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Check It Out: March 22, 2017

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Call for Conference Proposals

Program proposals for the 2017 NLA/NSLA Conference (October 11-13 in Kearney) are now being accepted at: 
Please note the following:
  • Pre-Conference program proposals will be accepted through 5pm CDT Friday, April 14. Pre-conference workshops are scheduled from 1-5pm Wednesday, October 11 and we have room for one more to complement two invited programs.
  • All Conference program proposals will be accepted through 5 pm CDT Friday, June 30 with priority consideration given to proposals submitted by 5pm CDT Friday, May 31. 
  • If you are interested in submitting a poster presentation, please choose Other as your Proposal Type and indicate this in Other Type.
  • The theme of the conference is Providing Access to the Good Life for All. All proposal descriptions should indicate how the program ties into this theme as this will be a major consideration when accepting programs.

Common Sense Media Video Use Suggestions

We want our students to be active viewers. But why stop at comprehension?

Active viewing is great, but it isn't enough. When it comes to videos in the classroom, students shouldn't just get it; they should also have something to say about it. Students need to be active and reactive viewers -- comprehending and critiquing, reading and reacting, getting and giving knowledge. Below you'll find great tools, tips, and strategies for helping to foster both of these essential media-literacy skills.

Check out the link below for video teaching strategies, video activities and lessons, and video apps and websites. This link is also available in the Resources tab in the box with the video use guidelines (top of the page).

How to Turn Students into Facti-Finding Web Dectives

Can the web be your students' best tool in the fight against falsehood?

From viral memes to so-called "fake news," the web is overflowing with information -- true, false, and everything in between. For many kids, this makes the web a challenging place to find credible and reliable sources. So what's the best way to help your students use the web effectively as a fact-checking tool? Here you'll find tips, resources, and practical advice on helping students find credible information online.

Photos for Class

Photos For Class Search now to download properly attributed, Creative Commons photos for school!

Teachers have told us they need a place to access safe images that are available to be used in the classroom and for educational purposes. Plus, they want accurate image citations. We’ve heard you and created “Photos For Class” to meet your needs for images! Age Appropriate Images - All images are appropriate for the school setting, thanks to Flicker SafeSearch and our proprietary filters - Read More Automatic Citation - Downloaded images automatically cite the author and the image license terms - Read More Creative Commons - All photos shown are, to the best of our (and Flickr's) knowledge, licensed by Creative Commons for public use.

Giving Credit, Where Credit is Due Photos For Class and Photos for Work makes it as easy as possible to properly attribute photos, especially for printed or presented materials so that there is no worry about plagiarism or stolen work.

How we Cite When you click download we automatically generate a watermarked image that contains:

The name of the author

The name of the photo

A link to the original photo

The name and type of license along with a link to read it


Collaborative Journey of Discovery

Global Student Laboratory (GlobalLab, for short) is a web-based, educational platform that enables students, teachers, and learners of all ages to pose questions and together find answers. With GlobalLab, teachers have, in one place, all the resources, tools, partners, and support to bring authentic investigations to classrooms and homes. Each project is a collaborative journey of challenges and discovery. In nine projects, step by step, students use math, graphing, and more to discover who they are as a community. They can start by clicking on the first project, “Where on Earth Are We?” GlobalLab is social media and crowdsourcing for learning.

​This might be interesting to explore.  If anyone does, let Courtney know what you think or how it goes!

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


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April is National Poetry Month--Some from last year and some new ideas!

Easy ideas to celebrate National Poetry Month.  Click on the image to learn more.


See the document below for this lesson

School Library Month--April

School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians' celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning. More about the history of School Library Month.

Black Out Poetry

Great Prezi on how to create blackout poetry.  Geared toward middle and high school students, but will give you a good idea on how to create these items!

Examples of different ways to do black out poetry:

And if you're super ambitious or a fabulous artist...

Cultivating Curiosity in Libraries-SLJ

Teachers and those who study learning have long known that curiosity is important to the learning process and better outcomes. But what causes it, how to encourage it, and even how to define it have proved the concept more complicated than it first appears. Now, recent studies suggest that the desire to know more may be quantifiable, which could provide librarians and other educators with new tools for leveraging curiosity to improve how people process and relate to information.

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).