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Check It Out: January 24, 2018

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Upcoming Events:

Wednesday February 28th   Secondary Team Meeting    TAC--Library Services   AASL Standards

Thursday March 8th    Elementary Team Meeting  8:30-11:30    TAC  4th Floor    AASL Standards

Google Doodle Contest

Contest to Design an Uplifting, Interactive Doodle

K–12 students are invited to take part in the 2018 Doodle 4 Google contest and create an uplifting doodle that tells the world “What inspires me.” From crayons to clay, graphics, or even food, young artists can utilize any materials to bring their creations to life. Like all Google Doodles, each submission must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology package for their school or nonprofit organization, and a behind-the-scenes experience with the Doodle team to transform their Doodle into an interactive experience on 

Deadline: March 2, 2018, for entries

Change to Elementary School Golden Sower Date

In case you had not heard, the Elementary Golden Sower Competition date has been changed from April 26 to April 19th. 

Book Blasters is Wednesday February 28th

Golden Sower Play-Off is Friday, March 23rd

Golden Sower Championship is Thursday April 19th

Attention all Elementary Librarians

To assist with your 3rd and 4th grade social studies content, a copy of the following book has been purchased for each elementary library.  Through review, it was determined this book will work well with both the 3rd grade landmarks assignments as well as with Nebraska history research.  You will receive your books as soon as they have been processed.  Please let Courtney know if you have any questions.  Thank you!

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Nebraska School Librarian's Day

Interesting Idea for Books with Terrible Covers

Ignore this terrible cover - great library idea to increase circulation of older books or books with ugly dust jackets

From Darien Public Library in Darien, CT  @darienlibrary on Twitter

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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Google This! 
The Research Process Revisited
Wednesday, Jan. 24  at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Tasha Bergergson-Michelson
with Tasha Bergson-Michelson
Instructional and Programming Librarian, Castilleja School, Palo Alto, CA
Do students confuse a single Google search with research? How do students research? Is there a “right” way? What are their research strengths? What are our instructional challenges? How can we best teach the inquiry process? Is there a “best” way? In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala and guest Tasha Bergson-Michelson will answer these essential questions. Read more.
Coming up Next
Flip Badge This! 
Teaching Students to Love Databases
Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 5 p.m.  Eastern Time
Dr. Brenda Boyer
with Dr. Brenda Boyer
Teacher Librarian, Kutztown Senior High School, Kutztown, PA
In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, and Dr. Brenda Boyer, Teacher Librarian at Kutztown Senior High School in Kutztown, PA, will share the flipped instructional program that Dr. Boyer introduced to her virtual library students. Read more.

Makerspace Successes, 
Makerspace Challenges
Wednesday, Mar. 21 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, will explore school library makerspaces from floor plans, furnishings, and equipment to the role of play in a data-driven education landscape. Read more.
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Achieving Media Balance in a Tech-Immersed World
Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
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Presented by Michelle Cooper
Library Media Specialist, White Oak ISD, TX
How can educators help families and students achieve media balance in today’s tech-immersed world? What strategies and tools can educators offer families?
Media balance is an important issue for families in the modern tech-savvy world. Let Michelle Cooper share tips and strategies to help reduce screen time and increase family time. In this edWebinar, you will discover how to implement a parent outreach program that includes family media agreements, device-free dinner resources, and tools to combat technology addiction. Michelle also will discuss ways to find time to teach character strengths and life skills. Read more.
Coming in February
The Incredible Times: A News & Media Literacy Game from Common Sense Education
Monday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
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Presented by Eisha Buch
Senior Manager of Education Programs, Common Sense Education
Join the team at Common Sense Education to get a sneak peek at an exciting new online game launching soon! In this edWebinar, Eisha Buch, Senior Manager of Education Programs for Common Sense Education, will unveil The Incredible Times, a free game for exploring the topic of misinformation in an engaging way by introducing and sparking critical conversations around news literacy. Read more.
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