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Check It Out: Aug. 26, 2020

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Growing Ideas


September 7  - Labor Day
September 8 - New Librarians Meeting 4:45-6:00 (You will get a TEAMs invite)
September 18 - Curriculum Day

Timely Tech Tips

Erin Solheim shared these great hacks with our new librarians. Enjoy, and thanks, Erin!!







Tech Trainer Office Hours

Starting September 1!  McKenzie White will have office hours for librarians and technology teachers. Questions on Office 365, iPads, Teams, or other instructional technology?


Join the Conversations and Community discussions throughout the fall semester. Events are planned for the elementary and secondary level.

Remote Repository

This year, we are going to attempt a repository for lesson, tutorials, and tips & tricks for librarians and technology teachers.

In OPS School Libraries Teams, each group - high school, middle school, elementary technology  and elementary library -  will have its own repository with three folders in the files section:Protocols are contained in each folder and attached below. If you have ideas about how we might improve this, let us know.

Overdrive Marketing

Overdrive Marketing and Outreach web page has great ideas for marketing  Sora. For example, their Everyone Reads promotional videos feature artists and actors talking about why they love reading along with a list of their favorite reads.

And check out their ready made lessons for introducing students to Sora!

Overdrive Marketing and Outreach web page has lots of great ideas for marketing and using Sora. Today, I came across something new - their Everyone Reads promotional videos. These short videos features artists and actors talking about why they love reading along with a list of their favorite reads. Here is an example:

SLJ Events

The SLJ Summit is typically a live event. This year it is virtual and on a Saturday, and should be well worth your time! Please consider registering.

SLJ Summit 2020   

Join us Saturday, October 24 for School Library Journal’s annual Summit: Culture Shift. Now in its 16th year, this national convening will focus on creating a culture that promotes an equitable world and closes the opportunity gap for all children.

The following events are free. But you can register and get the recording to view at a later time. They are well worth it:

Equity in Action Fostering an Antiracist Library Culture     Online | Sep 29, Oct 06, Oct 13, 2020 to

In this multifaceted online course, you’ll complete work to ensure that your collections, programs, services, and staff culture are Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive—with personal coaching from experts from libraries and beyond.

School Library Journal Day of Dialog     Online | Oct 15, 2020

Join us for the most anticipated librarian gathering of the year—now fully virtual and free to attend! Our daylong program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks will keep you informed, inspired, and entertained.

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