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Check It Out: 9/25/19

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


October 3 and November 7 - New Teacher Meetings  at TAC in Library Services from 4:45-6:15

October 23 - Secondary Librarians Team Meeting at TAC, December 12, 2018 at location TBD  12:00-3:00

October 24 - Elementary Librarians Team Meeting  at TAC (room 5-151)  8:30-11:30

December 9-11 -  Holiday Open House and Book Bonanza TAC, Library Services


The next NSLA PJ PD will be on Saturday September 28th from 8:30-9:30 AM CST.  We will be discussing articles from recent issues of Teacher Librarian. You can join us by using this link:

If you are interested in joining this discussion, please email Courtney Pentland at to get the login information and for which issues to choose articles from

Takeaways on Honoring Difference

2019-20 Golden Sower-Tech Pairing Ideas

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Baby Monkey, Private Eye—Use the GooseChase Adventures app to take a scavenger hunt in your classroom or library.

Can I Be Your Dog?—Try writing letters as a dog looking for owners. Using a library book, snap a cover of a dog non-fiction book and use Chatter-pix to bring your letter to life. Share using SeeSaw.

Charlotte and the Rock—Navigate a Sphero through a maze (be careful to avoid the dinosaurs/rocks).

Creepy Pair of Underwear—Make an underwear drawer or bedroom alarm using Snap Circuits. How about origami underwear? Draw a face and make them creepy! 

Hattie & Hudson—Students can use the 3D pen or Wikki Stix to create a Water Creature.

Hello Goodbye Dog—Students share their favorite part of the story using Flipgrid.

I Want That Nut!—Students can create fake text conversations back and forth using a SMS generator. Try

Mae Among the Stars—Use the Merge cubes to explore the solar system. Visit YouTube to learn how to wash your hair in space. kOIj7AgonHM

Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors— Have an epic Rock, Paper, Scissors battle using Do Ink and a green screen. I use green science fair project board.

The Word Collector—Connect this with poetry using the Word Mover app. Just like fridge magnets, you can have a blast creating poems.

Heather Osborn Malcolm Public Schools

2020-21 Golden Sower Nominess

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Find the list of the 2020-2021 Golden Sower Award Nominees HERE

Issues with School Libraries Notebook

Image result for OneNote Office 365If you have trouble accessing your folders in the OPS School Libraries Notebook, check to see if you need to update your device. On my device, I find this under Settings > Updates and Security. Once you have updated, shut down and restart.If you still have issues, contact us.

Inclusion Resources

To aid school librarians in nurturing inclusive learning communities, AASL tasked a 2019 ALA Emerging Leaders team with developing a guide of reflection activities and resources based on the Include Shared Foundation in the National School Library Standards.

The Developing Inclusive Learners and Citizens Activity Guide uses scenarios, activities, and resources to help learners and school librarians alike seek balanced perspectives, global learning, empathy, tolerance, and equity to support inclusive environments within and beyond the four walls of the school library. An infographic and applied framework further support application of these materials in professional development and instructional settings. This guide is a great example to any practitioner of how the AASL Standards can be used as a lens to address ANY school library issue!

Grant Opportunities

Robyn Woods, the Education and Outreach Librarian for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and Creighton University., announced that NNLM now offers funding for  K-12 librarians!  They currently have three awards available:  Citizen Science, Substance Misuse, and Professional Development.  These funds can be used for staff development, student assemblies, or travel to health related conferences.  School nurses and librarians are welcome to apply together, as the creative control is in their hands to meet the needs of their administration, colleagues, and students. Robyn is available to help with the application process if needed. It would be great to put these funds into the Omaha schools! 
She also has an opportunity for  librarians to present at MU’s School of Library Science if you are integrating health into your curriculum or have experience with health programming.  A description of the iSchool is below.  Please do not hesitate to contact her if you have any questions. 
The School of Information Science & Learning Technologies is the home for MU’s graduate programs in Library Science and Learning Technologies as well as a new, interdisciplinary doctoral program in Information Science & Learning Technologies. The School’s mission is to improve the professional practice of information specialists and learning technologists, as well as to advance the research on information, learning, and performance. SISLT is a member of the iSchools consortium, an international consortium of information schools in institutions of higher education dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st century.

Robyn Woods, MLIS, AHIP

Education and Outreach Librarian

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)

MidContinental Region (MCR)

Creighton UniversityHealth Sciences Library
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE  68178


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).