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Check It Out: November 15, 2017

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Last week the American Association of School Librarians launched new National School Library Standards!

Designed to empower leaders to transform teaching and learning, the National School Library Standards enable personalization for every learner and school librarian, allowing you to continuously tailor your school library to local needs, your own strengths, and learners’ benefits.  View the videos below for some general facts about the new standards and their creation.

Shared Foundations in New Standards

Begin familiarizing yourself with the six Shared Foundations that anchor AASL Standards Integrated Framework.  This shared collection of infographics summarizes competencies from the AASL Standards Framework for Learners and suggests some actions school librarians can take to get started with the standards.  Just click on the icons located on the website listed below.

Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Explore, Engage

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It's All About the Books...Or Is It?

Not too long ago, I was out to dinner, celebrating a friend’s birthday. When someone asked me what I do for a living, I proudly shared, “I am a teacher librarian!”

The response was, “Oh! So that’s a fancy term for librarian, and you check out books to kids. Got it.”

On the flip side, in a recent conversation with author Liz Garton Scanlon, when she learned I am a Pre-K—5th grade teacher librarian at a Title I school, she said, “Oh, you get all the grades!! Lucky you—and, also, amazing you.” 

When is the last time you thought about the duties of a 21st-century librarian?

Gone are those days of simply curating and circulating books and sharing stories with children. Now, we get to do so much more.

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Below are 5 things you might not know about librarians today:

1)  We are customer service

2)  We get to teach any topic, any time

3)  We get to see the same group of students grow over the years

4)  We get to see the connection sparks fly!

5)  We get to play all day!

A+ Curriculum Guides

Remember to continue to check the A+ Curriculum Guides located in our Notebook to align the skills you are teaching with the pacing guide included.  We will be looking for feedback on where the skills fall, vocabulary identified, etc. throughout this school year.  If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments about what is in the curriculum guides, please let Courtney know!

Send Courtney What You are Thankful For!

I would love to feature some of the things you are thankful for as a librarian and in your school library in the month of November.  Just email me a quick sentence or two if it would be ok for me to share your thoughts on social media. 

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Follett Lightbox

Did you know that Follett has added almost 600 titles to their Lightbox offerings since it launched?  And, that there are now Lightbox books that cover grades K-12?  These interactive eBooks are unlimited, multi-user access and come with a matching hardcover book, all for about $40-60.  This might be great resources to purchase to use in the library or in the classroom.  Check them out today!

In Titlewave click on Shop by Department. Select eBooks and Digital. On the right there is a link to learn more about Lightbox. Click the on that and then there is a button to launch demo.  There you will see books on a variety of topics at all grade levels.

CSM--The Sneaky Science Behind Your Kid's Tech Obsessions

The Sneaky Science Behind Your Kid’s Tech Obsessions

Son won't turn off his video game? Daughter obsessed with "likes" on Instagram? It may not be entirely their fault. Like the high-octane sugar in a pint of Ben & Jerry's and that irresistible chemical spice in Flamin' Hot Cheetos, the ingredients in social media, video games, apps, and other digital products are carefully engineered to keep you coming back for more. While researchers are still trying to discover whether kids (and parents) can be addicted to technology, some computer scientists are revealing their secrets for keeping us hooked.

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

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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).