Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Teen Tech Week is coming!

This year the official Teen Tech Week happens to coincide with our Spring Break, but there's nothing that says you can't celebrate another week in March.

The Teen Tech Week ning says:
Teens’ use of nonprint resources has increased dramatically in recent years, yet more teens are doing this from home instead of the library. There have been multiple studies finding that the majority of teens lack the critical thinking skills and technical expertise to use the Internet and other electronic resources effectively. Teens need to know that the library is a trusted resource for accessing information and that librarians are the experts who can help them develop the skills they need to use electronic resources effectively and efficiently.

Celebrating Teen Tech Week can help you promote this idea to your teachers and students.

This year's theme is Check In @ Your Library. I encourage you to open your physical and virtual doors to our teen (and tween) students sometime during the month of March and showcase all of the outstanding technology you offer, from services such as help with creating technology products and digital citizenship instruction to resources like e-books, audiobooks, video, music, databases and more.

If a whole week of technology related activities is too much, maybe schedule a Tech Day for your kids. Whatever you decide to do, it will be a great way to help your teachers and students begin to tie libraries and technology together.

The Teen Tech Week web site has some awesome ideas to get you started. Check them out at the links below:

Event & Activity Ideas

25 Easy Ways Teens Can Celebrate Teen Tech Week

If you're thinking about having a Teen Tech Week or Teen Tech Day in your library, let us know when and what you will be doing in the comments below.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Notable Children's Books 2013

The list of Notable Children's Books for 2013 from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has been posted.

There are also new lists of Notable Children's Recordings and Notable Children's Videos
These are great resources to use as you compile the order you will turn in at the end of the year!

Overdrive updates!

Overdrive is making some changes I think you will love!  See the letter below from our rep.  Be sure to click on the browser-based reading link to find out more about this great and EASY feature!

Dear School Partner,

I am pleased to report that your school’s OverDrive-powered website will be updated with a few new features as part of OverDrive’s Next Generation School Library platform on Tuesday, February 5. These new features will simplify the user experience for your students, staff members, administrators, and community. Please review the following important information prior to launch.

1.      OverDrive Read: We are extending your eBooks to new devices with the introduction of OverDrive Read. In addition to all of the current apps, eReaders, and other options your students will continue to enjoy, this new browser-based reading option allows users to read many eBooks immediately without installing any apps or Adobe activation. Students will be given the option of reading in their browser, when available, with the simple click of a button after checking out a title. More information.

Please note: Users of Internet Explorer 7, 8, or 9 will be prompted one time to install a Google Chrome Frame Plugin. The plugin is free and only takes a few seconds to install.

2.      One-Step Checkout
With “One-Step Checkout,” students will simply click on a title and choose to add to their Locker, where they can immediately begin enjoying the title.

3.      Content restriction behavior: Since your school is restricting some titles from checkout by designated users, we have also made an additional update based on feedback from many of our partners. Instead of going through the process of trying to check out a title and then being blocked, students will no longer see Locker, Sample, Wait, or Wish List buttons on any title that is not accessible to them based on their patron type.

4.      Updated Help page: An updated Help page will be implemented to assist users with the new process.

5.      Accessibility improvements

We are confident that your school and users will greatly appreciate the ease of use of these updates. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Friday, February 1, 2013

And the winner is...

Mesquite ISD 3rd-6th graders have voted and the favorite book from this year's Bluebonnet list is:

This year we had 2,987 students participate in this student choice program. Each one read at least 5 books for a whopping total of 14,935! That's a lot of reading going on.

Shaw Elementary was the leader with 420 votes coming from that campus.

Will MISD kids predict the winner for the state? We'll soon find out...

Best Fiction for Young Adults 2013

In addition to the Newbery and Caldecott awards, several best books lists came out of last week's ALA Midwinter meeting. Here is the top 10 titles from the Best Fiction for Young Adults list.