Thursday, October 24, 2013

Setting up your iPad

All of the ipads (not purchased this year) are being picked up and brought to the TEC to be reconfigured and updated to iOS7.  The whole process will take several months and yours may not be picked up for a while.

There is a new process for logging in on iPads that is different from what librarians have done in the past.   Although we will no longer use the generic login for iTunes (, we WILL be able to download the apps you purchased under your generic library login.   To do this, follow the directions in the link below. 

Going forward we will not purchase apps.  If you still have money, contact me directly to determine how to use the remainder.

Texas Library Snapshot Day 2013

 What happens in a single day in your library?

Participating in Texas Library Snapshot Day will allow us to add our data to other data gathered statewide from all types of libraries. Images and statistics gathered during this month will be used to promote Texas libraries.

The "official" snapshot day is October 31, but you can select any day in before then as your Snapshot Day. Here's what to do:

1. Let your staff and students know about Snapshot Day in advance. 
2. On your chosen day, collect data, stories and photographs of things happening in your library. 
3. Submit your information using the MISD Libraries Snapshot Data form (link below) by November 1.

In addition to data, you will want to collect stories from your students and teachers about how the they use the library by surveying them on paper or online.

Online Survey

Paper Survey (Word doc - you may edit as you wish)

Finally, you will also need to take some pictures during the day and email them to Debbie or Mary.

We will compile all of this data and submit it as a district.

Thanks for your participation!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

Top Shelf Collection Development Idea

Want to increase student involvement in the library program? Need help choosing manga titles and graphic novels that kids like to read? Marnie Cushing at PHS addressed both of these issues by inviting students who read manga to have lunch in the library and help her choose titles to add to the Fall book order. She showed the advertisement below on the announcements and posted it to her Pirates Log blog, Facebook and Twitter to peak her students' interest. Click the link below to see the video.

Region 10 Library Services Blog

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Friday, October 18, 2013

New! Region 10 Library Listserv

from Terry Roper, Library Consultant, Region 10

Hello All,  

Please note that we have just started a Region 10 Library Services listserv as a vehicle to communicate timely and relevant information directly to librarians in the field.  This list will be reserved for notices of events, resources, and to generally disseminate information pertinent to area librarians and staff, not a place for general comments and discussion.   This is intended as a one-way communication tool only. 

Please subscribe directly so you can stay informed.  

Click the link below to register.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Library Expo 2013

Can't make it to Library Expo tomorrow? Follow tweets from the conference here and learn along with Expo attendees.

AASL Best Website: Socrative

Each year AASL puts together a list of Best Websites for Teaching and Learning and the AASL blog features posts on ideas for using these sites.

This month they are featuring Socrative.

Socrative is an online student response system that is currently being used by many teachers in our district - especially high school teachers who are leveraging the BYOD program.

It is a web tool that MISD librarians should be familiar with, so take a minute and click the link below to read the details about Socrative. Your teachers will think you are SO smart!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Top Shelf Online Newsletter

There are lots of web tools out there that can be used for communicating with teachers. 

Phyllis Grady and Karen Allen at Horn High School are using Smore for an online newsletter that highlights library activities and links their staff to lots of great information. They've even come up with a devastatingly clever title:

The Jag Wire 

Don't you just love it? See their latest edition embedded below.

Smore is free and super easy to use. Give it a try!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Top Shelf Tutorial

Your virtual library space is not only an access point to resources. It can also be an access point to instruction. 

Using tools like Educreations or Knowmia allows you to create tutorial that can teach your students at their point of need, 24/7. 

Elizabeth Warrick created a tutorial that teaches Range students how to use the MISD Digital Library. She has posted it on her Edmodo page and shared the link via Facebooks and Twitter. She could also embed it on her library web page.

Watch her tutorial below and let it inspire you! What kind of tutorial could you make to teach your students something while you're at home reading a book, enjoying dinner with your family or watching your favorite TV show?

Elizabeth, thanks for sharing your top shelf tutorial with us!

Note: Your tech facilitator is familiar with both of the tools above in addition to others. Give him or her a call if you need some help!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Coming soon to libraries with grades 6-8

Libraries that serve 6th, 7th or 8th grade students will be receiving a copy of The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School (TEKS edition). They are currently being processed and should be arriving on campus soon.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Getting started with the Digital Library

New marketing materials have been added to the collection on Docushare.  Just click the link below to download and print Getting Started material for your library! (You will need to login to Docushare)

Getting Started with the Digital Library

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Activity Report Due October 8

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