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Check It Out: December 6, 2017

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Secondary Team will meet at TAC on December 13 from 12:00-3:00.

A Few of Our Favorite Things!

For the month of December, we would like to feature a few of your favorite things on our social media pages.  Please send me lessons, activities, guest speakers, displays, books, etc. that are some of your or your students' favorite things this year.  Pictures are always a plus if possible.  Thank you!  Courtney

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Transform Your Practice with a Look at Best Practices in the Nov/Dec Issue of Knowledge Quest

In reviewing the school library landscape and best practices for this issue of KQ, Jennifer Boudrye, Suzanna Panter, Robin Stout, and I quickly realized there were many areas of practice in a school librarian’s repertoire that influence their day-to-day work and long-term vision. As supervisors in our respective districts, we are in unique positions to see the different ways school librarians implement these practice areas in their school libraries. We decided to spotlight those practice areas that we believe hold the greatest promise for impact for school library programs, regardless of location, size, or grade level. 

You can find the articles listed below and more in Ebsco.  

Today’s Youth’s Voice on How They View Reading and What “Counts”
Karen E. Smith

Let It Go: The Power of Student-Generated Questioning in Inquiry Learning
Kelsey Barker and Paige Holden

Partners in Learning: Creating a 21st-Century School Experience
Jody Rentfro and Leah Mann

Supporting You, Supporting the Standards: AASL’s Implementation Plan
Mary Keeling, Chair, AASL Standards and Guidelines Implementation Task Force

AASL Standards

Presented by: The Advocate’s Toolbox & School Library Journal
Event Date & Time: Monday, December 11th, 2017, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM PT

In this hour-long webinar, members of American Association of School Librarians editorial and implementation teams will discuss the genesis, framework, and goals of the recently unveiled standards and what they mean for 21st-century learners, librarians, and school libraries.


  • Susan D. Ballard – School Library Media & Technology Educator and Consultant, University System of NH
  • Joyce Valenza – Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication
  • Sara Kelly Johns – Online Instructor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University


  • Daryl Grabarek – Senior Editor, School Library Journal

Can’t make the date? No problem! Register now and you will receive an email from School Library Journal with the URL to access the archive for this event.

Follow us on Twitter! @SLJournal #UnpackingAASL

Need help getting registered? Send us an email describing your problem.

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

EPIC! Reads

Epic!, the popular digital library offered completely free for teachers and school librarians, recently added 1,500 French and Chinese titles to its award-winning digital library.  Used in 87% of elementary schools and enabling kids to read more than 24 million books on its platform every month, Epic! already includes 25,000 high-quality English books and 1,000 Spanish books.

Responding to consumer and educator demand around the world, Epic! expanded its foreign language offering with the introduction of 500 French books from more than a dozen publishers from Quebec to Paris.  Earlier this year, Epic! also added to its library 1,000 Chinese children’s books, including titles by Cao Wenxuan, the 2016 winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

Now offering 25,000 books in English, plus thousands more in Spanish, French and Chinese, Epic! is now able to reach even more kids in their first language, plus those interested in learning another language.  Epic!’s expanded library, plus new features designed to help improve vocabulary and literacy, help the company toward its goal of bringing reading and learning to even more kids around the world.

What better way to develop a global and multicultural perspective than to introduce this diverse collection of picture books, non-fiction and fiction titles to your students?

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).