Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fun facts to know and tell

As you start this school, here are a couple of fun facts to share:

In the 2012-13 school year, TEA registered 4,640 school librarians and 5,075,840 students (from early education through grade 12). 

In Mesquite ISD we have 48 librarians and almost 39,000 students or 1 librarian for every 812 students.

School libraries have miles of books!
·        Want to figure out how many miles of books you have?
·        Multiply the # of books in your collection by 9; then divide that number by 12 = feet of books if lined up length to length (with 9” being the standard length).
·        You can then calculate the number of miles you have. Remember 5280 feet equals one mile.
·        You can come up will all sorts of playful facts (i.e., we have 15 football fields’ length of books; we have enough books to cross the town, etc.).

Mesquite libraries have enough books to stretch from here to Waco! How many miles of books does your library have?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

Continuing Education Opportunity from TLA

As a school librarian, a.k.a. teacher-librarian, you are called upon to manage a department, collaborate with other teachers, teach students, integrate new technologies, and be a leader on your campus. Does your principal know how critical you are to the success of your school? 
Learn how to improve your skills in the five major roles of a school librarian - and communicate your value to administrators, other faculty, and students. Five veteran teacher-librarians will share their practical tips for management, collaboration, teaching, technology, and most importantly, leadership. More information is available at
I-DO-Make-A-Difference online course
Sept. 9-20
Sept. 30 – Oct. 1
Oct. 21 – Nov. 1
Nov. 11-22
Dec. 2-13
This course consists of 5 modules, which may be taken independently or as a series. Each module includes two 90-minute webinars and approximately two hours of readings and online discussion, resulting in 5 contact hours of Continuing Education Credit, or 25 CPE hours for the entire series. The Texas Library Association is accredited by the Texas State Board of Educator Certification, certificate number  500383.
  1. i-DO-lead: Find the  leader in YOU. Learn how to prepare to take your seat at the instructional and leadership table. This module is free to TASL members and takes place September 9 through 20, beginning with a webinar by Dr. Mary Long at 7pm on September 9 and again on September 16.
  2. i-DO-collaborate: Connect standards to curriculum implementation and learn to design curriculum you can use. The course runs September 30 through October 11, with webinars by Stacy Cameron at 7pm on September 30 and October 7.
  3. i-DO-manage: Establish and meet the “big picture” of administering a strong school library program. The course runs October 21 through November 1, with webinars by Jennifer LaBoon on October 21 and 28.
  4. i-DO-teach: Unpack the standards and identify the fit for school libraries in the classroom. Learn how to develop and promote your role as an instructional expert. The course runs November 11 through 22, with webinars by Teresa Diaz at 7pm on November 11 and 18.
  5. i-DO-tech: Find out how to become tech savvy, convert those skills into quality instructional tools and infrastructure, and learn to become recognized for your technical leadership. The course runs December 2 through 13, with webinars by Renee Wood at 7pm on December 2 and 9. 
All webinars are recorded and may be viewed at your convenience within the term of the module.
Registration for members of the Texas Association of School Librarians costs $300 for the entire series or $75 per module if taken individually, but additional discounts may apply (lowest possible rate is $45 per module, see for details). Register before September 8, 2013. 

If you are interested in taking this course, please contact Library Services. If there is enough interest, we may be able to subsidize the registration fee.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Great library orientation ideas

Need inspiration for this year's library orientation? Joyce Valenza pulls together ideas from great librarians all over the country to give us some inspiration! Click the link below for the whole post.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Reading Lists for Everyone!

Back to school is the perfect time to catch up on TLA’s many reading lists, including the new Tejas Star Book List.
The Tejas Star List is central to a new voluntary reading program for ages 5-12. It focuses on bilingual (English/Spanish) and Spanish language titles. TLA's Tejas Star Reading List Task Force has recently assumed sponsorship of the list, which originated as the Tejas Star Book Award under the auspices of the Region I ESC.”The titles are listed at .
Be sure and visit TLA’s reading list page for information about all of TLA’s reading lists.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Presentation opportunity

from Craig Wheeler
Aaron Haupt / Photo Researchers / Universal Images Group
Chair, TLA District 5

Howdy, District 5!
Fall Meeting for District 5 will be Thursday, Nov. 7, 2PM to 5PM at the MISD/TAMUC Center in Mesquite. I am looking for two or three more 1 hour sessions to fill out our schedule. We already have sessions on Facebook & Twitter, LinkedIn, GIS, Cloud computing, Pinterest, and GoodReads.

I'd like to find two or three more 1 hour session to offer. We have two time blocks: 3PM to 350PM; 4PM to 450PM. If you would like to present a session on a web based tool you feel is helpful to libraries and librarians let me know by Friday, August 16. We have classroom spaces with full connectivity and projectors. You would bring materials and your expertise.

Mary here: This would be a great opportunity to share your knowledge with other librarians in our area and it's right in our own backyard! If you are interested in presenting, please email Craig at