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Check It Out: April 26, 2017

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Important Dates

April 26 - LAST Secondary Team Meeting @ TAC 12:00

April 29 - Elementary Ed Tech Camp at the Do Space!(see information below)

May 16 - Spring Fling!! (Mark your calendars!)           

May 16 - Last check out date for elementary libraries

May 23- Last day libraries are open

May 24 - Libraries close for clean up and work on annual reports

May 31 - Annual report is due

(You will find Annual Report 2017 Guidelines on the tabs at the top of this LibGuide).

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Instructional Technology Leadership (ITL) Program

What is the ITL Endorsement Program?

Omaha Public Schools and the University of Nebraska are partnering to offer an endorsement program in Instructional Technology Leadership. The role of today's educators is always evolving and this program's goal is to strengthen leadership skills in the area of instructional technology integration. Tuition and books will be fully funded for participants with a grant through the Sherwood Foundation.


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The Mystery of the Missing...Book?

A long lost book from Bryan High School has made it's way back to he library after nearly 50 years and a trip to Texas.  Included with the book was a letter letting the librarian know that the family moved away from Omaha in 1968 or 69.  "I'm not sure which of my sisters checked this out, I'm guessing the late fees are pretty scary.  Being a good brother I won't tell you that my sister's both live in Austin and can be found in the phone book on page 652 near the bottom. (Humor doesn't always translate when typed out, my comment should be read with a grin)."  (typed verbatim)

Librarians Sharing Library Things

Thank you to Erin Solehim (Sherman/Walnut Hill) for sharing her version of the 4 levels of questions! 

April is Autism Awareness Month

Imagine making eye contact with another person and feeling immediate pain. What if we could taste our words and feel our thoughts? Picture sounds filling up with color, both overwhelming and beautiful. See the leaves changing color, right before your eyes.

These are a few experiences described in the film Spectrum: A Story of the Mind.

The film explores sensory perception through the lens of individuals on the autism spectrum. Subjects include Dr. Temple Grandin, a martial artist, a painter, a poet, and a group of young children. 

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

OverDrive Summer Read

We are excited to announce the return of our annual OverDrive Summer Read program, designed to encourage your students to keep reading all year long. This program aims to help prevent the Summer Slide by providing exciting titles for your students that are simultaneously available during the summer weeks.

OverDrive Summer Read is an annual program designed to encourage your students to keep reading all year long. The titles selected can supplement other summer reading programs, and will offer free, simultaneous access to students from June 7th–August 7th. The collection of titles will be prominently displayed on your OverDrive-powered website in eBook format. We will cycle through the collection throughout the summer to ensure your students are aware of each exciting read!

The below collections will be automatically added to your OverDrive-powered website in eBook and OverDrive Read formats (and Kindle format where available) with unlimited access between June 7th and August 7th. The titles and a promotional spotlight at the top of your homepage will be automatically added at no cost. We will cycle through the collection throughout the summer to ensure your students are aware of each exciting read!


A NoveList Refresher

NoveList wants you…to get the most out of your NoveList subscription. Our checklist will help you (and your readers!) reap all of NoveList’s benefits:

  • Help your patrons find NoveList. We've got best practices for linking your library’s website to NoveList and you'll find ready-to-go big and bold NoveList buttons and other promotional materials in our promotion kit.
  • Steal from our staff. The Latest, NoveList’s blog, has regular posts about NoveList news, NoveList tips, pop culture/readers’ advisory ideas, cool ideas we come across and more.
  • Slide training into your day. Share NoveList's short, captioned videos on YouTube. Prefer live training? Sign up here.
  • Get inspired. Subscribe to our newsletters to get tricks emailed right to your inbox!
  • Stash the good stuff. Make suggesting the next best book easy with folders. Learn how to save suggestions and email them to readers.
  • Head's up on new content. Sign up for alerts by your favorite author or books in your favorite series.
  • Learn shortcuts. Find those “Just Right Books!” with our NoveList Search Strategies.
  • Talk the talk. Find the right book for the right mood. You'll become an expert on appeal!
  • Pocket more ideas. You'll find plenty in our NoveList Launch Guide.
  • Check your settings. NoveList's On the Shelf functionality links NoveList to your library’s catalog.  Readers can instantly see if the book is on the shelf, how many are checked in, and in what formats.

From PBS Teachers Blog

Linking Social and Emotional Learning to the Classroom  

We need to provide children with the tools they’ll need to be confident and successful. Giving them a sense of community, a sense of belonging, and the feeling that everyone’s there to help one another is key. I have been fortunate to be employed in an urban school that has strong instructional support for educators and high academic goals for students, and yet the school remains committed to educating the whole child.

Introduce your students to an 8-year-old aardvark named Arthur! Learn how one second grade teacher creates an emotionally supportive environment in her classroom using resources like Arthur


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).