Friday, August 17, 2018

5 Foundations for Building an Inclusive Library

Do your students see themselves reflected on the covers of books that are displayed on your library shelves? Read this honest and eye-opening article on inclusive libraries from the students' point of view.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

YALSA announced that the 2018 Teens' Top Ten voting is now open! Now through the end of Teen Read Week, happening on October 13th, teens can vote for their 3 favorite titles from the list of nominees.


Info about Teen Read Week HERE

Want to have a group of your teens as part of the Teens' Top Ten groups who select the nominees? Get info and apply HERE.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Destiny Catalog Updates: Single Sign-On

Logging in to the Destiny library online catalog has just gotten easier for students, teachers, and librarians with our now-enabled Single Sign-On access. Start in the online portal for a more seamless integration and access the online catalog. On the Destiny Discover screen, click on the "Log In" text at the top right of the page. 

From there, you'll see a new SSO login button. When students access the catalog from the online portal, as soon as they click on the blue SSO login button, they'll be authenticated and pushed directly into their account in Destiny.

If you or your students have not yet logged into the portal, the Mesquite ISD login box will appear. Use your school network credentials to sign in to the catalog.

As librarians, your patron account has been set up with Librarian access. Although the generic librarian logins still work, you can now sign in to Destiny with your regular network credentials and have access to everything you need to manage your collection in Destiny.

Why Should Students & Teachers Sign in to Destiny?

Once logged into Destiny, students and teachers can quickly and easily access Biblionasium to track their reading, recommend books to others, leave reviews, and create book challenges (teachers).

Additionally, students and teachers can place books on hold quickly and easily. They can also check their account to see what books they currently have checked out, holds that are still pending, and any fines they may owe for lost books.

Finally, students and teachers can access ebooks and audiobooks on Overdrive through Destiny as well. We are working on making this process more seamless so that it is as easy as possible for everyone to access the resources they want without multiple logins.

PD in your PJs - August 2018

August 2018 Professional Development

OrganizationDate & TimeProfessional Development Title
ASCD WebinarsAugust 14, 2018 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDTReciprocal Teaching: New Insights and Tools for Boosting Reading Comprehension
Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)August 14- 15, 2018
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST
Working with Digital Repositories

edWeb.netAugust 1, 2018 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDTApps to Teach Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
August 6, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDTLevel Up Your Makerspace

August 7, 2018 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDTUnlocking Time: Let’s Make Every Minute Count

August 7, 2018 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDTUsing Data to Ensure Students Are Tech Ready

August 8, 2018 3:00 PM – 4:00 EDT5 Things to Give Up So Your Struggling Readers Won’t
August 9, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDTTrauma-Sensitive Practices for a Positive, Thriving Classroom
August 9, 2018 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDTReading and the Brain
August 13, 2018 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDTEducating Students and Parents About Privacy and Technology Overuse
August 14, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDTBest Practices for Promoting Development: Birth to Age Three
August 15, 2018 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDTFraming Language for English Learners

August 16, 2018 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDTCreative Expression as a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Tool
August 27, 2018 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDTCreating Student Voice and Choice for Coding and Robotics
August 29, 2018 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDTCultivating Future Ready Admin: Leading Digital Transformation Through Personalized Professional Development
Info2GoAugust 20, 2018 12:30 PM – 01:30 PM MDTIdentifying and Confronting Microaggressions in Our Libraries
OCLC WebjunctionAugust 14, 2018 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDTDigging into Assessment Data: Tips, Tricks, and Tools of the Trade
School Library JournalAugust 15, 2018 (all day)SLJ teen live, virtual conference
Simple K12August 2, 2018 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDTClassroom Management Tips for Kids and Adolescents
August 2, 2018 01:00 PM – 01:30 PM EDTLearning to Go! The Basics of Mobile Learning
August 11, 2018 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDTGetting Started with Makerspaces and STEAM
August 11, 2018 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM EDTSTEAM Up Learning to Inspire Inquiry, Critical Thinking, and Problem-solving
August 11, 2018 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDTEngage Students and Enhance Learning with Innovative STEAM Activities from Google
August 11, 2018 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDTGetting Started with Virtual Reality in Your Classroom
August 11, 2018 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDTConnect, Create, and Collaborate with Science Websites, Web Tools, and Apps
August 11, 2018 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDTIntegrate Coding Across All Subjects: It’s Easier than You Think
August 15, 2018 3:00 PM – 03:30 PM EDTGoogle Chrome: One of the Best Browsers for Educators
August 21, 2018 2:00 PM – 02:30 PM EDTUsing Google Forms and Tablets for Classroom Walk-Throughs
August 23, 2018 4:00 PM – 04:30 PM EDTCreative Ways to Fund the Cash-Strapped Classroom
TeachersFirstAugust 1, 2018 5:00 PM –6:30 PM CDTLevel Up Your Google Forms: Differentiate with Branching
August 7, 2018 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDTProven Techniques to Improve Reading and Writing
August 8, 2018 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM CDTDigital Storytelling Pt. 3
August 14, 2018 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM CDTTeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown
 *special thanks to Daniella Smith for collecting and posting these opportunities in her post on the AASL KnowledgeQuest blog.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Professional learning opportunity for MS/HS librarians

There is a shift in the ways in which library staff work with and for teens which includes a focus on: relationship building, facilitation of learning, impact and outcomes, and community engagement.  In this interactive session you will review and re-envision the world of library teen services. These are services with the goal of helping teens develop the skills, knowledge, and social emotional development needed for success in life.  At the end of the session you will have tools and knowledge for a revitalized approach to teen services and be able to begin integrating new and expanded ideas in your community right away. 

Presenter: Linda W. Braun is a learning consultant with LEO: Librarians & Educators Online and the CE Consultant for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). In her work she focuses on helping library and out of school time staff develop high-quality activities for and with teens. Linda is the co-author of the Future of Library Services for Teens: A Call to Action and Ready to Code: Connecting CS Opportunities to Youth Through Libraries. She has Master of Science Degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a Master of Education from Lesley University. 

Wednesday, August 22
Frisco Public Library
Registration: 8:30 am to 9:00 am
Workshop: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Lunch on your own, time to be announced
CE Credit: 6.5 TSLAC CE hours
Cost: FREE!
Target Audience: All librarians and library staff who work with teens or are interested in bringing teens to your library.
Participants will leave the workshop with:
  • A plan for improving services to teens in their library though activities and approaches that meet their developmental needs.
  • Tools for implementing recommended approaches to connect with teens.
  • Strategies for developing partnerships with other community organizations that serve teens.
  • A plan for evaluating impact and communicating the value of library service to teens to co-workers, supervisors, and other community stakeholders.
Questions?  Call or email:
Bethany Wilson
Youth Services Consultant

Click here to register!
This workshop series is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. (2017)

Friday, June 1, 2018

Digital Library Summer Read

OverDrive SummerREAD is an annual program designed to encourage your students to keep reading all year long. The titles selected can supplement other summer reading programs, and will offer unlimited access to students from June 6th-July 18. The collection of titles shown below will be prominently displayed on the Digital Library website in ebook format.

Need help with marketing materials for SummerREAD? Click below:

Marketing Overdrive SummerREAD

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Professional Learning Opportunities in North Texas - Summer 2018

June 2018

June 11
EdCamp Mesquite
Educators from all districts welcome.
The unconference where participants share ideas, strategies and problem-solve together in sessions that are created on the morning of the event.

Region 10 Tech Conference
This annual free event brings together inspiring teachers, campus and district leaders to share practical digital learning tools and strategies to create engaging classrooms and life-long learners.

June 18
Google Certified Educator Level 1 Bootcamp (CRN 18125101)
MISD staff only
If you're an educator who knows how to use Google tools in the classroom, this certification proves your proficiency. The Level 1 status indicates that an educator is able to successfully implement G Suite for Education into their teaching practice in order to enhance teaching and learning. This bootcamp is designed to provide the skills you will need to pass the Google Certified Educator Level 1 Exam. *Bootcamp is a preparation course only- the Google Certified Educator Level 1 Exam should be taken through Google on your own after course completion.

June 19-29
Prove You're a Rock Star (online course - CRN 18133601)
MISD staff only
Build an online presence using Google Sites to showcase your skills, abilities, and achievements as an educator. Whether your purpose is T-TESS documentation or branding yourself, a professional portfolio highlights the unique talents you bring to education. Participants will leave the course with a working digital portfolio that will expand as you learn and grow.

June 20 
EdCamp Library
Edcamp Library is back for a 3rd year! Join us for a day of collaboration and professional learning with school librarians from across Texas and earn 6 hours of PD credit. At Edcamp Library, you provide the content and determine the path for your own learning. We'll have goodies and door prizes to give away, too!

June 21
Genrefication: The Process (Region 10)
For librarians in districts that belong to the Region 10 Library Co-op.

Google Tools for the Busy Librarian (Region 10)
For librarians in districts that belong to the Region 10 Library Co-op.

June 26
MISD staff only
Feel like the four walls of your classroom are closing in on you? Get out and connect globally! Talk, tweet, and hang out with experts, authors, other classes, museums, and much more! Teach your curriculum with true authenticity using the real world and the people that live here!

MISD staff only
There are thousands of new books for young adults published each year. Find out the best new titles to read and recommend to your secondary students.

June 29
For librarians in districts that belong to the Region 10 Library Co-op.

July 2018

July 9-26 (online course)
MISD staff only
YouTube is a powerful medium for learning because it’s accessible to worldwide audiences and hosts a diverse collection of learning videos. Partnered with YouTube Creators Academy, this course offers strategies for all creators interested in making educational videos on YouTube— whether you want to provide skill-building tips, teach an online curriculum, make ‘how-to’ videos, or experiment with an entertaining learning series. Participants will need a smartphone or district staff iPad to create and add videos to their district YouTube channel. 

July 23
For librarians in districts that belong to the Region 10 Library Co-op.

July 23
For librarians in districts that belong to the Region 10 Library Co-op.

July 24
Professional development FOR librarians, BY librarians! This year’s conference blends librarian-led sessions WITH an unconference where you can collaborate with others around the topics you want to discuss when you arrive. Jennifer LaBoon, president of TLA will be opening by discussing “Goals, Alignment, and Relevancy: How to make the most of your library program.”

MISD staff only
There are thousands of new books for children published each year. Find out the best new titles and learn easy strategies for using them with your elementary students.
July 25
For Mesquite ISD employees only.
Join us for the first ever Mesquite ISD Technology Conference. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about new and creative educational technology ideas and strategies. Learn best practices for engaging your students with technology. See presentations by other Mesquite ISD teachers, administrators, and guest presenters. Learn how they make use of technology tools in their everyday lessons and administrative tasks.

August 3
Open to all educators in Region 10.