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Check It Out: August 24, 2016

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

All Librarians Survey Due August 30th

Paraprofessional Survey Due August 31st

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
  • Laura Pietsch (531) 299-9615: Policy, personnel and evaluation, Sherwood grants


August 26 - Schedules due to Gwen Jackson Elementary Review Committee

August 31 - Online subscription form due to Susan Ryan

September 9 - Golden Sower forms due to Susan Ryan

September 16 - Curriculum Day October 16 - First Quarter ends

                          Elementary Librarian Meeting


CSM Digital Citizen Ship Pledge for Educators

Join thousands of educators worldwide when you promise to empower your students to behave safely, think critically, and use technology responsibly. As a bonus for taking the pledge, you will receive our Back-to-School Guide with great resources and ideas to help you start the school year off right.. Take the pledge now

Why take the pledge?

Technology provides incredible opportunities for young people to learn, connect, create, and collaborate in ways never before imagined. But with great power comes great responsibility (thanks, Spider-Man!), and kids need to be empowered to use technology safely, responsibly, and effectively to avoid the pitfalls.

2016 Teens' Top Ten Voting Begins Sept 15

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week™ (October 9-15, 2016) here on the Teens' Top Ten site. The winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.

Library Anxiety?

After reading this article, take a moment and think about how the work you do now with your K-12 students can help transform them to students who feel anxious in a library to those who feel empowered.

The Strange Affliction of Library Anxiety and What Librarians Do to Help

Library anxiety is real. The phenomenon, which involves feeling intimidated, embarrassed, and overwhelmed by libraries and librarians, was first identified by Constance A. Mellon in 1986. Her paper, "Library Anxiety: A Grounded Theory and Its Development," reported that college students in particular are prone to library anxiety because they believe their research skills are inadequate, which makes them feel ashamed and unwilling to talk to the very librarians who might be able to ease their worries.

Though it's been 30 years since library anxiety was identified, the fears are still present among college students. This presents a problem for libraries, especially as the increasing availability of digital resources from home has contributed to the image of libraries as fusty, inaccessible warehouses.

Read an eBook Day--September 16th

Read an eBook Day comes at a perfect time!  It is on a day off of school for students--meaning they can download and read books at home on their day off to celebrate!

Read an eBook Day is a yearly celebration of modern story telling. It’s a day dedicated to promoting the convenience, capability and excitement digital reading provides and your library could win big just by joining the fun. To help you promote the day, your digital collection and celebrate we’ve created a marketing kit full of resources to let your staff and readers share the eBooks they’re enjoying during Read an eBook Day.  Marketing toolkit below from OverDrive.

The Art of Listening

CP--I heard these quotes about listening at a presentation I attended a few years ago based on the book Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott.  Each one is a great piece of advice to keep in mind when listening to others--and something to maybe put into practice when working with students and staff.

Listening is a gift.  Be generous with it.

What we listen to is more important than what we say.

Communication is what is heard, not what is said.

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).