Tuesday, March 27, 2012

World Book 2012 Yearbook

World Book has been sending out copies of the 2012 Yearbook in packages marked "15 day preview." Since these books were sent out unsolicited, you have three options, according to the United States Postal Service:

  • If you have not opened the package, you may mark it "Return to Sender," and the Postal Service will return it with no additional postage charged to you.
  • If you open the package and don't like what you find, you may throw it away.
  • If you open the package and like what you find, you may keep it for free. In this instance, "finders-keepers" applies unconditionally.

from Receipt of Unsolicited Merchandise (USPS)

Seeking librarians

The Personnel Services office has posted an announcement that they are now accepting applications for the position of school librarian. (see link below)

Announcement of Position Vacancy - Librarian (All Levels)

Applications are due to Mary Randall, Senior Director of Personnel by April 10. 

Applicants who have school library certification will be contacted by Library Services to schedule a screening interview. From these screening interviews, a pool of candidates will be created to fill positions should openings occur.

Please pass this information along to qualified candidates and encourage them to apply.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Elementary only: K-2 research

Lawrence Migdale / Photo Researchers / Universal Images Group 
I received the following information from Teddi Fulenwider today regarding research for grades K-2:

I am attaching the research lesson plan for K-2 which will be in Weeks 29 & 30.  I'd gotten emails from a few of the librarians before the break wanting to pull books and wanting to know the ‘topic’.  Unfortunately that will be decided whenever the teachers plan for those two weeks.
 The lessons are the same with the exception of level of independence and end product.  The TEKS are almost identical.
 Week 31, being STAAR is just read and enjoying good books.  They have the choice to continue or get a jump on Week 31.   Week 31 will be media literacy with pulling their research together using some sort of technology.  I have listed several websites for ideas on Eduphoria.
 Anyway, I hope this helps the librarians think about how they can help.

I didn't find the lessons she attachedon Eduphoria yet, so I have uploaded them to Docushare for you to review at your convenience. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Digital Library Help!

March-April-May Sony Giveaway is underway and we've had lots of calls for help! If you haven't had a chance to look at the Overdrive help lately, it's been improved! It walks the user through the process for the device type they have. To get to the help:
  • Click the Getting Started on the left hand side of the home page of the Digital Library
  • Click Digital Help
  • Click My Help
Please take a few minutes to review these helps! We don't want any users to go away frustrated by the process.

We can tell you are "talking it up"!! The statistics have been steadily improving over this school year. Thanks for all you do to turn our students, teachers and parents into READERS!!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Friday Fun

This year's Oscar for Best Animated Short went to a beautiful little film that celebrates the power of story. The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore (embedded below) was written and directed by William Joyce, author of Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo, George Shrinks, and (my personal favorite) Santa Calls - among others.