Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Get involved in TASL

The Texas Association of School Librarians is looking for volunteers! They currently have vacancies on the following committees, which have a term of one (1) year:

  • MVP (Media/Virtual Presence) Award Committee - This award is given to a school librarian who shows excellence through their virtual presence. The committee reviews nominations and determines a winner for the award.
  • Resolutions Committee - This group only works if there is something that TASL would like the TLA Council to take action on.
  • Shirley Igo PTA/School Library Collaboration Award - recognizes a collaboration between a school PTA and the campus library program. The committee reviews applications and determines a winner.
  • Laura Edwards Award - This award is a $400 stipend to attend TLA Annual Conference that is given to a librarian involved in youth service. The committee reviews applications and determines a winner.

All of these committees do their work via online communication. A face to face meeting is rarely required.

If you're interested in serving, contact Julie Briggs, TASL Chair (juliemichellebriggs at gmail dot com) or complete the TASL Volunteer Form.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Toot your own horn!

It is time for the 2nd Annual We4b Awards!

Is your web presence the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the cat’s meow? Now is the time to tOoT your own horn! 

Caroline Schiff / Blend / Learning Pictures / Universal Images Group

  • Who – you; nominate your site or others that are outstanding
  • What – websites, blogs, or Moodle
  • When – nominate sites by Friday, May 2.
  • Where -
  • Why – To recognize and promote the development and maintenance of a web presence in a variety of formats by MISD departments, personnel and students for the purpose of interacting and instructing students, parents, staff and other stakeholders 

Educate, Empower, Expand and Enrich on the Web

Thursday, April 24, 2014

50 Latino Children's Books You Should Know

The title of this list is somewhat misleading - not all the books included focus on Hispanic culture, but the majority do. Check it out:

50 Latino Children's Books You Should Know

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TLA Wrap-Up: Mindset

This year's TLA conference in San Antonio was one of the best in recent memory. Books, authors, instruction, technology, leadership - there was something for everyone! There was so much great stuff that I can't fit it all into one blog post, so my next few posts will highlight some of the things that I learned during the week.

Tech Camp Pre-Conference

This year marked the beginning of what I hope will be a recurring event: Tech Camp! This pre-conference was a whole day of information on all aspects of technology in the school library context.

As past-chair of TASL, I got a behind the scenes look at the madness that is setting up for an event with 400 expected participants. Stuffing door prize bags, organizing t-shirts and then handing out said bags and t-shirts is not for the faint of heart or sore of foot! (Special thanks to Debbie for being my t-shirt runner during morning registration.)

The next time you see any of the organizers or volunteers, please express your appreciation. TLA Conference could not run without them!

Tech Camp door prize bags ready to go!

Levels of Technology Integration

Dr. Bruce Ellis from TCEA kicked off the morning talking about levels of technology integration and the challenges of working with teachers with varying skill levels. He shared a few technology integration models that you can take a look at if you are interested:

Texas STaR Chart
Technology Integration Matrix

What I really found interesting, though, was the information that he shared about Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck. She has done research on the effect your mindset has on success and achievement. In her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, she describes two types of mindset.

In a fixed mindset - people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success - without effort. They're wrong.
In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work - brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all people have had these qualities.

When trying new things like integrating technology or co-teaching in the library, we have to cultivate the growth mindset where sustained effort produces results. No one is great at something the first time they try it. Building relationships with colleagues, encouraging a growth mindset and recognizing effort are all best practices you can use to foster improvement - in yourself and in your teachers.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Closing Circulation

I've had several questions about the due date for library materials.  Below is an excerpt from our Policies and Procedures:
Each year all books are scheduled to be due exactly 2 weeks before school is out.  All libraries are to remain open and circulating until the final due date, which will be May 22.  At that time, circulation stops, but the library is to remain open for other activities (read-alouds, research, etc…).   This gives the librarian time to collect and shelve all materials by school end.  The day following the last day of circulation librarians should begin running notices to be distributed to students.
Of course staff may still need access to materials until the final day of school.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Monday, April 21, 2014

FREE audio books this summer

ICYMI (in case you missed it) on the YART listserv:

Did you know you can get free audiobooks all summer long?

SYNC YA begins May 15 and the list of FREE Young Adult audio books is up on the site.

Each week over the summer, one modern YA audio book is paired with one classic YA audio book, and they are both FREE.

Sign up now using your email or smart phone.  If you have the Overdrive app, that is a great way to download the FREE books each week and listen to them. You can even import the audiobooks into iTunes after you download them.

Some really great books are offered this year, so share with your students, your campus staff and anyone else who might be interested.

Below is a list of the titles that will be available each week.

May 15 – May 21
WARP: THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN by Eoin Colfer, Narrated by Maxwell Caulfield (Listening Library)
THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells, Narrated by Derek Jacobi (Listening Library)

May 22 – May 28
CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge, Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden (Harper Audio)
OEDIPUS THE KING by Sophocles, Performed by Michael Sheen and a full cast (Naxos AudioBooks)

May 29 – June 4
CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, Narrated by Emma Galvin (Hachette Audio)
THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE by Agatha Christie, Narrated by Richard E. Grant (Harper Audio)

June 5 – June 11
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill, Narrated by Meredith Mitchell (Tantor Audio)
JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare, Performed by Richard Dreyfuss, JoBeth Williams, Stacy Keach, Kelsey Grammer, and a full cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

June 12 – June 18
CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein, Narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell (Bolinda Audio)
THE HIDING PLACE by Corrie Ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill, Narrated by Bernadette Dunne (christianaudio)

June 19 – June 25
I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU by Ally Carter, Narrated by Renée Raudman (Brilliance Audio)
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery, Narrated by Colleen Winton (Post Hypnotic Press)

June 26 – July 2
FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK by Matthew Quick, Narrated by Noah Galvin (Hachette Audio)
OCTOBER MOURNING: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman, Narrated by Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, Tom Parks, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Christina Traister (Brilliance Audio)

July 3 – July 9
TORN FROM TROY by Patrick Bowman, Narrated by Gerard Doyle (Post Hypnotic Press)
PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Narrated by Jim Dale (Brilliance Audio)

July 10 – July 16
CLAUDETTE COLVIN: Twice Toward Justice by Philip Hoose, Narrated by Channie Waites (Brilliance Audio)
WHILE THE WORLD WATCHED by Carolyn Maull McKinstry with Denise George, Narrated by Felicia Bullock (Oasis Audio)

July 17 – July 23
THE CASE OF THE CRYPTIC CRINOLINE by Nancy Springer, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Recorded Books)
THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES II by Arthur Conan Doyle, Narrated by David Timson (Naxos AudioBooks)

July 24 – July 30
HEADSTRONG by Patrick Link, Performed by Deidrie Henry, Ernie Hudson, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine and Scott Wolf (L.A. Theatre Works)
THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE by Robert Louis Stevenson, Narrated by Scott Brick (Tantor Audio)

July 31 – August 6
DIVIDED WE FALL by Trent Reedy, Narrated by Andrew Eiden (Scholastic Audio)
THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE by Stephen Crane, Narrated by Frank Muller (Recorded Books)

August 7 – August 13
LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS by Ben Lesser, Narrated by Jonathan Silverman and Ben Lesser (Remembrance Publishing)
THE SHAWL by Cynthia Ozick, Narrated by Yelena Shmulenson (HighBridge Audio)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Librarian profile approved!

The Librarian Profile that has been in the works for the past couple of years has now been approved! To refresh your memory - this is a document that outlines the duties and responsibilities of a librarian in Mesquite ISD - comparable to similar documents that were created for classroom teachers and counselors. It will be given to all principals at the May meeting. 

Click here to read/download the document.

Thank you to the group that worked on this:

Karen Allen

Marnie Cushing

Anne Goodner

Selena Knight

Mary McWilliams

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Activity Report Due April 22

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Region 10 Library Coop Staff Development Summer 2014

from Terry Roper, Library Consultant at Region 10:

Greetings!  Attached is the newly updated Summer 2014 flyer for the Region 10 Library Services Cooperative.  Please share with any teachers and library personnel.  Registration is open and available to all teachers and library staff that are current members of the R10 library coop.

Please note the two off-site sessions:

August 8             
Exploring the Vaults: Discovering the Resources of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum    
2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205                 
Registration is limited to 38 and the museum is waiving the entrance fee for this session so register early! 

August 15            
Library Summit: Co-sponsored by Dallas ISD/Region10 Library Services                                 
8:00-4:00                                                                                                                 Keynote: Brod Bagert   
W.T.White HS 4505 Ridgeside Dr, Dallas, TX 75244  

Poet Brod Bagert will entertain and enlighten all attendees with strategies to share poetry with all.  We will be sending out invitations to present at the breakout sessions soon!

Also note the session on July 18th may be of interest to your Early childhood educators as it describes a great community project done by Arlington Public Library.
July 18   Stories to Our Children @ Your Library:  A Public Library/Community Project   Ivonne Kieffer, Arlington Public Library

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need further information!
Thank you,

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


Sunday, April 6, 2014

MISD Librarians at TLA 2014

Follow along with MISD Librarians who are attending TLA 2014!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Librarians as Professional Developers feedback form due May 1

Earlier this year we studied the book Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers

In order to receive CPE credit for the book study, all librarians were to give a professional development session on campus using one of the formats described in the book.

Please complete the form below to document the staff development that you did by May 1.

I can't wait to read about the great training that you provided your teachers!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Wish List

Recently, two new updates have arrived on the  digital library website to the Wish List function. Before the updates, the wish list was a static reference list of titles.  The new and updated Wish List is much more dynamic.

With the Wish List, you can borrow, place a hold or go to your bookshelf:

On that same page, you can now sort by what is “Available now.” That will filter your full wish list to only the titles that are available immediately for you. Just click the “Borrow” button and enjoy the book.
You also don’t need to constantly go back to your Wish List to see what may have become available. The “My Account” section provides a brief summary/overview of your account, and now includes the number of items from your wish list that are available.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

District internet filtering is changing

The district has changed  the internet filter to iBoss.  All campuses are live today so you will notice changes when logging in to a device.  Review this document on Google docs to help you with logging in to all iPads and BYOD devices.

              iBoss Login Screen

Author Morph App