Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Overdrive Listen

We all loved when Overdrive came out with the feature to be able to READ in the browser. Now they have a new feature.  Overdrive LISTEN lets users listen to an audio book right in the browser.  That's right!  No downloading!  Just click LISTEN and the audio book begins.
You can find these books under advanced search and choose the format for Overdrive Listen. Happy listening!

  For more info about this new feature just in time for Summer reading, click here: Overdrive Listen

SLJ features article on makerspaces

The May 2015 issue of School Library Journal is all about the maker movement and makerspaces in libraries. 

One article of particular interest explores the question "do making and tinkering lead to learning?" This question is of interest because school libraries are all about learning. We can't afford to spend time on activities that don't offer opportunities for deep thinking and understanding. This article offers suggestions based on research for ways we can have making that is meaningful for students.

Click the link below or turn to page 24 in your print copy to read more...

How to Ensure that Making Leads to Learning

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Overdrive Summer Read

Overdrive sent the message below. Promote to your students as you wish! Click here for marketing materials to go with this announcement.

OverDrive is excited to introduce our inaugural OverDrive Summer Read program, designed to encourage your students to keep reading all year long. This program aims to help prevent the Summer Slide by providing exciting titles for your students that are simultaneously available during the summer weeks. The below title(s) will be automatically added to your OverDrive-powered website in eBook and OverDrive Read formats (and Kindle format where available) with unlimited access between June 9 (midday US EDT) and July 9 at 11:59PM (US EDT). The title(s) and a promotional spotlight at the top of your homepage will be automatically added.

Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky
(Interest level 4-8: Middle Grades)

The Fat Boy Chronicles
(Interest Level 6-12: Middle Grades+)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

TLA Sharing Staff Development

We heard some great presentations last week at our last staff development! No worries if there was one you didn't get to see.Below is a link to our staff development page where all session handouts/presentations have been posted. Just scroll down to the session on April 30th. Enjoy!

Staff Development 14-15

Friday, May 8, 2015

TexQuest Survey

TexQuest is the statewide digital resources program of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission that provides our current access to the Gale databases and access to Britannica School beginning June 15.

The State Library is requesting additional funding from the Legislature this session to add more content to the program. In anticipation of receiving these funds they are asking for feedback about the kind of content that should be added.

Please click the link below to take the survey and make your wishes known! It's very brief and will only take a couple of minutes to complete.

TexQuest Resources Survey

Friday, May 1, 2015

Teri Talks Books at Region 10

As you're working on your book orders, you might want to consider the books mentioned by Teri Lesesne in her Region 10 session. Her presentation is uploaded at www.slideshare.net/professornana or see #teritalksbooks on Twitter for my updates.