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Check It Out: October 4, 2017

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Secondary Team Meeting Wednesday October 18th 12:00-3:00 in Library Services @ TAC

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

We now have a current roster for your Omaha Public Library colleagues (see below)

Teaching Tolerance

An article in the Fall 2017 issue of the Teaching Tolerance magazine, Speaking of Digital Literacy..., outlines important terms to know to help understand "how the brain processes information can help students unravel the origins of fake news and other mysteries of the internet."

You can also check out the Toolkit for Speaking of Digital Literacy to get a sneak preview of a new digital literacy project with lessons for grades K-8.

Keep it Safe, Keep it Private

Here is another great resource relating to digital privacy. Click on the link below for the full article.

What can educators do to protect data?
Due to the vast amount of privacy concerns, it can be difficult to know where to begin in order to make sure our online data is completely secure. Instead of becoming overwhelmed with each and every aspect of online confidentiality, educators should focus on the following three areas when teaching students.

There is also a really great breakdown of the laws you should know regarding student privacy.

What do you think about these shelving tips?

What do you think of these recommendations?  Do you have any recommendations of your own?  Let Courtney know!

Elementary Librarians Team Plan Day Nov 9

For Elementary Team Plan Day on November 9th, we are going to have a Tech Morning at TAC.  We are looking for librarians who would be interested in presenting that day or for topics you would like more training on related to technology.  Send Courtney your ideas for sessions you can present or sessions you would like to attend!

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

Makerspaces Mini-Conference October 11th

We hope you will consider registering (free) for the third and final of our Library 2.017 mini-conferences this year. "Makerspaces" will be held online on Wednesday, October 11th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

You can attend the mini-conference live or you can watch the recordings at any time afterwards. When you register, we'll also send you a bonus "Library Makerspaces" Resource Pack, and you'll receive an exclusive invitation to a 90-minute pre-conference event hosted by the team from the Fayetteville Free Library: "STEAM and Making at the FFL." Plus, we'll be using so that you can receive digital credentials for attending and participating!
This is a free event, being held online. 
to attend live or to receive the recording links afterwards.
Please also join the Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.

This mini-conference on libraries and makerspaces is being organized in partnership with Heather Moorefield-Lang, who will serve as moderator for the opening panel and as the closing keynote speaker: "There has been a lot of talk about makerspaces in libraries over the past four years. If you are unsure what makerspaces are, think of them as creative locations for tinkering, collaborating, problem solving, and creating in a library or educational space. No matter how many maker learning spaces you may visit, you will quickly notice no two are the same. Each librarian and makerspace delivers their own brand of service to their individual community. Attendees will investigate how librarians with makerspaces can create new partnerships and collaborative efforts in and with their communities, offering further services and methods to meet patron needs."

Joining Heather for the opening hour will be: Dr. June Abbas, PhD, a Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Oklahoma, Norman campus; Leanne Bowler, Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh; Kristin Fontichiaro, clinical associate professor at the University of Michigan School Information; Kyungwon Koh, assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies. 

Registered attendees can then also view their choice of the following 30-minute sessions, all of which will be recorded and available afterwards:
  • Bibliotecas Activas by Hilda Gómez. Full Description HERE
  • Finding What Fits: Approachability of Makerspaces and Making in the Library by Abigail L. Phillips, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Utah State University | Full Description HERE
  • From Makerspace to Learning Commons: What's Next by IdaMae Craddock | Full Description HERE
  • From Zero to System Wide Makerspace in 3 Grants and 4 Years by Rebecca Ferrer | Full Description HERE
  • High School Library Makerspace Programming by Cheri Price, High School Library Media Specialist | Full Description HERE
  • Hosting Maker Days and Forging Collaborative Partnerships in Anticipation of an Academic Library Makerspace by Tara Smith + Jessica McClean | Full Description HERE
  • Keeping It Fresh: How to Create and Sustain a Maker Culture that Motivates Teens by Alisha Wilson, Teacher-Librarian + Nancy Stetzinger | Full Description HERE
  • Librarians are Maker Champions: Here's how you can be too! by Josh Weisgrau, Program Director for Maker Learning, Digital Promise | Jessica Parker, Director of Community, Maker Ed | Full Description HERE
  • Low Cost Tools to Bring Making into Your Library by Robert Pronovost, STEM Coordinator of Maker Education | Full Description HERE
  • Making a Difference by Kristina A. Holzweiss | Full Description HERE
  • Proposal for a Theoretical Framework for Small + Rural Libraries Supporting Entrepreneurs by Ben Rearick, Graduate Student Research Assistant | Full Description HERE
  • Smart Working for Active Makerspaces by Stephanie Piper | Full Description HERE
  • Volunteers at Your Library Makerspace by Rachel Seltz, Maker Coordinator | Full Description HERE
  • Walking the Walk: iterative design in student staff service learning projects by Morgan Chivers, Katie Musick Peery | Full Description HERE

Participants are encouraged to use #library2017 and #librarymakerspaces on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.



The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor, and additional support has been provided by Follett. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

Registration will give you access to the live event and to the event recordings. An event reminder and additional connecting information will be sent just prior to the event.

October Display Ideas


Book Return Decorations

Some of our librarians decorate their book returns to help highlight them or to entertain their patrons.  If you are interested in doing so as well, check out these ideas found on Pinterest.  If you decorate your book return, send Courtney a picture to share!

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).