Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Region 10 Offerings for Librarians - Fall 2011

As members of the Region 10 Library Services Cooperative, MISD librarians, teachers and administrators are eligible to attend the workshops that are sponsored by Cooperative. Registration for these classes opens September 1. Click the link below to download a list of workshops that are available.

Fall 2011 Learning Opportunities Flyer

Monday, August 29, 2011

Elementary Only! Filter info

Mary and I now have a better understanding of how the filter should be working at the elementary campuses. This post will attempt to explain it. Please use the comments below to post your questions.

There are three levels of internet access:

  • 1. Basic – sites that have been “whitelisted” for access without a login.
  • 2. Student – Basic level + additional sites that have been identified as ok for student users.
  • 3. Staff – Basic level + Student level + additional sites that have been identified as ok for staff users.

Elementary library desktop machines for students will not require a login on startup every morning. (Actually, the login occurs “behind the scenes” and gives the Basic level of access.) The Firefox browser should open to your library web page. Users of these machines will be able to navigate to any site that is within the Basic level of access.

Anyone who needs to use these machines for Student or Staff level of internet access will need to go to the Apple menu and log off then login with their individual username and password. When they are finished browsing they will need to log off and reboot the machine.

We are currently working with Instructional Technology to create the “whitelisted” sites for the Basic level of access. This will include all sites in the mesquiteisd.org domain plus all of the library online resources. If there are other sites that your students use from the desktop workstations, please let us know what those are, so we can add those as well.

IMPORTANT: There is NO OVERRIDE anymore! If you are using a student workstation and see the screen below, it means that you are trying to access a site that is beyond the Basic level of access. If you enter your personal username and password, you are giving that workstation YOUR credentials and YOUR personal level of access for 45 minutes. This will allow anyone who uses that machine after you to “drive” around on the Internet using your driver’s license and makes YOU responsible for the sites they visit. Once you have entered your credentials, there is no way to log out. Restarting the machine does not log out either.

Rule of thumb: if you see this authentication screen on a library desktop or laptop, you are not logged in correctly.


This is a little different than we understood at the beginning of school. I’m sorry for the confusion. We are still working through how this will look and act.

I’m sure there will be questions. Through discussion, we’ll figure it out together!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Mesquite ISD Wins a Digie!

Debbie made Overdrive's blog post about the Digie winners!



iPad2 Tips


Check out this article. It has some great tips!
50 Really Useful iPad2 Tips and Tricks

Back to School Social

The Librarians' Annual Back to School Social will be held from 3:30-5pm on Tuesday, September 6.

We need your input regarding the location.

Option 1: Tea or soft drinks and queso at Tino's. Other food would be on your own tab.

Option 2: Punch and cake at a library. (We would need a volunteer to host!)

Please vote for Option 1 or Option 2 in the comments below and let us know your wishes. We will post the location early next week.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Searching the blog

We discovered that the search box I had added to the sidebar of the blog was not bringing back any results. Oh no!

The good news is that the search bar at the top of the screen does work. Click graphic below to enlarge.


Typing search terms in this box will bring back the most recent blog postings including that term. Whew!

Updated STAAR information from TEA


From the Region 10 ELAR/Literacy Listserv:

We wanted to direct you to a new source of STAAR information that TEA has placed on its web site.  There are some slight changes and clarifications to information you may have previously been given.  Pay special attention to slides 37-48, as they deal with graduation requirements, repeating 9th graders, and 8th grade students who take courses with a STAAR end-of-course assessment attached.

To find the PowerPoint, follow this link:
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/

and click on the first resource: TEA Update on the STAAR Program (PDF posted on 08/16/11)



State Funded Databases

You may notice that your resources pages look a little smaller this year. The state decided not to fund the databases as in the past few years. The databases we lost were EBSCO and Encyclopedia Britannica. We are very fortunate that we are still able to provide Gale and Worldbook! It's good to be in Mesquite ISD!! The only other database we cut was Opposing Viewpoints at the secondary level.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The OPAC has a new look!

Our OPAC has a new updated look! All the features and functionality are still in place. Play around with it and let me know if you have any problems.

Activity Report forms

Here are the links to the Library Activity Report online forms. Librarians will submit this information at the beginning of each six weeks for the six weeks prior.

Library Activity Report 11-12 (Elementary)

Library Activity Report 11-12 (Secondary)

Definitions:

Circulation classes - Classes that are checking out/returning books only.

Fixed classes (elementary only) - Classes that are dropped off in the library; teacher is not present OR Librarian does all instruction; teacher does not participate.

Independent research classes (secondary only) - Classes are doing research in the library; there is no direct instruction by the librarian; librarian is assisting students individually as needed

Collaborative instruction classes - Classes that are co-taught by librarian and teacher; teacher actively participates in the lesson

Reading lessons - lessons taught that focus on a reading objective, such as author's purpose, genre, inference, etc.

Research lessons - lessons taught that focus on a part of the Research Cycle, such as questioning, sources, note taking, etc.

Technology lessons - lessons taught that focus on students using a technology skill or tool, such as creating a PowerPoint, using the laptop, becoming familiar with the browser, etc.

Other lessons - lessons that don't fit into any of the above categories







Monday, August 22, 2011

iPad Scavenger Hunt with Atomic Learning Links

As promised...click below to get to the scavenger hunt with "ASK AL" links. Feel free to share with any iPad users on your campus!

iPad Scavenger Hunt with Atomic Learning Links

Library Expo - Call for Presenters


Library Expo is a FREE staff development opportunity for metroplex area librarians. Hosted by Plano ISD and Richardson ISD, this year's event will take place on Friday, October 21, 2011.

There is always a keynote speaker, but the breakout sessions are provided by volunteer librarians who are willing to share their great ideas with others.

If you would be willing to present a session (approximately 50 minutes), they would love to hear from you! The session presenter form is available on the Library Expo website at http://k-12.pisd.edu/library/expo.html.  

I hope some of you will consider presenting and sharing the fantastic things that are happening in MISD libraries!


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Library Sub Info

Library Sub Info is now posted on Google Docs. This document is shared with all of you and open for editing. If you have a sub that you could recommend for this list, please do so.

Library Sub Info document

Friday, August 19, 2011

Region 10 ELAR Update

from the Literacy Team at Region 10:


***Feel free to contact us through our Region 10 web page http://www.region10.org/EnglishLanguageArts/ ***

Welcome back!  We hope you all had a rejuvenating summer and that the air conditioners in all your buildings are working properly!

We wanted to let you know about a resource that may help you get your year started. We have color-coded the TEKS Vertical Alignment Document to show which standards are Readiness Standards (color-coded red) and which are Supporting Standards (color-coded yellow).  Here's how to find that document on our web site.

  1. First click here: http://olc.region10.org/catalog/utm_source=quicklinks&utm_medium=r10website&utm_campaign=Track2BOLC%2BEntrance
  2. (You can get here through "Quick Links" on the Region 10 home page.)
  3. Under RESOURCES, click LITERACY.
  4. Then click ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS READING RESOURCES.
  5. Click VIEW THIS RESOURCE.
  6. It will ask you to either log in to our Online Professional Development site, or to create a login.  This is separate from your regular Region 10 login, but you can set it up as the exact same login if you want.
  7. Once you're logged in, it will say something like "You are about to enroll in this course....."  Don't panic!  It's not a real course where you take tests or anything!  It's just the way the system is set up.  Once you're in, you have access to any of our resources.  The top one is ELAR TEKS READINESS AND SUPPORTING STANDARDS.  That's the color-coded version of the Vertical Alignment Document.
You'll also find other resources there that may interest you.

Let us know how we can support you as you begin this new year!


Apps to Add to your Ipad!

Don't forget to add these apps before our staff development on September 13th.

  • Animoto
  • QR Reader
  • Alice Lite
  • Toy Story Lite
  • Go Sky Watch
  • New York Roller Coaster Rush (free 3d version)
  • Dragon Dictation
  • iBooks
  • Dropbox (create account)
  • Mad Math Lite
  • Sight Words Free
  • Overdrive
Web Clips to Consider:
  • MISD Library Info
  • School Library Website
Please let me know if you have any trouble adding these apps!!

Writing Goals for the Year

At our Back to School meeting, we talked about the need to rethink what is important: the growth of the library or the growth of our students. I think we can all agree that we need to be spending more time on things that increase student learning and less on traditional library "stuff" just because we've always done it that way.

This year we will be practicing "selective abandonment" and giving priority to activities that benefit our students. One way of articulating what it is we do that adds value to the instructional program is through the goals that we set for ourselves.

When you are thinking about what you want to accomplish this year, identify the areas of greatest need for your students and determine how you can address these needs through the library program. These items become your goals for the year.

There is a form on Google Docs that you can use when writing up your goals for the year. Once you open the form, go to the File menu and choose Make a copy. Rename the file and after it is completed, you can share it back with me before we meet to discuss your goals.

I'm looking forward to visiting with each of you individually to discuss your plans for this year!

Goals form

Phone List 11-12

The list of librarians and their phone numbers has been shared with you on Google Docs. You will have to login with your MISD username and password to access the information.

Phone List 11-12

Periodical Lists

The list of magazines that you will be receiving on your campus this year are shared with you on Google Docs (the file name is "periodical list 11-12"). I'm also including the titles here in this post.

Elementary librarians had three lists to choose from: K-5, K-6 or Bilingual. If you can't remember which you chose, just give us a call.

K-5

American Girl
BMX Plus
Boys' Life
Discovery Girls
Dog Fancy
Girls' Life
Kids Discover
Library Sparks
Looney Tunes
National Geographic Kids
Ranger Rick
School Library Journal
Scooby Doo
Sports Illustrated for Kids
Tiny Titans
WWE Kids
Zoobooks

K-6

American Girl
BMX Plus
Boys' Life
Discovery Girls
Dog Fancy
J-14
Kids Discover
Library Sparks
Looney Tunes
National Geographic Kids
Ranger Rick
School Library Journal
Scooby Doo
Sports Illustrated for Kids
Tiger Beat
Tiny Titans
WWE Kids
Zoobooks

Bilingual

American Girl
BMX Plus
Boys' Life
Discovery Girls
Dog Fancy
Girls' Life
Iguana
Kids Discover
Library Sparks
Looney Tunes
National Geographic Kids
Ranger Rick
School Library Journal
Scooby Doo
Sports Illustrated for Kids
WWE Kids
Zoobooks

6-8

BMX Plus
Booklist
Girls' LIfe
J-14
Justine
Library Media Connection
Newsweek
People Weekly
Popstar Magazine
School Library Journal
Shonen Jump
Slam
Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated for Kids
Teen Vogue
Tiger Beat
Transworld Skateboarding
Twist

9-12

Booklist
Consumer Reports
Ebony
Entertainment Weekly
ESPN Magazine
Library Media Connection
Motor Trend
Motorcyclist
National Geographic
Newsweek
People en Espanol
People Weekly
Poder Hispanic
Popular Mechanics
Popular Science
School Library Journal
Seventeen
Shonen Jump
Southern LIving
Sports Illustrated
Teen Vogue
Texas Monthly
Time Magazine
USA Today
VOYA




Updating Workflows


Have you updated Workflows yet?

If you need instructions, click here.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Welcome!

Welcome to the MISD Library Info blog! This is the place to find up to date information for Mesquite ISD librarians.

After August 18, Library Services staff will no longer send out mass emails to all librarians. If you think about it, email is really inefficient as a one-to-many means of communication. If something in an email isn't clear, one person may ask a question and get a response that others with the same question never see. Another problem with mass emails is that recipients using the Reply All feature sometimes send out information that is not necessarily pertinent to everyone.

There are several benefits to using a blog in place of the group email.

  • Information is archived. Have you ever absent-mindedly deleted an email that included an attachment that you needed? I've been guilty of this myself! On the blog, everything will be archived and categorized by the month, so information is always readily available.
  • Information is searchable. Technically, email is searchable too, but if you have ever tried to use the Outlook search feature, you know that it is sometimes not user friendly. Plus with the limit on mailbox size, people often feel the need to delete. With this method, you will be assured that the information you need is always at your fingertips.
  • Comments are way more efficient than emailing. Say that I post some information about a new purchasing procedure and accidentally omit an important piece of information. If I had emailed it, I'd get several emails asking for clarification. I'd either have to respond to those emails individually or send out one of those "Oops, sorry, I forgot to tell you this..." emails. On the blog, one person asks the question in the comments, I can answer it once and everyone can see the answer.
So in order to be kept in the loop, you will have to commit to checking this blog on a daily basis. If it will help you remember, you can subscribe by email to be notified of new posts. You can add it to your Google Reader and check that every day. Another way to remind yourself to check it daily, might be to make this blog the start page that comes up when you open the browser on your computer. Even a post-it note on your computer monitor will work.

Whatever it takes to remind yourself to check the blog is ok - just check it!