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Check It Out: September 6, 2017

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Schedules are overdue! Please add yours to the OPS School Libraries notebook or send it to Laura via email and she will upload it for you.

The elementary cycle day calendar for next year is attached above.

Author funds for this year will be $1800 per school per year.

Elementary Materials Review Committee begins September 6. Good books, Great company and ​snacks​!! 4:45 PM until 6:00 PM at TAC, Library Services. Contact Gwen Jackson if you would like to join.

September 6          January 17   Image result for Book REview Committee

October 11             February 7    

November 15         March 21   

December 13         April 25


Golden Sower supplies order form due September 9

September Curriculum Day Friday September 15th @ Henry Doorly Zoo Aquarium 8:00-11:00 or 12:30-3:30.  We will be in the large meeting room in the Aquarium.

                    High School AM     Middle School PM      (Elementary by Zone--see document below)

New Teacher Meeting Wednesday October 18th 4:45 in Library Services @ TAC

Golden Sower Resources

Thank you to Robin Walker for sharing these wonderful resources she is using for Golden Sower books.  Click on the image below for a playlist of book trailers.


Thank you to Jill Zeigle at Fontenelle for sharing this PowerPoint she made of the Intermediate Golden Sower Nominees!

Words Have Power: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Banned Books Week (Knowledge Quest)

Have you planned activities for Banned Books Week (BBW)? In 2017, BBW occurs from September 24-30 with the theme “Words Have Power.” To learn what the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is planning for this year (and to glimpse what happens behind the scenes), I interviewed Ellie Diaz, OIF program officer who provides support for BBW.

Who Ya Gonna Call...or Email?

The fastest way to get your questions answered is to contact the right person!

  • Laura Pietsch (531) 299-9615: Policy, personnel and evaluation, Sherwood grants and building projects
  • Stacy Lickteig (531) 299-9614: Technology, cataloging, copyright, budget and ordering
  • Courtney Pentland (531) 299-9609:  Inquiry, professional library, newsletter Items; Secondary Review Committee; secondary author visits, skype visits
  • McKenzie White (531) 299-9362 Instructional technology , ITL Program

  • Gwen Jackson  Elementary author visits

Technology Training/Support

  • Debra Bordenkecher  531-299-9841: Handles training needs of classified staff (including paraprofessionals)
  • Hardware issues should be handled by your building assigned technologist. If this person is not in the building, call or email the Help Desk 531-299-0300

Additional Digital Citizenship Resources from PBS

These resources can be used in addition to Common Sense Media resources.  Be sure that you are still using the CSM lessons for grades 3-5 listed at

Exploring and understanding the ups and downs of technology!

Helping your students cultivate their digital citizenship footprint can be tricky. That's why we've created this engaging collection of Ruff Ruffman videos to help address topics including texting, sharing photographs online, conducting searches, and finding the appropriate balance of technology and media use in everyday life. Discover the Collection

Project Aware:  Ages 13+

We know parents often look to schools and teachers for help and tools to keep their children safe online. This collection is designed for parents, grandparents, and other caregivers to help them understand the complex world of social media and online safety. Explore Collection

How Do Different Social Media Platforms Affect Your Mood?  Grades: 6-12

This video will help your students understand the serious effect that social media can have on our mood by exploring the science behind the ways different social media platforms may affect their brains. Explore More

ISTE--Use images to kick off digital citizenship conversations

Digital citizenship conversations can be intimidating for students and educators alike. Students might worry their teacher or peers won’t understand their experiences. Educators may feel some trepidation over coming off as uninformed or out of the loop if they’re not using the same digital platforms, terminology or devices their students are.

One way to ease fear and kick off conversations about digital citizenship in the classroom is to take yourself out of the position of “expert” and allow students to reflect and share about their experiences in digital communities with broader strokes rather than with personal, and perhaps private, experiences.

SLJ-Seven Tips for Teaching News Literacy to Eight- to 12-Year-Olds

With talk of “fake news” most everywhere and lots of great media literacy resources for students of all ages, practitioners may be asking: How young can kids be to start learning about news media?

The good news is that it is never too early to start teaching students how to evaluate, analyze, and create media. However, there are some specific considerations for younger learners, especially given the complex and often frightening current events that children may be exposed to.

SLJ-13 Tips for Teaching News and Information Literacy


How can educators teach elementary and middle school students to be critical consumers of news and media? We asked media literacy experts—teachers and librarians—for their best tips. Here’s what they had to say.

This is a great list to read and to share!

ISTE--Top 10 sites to help students check their facts

A good fact-checking site uses neutral wording, provides unbiased sources to support its claims and reliable links, says Frank Baker, author of Media Literacy in the K-12 Classroomand creator of the Media Literacy Clearinghouse. He adds, “Readers should apply the same critical thinking/questioning to fact-check sites.”

Here's a rundown of 10 of the top fact- and bias-checking sites to share with your students.

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