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Check It Out: February 14, 2018

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Upcoming Events:

We need just 5 more stories about why you #love libraries for our February social media campaign.  You can also get a jump start on thinking about our March topic--why do you feel "lucky" to be a school librarian.

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

ALA Award Winning Books

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards—at its Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado.


AASL Standards

If you have not had a chance to dig into the standards yet, you may want to wait on reading this article.  But, just in case you have, it is a thoughtful read.

Dr. David V. Loertscher Reviews the New AASL Standards

In the February 2018 issue of Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals, longtime school library leader and educator Dr. David V. Loertscher provides an in-depth analysis and detailed review of the recently published standards of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL): National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries (American Library Association, 2017. ISBN: 9780838915790). Loertscher, a former president and 50-year member of AASL offers his unique and important perspective in this almost 10,000-word review. As a service to our professional colleagues and others, we are making this review available. Click here to read or download the review.


Technology Suggestion

A huge shout out to Eileen Heller who did some exploring to help one of our school librarians find a program to help a student with vision needs with typing.  Based on her research, she recommends trying the resources below.  One is for visually impaired students and the other is for one handed typers.

Text Type 2- FREE!! Has voice assistant and other visual modifications that can be made. It also has a one handed typing tutorial for students listed below.
Single Handed Typing- FREE! Allows to have 3 different screen layouts, left/right, shows accuracy percentage, but I did not see speed on the part I looked at. 

Elementary Librarians and Team Plan Day march 8th

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

10 Makerspace Activities You Can "Buy" from Scholastic

Do you have some scholastic points to spend?  Not sure what to get?  Check out these fun makerspace ideas!  Still not sure, borrow any of these kits from the District Professional Library to test out before you "buy"!

Color Cubed Strategy Game  475 points

I-Trax  750 points

Color Cube Soduku 750 points

Interlox Square Construction Discs Set  815 points (available soon)

STEM Simple Machines Activity Set  1065 points (available soon)

Mental Blox 360 3-D Building Game 1065 points

Create a Maze   1065 points

Snapo Jr Advanced Builder Set (133 pieces)  2425 points

K'Nex Transportation  4380 points (available soon)

Magnatiles (100 piece set)  5500 Points



Learning Goals Examples

There are many ways to post your learning goals in your libraries.  These are just a few examples from around the district.

Thank you to everyone who shared learning targets with me or let me take pictures while in their libraries recently!  CP

Druid Hill Elementary

Kellom Elementary (for Makerspaces)

Northwest High School

Castelar Elementary

Pawnee Elementary

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).