Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The 12 Books of Christmas 2017 from Library Services

Tips for Cultivating Community Partnerships

This afternoon's Future Ready Librarians webinar on cultivating community partnerships has some unique ideas for working with student groups and using your makerspace as an avenue for creating service projects. It's about 40 minutes*** and well worth your time!


***If you don't have 40 minutes, click the gear on the video, change the speed to 2 and you can watch it in 20!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

PermaBound Series Tracker

The Series Tracker service from PermaBound is designed to help you monitor when new titles are released in best-selling fiction series. it also provides a single, convenient location for you to access relevant series content for the series that we track.
Librarians can create a custom list of series that you would like to track over time and receive notifications when new titles become available within the Perma-Bound ordering system. Each month, you will receive two emails from Perma-Bound. On the 1st of each month, you will receive an email detailing which fiction series have recently been added to the tool. On the 15th of each month, an email will notify you of any new titles or formats that have been added to the fiction series you are tracking.
If you don’t see a fiction series that you wish to track, please make a suggestion by contacting us at seriestracker@perma-bound.com.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Teacher Day at TLA

Teacher Day @ TLA has officially opened registration. Are you asking yourself "What is TD@TLA?"  Here is a description from The Texas Library Journal that says it better than I could.

Classroom teachers dream about attending the TLA Annual Conference - and they might not even know it. Books, authors, technology integration, makerspaces, curriculum connections, librarians who want to collaborate; isn't that the stuff teachers' dreams are made of? Teachers who experience a TLA conference could return to their districts as library advocates and collaborators or even become librarians themselves.

Last year's event was amazing and this year will be even better!  Our keynote speaker is the incomparable Christopher Paul Curtis, and yes, every attendee will receive a signed copy of his new book that will be released in early 2018.

We all know that one teacher who loves to collaborate or who would make a fabulous librarian.  Advocate for your library and invite them to TLA 2018. Space is limited to the first 100 teachers and their sponsoring librarian.

Invite a teacher today!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Seabourn Elementary Library Tour

Many of our librarians have expressed an interest in seeing what other libraries in the district look like. Since I am in and out of our libraries all the time, I thought that I would try to make some videos highlighting the decor and arrangement of the various libraries in Mesquite ISD.

This year an existing campus in our district that first opened in the 1960s got a brand new building, which included a beautiful new library.

Watch the video below for a tour! (If you're reading this post via email, click through to the blog to see the embedded video.)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

AASL Conference is coming this weekend

The AASL (American Association of School Librarians) Conference is taking place at the end of this week, November 9-11! 

This conference is especially exciting because this is where the updated national standards for school library programs will be officially released. 

Since I can't be there in person, I will be attending virtually. See the blog post linked below for hashtags to follow and other ways you can participate in this national professional learning opportunity for school librarians.

By: Jane Lofton

Monday, October 30, 2017

School Administrators Conference at TLA 2018

Have you ever said or thought, "My administrators just don't understand how a library in the 21st century can contribute to student learning. They just want me to check out books..." If you have, consider inviting them to the School Library Administrators Conference at TLA this year. This "conference within a conference" will open up a whole new library world to campus and district administrators with a limited view and will also be beneficial for library supervisors who already have a grasp on how powerful a great library program can be. 

Administrators who accept the invitation to attend will also have access to the full TLA Conference and the Exhibit Hall. 

Click the links below to submit your administrator's contact information, then let them know that they will be receiving an invitation!

I have submitted my supervisors' names for an invitation. Why don't you submit yours too?

14th Annual Conference on
Increasing Learner Success through
Effective School Library Programs

It's time to recommend your Administrators!

Dear fellow Texas School Librarian,

It's time to recommend your administrators for the School Administrator's Conference during TLA 2018 in Dallas, Texas. This free, one-day conference will focus on helping administrators understand how to maximize the value of their school library program. Administrators will be able to participate in the entire TLA conference as well as be able to network within other administrators throughout the state. This is a wonderful opportunity to treat your administrator to a program regarding the influence of libraries and librarians on student achievement. We hope that you will encourage them to participate.

If you have any questions, please contact Kasey Hyde. You may also check in to see if your administrator has let us know that they will be attending. Administrator RSVPs are requested by March 31. More information about the TLA Conference and the School Administrator's Conference can be found on the TLA website at: http://www.txla.org/SchoolAdminConf.