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Check It Out: September 7, 2016

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


September 8 - Stacy will be sending out budget information and directions.  Note! Procedures are different this year!!

September 9 - Golden Sower forms due to Susan Ryan

September 16 - Curriculum Day(see details below)

September 28 - Elementary Review Committee Meeting: If you are interested in joining this committee, contact Gwen Jackson in Library Services.

October 16 - First Quarter ends

October 19-21 - NLA/NSLA Fall Conference: Libraries Transform.


"Our work should not be separate from or subordinate to what goes on in the classroom...It seems nutty to insist that library things should in the library, classroom things in the classroom, "rest of life" things outside the building" Hassett, Bob, "Playing with Legos in the Sandbox and other Uses for a Library," Library Media Connection Nov/Dec 2007).

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

Curriculum Day September 16th, 2016

See the attachment to find out which elementary buildings are assigned to which session.  If you are a TRAVEL librarian, please let Courtney know which session you will be attending.  We have an action packed day planned and will be beginning promptly at 8:00 and 12:30.  See you then!

Location:  ITC Building on the South Omaha Campus of Metro Community College

Parking: Use the parking lots near the ITC building. No pass needed.


Session 1:  High School & Assigned Elementary


Session 2:  Middle School & Assigned Elementary

Announcing Enhanced Educator Login

This summer, TeachingBooks updated Educator Login so that all staff can now securely personalize their TeachingBooks experience. Benefits include each teacher creating custom reading lists, and saving and returning to their own text complexity rubrics.

Simply select "Educator Login" from the upper right of the screen, and follow the prompts, including:

  • Create a password
  • Check email to get a confirmation code.

Once confirmed, all that is required for future login is your email address and password.

We recommend that all staff members interested in optimizing their TeachingBooks experience create an Educator Login.

Questions: Reach out to the Professional Development Team for assistance.

Banned Books Week Sept 27-Oct 3

To help celebrate Banned Books Week, here are two great web links chock full of ideas and information:

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.

Banned Books Week Display ideas

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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).