Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Texas Bluebonnet Award deadline extended

From the TLA Facebook page:


Don't forget to save the numbers that you submit to TLA. I'll be asking for them also so we can determine a district winner. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Free books for students

Click the link below to read details on how to get free books for low-income students.


ALA Youth Media Awards

The "Oscars" of the children's literature world were held this morning at the ALA Midwinter meeting in Philadelphia. There was a live stream of the winners being announced as well as live tweeting by @alayma. Here are the tweets announcing the big winners:

@ALAyma: Newbery 2014: "Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures" by Kate DiCamillo, ill. by K. G. Campbell, Candlewick Press #alayma #alamw14

@ALAyma: Caldecott 2014: "Locomotive" written and illustrated by Brian Floca, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers #alayma #alamw14

@ALAyma: Printz 2014: “Midwinterblood” by Marcus Sedgwick, published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s #alayma #alamw14

The full list of winners can be found at http://www.ala.org/yma.

Look for copies of these award winners in your library soon!


Friday, January 24, 2014

Staff development opportunity: Asking Great Questions webinar

Join us for the next LMC @ The Forefront webinar!

View on your own computer with the access directions below or join Debbie and me in the Conference Room at the TEC.

If you are coming to watch with us, please RSVP by email to me. 




Inquiry Learning Big6-Style: It All Starts with Asking Great Questions!
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 3:00-4:00 PM

In This Session
Meaningful inquiry learning can be exciting and fun for students as they explore, discover, and stretch their intellect and skills. It can also be terrifying and challenging as there are no simple answers or cookie cutter paths to success. Students must wrestle with complex issues and use and further develop all of their thinking and problem-solving abilities. Effective inquiry engages students in making connections and constructing knowledge. It goes far beyond simply searching for and reporting answers. Meaningful inquiry taps into student curiosity and challenges them to push past their comfort zones.

Underlying all of inquiry is information problem-solving—well-articulated by the Big6 process. But, while the Big6 is applicable to any information problem-solving situation, inquiry requires much deeper competence and development at each stage, particularly in Task Definition and Use of Information. Asking and framing good questions is at the heart of meaningful inquiry. Addressing those questions requires being able to deeply engage with information, knowledge, and ideas from a wide range of resources.

In our community’s next webinar, Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz focus on meaningful inquiry learning by emphasizing Task Definition and Use of Information.  Mike and Bob will share a framework and strategies for improving students’ question-formulation and understanding. Join them on January 28 to learn how to use information tools and techniques to create “aha” moments and products that demonstrate deep student learning.

To Participate in the Live Session
- Login at www.instantpresenter.com/edwebnet8 at the scheduled time.
- As a member of this edWeb community, pre-registration is not required.
- This webinar will be recorded and archived in this community for viewing at anytime.
- Test your system for best quality: www.instantpresenter.com/systemtest

About the Presenters
Mike Eisenberg is a teacher and mentor whose personal motto is, "make it better!"  He is the founding dean of the Information School at the University of Washington, serving from 1998 to 2006. Mike's current work focuses on information, communications, and technology (ICT) literacy, information credibility, and information science education K-20. 

Bob Berkowitz is a lifelong educator with teaching experience in both rural and urban settings. He began his career as a high school language arts teacher.  He also managed and taught in school libraries at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. Bob has been named a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Expert in Residence and has won National Council of Teachers of English recognition as a Center of Excellence in English and the Language Arts.


This program is sponsored by Library Media Connection.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Britannica School 5/3

Let us know any feedback you have about the Britannica School trial we have in place.  Remember we have it through the school year!!  Below are 5 Fabulous Features and a link to a 3 minute training video to share with teachers and students.
  1. Smartphone/tablet support for 24/7 learning, using username/password. (same for all databases)
  2. Adjustable reading levels for struggling readers and ELL students.
  3. Literacy features including Lexile levels, Quick-click dictionary, adjustable font size, Read Aloud, and 50 language translation tool.
  4. Interactive World Atlas with satellite images and Britannica country profiles.
  5. Interactive biography browse with 40,000 famous authors, athletes, scientists, leaders, etc. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Time to start thinking about TLA!

from Karen Kessel, Chair of the Texas Association of School Librarians:

Happy New Year from TASL!  With arrival of this year’s TLA Conference Program, it is time to start looking forward to a fun time of learning and renewal at the 2014 annual conference in San Antonio!
 Please make sure to renew your membership as elections for TASL and other TLA positions/groups are coming up.  You must be a current member by February 1 to be eligible to vote. As you plan out your conference time, I hope you will consider attending the TECH CAMP preconference event that TASL, YART, and CRT are all co-sponsoring.  This great event includes THREE keynote speakers – Bruce Ellis from TCEA, Library Girl, Jennifer LeGarde, and Tech Ninja, Todd Nesloney.  In addition, there are multiple opportunities to choose from a variety of breakout sessions throughout the day.  Your registration cost also covers lunch and a FREE t-shirt!  Please take a look and consider joining us for this fantastic day of learning – it will get your conference off to a great start!!!
Event information, including an agenda for the day, can be found here http://www.txla.org/groups/TASL.
 As always, stay connected with TASL information via our website, Facebook and Twitter (@TxASL) pages.  I hope to give you a closer look at some of the highlighted TASL programs at conference this year, via this listserv and our other social media outlets, as it the event approaches.
 All my best,kk

Thursday, January 9, 2014

2013-2014 Librarian Directory

Sorry for the delay, but better late than never, right?

The librarian directory for this year has now been posted. You will need to use your MISD login to access it. Enjoy!


2013-2014 Librarian Directory