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: http://www.mesquiteisd.org/academics/library
  • 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: http://www.mesquiteisd.org/academics/library-services/online-resources/ 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: Encyclop√¶dia Britannica ImageQuest, "Stack of books," accessed 2 Oct 2014, 
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