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. Encyclop√¶dia 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.

Adobe ID

In accordance with COPPA law, Adobe is no longer allowing students under 13 to create an Adobe ID.  This means that students under 13 will not be able to download an ebook to a device.  However, they can still use the Read In Browser feature.  Audiobooks do not require an Adobe login, so these books are also available to them.  Please make your teachers (especially 6th grade) are aware of this as I'm sure they will be wanting to get the students reading as soon as possible on the iPad.  You might also recommend Tumblebooks.  Many graphic novels and chapter books were added.  It's not just picture books.   Advantages to the Read in Browser feature are:

  • easier to use; no downloading required
  • students can continue to read on a computer or device at home too (they wouldn't be able to do this once it's downloaded unless they had the device at home)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Library Subs for 14-15

The Library Sub list has been updated for 14-15. If there is someone who has done a good job for you that should be added to the list, please send me their contact information.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Reminder: Back to School Checklist

Feedback checklist by AJ Cann
The first day of school is now behind us, but there are still some "back to school" type things that need to be done in the library. Take a look at the Back to School Checklist to make sure you have everything covered.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Learning Center Library

If you don't already know, we have a new library at the Learning Center.  Tracey Sadler will be splitting her time between the Academy and the Learning Center.  You will notice the new library in Workflows but the name was too long so it's been shortened to LC.  If you need to send or request books use LEA-ILL . 

Friday, August 8, 2014


Be on the lookout for an email from Kayla Veatch. (our fabulous summer college worker)
 She sent your PowerVideos registration code for the new teachers on your campus.  PowerVideo links are integrated throughout the curriculum so it would be very helpful to new teachers to go ahead and set up accounts.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Digital Library Updates

The Digital Library had a few updates this summer and is better than ever and ready to serve your students and teachers! We made one change to the circ policies in order to provide better service for the 6th grade 1:1 iPad initiative.  The number of checkouts allowed is now 2.  We hope this will free up some items so there won't be as many holds.
  • One change that may be helpful to bilingual campuses is the ability to switch the Digital Library to a Spanish interface.  You will find the "switch" to turn this on in the upper right corner.
  • Design updates to the format icons
  • The default search behavior has changed from "OR searching to "AND" searching.  Previously, when users searched for an author like Veronica Roth, any title with Veronica or Roth in the title and author name were returned.  The new search behavior will only return titles with Veronica and Roth in the title or author name providing more relevant searches.  
  • New mouse over options to the cover images to allow users to borrow or place a hold, sample, add to Wish List, share, and see title details directly from the cover image.