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Check It Out: 3/16/20

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

During School Closing

While there are many free resources for online learning, the district stance is that we direct our students and parents to the excellent resources we have vetted and purchased to complement our OPS curriculum. These include the many digital resources available through OPS School Libraries. I have attached a few documents that you may wish to share with teachers and parents regarding our resources. Please use them and encourage your teachers to do so as well.

While you may not be required to provide specific lesson for students, please be available and responsive to any requests for library assistance - locating articles, book recommendations, etc. - that may come your way.  Serving our students is paramount.

And if I can be of assistance, do not hesitate to contact me.

If you have trouble accessing your school database password document using the links in the information below, you can always find your school's datababase password information by going to the OPS School Libraries OneNote Notebook, and clicking on the databases tab.


In the March/April issue of Knowledge Quest, contributing authors Barbara Stripling, Suzanna Panter, Naomi Giles, and I offer stories, strategies, and testimonies of successful advocacy practices—ideas with universal appeal—that show the impact of a well-funded, strong school library.

I was delighted to read this issue shortly after our March 4 and 5 meetings on our SIP goals progress. The president's column hit upon the some of the bestpractices of advocay: (1) Do the Right Job; (2) Articulate Your Impact; (3)  Connect Your Work to Stakeholders Goals. The is the whole point of connecting our library goals to our building SIP goals. Take a little time to read this important issue of Knowledge Quest!

Free Middle Grade Virtual event

Middle Grade Magic Virtual Summit March 27, 2019

Join School Library Journal for our second annual Middle Grade Magic virtual event, a day-long celebration and exploration of one of the burgeoning and most important areas of publishing for young readers: literature for children ages eight through 12 – and beyond! Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of the most anticipated new titles, hear from celebrated authors, and for the first time this year attend librarian-led sessions on services and programming for middle graders.

SIP Goals: Your Opportunity to Shine!

At the end of March, your principals will receive the following message regarding your work on your content area SIP goals:


This year, school librarians and elementary technology teachers worked on content area goals to support their school SIP processes. Through use of targeted literacy strategies, focused collection development, and implementation of the A+ Curriculum Guides, your librarians and technology teachers effectively support your SIP plans.  undefined

They recently completed a self-evaluation of their progress, and they are eager to share their evidence and reflections with you. Between April 1 and May 1, your librarian(s) and elementary technology teachers will present evidence of their SIP goal progress to you. I hope that this will be a springboard to a quality conversation about their work.

Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.

Make sure that you are prepared to share your work with them!

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).