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Check It Out: 2/5/19

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Important Dates

February 13th 12:00-3:00  Secondary Team Plan (at Burke High School)

March 7th  8:30-11:00   Elementary Team Plan Day (at TAC in library services)

April 11th 8:300-10:30  Elementary Para Training (at TAC in library services)

April 24th 12:00-3:00 Secondary Team Plan (location TBA)

CSM -- 5 Questions Students Should Ask About Media

1. Who created this message?

2. Which techniques are used to attract my attention?

3. How might different people interpret this message?

4. Which lifestyles, values, and points of view are represented -- or missing?

5. Why is this message being sent?

John Green launches Crash Course: Navigating Digital Information

John recently introduced a new 10-episode Crash Course series, Navigating Digital Information, developed in partnership with MediaWise–a project of the Poynter Institute, funded by Google, with curriculum developed by the Stanford History Education Group who gave us several important research projects, including the well-known study, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning, with its bleak wake-up call.

In the introduction, John discusses the importance of how the quality of the information we meet online shapes our understanding of the universe and our place in that universe.

as we allow ourselves to fall into the vast endlessness of passive scrolling, we allow the information we ingest, and the algorithms feeding us that information, to shape who we are as people–to shape how we think, what we value, whom we trust, and what we do.  Much attention has rightly been paid to the ways that misinformation and disinformation are shaping our political and social discourse, but they are also shaping us–as individuals and as communities. Getting better at evaluating information means becoming a better citizen of the communities where you live; it also means become a better informed and more engaged person.

Who Ya Gonna Call...or Email?

The fastest way to get your questions answered is to contact the right person!

  • Laura Pietsch (531) 299-9615: Policy, personnel and evaluation, Sherwood grants and building projects
  • Stacy Lickteig (531) 299-9614: Technology, cataloging, copyright, budget and ordering
  • Courtney Pentland (531) 299-9609:  Inquiry, professional library, newsletter Items; Secondary Review Committee; secondary author visits, skype visits
  • McKenzie White (531) 299-9362 Instructional technology , ITL Program

  • Gwen Jackson  Elementary author visits

Technology Training/Support

  • Debra Bordenkecher  531-299-9841: Handles training needs of classified staff (including paraprofessionals)
  • Hardware issues should be handled by your building assigned technologist. If this person is not in the building, call or email the Help Desk 531-299-0300

KQED Copyright and Fair Use


Starting a new media project in the new year? Before running into image issues, brush up on copyright rules with these resources—and dig in even deeper with our free, online course Understanding Copyright & Fair Use.

From Teachers: Teaching Students to Legally Use Images Online 
Blog post from Cult of Pedagogy 
For Students: Creative Commons Search
Search engine for finding images and other media that students can re-use
From KQED: Pause Before Downloading: Rules and Resources for Reusing Digital Content in the Classroom
Blog post from KQED's In the Classroom, written by teachers, for teachers

Jordan Stewart-Rozema  Community Coordinator, KQED Teach

ALA--Memes, Fair Use, and Privacy

By: Vicky Ludas Orlofsky

Based on “I Haz Rights! Memes and Fair Use,” originally posted on the Stevens Library blog.

Disclaimer: The following is for informational purposes only, and is not to be taken as legal advice.

I can haz cat meemsInternet memes proliferate online. They catch on and spread via social media because they’re funny or they hit a nerve. Often, cats are involved. In using images taken from creative works or private life, memes show how copyright law intersects with issues of internet use and privacy.

Look for more specific information in the article linked below on memes, copyright, the law, and privacy..

Image-based memes are easy to create and easy to spread, though whether they will go viral is never a given. If you create or post one, remember to pay attention to the source of the image. Your best bet is to start with an image or clip that is already labeled for reuse or is in the public domain, meaning out of copyright protection altogether. Google Images search tools provides such a filter, or try the Creative Commons search for work licensed for reuse via Creative Commons licenses. When you see a meme going around, give a thought to the subject of that meme image, whose life may forever be changed.

Para Training -- April 11, 2019 8:30-10:30

The Brown Bookshelf

The Brown Bookshelf is designed to push awareness of the myriad Black voices writing for young readers. Our flagship initiative is 28 Days Later, a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult novels written and illustrated by Black creators. You can read more about the members of The Brown Bookshelf here.

National Museum of African American History & Culture

Collection Stories

Collection stories invites NMAAHC staff to share their interpreation of the collections they find most powerful from a variety of perspectives.

The collection stories are just one of the resources available through the museum's website.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

PBS Resources for Black History

20 pertinent classroom resources for Black History Month for grades 7-12

Elementary Team Meeting -- March 7th

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).