Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Top Shelf TexQuest Usage

Kudos to MISD librarians, teachers and students! We made the list of top users of TexQuest for the month of October! 

Below is an excerpt from the December Texas School Libraries newsletter, sent out monthly by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

TexQuest Usage in October 2014
We have started to analyze some of the usage statistics that will soon be available for you through the State Library's ChalkDUST application and your TPS Report, and we are pleased to recognize several districts and schools with amazing usage numbers in the month of October. We are collecting three COUNTER 4 Measures: Regular Searches, Result Clicks, and Record Views. For more on these measures, see the COUNTER website. These stats are presented by product; your district or school might have higher totals for all of the resources combined - I'm still working on those! :-)

  • Most District Searches - Katy ISD - 14,878 (Opposing Viewpoints in Context)
  • Most District Record Views - Mesquite ISD - 13,273 (National Geographic Kids)
  • Most District Result Clicks - Katy ISD - 12,374 (Opposing Viewpoints in Context)
  • Most High School Campus Searches - Klein Oak HS - 8,923 (Opposing Viewpoints in Context)
  • Most High School Campus Record Views - Deer Park HS - 7,610 (Literature Resource Center)
  • Most High School Campus Result Clicks - Deer Park HS - 7,591 (Literature Resource Center)
  • Most Middle School Campus Searches - Monzano Middle (Brownsville ISD) - 2,713 (InfoTrac Newsstand)
  • Most Middle School Campus Record Views - Cobb Middle (Frisco ISD) - 1,317 (Opposing Viewpoints in Context)
  • Most Middle School Campus Result Clicks - Cobb Middle (Frisco ISD) - 1,268 (Opposing Viewpoints in Context)
  • Most Elementary School Campus Searches - Presa EL (Ysleta ISD) - 2,349 (Kids InfoBits)
  • Most Elementary School Campus Record Views - Tough EL (Conroe ISD) - 5,395 (National Geographic Kids)
  • Most Elementary School Campus Result Clicks - Presa EL (Ysleta ISD) - 1,392 (Kids InfoBits)

Out and about

Mr. Schu, school librarian and blogger extraordinaire, started taking Vine videos of things that were happening in his library and posting them to his blog. Here's one of his posts:

Last week told through Vines

Since I'm not one to let a good idea go unstolen, I tried making my own Vines during last week's walkthroughs. Here are some of the things that were going on in MISD libraries last week.

SOLE research at Pirrung Elementary

National History Day projects and computer use at Berry Middle School. (I didn't get the other class that was doing SSR before my time ran out.)

Pictures with Santa at Rutherford Elementary

A great genre display at Kimball Elementary (Buffie was at lunch when I was there, so she doesn't even know I took this - heh heh heh).

Isn't that fun? Who will be Vined next???

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12 Books of Christmas--Day 12

For the 12th book of Christmas a good friend gave to me...
Getting Things Done by David Allen

The new year is almost upon us with new year's resolutions right behind! If you have "get more organized" on your list, this book is for you. I read it several years ago and still use many of the methods like the "2-minute rule".  If a task takes less than 2 minutes, do it and move on.

From Goodreads:
"...In Getting Things Done Allen shows how to:

* Apply the "do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it" rule to get your in-box to empty
* Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations
* Plan projects as well as get them unstuck
* Overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed
* Feel fine about what you're not doing

From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done can transform the way you work, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down."

Monday, December 15, 2014

12 Books of Christmas - Day 11

For the 11th book of Christmas, a good friend gave to me...

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

This is one of the best books I read this year. It broke my heart and I used up lots of Kleenex with this one! You've been warned.

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time. (Goodreads summary)

Friday, December 12, 2014

12 Books of Christmas--Day 10

For the 10th book of Christmas a good friend gave to me...The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

You may remember this book being in the news recently.  It was on the Highland Park controversial book list that some wanted to ban. It brought home to me the fact that we never know what our students live through at home.

Goodreads synopsis:
"The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette's brilliant and charismatic father captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn't want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing--a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family."

Thursday, December 11, 2014

12 Books of Christmas - Day 9

For the 9th book of Christmas, a good friend gave to me...

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

How to describe this book? Richly imagined, haunting, hypnotic, beautiful, totally original. I've really never read anything else like it. Here's the summary from Goodreads:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called "Le Cirque des Reves," and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway--a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love - a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

12 Books of Christmas--Day 8

For the 8th book of Christmas a good friend gave to me... Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

I actually listened to the audio book from the digital library for this one.  The reading is well done and pulls you in quickly.  Think a dark "Groundhog Day". Below is the Goodreads synopsis.

"...For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—"Cupid Day"—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined."

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

12 Books of Christmas - Day 7

For the 7th book of Christmas, a good friend gave to me...

I'm a sucker for a good productivity blog or book - always tweaking my organizational methods and looking for better ways to keep track of all I have to do. This book is written in short little chapters that have great ideas for how to stay focused and not get bogged down with time wasters - like maybe reading productivity books? Ha. 

Here's the Goodreads summary:

Based upon his weekly Harvard Business Review columns (which is one of the most popular columns on, receiving hundreds of thousands of unique page views a month), 18 MINUTES clearly shows how busy people can cut through all the daily clutter and distractions and find a way to focus on those key items which are truly the top priorities in our lives.

Monday, December 8, 2014

12 Books of Christmas--Day 6

For the 6th book of Christmas a good friend gave to me...

Ten little fingers and ten little toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury

A friend recommended this to me when my granddaughter was born several years ago. (almost 6 years ago!! wow) It has become my favorite to gift for new babies and is PERFECT as the bedtime "go to" book.Would make a great Christmas gift for anyone with small children. Below is the starred review from Booklist.

*Starred Review* A standout for its beautiful simplicity, this picture-book collaboration between Fox and Oxenbury aims a message of diversity and tolerance at very young children. The first lines set up the text’s repetition and rhythm: “There was one little baby who was born far away. And another who was born on the very next day. And both of these babies, as everyone knows, had ten little fingers and ten little toes.” The subsequent spreads follow the same theme in similarly bouncing, rhyming lines: babies around the world may be different (one baby is born near ice, another in a desert tent), but the refrain of each baby’s 10 fingers and toes reminds us of what we all share. Oxenbury’s spare pencil-and-watercolor pictures, set against pure white pages, zero in on pudgy little hands and feet, offering many interactive opportunities for young viewers to point and count. Clusters of adorable multicultural babies from around the world toddle across the pages until just one child receives three kisses on the nose from her loving mom, a sweet gesture that parents will want to act out with their own children. A gentle, joyous offering. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Gillian Engberg

Friday, December 5, 2014

December literacy meeting

Yesterday I attended the elementary Literacy Specialists' December meeting. They continued the discussion of genre and had a book exchange. 

Click here for my notes.

MISD Literacy Specialists

Invent to Learn book study

Secondary librarians met this week to discuss chapters 5-7 of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom by Syliva Libow Martinez and Gary Stager. Because some of the group could not attend, we supplemented our face to face discussion with a Twitter chat under the #misdlibraries hashtag.

I compiled the tweets using a tool called Storify and the result is below for your review. (click through to see embedded content).

12 Books of Christmas - Day 5

For the 5th book of Christmas, a good friend gave to me...

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make. (Goodreads summary)

Skip the badly reviewed movie version and read this wonderful YA novel instead. So, so good!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

12 Books of Christmas--Day 4

For the 4th book of Christmas a good friend gave to me... Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell

You may have seen the movie but the book is so detailed and gives such vivid descriptions of the life of a US Navy SEAL and one momentous mission.  Read the book!! This gave me such pride in our armed forces and the sacrifices they make for us every day!  Below is from Goodreads.

"This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history. But it is also, more than anything, the story of his teammates, who fought ferociously beside him until he was the last one left-blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and still breathing. Over the next four days, badly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell fought off six al Qaeda assassins who were sent to finish him, then crawled for seven miles through the mountains before he was taken in by a Pashtun tribe, who risked everything to protect him from the encircling Taliban killers.

A six-foot-five-inch Texan, Leading Petty Officer Luttrell takes us, blow-by-blow, through the brutal training of America's warrior elite and the relentless rites of passage required by the Navy SEALs. He transports us to a monstrous battle fought in the desolate peaks of Afghanistan, where the beleaguered American team plummeted headlong a thousand feet down a mountain as they fought back through flying shale and rocks. In this rich , moving chronicle of courage, honor, and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers one of the most powerful narratives ever written about modern warfare-and a tribute to his teammates, who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country."

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

12 Books of Christmas - Day 3

For the 3rd book of Christmas, a good friend gave to me...

Forget everything you think you know about Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. Previous books and films, including the brilliant 1967 movie starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, have emphasized the supposed glamour of America's most notorious criminal couple, thus contributing to ongoing mythology. The real story is completely different -- and far more fascinating. (Goodreads summary)

This book WAS fascinating to me. As a third generation Dallas native, it was so interesting to read about familiar places and try to picture what those areas of Dallas looked like in the 1930s. I also remember my granddaddy telling me about when he went to see the bodies of Bonnie and Clyde laid out in the funeral home. With newly revealed information from surviving family members, this book was extremely well-researched and written.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

12 Books of Christmas--Day 2

For the 2nd book of Christmas, a good friend gave to me...

Family crisis, suspense, guilt and betrayal!!  What more could you want?
William Landay was a former district attorney and knows exactly how to write about crime.  Defending Jacob was a New York Times bestseller a couple of years ago.  Below is from Landay's website.  This is a book that stayed with me long after I read it.

"At home, Andy Barber is a quiet family man, a devoted husband and father. At work, he is a trusted senior prosecutor, the District Attorney’s right hand and master trial lawyer.

When a teenaged boy is found dead in the woods near Barber’s suburban home, naturally he takes on the investigation, as he has countless homicides before. But the case may be Barber’s undoing: in an unexpected swerve, Barber’s own 14-year-old son, Jacob, is accused of the murder.

The boy insists he is innocent, and Barber rallies to his son’s defense — as any father would, he thinks, as any father must. But defending Jacob exacts a terrible price. Neighbors lock their doors against him. Jacob’s classmates refuse to talk. Barber’s marriage begins to crumble as his beloved wife Laurie buckles under the relentless pressure of suspicion. Finally, as Jacob’s trial intensifies, Barber faces a trial of his own, in which he is forced to confront his own secret history, a past he thought he’d buried long ago."

Monday, December 1, 2014

12 Books of Christmas - Day 1

In honor of the traditional holiday song, the 12 Days of Christmas, we will celebrate these three weeks before Winter Break with a 12 Books of Christmas project. Debbie and I will be recommending a book a day here on our blog. As the 12 days rush by, we hope you find something worth reading as a holiday treat for yourself. 

For the first book of Christmas, a good friend gave to me:

In looking at my Goodreads account, I see that I have given all of Kate Morton's books 5 stars. They always have two things that I love: an English country setting and a dark secret from the past. Here's the Goodreads synopsis of The Secret Keeper:

During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.

Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

Monday, November 17, 2014

New Sirsi Server

SuperStock/ Universal Images Group
While you are enjoying your well-deserved week of family, friends, shopping, eating and relaxing, technical services and SirsiDynix will be installing a new server for us. When you return on Monday, December 1, Workflows will be down.  We hope it will just be for a very short time but want you to be prepared.
Thanks for all you do and have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

Top Shelf Bulletin Board

Sonya Hervey at Gray created this bulletin board outside her library. It encourages students to read across the genres and she posts their photos next to the genre completed by the student. It looks like they could have bar graph lesson as well! Thanks Sonya for the TOP SHELF idea!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Region 10 Spring 2015 Staff Staff Development Offerings

Greetings!  Below please find the library coop flyer of professional development opportunities for the Spring.  Please note we are featuring a webinar series, Text Set Tuesdays, this semester as we seek ways to better meet your needs.

Remember all sessions are open to any educator at any campus that belongs to the R10 library coop.  The TexQuest sessions are open to any public or open enrollment charter school that uses the TexQuest databases.

I will be happy to bring training out to you and your clustered locations, when possible and to come out to your campus to help with specific professional library-related issues like weeding, ordering, programming, etc.

Please feel free to contact me if you need further information, have any questions, or have any suggestions for future topics or presenters you feel would benefit the library coop community.


Terry Roper, Library Consultant
Region 10 Education Service Center
400 E. Spring Valley Rd.
Richardson, TX  75081


Click here to download the document.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

November Literacy Specialists meeting notes

The elementary Literacy Specialists had their November meeting this morning.

The topics discussed were:

  • Guided reading
  • Classroom libraries
  • Genre

Click here for my notes.

Regarding classroom libraries (this is in my notes, but I want to say it here too, in case you don't click through). 

Don't be threatened by teachers having classroom libraries. Research shows that kids with greater access to reading materials read more, increase vocabulary and comprehension. They should be surrounded by books and reading everywhere. It's not a competition. We're all working toward the same goal, which is getting kids to be readers.

So...please support your teachers in their efforts to build a classroom library. Provide them with appropriate titles for their grade levels. While they have been charged with creating a classroom library, they haven't had the training you've had in collection development. Offer an after school staff development on tips for selecting high quality books in many different genres. They might also appreciate tips on circulating and organizing their libraries.

Also, teachers shouldn't have to spend half of their paycheck every month to develop a classroom library. Please allow and encourage them to check out as many books as they need to either serve as or supplement the classroom library. If you need to reduce the number of books the kids are checking out to accomodate this, DO IT. The kids will still have access to the books and EVERYBODY WINS.

There is a link in my notes to an article about building classroom libraries that was shared in the meeting. It's a quick read, and I'd encourage you all to read it.

Monday, November 3, 2014

YAK Fest in Keller

Did you know that there is a YA book festival in our area?
Each January, Keller ISD hosts the Young Adult Keller Book Festival, aka YAK Fest.
This year it will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Keller Central High School from 9am to 5pm.
Here are some details:
Keynote Speaker: Barry Lyga
Featured Authors: Matt De la Pena & Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle
Other amazing authors: Charles Benoit, Rachel Caine, Janie Chodosh, Lindsay Cummings, Beth Fehlbaum, T. M. Goeglein, Kay Honeyman, Antony John, Christine Kohler, Jeramey Kraatz, Kelsey Macke, Michelle Madow, Julie Murphy, & more!
Poetry Workshop with Colin Gilbert and Writing Workshop with Jenny Martin
Autographing: Books will be available for purchase or you can bring your own.
Food & drink available for purchase
No registration or fee is required to attend - just show up!
For additional information follow @YAK_Fest on Twitter, like the Facebook page or check out the web site.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Technology Supply Budget

This article goes along nicely with yesterday's Top Shelf post.  As you know you have technology supply money and may wonder what to order with these funds.  It is intended for supplies meaning either materials that are consumable or small peripherals. Below is a link to a Google Doc that may help in spending this
money. Just to highlight a few new items--

  • Mobile Bluetooth Scanner (used with MobileCirc on the iPad)
  • JUSTAND (we used this at our first staff development; works with the iPad as a document camera but MUCH less $$$)
  • Makerspace supplies! (FUN and CREATIVE)

Suggested Technology Supplies

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top Shelf Plan B

Here's our first "top shelf" idea for the 14-15 school year! (For our newbies who are wondering what "top shelf" means, click here.)

Meghan Carroll took advantage of our new MobileCirc app and took her show on the road earlier this month. The library was being used for testing, so she met classes who needed new books in the cafeteria before lunch started.

If you're interested in the little scanner that she's using, contact Debbie for ordering info. This would be a great use of your technology supply budget, if you are so inclined.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Library Expo 2014

Follow along with the learning at Library Expo 2014 by searching its Twitter hashtag: #libexpo14

There are sessions on technology tips, Makerspaces, literature, Google apps, and more. A little something for everyone!

UPDATE: Here is a link to all of the presentations from Library Expo 2014!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

15 Sites in 15 Minutes

Happy Saturday friends! I'm at Region 10 today participating in the AASL Fall Forum.

This morning our topic is Librarians as Innovators. We just saw a great video presentation about some of the web sites on AASL's list of Best Web Sites for Teaching and Learning, many of which were new to me. Take a look below, but hang on to your hat - it moves really fast!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

And the winner is...

Literacy Specialists meeting notes

This morning I attended a meeting for campus Literacy Specialists that was led by the elementary ELAR Team.

Topics discussed were:

  • how to get it all in
  • self-selected reading
  • reading aloud

Click here for my notes, including thoughts on how librarians can use this information to support teachers and align co-teaching efforts with the ELAR curriculum. Also included are documents referenced.

Even though the meeting was focused on elementary curriculum, secondary librarians will want to review the notes with an eye towards modifying some of these same strategies for your secondary students as well as giving yourself working knowledge that will allow you to build on things are taught at the elementary level.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Access to Booklist Online

Our print subscription to Booklist gives us access to Booklist Online, where you can search their database of reviews.

Click this link and log in to your Google Apps account for the username and password.

Booklist Online Access Information

This is a shared username/password, so please don't forget to log out when you are finished. This will release the account for someone else to use.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New district website

As you are very aware, the district has a brand new website. All of the info is still there but you may have to search for it a little longer! As with all "new" technology, be patient, it will get better with time.

A few things you may want to know:

  • The URL's have changed for pages on the new site .  Library Services new address is:
  • Secondary library websites have changed URL's.  To see your URL, go to your library page (access from Library Services) and copy the URL in the browser bar. You can use this link to change any bookmarks you have.
  • Online Resources new address is: For now we are using the one page that has all resources for K-12. If you want to highlight a particular resource for an assignment, you can always pull it out and put on your website to make it easier for students to access. 
  • Elementary librarians will want to change their Search page URL to the new link for Online Resources. If you need help with this, give me a call.
  •  Secondary librarians using Contribute to edit their websites will need to create a new connection.  See these directions for help.
  • If you are using a white old mac laptop as your librarian laptop and want to be entered into a drawing for a Macbook Air, respond to this posting by Wednesday, Oct 8th at 4:00!!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Book orders due October 31

Last spring you received an email detailing the amount of your collection maintenance budget for 2014-2015. You spent half of that money before you left for the summer. The second half may be submitted any time between now and October 31.
These funds may be spent on hardcover books and select AV materials. MISD’s preferred format for the delivery of video content is digital. Please check PowerVideo or other online video sources (YouTube, Vimeo) to see if the content you need is available there before ordering it on DVD or other non-streaming formats.

Please refer to the following pages on the Library Services Policies & Procedures site for specific ordering information:
Approved Vendors (requires MISD login)

Ordering Procedure

Other helpful links:

Happy ordering!

Image source: Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest, "Stack of books," accessed 2 Oct 2014,

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014


Overdrive is sponsoring a national Read an eBook Day on September 18thIt's easy to participate!  Just read an eBook and post about it on Twitter/Facebook using the hashtag  #ebookday. Maybe win a tablet or device from Overdrive. I have posted some marketing materials in Docushare for you to use in promoting the day. on the lookout for news about THE BIG READ coming soon!!  It's a YA book this year! (Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Library Expo 2014

hosted and organized by Richardson ISD and Plano ISD

Monday, October 13, 2014

Library Expo is like a little mini TLA, with a keynote speaker, breakout sessions and a vendor fair. If you would like to attend, get permission from your principal, arrange for a sub if needed and register. There is no cost for attendance at the fabulous day of staff development. 

If you would like to present a session, presentation proposals are being accepted through 9/19/14.

For more info, visit the Library Expo 2014 web site.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Staff development date changes

Please mark your calendar with these updates to the staff development schedule for the year:

Wednesday, September 17
PDC, Board Room
Figuring Out Figure 19 presented by Kathy Breeding

Thursday, October 16
PDC, Challenge Room
Supporting Google Apps presented by Tammy Rushing & Paige Wester

Staff Development For Librarians, 2014-2015

Image citation: Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest, "Woman's hand marking a date on a calendar," accessed 2 Sep 2014,

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Checking in magazines

One of the things on the Back to School Checklist is to check in the magazines that have piled up in your mailbox all summer long.

I am happy to share instructions for doing this online via the WT Cox web site. If you have not done this before, it is so easy and also makes it easy to notify Cox if you are missing issues or receiving duplicates.

Here's what you do:

  1. Go to and click Client Login.
  2. Enter your email address and password (media14).
  3. Click the Check In tab.
  4. Click the title you want to check in.
  5. Click the yellow "received" box for the appropriate issue.
  6. Click Return to go back to the previous screen.
If you want to report a problem with a subscription:
  1. Click the title that has the problem. 
  2. Click Claim.
  3. Under Volume Information, put a check next to the issue that has the problem.
  4. Under Claim Information, choose the appropriate claim type from the drop down list and type in any explanation you need to give.
  5. Click Submit (at the top).
Easy peasy!

Smiley face symbol. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 28 Aug 2014.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Cleaning the data projector filter

Random image of a projector - not the one you have ;-)
I am posting these tips shared by Meghan @ Hanby so anyone who needs them can find them again. If you are getting a message on your computer that the projector filter needs to be cleaned, Meghan says:

...If the message is appearing on your computer screen then it is just a suggestion.  If a teacher is getting a message on the [Promethean] board itself from the projector then you may need to clean the filter.  I personally clean ours here but some people turn in a work order. All you need to do is find the filter on the side of the projector and pop it out. 

There is a little piece of foam usually that simply needs to be vacuumed.  I bought a small vacuum that I keep in my office and the teachers will just send it down with a child and you can clean it in about 15 seconds.   I just vacuum around the foam or insert and the plastic piece itself to get the dust off.  When the teacher puts it back in there is a reset option on the menu that they need to reset to oh  it looks like oh but it really says 0 hours.

Be careful when you vacuum the foam…hold on to it tight.  We had one from an old projector that was fragile and I accidently got it sucked into the vacuum.  Before I bought one for my office I used to get the vacuum from the custodians closet across the hall and use the wand to clean them. It is easy and saves the teacher a lot of time and hassle.  If you do not clean the filter then eventually it will overheat and won’t turn on.  If a projector wont’ come on this is the first thing to check.  Then of course check the bulb.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Goals for 14-15

Every year we set goals for what we want to accomplish in the library. This year, you will submit your goals via the form below.

In an effort to get started on walk throughs, I will not be meeting with you individually to discuss your goals this year. If you want or need to discuss them with me, I am more than happy to set up a time to meet with you - just let me know.

Please fill out the form below by Friday, September 12. Don't forget to click the checkbox for "Send me a copy of my responses" so that you will have a copy for yourself before you click SUBMIT.

I look forward to seeing what you have planned for this year!

Librarian Goals 14-15

Planning your first SOLE research project

The information below is for ELEMENTARY librarians, but SECONDARY librarians are encouraged to take a peek at some of the links to see how research is now being done with grades 3-5.

Many of you are starting to plan your first SOLE project with your teachers, so I thought I would post all the links and info you need here.

Research the SOLE Way (Google Slides presentation) - includes links to the videos from Black and Austin that we saw on our staff development day

Sugata Mitra TED Talk: Build a School in the Cloud - (video) background on the original SOLE experiments and how it started - highly recommended viewing

School in the Cloud (web site) - provides information about doing a SOLE

SOLE Scope and Sequence for MISD

To access the lessons in Eduphoria:

  1. Click on Scope and Sequence.
  2. Click the grade level.
  3. Click the Library folder at the bottom of the list.
  4. Click the Reporting Period* you are interested in.
  5. Click the lesson you would like to view. All information will be displayed in the white space to the right. Each Reporting Period contains a prep lesson to be taught before the SOLE and the SOLE Project itself.
*Currently only the First Reporting Period has full lesson information.

Please leave your questions in the comments below.