Includes a link to 40 Viewing Comprehension Strategies:  Watching Videos Like You Read a Book

Questions about Newsletter Content

Hi All!

If you have any questions or comments about the newsletters (links that are broken, suggestions for content, questions about a posting), please contact Courtney.  Thank you!

AASL School Library Month Snapshot Project


The School Library Month snapshot project is critical to the work AASL AND ALA is doing at the national level to engage in the new ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) and advocate for school libraries at the national level. We need participation and engagement in this project from school libraries and school library advocates from all over the country, as well as sharing back with us the completed graphic. 

  • Even if you have already done so, please reshare (or adapt and rewrite) the announcement the AASL Office posted on on April 5 about engaging in the School Library Month snapshot project (it is the message to which this comment has been added).
  • Repost (or write your own) information to all state and regional lists, send out on your Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts an invitation to become engaged in #slm16 - there are a variety of ways to get engaged - check out the website for a wealth of engagement ideas and resources 
  • Send a personal request all of the local leadership in your Affiliate region to share, repost, and encourage engagement in #slm16, but most especially in the snapshot project
  • You, as a leader and a model for your constituents are encouraged to complete the snapshot project, then share it with AASL/ALA as well as tweet it out (if you are on Twitter) using the hashtags #slm16 and #ShowUsYourLibrary 

A shout out to New Jersey for sharing their idea and permitting us to adapt it for our national #slm16 celebration. 

Leslie Preddy, 2015-2016 AASL President

National Library Legislative Day 2016

As part of National Library Legislative Day 2016 (NLLD), we are offering library advocates unable to attend in person the chance to participate through Virtual Library Legislative Day (VLLD)!

This year, we’re teaming up with the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) to help expand our efforts and take advantage of the momentum started by the nearly 400 library supporters who plan to attend NLLD. Their Chapters’ members are pledging their time to make calls, send emails, tweet, and otherwise raise awareness about library issues during the week of May 2nd. To date, the HPA has received pledges for nearly 500 actions from their members!

We think we can do our wizarding friends even better.

Over the next few weeks, please take a second to register and then ask everyone in your circles -- members, followers, patrons, fellow library staffers, and listservs -- to join us! We’ll follow up by sending out talking points and other handy resources you can use to advocate easily and effectively. We’ll also be including a link to a webstream of the National Library Legislative day program, live from Washington, on the morning of May 2nd. You'll get to hear our keynote speaker, former Congressman Rush Holt, and listen in on this year’s issue briefing.

There’s also a handy resource toolkit, put together by the Harry Potter Alliance, for librarians who may want to get younger advocates involved. You can also find out more by visiting the United for Libraries and the Harry Potter Alliance webpages, or by subscribing to the Action Center.

Please feel free to contact Lisa Lindle, Grassroots Communications Specialist for ALA Washington, if you have any questions.

Just for fun...

Display Idea

To post outside of classroom doors to help encourage book returns.

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).