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Check It Out: August 22, 2018

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Important Dates

New Teacher Meeting

Tuesday September 11, October 9, November 6   at TAC in Library Services from 4:45-6:15

Curriculum Day

Friday September 14  Community Engagement Center @ UNO   1/2 Day (Check with your school for your time to attend)

Paraprofessional Training will also be offered at the TAC building on Sept 14 from 8:30-11:30 (more info coming soon)

Secondary Librarians Team Meeting

Wednesday October 24  at TAC, December 12, 2018 at location TBD  12:00-3:00

Elementary Librarians Team Meeting

Thursday October 25  at TAC (room 5-151)  8:30-11:00

Common Sense Media for 3-5th Grade--UPDATES

Some changes were made to the 3-5th grade Common Sense Media lessons this summer.  If you would like to continue using the previous lessons this year, you may.  If you would like to test out the new lessons for 3rd-5th grade, we would love your feedback.


1)  CSM has organized lessons into specific grade levels instead of grade level bands.  As such, you will see some lessons have changed grade levels from previous years.

2)  While some of the lesson titles remain the same, the lessons themselves have changed.  The videos are located in YouTube and the handouts/documents are in Google.  You will need to download the Google Doc or Slides into Word and PowerPoint.  If you need help with this or run into issues, let me know.

3)  New lessons have been added to the offerings.

4)  The changes are only for 3-5 grade.  K-2, 6-8, and 9-12 have not changed yet.  Recommended lessons for these grade levels can be found at


All elementary librarians must teach 2 lessons from CSM for grades 3-5.  See the previous lessons at

The new lessons can be accessed through the Common Sense Media site with your free educator account.  The following have been selected as the required two per grade level. The bonus lesson is inquiry related.  If you teach all three lessons at all three grade levels in your K-5 elementary school, you will meet one of the requirements for your school to be Common Sense Media Certified!  Contact Keegan Korf or myself with questions about CSM lessons.

3rd:  The Power of Words  and  Password Power-Up  

Bonus Inquiry Focused Lesson: Is Seeing Believing

4th:  Private and Personal Information  and  Super Digital Citizen

Bonus Inquiry Focused Lesson:  Creators Rights & Responsibilities

5th:  What's Cyberbullying?  and  Finding My Media Balance

Bonus Inquiry Focused Lesson:  Reading News Online

Adding new titles to your library collection

Remember that when you are adding a new title to your library collection, you have to search by ISBN to find the correct MARC record in order to add your item.  In LS2 Staff, Staff Services, Titles & Items, you have to change the search from Smart to ISBN in order to search by ISBN.  The attached help document shows step by step instructions for searching by ISBN and adding an item when the correct MARC record has been found.

If your ISBN search does not return a MARC record, click on the link below to fill out the form for adding a new title, New Titles 2018-2019.  The form will ask for an ISBN, title, author, publisher, school barcode, etc.  I try to check the form every day and if I can find a MARC record I'll add your new item.  I'll let you know that your item has been added by sending you an email.  You will need to check in the the item.  If I can't find a MARC record for your item, I will ask that you send the item to me so that I can catalog it.


TitleWise Analyses

Over summer break, I was able to update all of the TitleWise Analyses.  You can find your new analysis by accessing your Titlewave account (username is ops(school name) example:  opsadams and the password is library

Across the top of the page under Your Account you will find the link for TitleWise Analyses









Click on the link and find your school in the alphabetical listing. Click on View to see the analysis.

Under Your Account you can also click on Complete Your Series.  This feature is new to Titlewave.  If you chose to run the search that identifies all of the available books that are missing from your series, know that Titlewise cannot determine which of your series books are available (meaning actually on the shelf).  When I extract records out of your collection to run the Titlewise analysis, I have to extract all records.  This means even the items that are lost or missing on records.  I have asked TLC to provide the functionality of excluding items on records that have a status of lost or missing, but I do not know when that functionality will be added. Just be aware that the search results will most likely not be completely accurate. Consider running the Get Ahead on Upcoming Pre-Orders that will identify new titles in series that you already own.


If you have not done so, and would like to, please be sure to fill out the form regarding extra materials from curriculum day (sticker paper, Golden Sower Posters from Follett, LMA posters, extra Visit Omaha materials).  You can find links to the forms in last week's newsletter.  Please fill out by 3:00 pm on Friday.

NoveList is on NebraskAccess

NoveList is no longer available through the OPS library database pages.  You can still use NoveList by going through NebraskAccess.  When in an OPS building, you should IP authenticate.  Passwords for remote access are currently not available as we are working to streamline them.    If using NoveList OUTSIDE the OPS network, enter a valid Nebraska driver's license number  to gain access.

Skype in the Classroom

In this video, shares how guest speakers, adventures, and live Virtual Field Trips can keep your students engaged and excited to learn.

PBS Media Literacy Educator


KQED Teach

Expand Your Media Literacy Skills Today With KQED Teach

KQED Teach offers a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on Digital Media. Educators can build skills in digital storytelling, data visualization, and critical media use to support all curriculum areas. These skills allow teachers to facilitate learning environments where their students can create digital content, develop their communications and technology skills, and engage in deeper learning that encourages critical thinking.

That Look...

Pete the Cat

That's right!!!    Eric Litwin is coming!

Author Eric Litwin is coming to Omaha Public Schools February 25-March 1.

We are expecting this will be a very popular presentation and, with only 10 slots, we want to ensure that Mr. Eric's time in Omaha is well spent. Details for applying to host Mr. Eric are in the attachment below. Applications are due by September 20!

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 (531-299-9822).

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 (531-299-9822).