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Check It Out: October 11, 2017

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff



See email from Stacy regarding details.

Elementary Review Committee Meeting Wednesday, October 11 at TAC, Library Services

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)

Ordering Supplies

Please see the spreadsheet for ordering supplies for your library in an email sent by Stacy on October 9th.  Also included in the email are the guidelines for what are and are not considered library supplies.

Supply Vendors:

ALA            Demco             The Library Store           Staples

You will need to download the attached spreadsheet and return it to Susan Ryan through email by the end of the day on October 31st. 

If you would like to purchase a scanner, please email Stacy directly.  

What's the Real Problem with Fake News? We are Wired to Believe It

Confirmation Bias—Fake News’ Best Friend

The case study from Dartmouth-Princeton matchup is one of many studies over the years that has confirmed an essential truth about our human nature: we see what we want to see. More importantly, we look for evidence that supports the belief systems we already have in place. The psychological community has given this phenomenon a name: confirmation bias. Confirmation bias means that we interpret new information in a way that confirms what we already believe to be true.

Click on the link below for the full article

Who You 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, Secondary Review Committee, Secondary Author Visits, Skype Author Visits
  • Laura Pietsch (531) 299-9615: Policy, personnel and evaluation, Sherwood grants

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

Ways to Line Up

As we start second quarter, you may be ready to change up your lining up routine in your library (if you are able).  Here are a few fun ways to do so.

MakerSpace Ideas

You may be getting in some of your maker materials you ordered this year.  Here are a few fun ideas to use with your gear this year!

Click on the image above to get the challenge cards!

When Our Students Won't Stop Talking--Cult of Pedagogy

This article provides some interesting ideas on how to work with a class of students who talk excessively.  Click on the link below for the whole article from Cult of Pedagogy.

Managing Student Talking--Education World

With the onset of collaborative learning groups and hands-on learning activities, the lines of when students can and cannot talk have become blurred. So, how do you manage the talking going on your classroom without stifling creativity and learning?

Click on the link below for the full article.

Beat the Teacher

A great idea from Mrs. Laffin's Laughing Blog:

So I came up with this very simple, yet powerful, way to control all of the talking.  I call it Beat the Teacher.

It basically is a game of you versus the students, and who doesn't love a little friendly competition?  The way it works is that when I need the class to quiet down, I start counting backwards from five:  5-4-3-2-1.  Sometimes the count is quiet, sometimes loud.  Sometimes it's fast, sometimes very slow.  Either way, the students have to be listening...

If I get to "1" and there is even one student talking, I get the tally point.  If the entire class is quiet, they get the point.  It is awesome to watch the students try to quiet each other down. Points accumulate through the day (or week) As you can see from our score above, I lost this day.  :)  (But did I really???)  The prize is simply bragging rights....Or it could be a simple class incentive (brain break? extra 5 minutes of recess?)  Either way, we are all winners!

Suggestions for Routines for Elementary Library Storytime

We had a question about classroom procedures and routines for Storytime.  Click here to see some suggestions for getting students ready for and keeping them engaged during storytime.

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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).