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Check It Out: Oct. 7, 2020

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

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New Librarians' Meeting - Tuesday, October 13 @ 4:45 PM Join Link


Contact Stacy if you have questions about checkout procedures, holds in LS2 PAC, holds in LS2 Reports, or ordering library materials.  You can reach her by phone at 531-299-9614.  Send her an email at or send her a meeting invite via Teams.

OverDrive Marketing for Octboer

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Newspaper Navigator!


You can freely search more than 1.5  images from American newspapers dating from 1789 through 1963!

The Library of Congress Labs’ newly launched  Newspaper Navigator leverages machine learning and the substantial digitized resources of the Library’s Chronicling America website.

For decades, Chronicling America has allowed users to discover the text of newspapers in its collection using optical character recognition. But until now, images in the collection of 16 million pages were not searchable using traditional search engines.  Their discovery depended on often tedious browsing through relevant scanned articles. 

How does it work?

Once you enter a keyword search, a gallery of images display. You may show results as the default gallery or as a list. Search or sort by date (1900-1963): from oldest to newest or newest to older; enter a start and end date, and filter geographically by state.

Clicking on an image allows you to download it, view the originating issue in Chronicling America, learn more about the newspaper title, or get the image’s URL in order to cite it. 


Learning Goals for Ever Lesson

Learning Goals are  Essential

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Step One: Learning goals should be posted each day for each class.

  •  All  instruction should be centered around your learning goals

When crafting your lesson plans, your learning goal should should be the driving force.  Remember, there are student friendly learning goals already created in the Pacing Guide sections of the A+ Curriculum Guides (located in our OPS School Libraries Notebook).  

Step Two: State the learning goals at the start of the lesson

  • Take time to explain the learning goal to your students before the lesson begins. 
  • Check for understanding!  Confirm students understand the goal by asking students to restate the goal as written or put it into their own words. 
  • Students should clearly understand what they need to do to reach mastery for the learning goal.

Step Three:  Refer back to the learning goal during the lesson

  •  As you progress through the lesson, reference the goal where it feels natural.  Ex--During a transition between activities, share with or ask students how what you just completed or what you are doing next supports the learning goal.  

Step Four: Assess the learning goal through formative or summative assessments

  • an easy thumbs up/thumbs down activity OR
  • a brief glance at student work as you move around the room OR
  • a conversation with small groups of students as they are working OR
  • an exit ticket at the conclusion of the class or lesson, etc.

Gale's Opposing Viewpoints

Three topics of interest to explore in Gale's Opposing Viewpoints this month:

  • Voting Laws
  • Supreme Court
  • Black Lives Matter

Teen Read Week

TeenTober is a new, nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October and aims to celebrate teens, promote year-round teen services and the innovative ways teen services helps teens learn new skills, and fuel their passions in and outside the library. TeenTober replaces YALSA’s previous Teen Read Week™ and Teen Tech Week™ celebrations, allowing libraries the flexibility to celebrate all types of literacies according to their library’s schedule. Library staff are encouraged to utilize this new celebration to advocate for and raise awareness of the importance of year-round teen services in libraries.

SLJ Summit

Want to attend a national library event? Here is your opportunity!

Sign up HERE for the SLJ Summit!


Welcome to PebbleGo Vote!

PebbleGo Vote is a free election-season resource where K-5 students can research the presidential candidates, learn about democracy, and cast their ballot for the candidate of their choice. Your students can participate in a national vote or a school-wide vote depending on your preference!

From October 1 to November 15, students and teachers have free access to all election-related articles on PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next, including biographies of candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden. 

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).