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Check It Out: November 11, 2020

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Dr. Pasco's Retirement!

From Dr. Chuchill at UNO:

As you may know, Dr. Pasco is retiring in December.  

For several reasons, including the pandemic and her desire to not make a big deal out it, we have decided to give her a SURPRISE video/card shower.  Anyone who wishes to can either add a video to a public Flipgrid or send a card/letter wishing Dr. Pasco the best in her retirement.  We are asking that videos and mail be received by December 11th if possible.  Mary and I will deliver the cards and share the Flipgrid site with her later in December.  This will allow those who would like to thank Dr. Pasco for all her inspiration and mentorship to do so, but still allow her the privacy of watching/reading these in her own time and space.

I’m including a link to a flyer that has all of the important information on it.  I’m asking you to please share this with your teams and colleagues, hopefully, in a discreet way.

Dr. Pasco has also specifically asked that if someone wishes to give her a send off, that they take her out to coffee or lunch.  She has truly enjoyed the one-on-one time she has had with her wonderful colleagues and friends.

November Pie Poll

What is your favorite holiday pie?
Pumpkin: 21 votes (35.59%)
Pecan: 12 votes (20.34%)
Apple: 11 votes (18.64%)
Cherry: 7 votes (11.86%)
Blueberry: 4 votes (6.78%)
Chocolate Cake!: 4 votes (6.78%)
Total Votes: 59

Native American Veterans Memorial

View a virtual program honoring the service and sacrifice of Native veterans and their families and marking the completion of the National Native American Veterans Memorial. This program includes tributes to Native veterans and a virtual tour of the memorial.

November Holidays

The world is rich with diversity, which is reflected in the observances celebrated by its various cultures and populations. Knowledge of the following diversity holidays and celebrations can enhance your library's diversity and inclusion efforts.

November 11: Veterans Day, a U.S. federal holiday honoring military veterans. The date is also celebrated as Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day, in other parts of the world and commemorates the ending of World War I in 1918.

November 14: Diwali, the Hindu, Jain and Sikh five-day festival of lights celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and lightness over darkness.

November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance, established in 1998 to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia and to raise awareness of the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

November 26: Thanksgiving in the United States. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

November 27: Native American Heritage Day, held annually the Friday after Thanksgiving, encourages Americans of all backgrounds to observe and honor Native Americans through appropriate ceremonies and activities. The day was signed into law by George W. Bush in 2008.

New from NSLA

Join your grade level peers to discuss issues of interest to you during this school year. These conversations will be live and not recorded. All conversations will take place from 8:00-9:00 PM CST. 

Elementary on Nov 10.  (Click date for sign up link.)   
Secondary on Nov 12. (Click date for sign up link.)   


Our new teacher topic in November was resilience and self-care. It's the time of year when things get stressful for teachers -- shorter days, colder weather, holidays looming...and add to that teaching during a pandemic!  As Josh Harper says in Strategies for Self Care, "...we can't serve our students well if our own energy is being critically drained by stress and fatigue." You give so much of yourself, but please remember to take time for you.

November Read Aloud Ideas from Mr. Greg

Symbaloo Webinar with Shannon Miller

Creating Virtual Library Spaces For Blended Learning & All Learners

On November 11 at 4:00pm CST, you can join Shannon as she teams up with her friends at Symbaloo as part of their Distance Learning with Symbaloo Webinar Series.

Gain the understanding you will need to use Symbaloo within your library or school, and become part of a very special NEW Future Ready Librarian® Symbaloo Workspace. 

You will leave this presentation ready to build an amazing virtual library for your community too. 

You can register for this free webinar here

SLJ Access

Did you know that you can access the content of School Library Journal through Nebraska Access? Here's how:

  • From the hone page, choose Magazines / Media / News
  • Then choose MasterFile Complete
  • From the menu at the top of the page, choose publications
  • Then type in School Library Journal in the "Browsing Publications box, NOT the search box.

Happy reading.

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