Thursday, May 25, 2017

Grant winners!

Several MISD librarians were awarded grants from the Mesquite Education Foundation this year. Here are the winners we know about. If there is someone we missed, let us know in the comments!

Liz Payne at Poteet High School will be adding to the Native Readers Collection and purchasing books for students in their native languages. Next year students at Poteet will have access to more materials in Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese, Urdu and others. Congratulations Liz!!!

Amy Milstead won a grant to turn the library at Thompson Elementary into an active learning environment. Thompson students can look forward to more makerspace equipment and furniture that allows for more flexibility in the library.

Amy Burris and Brenda Allen at Horn High School are the happy recipients of a grant to create a "future ready" space for their students. They will be adding collaborative work areas, comfortable seating for individuals and whole class areas with mobility and flexibility in mind.

Callie Dawson at McDonald Middle School received a grant to create a makerspace!

Congrats to all our grant winners and thanks to the Mesquite Education Foundation for supporting MISD libraries!


Favorite finds from around the web (about annual reports). 


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Presentation Opportunity

from Terry Roper, Region 10 Library Consultant:

Hello All,  Please consider submitting a presentation proposal for the August 11th Library Summit 2017 co-sponsored by Dallas ISD Library Media Services and Region 10 Library Media Services at Molina High School in Dallas.  The Summit is open to all.  No coop membership required.  We would love to have the entire area represented in both attendance and presentations!

The sessions will be 50 minutes long and co-presenters are certainly encouraged.  This is a great way to grow presentation skills, practice your stuff in front of a friendly audience, take a new presentation proposal for a test drive as practice for TLA, TCEA or other presentations in future.

Proposals must be submitted by July 10, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact me!

Thank you,

Monday, May 22, 2017

Perception is reality

How do your teachers and students perceive your activities towards the end of the year? Are you bringing back all the books and giving the impression that the library is now closed for business?

Reading and learning must continue to the very last day of school and library services must continue as well. Are you focused on getting all of the library books back or are you focused on getting all of your readers back in to provide them with new books to read over the summer?

You may have seen this video before, but it is a great reminder of how extremely important it is that students of poverty continue reading over the summer in order to keep up with their more affluent peers and not lose what they have worked so hard to achieve during the school year.

We should be less worried about losing books and more worried about kids losing reading skills.

Make sure that these last weeks of school kids and teachers know that the library is still open for business!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Digital Library Changes

I'm excited to share that on Thursday, May 18, our Digital Library is being updated to filter titles according to a user's access level. This popular request will create an easier and more customized experience for our students as they browse our collection.

How will this work?

·        Users will only see titles that they can borrow and place holds on based on their assigned access level (this includes titles at their level and below).

·        Your Subjects, Collections, and Levels menus will filter content based on the user’s access level.

o   The Subjects menu will be replaced with a page that displays all the subjects available to the user.
o   If a curated collection does not contain any titles accessible to the user, it will not display in the Collections menu.

What else do I need to know?

·        Direct links to titles, such as in MARC records, will still work the same as today. If a user clicks on a link to a title that is inaccessible to them, they will see the notice “This title is not available for your age level.”

·        The sign-in process for the Digital Library will remain the same. Please continue to let me know if we have any titles that have an incorrect access level. I can change those immediately.