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Check It Out: 3/20/19

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Nebraska School Librarians Day Saturday April 6th

This event is free for NSLA members and $30 for non-members.  Registration is required as lunch will be provided.  visit to register.   Omaha -- Roskens Hall at University of Nebraska at Omaha  9:00-2:00

Attendees will have the opportunity to:
network with fellow school librarians
explore creative uses of library spaces
expand their knowledge of Future Ready
discuss self-care for librarians
examine OER in Nebraska for school libraries
exchange ideas on library displays
share about fabulous books and book talk ideas

We want your opinion on Fall 2019 Professional Devleopment Offerings!

In order to serve you better in the upcoming year, please take a few moments to answer a two question survey regarding your ideas and preferences for professional development.

Thank you!  Laura

Courtney Pentland 

Free Skype Q&A With Jane Goodall


FREE Broadcast and live Q & A with Dr. Jane Goodall!

Inspire the next generation of conservationists to love and protect our planet in this free broadcast and live chat with the world- renowned primatologist and environmentalist Dr. Jane Goodall.

The broadcast will air on

  • Tuesday April 2nd at 12:30 Eastern Time/17:30 UTC
  • Tuesday April 9th at 9:00 Eastern Time/ 14:00 UTC

and it will be followed by live Q&A chat with Dr. Goodall each time.


ABC-CLIO History Hub

There is a free section called Community that anyone can use.  Be aware there is also a paid subscription level as well.

History Hub is committed to serving teachers and librarians in their roles as social studies educators. Directed by an editorial team of teachers, scholars, and librarians, History Hub was developed to help ABC-CLIO Solutions database subscribers align and integrate their resources into the classroom and research projects. We are committed to making superior educational resources available to the entire social studies community, in addition to our subscribers.

A wealth of practical resources – lesson plans, activities, key questions, and much more – is at the core of History Hub. Above and beyond providing instructional support, History Hub also features inspiring stories about exceptional educators who are dedicated to making a positive difference in student learning. With 60 years of serving the social studies community, we recognize the need to support a deeper level of social studies understanding for students, while also enabling educators to become masters of social studies content. History Hub makes it easier to expertly navigate the challenges of today’s demanding teaching environment. We’re here to help you succeed.

April Social Media Campaign

For the month of February, you all shared what you love about being a school librarian.  For April (School Library Month), we would like to feature stories from your patrons--your students and staff--on how the school library has helped them.  To do so, please share this form however makes the most sense to you for them to fill out.  The form asks some basic questions and does not require the respondent to give their name.

Possible ways to share the form:  

1) Share this link on your social media

2) Share this link with classes you are directly working with over the next few weeks

3) Send it out to your staff to fill out on their own or to share with students

4) Post on your school's library website or libguide

Direct weblink to the form:

If you want to embed the link:

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April is School Library Month!

School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians' celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning. More about the history of School Library Month.

The 2019 theme is Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library and the 2019 spokesperson is Dav Pilkey.

The website includes complimentary graphics and posters in this year's theme.

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

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).