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Check It Out: January 25, 2017

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Middle School Team Meeting   Tuesday January 24th @ TAC 12:00

High School Team Meeting    Wednesday January 25th @ TAC 12:00

Secondary Team Meeting    Wednesday February 22nd @ Kaneko 12:00

Elementary Team Meeting    Thursday March 9th @ Kaneko 8:30 AM

Periodical & Omaha World-Herald Orders

Below you will find links to the Ebsco periodical catalogs and the order forms for periodicals and the Omaha World-Herald.  Periodical and Omaha World-Herald orders need to be submitted by the end of business on February 10th.

The attached spreadsheet lists the periodicals that have been ordered in the past.  You will need the Ebsco title number and the price to fill out the below periodical order form.

The K-8 catalog gives a brief description of each periodical and includes a price list at the end of the catalog.  There might be some different titles in the catalog than what is listed on the attached spreadsheet. You will need the Ebsco title number (9 digit number) for the magazine ( found at the top of the description of the magazine) and the price for the magazine (found at the end of the catalog) to complete the below periodical order form. 

The larger catalog contains all of the Ebsco periodicals that they believe are relevant for a school library.  The catalog is dated 2015 but it is the catalog that Ebsco still wants us to use. It is a little hard to search and the prices are not updated in the catalog.  If there is a subscription that you are interested in, send me the Ebsco title number and I'll get the current updated price for you.

Contact Stacy with any questions.

ALA Youth Media Awards 2017

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards

School Library Journal's Sneak Peek for Spring 2017

Fresh off Best Books season, the editors at School Library Journal have curated another Sneak Peek at the must-have kid and YA lit works releasing in the upcoming months. We tried our best to winnow down the list to 100 titles, but there were just too many good and exciting books being published in 2017. So, here are approximately 150 books instead!
While we have already read, reviewed, and even starred a handful of titles included in this guide, the vast majority were selected by the editors based upon the strong reputation of the author or illustrator, the interesting subject matter, or advanced buzz about particular titles. We tried to offer a balanced mix of popular works that will circulate well in most libraries as well as spotlight offerings that may be a bit more under-the-radar.

K-5 Graphic Novel Picks

The Texas Library Association compiles a list of graphic novels appropriate for K-5 students every year.  The attached list of titles for 2017 has been vetted by a committee of school librarians.  The purpose of the list is to expose students to the graphic novel format. The collection of titles on the list is intended for recreational reading and it not designed to support any specific type of curriculum.  

Day of the Book Celebration

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration of children, families, and reading that emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. The South Omaha Branch library is partnering with local school libraries to organize this year's Día. This year's event is Saturday, April 22, tentatively from 12:00 to 5:00 and targets all schools that are served by the South Omaha Branch.

Currently, Gateway is working on developing craft stations for the event. We are looking for librarians who may be willing to volunteer and share/host a craft. It is intended to be a cultural experience, with focus on Latino and Sudanese culture (since that is the population served at the South Branch). If you want to participate, please email Diana Casey.

Library services will host a table with information on the Summer Reading programs.

NoveList: Library Genre Helpers

You’re probably already familiar with many of the genre headings NoveList uses, like Romances, Science fiction, and Historical fiction. But we also have genre headings that gesture toward a given book's form, point of view, or distinguishing characteristics. We call these our “Library helper” genres. These headings provide specific and unique access points across the traditional genres. Let’s take a look!

PBS Digital Innovators Program

Digital Innovators Program

Educators from across the country are encouraged to enter the 2017 PBS Digital Innovators Program. Entrants are asked to submit a 60- to 180-second “mini-presentation” video to show how they’re using resources from PBS LearningMedia, the free media-on-demand service for classrooms from PBS and the WGBH Educational Foundation, along with digital technology and tools in their classroom, to enhance their teaching and inspire a love of learning in their students. Entrants will also be asked to complete a profile and answer a short essay question. A panel of judges will select one educator from each state throughout the United States, its territories, and the District of Columbia as PBS Digital Innovators. The Digital Innovators will receive a three-day, all-expenses-paid trip to San Antonio, Texas, June 24–26, to participate in the 2017 PBS Digital Innovators Summit and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. All PBS Digital Innovators will also receive ongoing professional development opportunities, including virtual trainings focused on digital best practices, access to resources from PBS LearningMedia Custom, invitations to special events, a free PBS TeacherLine professional development course, networking opportunities, and more. In addition, PBS Digital Innovators will receive ongoing support from, and opportunities to work with, their local PBS member stations.

Deadline: February 13, 2017, for entries

January 2017 Knowledge Quest

Fake News

Lesson on the Influence of Fake News

C-SPAN Classroom has a new lesson plan that is timely given the recent discussions about fake news stories created and shared through social media. Media Literacy & Fake News is a free lesson plan based on five C-SPAN videos featuring authors and other experts talking about the role of media in influencing how people think about political topics. Two of the video clips used in the lesson are titled “Fake News” Sites and Effects on Democracy and Role of Media and Fake News. The last video in the lesson plan, Satire vs Fake News, features writers from The Onion talking about political satire versus misinformation.

Magazine for Makers

Magazine for Makers

As a leading voice of the maker movement, Make: publishes tested projects, skill-building tutorials, in-depth reviews, and inspirational stories, accessible by all ages and skill ranges. Project categories include craft and design, digital fabrication, drones and vehicles, science, technology, and more. The Make: website provides an online 3D Printer Buyer’s Guide (updated for 2017), as well as an online Boards Guide and Drones Guide. The webzine also shares information on Maker Faires taking place all over the world and provides a page where educators can explore opportunities in their area. Educators can choose a print and digital subscription (six bimonthly print issues, an iPad version, and digital PDF), or they can subscribe to a print or digital edition only; details related to each option appear on the Make: website. Subscribers of all options will receive the Make: News eNewsletter.

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