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Check It Out: August 17, 2016

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Access to information is essential to our democracy, our freedom of speech and to continuous, lifelong learning for all people.

"How am I ensuring the information is accessible to all patrons?


Schedules should be sent to Gwen Jackson by August 26.  Use the schedule templates attached below so that we have a consistent format to view when reading schedules!

Online subscriptions form due  August 31. If your principal wants to spend funds for BrainPop or one of the Flix products, they can be included in this group purchase, so be sure to share this information.

Our fall Curriculum Day will be September 16. Location TBD.

Golden Sower supplies order form due September 9

Sherwood Reminders

Just a friendly reminder about changes to Sherwood Grant funded programs for the 2015-2016 school year.

We will have funding for the next three years for the following:

Elementary libraries student interns

Research databases

Author Visits – NOTE! The amount allotted to each school library will be $1000 rather than $1800. I suggest you have conversation with your principal or your PTO if you need additional funding.  If you are looking to make arrangements for author visits, please contact Laura for Elementary author visits and Courtney for Secondary author visits.

We no longer have funding for the following:  (I suggest you ask your building administrator to support these if possible.)

Extended library hours for secondary schools.

Conference attendance.


We have about 20 of these metal periodical holders to give away.  If anyone is interested, please email Courtney the number requested, and she will do her best to divide them up!

Common Sense Media

If you're looking for ways tech can boost your teaching, this list is here to help. These top-rated apps and sites -- ranging from instructional supports to organizational tools to social networks and beyond -- help make one of the world's toughest jobs a bit easier. 

On this page you will find lesson plans from Common Sense Media.  Grades K-8 should be teaching at least one of the lessons listed below to each grade level.  The lesson plan is a guideline and can be adapted to suit your building needs.  Contact your technology teacher, if you have one, to see if they are already covering this material. 

Chapter Books (Grades 4-6) Golden Sower PPT

Special thanks to Dr. Diana Casey at Gateway Elementary School for creating and sharing this PowerPoint for the Intermediate Golden Sower titles for 2016-2017.  She said to please use or edit as needed for your library!

I have made PowerPoint for the Intermediate Golden Sowers this year. In the notes (Presenter View), I have links to trailers and teaching guides, as well as some additional comments or descriptions by the authors or publishers.

Learn 360

Join us for our webinars this month, and let us share the latest Learn360 updates with you, just in time for the new school year! 

Head Back to School with Learn360!
Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. ET

Learn how you can use Learn360 to engage and motivate students of all ages. This webinar will cover all of the essential tools and features, such as creating shareable playlists, assignments, and custom segments, and more.

Welcome to the Learn360 Admin Portal (Learn360 Admins)
Thursday, August 25, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. ET

Join us for a guided tour through the Learn360 Admin Portal, with particular emphasis on some of the recently added features. Would you like to customize your home page? Add or edit users? Create a detailed usage report? Let us show you how!

Tip of the Month

If you find Learn360's predefined video clips helpful for use in your lessons, you'll love being able to create your own unique custom segments!

There are two easy ways to use the invaluable Custom Segment Tool. Either identify your desired start and end times from any video in your collection or highlight parts of the interactive transcript for the video, if one exists. Perfect for adding to a playlist and sharing with your students!

Click here for
 a helpful Support Center article on custom segments.

Who Ya Gonna Call...or Email?

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

  • Stacy Lickteig (531) 299-9614: Technology, cataloging, copyright, budget and ordering
  • Courtney Pentland (531) 299-9609: Library curriculum, Super 3+/Big 6+ Inquiry, Professional library, Newsletter Items, Secondary Author Visits
  • Laura Pietsch (531) 299-9615: Policy, personnel and evaluation, Sherwood grants, Elementary Author Visits

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).