Monday, April 30, 2012

Periodical list for 12-13

It's time to renew our magazine subscriptions for next year!

Based on the feedback you provided, I have updated the periodical lists for next year. You can see the new lists here.

If you have strong feelings about a title that needs to be removed or added, please let me know ASAP. We will be sending these lists to Cox for a quote by the end of this week.

Internet Safety and Plagiarism Videos

Atomic Learning just posted two new video series that are available to our teachers, students, and their families: Internet Safety and Avoiding Plagiarism

The Internet Safety online training will drive home a constant theme to take into consideration that everything we post on the Internet is both public and permanent. 

Avoiding Plagiarism teaches what information requires citation, to learning how to paraphrase and use in-text citation, to creating reference and works cited pages using free online tools. 

Take a look and share with teachers and students!

 Universal Images Group Britannica Imagequest

Friday, April 27, 2012

Librarian staff development - May 1, 2013

Please join us for the TLA Sharing Session on Tuesday, May 1 from 12:30-3:30 in the Leadership Room at the PDC.

Elementary librarians who are covering a 3rd grade class during that time will be provided a sub.

The format of our meeting will be a little different this year. Instead of rotating to small group sessions, you will get to see two fabulous TLA presentations in their entirety. We are able to do this because there were two sessions at TLA presented by MISD librarians!

The presentations will be:

Reel Read: from Movie to Book Programs for Tweens and Teens

Want to host a literacy event for your students? Find out how to use popular movies and book themes to build literacy as well as curricular projects. Speakers will cover everything from writing grant proposals and planning collaboration to publicity and ideas for followup.

Presenters: Sherry Doran, NMHS and Leann Weatherly, Black Elementary

Bypass the Boring! Revolutionize Your Library Communications

Want to re-energize communications with faculty and administrators? Need a new idea for promoting your library? In this session, find answers to these questions and more using web tools to showcase innovative programming in your library.

Presenters: Marnie Cushing, PHS and Colleen Duke, Seabourn Elementary

In addition, we will see a TLA slideshow and discuss end of year procedures.

Refreshments will be provided.

See you there!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

TitleWise Collection Analysis

We have submitted your collection to Follett for analysis.  One benefit of this is to check for duplicates as you work on your book order. You don't need to do anything.  It automatically updates new titles added to your collection since we last submitted in October 2011.  It is also a tool to help you find strengths and weaknesses in your collection. To view your collection analysis:
  • Login to Titlewave
  • Click Collection Management in the upper right corner
  • Click your school name
  • Choose the analysis for April 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Last day to circulate?

Can you believe summer is just around the corner? :-) All materials are due in the library on May 17th. Although teacher materials show this date as well, please be flexible in their needs to teach to the end of the year. The library is also to remain open until the end of school for research, computer use, etc... Please let me know if you have any questions!

We'll talk about other End of Year Procedures on May 1st at our TLA Sharing session.

Britannica ImageQuest Andersen Ross / Blend / Learning Pictures / Universal Images Group

Monday, April 16, 2012

MISD librarians tweet from TLA!

This year MISD librarians who are attending TLA will be using Twitter to share what they are learning with those who aren't attending the conference.

To make it easier for you to follow their updates, I have embedded a Twitter widget into a page on our Policies and Procedures wiki.

***Please make it a point to check this page several times a day this week. We will be discussing the use of Twitter as a sharing method at the TLA Sharing Session on May 1 and I'd like for everyone to be able to participate.***

Click here for MISD Librarian Tweets from TLA 2012

If you leave the page up on your computer, you will need to refresh it every so often to see new tweets that have been posted.

Also on this wiki page is a link to some training resources about Twitter, if you are interested.

Belong @ your digital library!

Overdrive wants to hear from you about why your students "belong @ the digital library". Read below to find out more. Prizes involved! :-)

Enter Our School Library Month Contest

April 4th, 2012

To help celebrate the American Association of School Librarians' School Library Month, we want to hear about how students are engaging with your digital library.

April is School Library Month, a time to celebrate all the great things that libraries have to offer students. All month long, the American Association of School Librarians is encouraging librarians to create activities to help their communities celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student’s educational career. This year’s theme is “YOU belong @ your library,” and we think the idea applies to your digital library, as well.

Whether searching for additional resources for a research paper, prepping for upcoming finals or just enjoying a leisure read, students find endless opportunities for engagement at physical and digital libraries. The AASL has listed “Ten Reasons Why You Belong at Your School Library“:

1. Expand your world online
2. Find endless opportunities
3. Get a global perspective
4. Research anything
5. Explore new ideas
6. Enjoy great programs
7. Study in a quiet place
8. Hang out with friends
9. Feel safe
10. Lose yourself in a good book

Surely, your students have their own reasons why they enjoy your digital library, and we’d like to hear about them. This month, share your and your students’ reasons with us—via quotes, photos, videos, you name it—for a chance to win an MP3 player. To enter, post in the comments below, share your ideas on our Facebook wall, or simply email me.

At the end of the month, we’ll announce the winners and share the top reasons why your students enjoy your digital library. We hope to hear from you!

Adam Sockel is a Marketing & Outreach Specialist at OverDrive.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

March Sony Giveaway!

Congratulations to Tika Cannon, teacher at Mcwhorter Elementary, for being our first winner in the Digital Library Sony Giveaway! Remember we will give away 1 more in April and 2 in May!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Summer staff development opportunties

Update 4/13/2012: The original flyer sent from Region 10 had an incorrect date on it. The links below have been updated to the corrected flyer.

from Terry Roper, Library Consultant at Region 10:

Hello All,  I have attached the new summer sessions for members of the Region 10 library services cooperative . Please share this flyer with your library staff.  Note that registration for these sessions will be open on April 16, 2012. The classes are designed for librarians and library paraprofessionals in the cooperative but, we love to help foster collaboration between librarians and teachers so we encourage other interested educators to attend with their librarians when the sessions are relevant and space and resources allow.

We are offering many value-added benefits to our summer sessions:

June 25     Free TCEA membership to those attending either workshop

June 29     Free Kapco Book Repair kit 

July 10      Free book and CD from Suzy Red  Bringing Books to Life

July 11      Free book and CD from Suzy Red  Reading Out of the Box

July 13      Free book by Dr. Sylvia Vardell  The Poetry Teacher's Book of Lists

 Aug. 3      Free resource by Pat Miller   The Library Brain

Again, please note that registration will not be open until April 16th and librarians and library support staff will get priority registration.

Region 10 Library Cooperative Offerings - Summer 2012 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Professor Nana comes to town

A couple of weeks ago I spent the day at Region 10 with Teri Lesesne (aka Professor Nana), courtesy of our membership in the Region 10 Library Cooperative. I was happy to see that several other MISD librarians were in attendance also. We all got the scoop on the newest in children's and YA lit, plus enjoyed a lovely lunch together! It was a great day.

For those that didn't get to go, I'm posting the PowerPoint and handout for you. On the handout, I have marked the titles that are available in our Preview Library.

How to Be a Reading STA(A)R: Crossing Genres with Books (ppt)

Presentation handout/book list (doc)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

World Book materials

You will soon be receiving the most recent catalog from World Book. Though you may not be considering a new set of encyclopedias, World Book offers many high quality nonfiction books that are not necessarily "reference" materials. Even though they are sold as sets, the books are cataloged individually and can be circulated. Please take a look at these materials as you compile your orders to turn in at the end of the year. If you have any questions, please contact our local World Book rep, Cindi Burnside at: 214.348.0595 or

Monday, April 2, 2012

Selecting periodicals for 12-13

It's time to start thinking about periodicals and if we want to make any changes to our subscriptions for next year.

Please give us your feedback by completing this form before April 30.

School Library Month/National Library Week

April is upon us, and with our lovely spring weather comes the opportunity to celebrate School Library Month (all month long) AND National Library Week (April 8-14) AND School Librarian Appreciation Day (April 10)!

AASL has excellent resources on its website to give you good ideas on special activities and advocacy efforts to promote the importance of school libraries.  Take a look at the School Library Month webpage:

Then check out  the ALA webpage for even more ideas:

ALA has also made a request for stories, programs, and promotion plans that can be shared in an upcoming national press release for National Library Week.  Great things are going on in Mesquite libraries -- here is your chance to share the good news! If you want to share what you are doing, contact Megan McFarlane at ALA.

Megan McFarlane
Campaign Coordinator
The Campaign for America's Libraries

Love the common theme for these celebrations  -- YOU BELONG @ YOUR LIBRARY.