Friday, January 23, 2015

Out and about - week of January 19, 2015

Here's a few things that were happening in MISD libraries this week.

Austin Elementary

Wilkinson MS

Cannaday Elementary

Poteet High School

LITE Up Conference 2015

Dallas County Schools has long been a provider of resources for districts in Dallas County. Now they are branching out into the area of training and staff development. Yesterday they launched the first annual LITE (Library and Information Technology Expo) Up Conference. Similar to the Library Expo that many of us enjoy every year, it was held at Dallas County's new training facility on Samuell Blvd. in east Dallas.

MISD was well-represented among the presenters. Librarians Amianne Bailey, Marnie Cushing, Tracy Hayes, Brittney Tubb and Leslie Reynolds gave presentations, as did MISD Tech Facilitators Valicia Bryant, Lindi Farris-Hill, Selena Knight, and Michala Price. They all did fantastic presentations and did us proud!!!

If you didn't get to attend, check out the Twitter stream below to see what you missed! #liteup2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Librarian Directory updated!

The MISD Librarian Directory has been updated for 14-15 and posted.

For quick access, you might want to save it as a web link on your iPad. 

Here's how to do that:

1. On your iPad, open Safari and navigate to the Personnel page on the Library Services Policies & Procedures site.

2. Click the Librarian Directory link. (You will need to be logged in with you MISD Google Apps account to see the directory.)

Free webinars for librarians - PD in your pajamas!

LMC Magazine offers high quality webinars by the "movers and shakers" in the school library world. They are usually one hour and if you watch live, you can get a certificate for CPE credit. 

The three that are coming up this spring all correlate with initiatives we have going on in our district. You might want to check them out!

Dynamic Databases: Revolutionizing Today's Research, Teaching, and Learning
Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 4pm EST
Today's databases are no longer just for research. They turn students from passive to active learners and provide educators with the variety of resources necessary to facilitate learning anytime, anywhere, in any way. Discover proven strategies for integrating databases into 1:1, BYO, flipped, blended, embedded, and more! Sponsored by ABC-CLIO. 
Presenters: Joyce Valenza is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. Brenda Boyer is a high school librarian and Chair of Information & Technology Resources for the Kutztown School District. 

Makerspaces: The Now Revolution in School Libraries
Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 4pm EST
The new wave of participatory learners and the change in schools to more student-led learning has a tremendous impact on engaging patrons in school libraries. Now, the library is a destination. One hot topic hitting public and school libraries is makerspaces where students (and sometimes staff and parents) create, problem solve, and develop thinking.
Presenter: Leslie Preddy is a school librarian in Indianapolis, Indiana and is a past president for the Association of Indiana School Library Educators and current President-Elect for AASL. 

You Need It: Reading Promotional Programming That Really Works!
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 4pm EST
Learn the why, how-to, and what-to-expect about Reading Promotional Programming (RPP). It’s supported by research and encouraged by the experts and this webinar will focus on this critical topic in detail, to help you develop students’ leisure reading. Learn from examples of collaboration between home and school literacy programming and explore how to build a reading community at your school. 
Presenters: Nancy Baumann has been an elementary classroom teacher and a librarian at the elementary and middle school levels and has worked in the University of Missouri’s School of Information Sciences and Learning Technologies. 

Also, all previous webinars are available to view on demand for members of the LMC@the Forefront community. You can sign up for that here.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

North Texas Teen Book Festival

Inaugural North Texas Teen Book Festival Announces Lineup

The inaugural North Texas Teen Book Festival (NTTBF), a free, one-day festival highlighting Young Adult and Middle Grade literature, is pleased to announce its full lineup of more than 50 New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed authors.

While authors are confirming participation weekly, as of today, the following authors will appear at the 2015 festival: David Levithan, Stephanie Perkins, Ally Condie, Heather Brewer, Lisa McMann, Ally Carter, Gordon Korman, Soman Chainani and many more. Visit  for the complete, most up-to-date listing.

The NTTBF will take place Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Irving Convention Center, located at 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Keynote and endnote duos will bookend the NTTBF’s speaker panels. Attendees can “Speed Date with a Book” throughout the day with a book signing party concluding the festival.  Book sales will be available courtesy of Half Price Books beginning at 8 a.m.

About North Texas Teen Book Festival
The North Texas Teen Book Festival is presented by Irving Public Library in conjunction with the Friends of the Irving Public Library. Partners include Half Price Books, the DFW chapter of the Forever YA book club, local school districts, museums, and other public libraries. This program is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and Texas State Library and Archives Commission, generous community donations through a successful Kickstarter campaign and corporate sponsors. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @NTTBFest. Media resources (including posters, bookmarks, etc. can be found here:

Need ideas of how to get your students or yourself involved? Contact Rose Brock,