Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BIG Library Read is back!

All Librarians, staff and secondary students--Join the fun! Participate in the "global eBook club" connecting readers around the world who read the same eBook at the same time. Here's how it works: During October 7-21 Overdrive will place 2 titles on our digital library site. These books are free to us and there's never a waiting list during the program. Just check out and get started reading! The selected titles for this year's BIG Read are The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley and in the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. Click The BIG Library Read to find out more about these titles.  Digital Marketing materials are available in our Google folder. #misdreads

Friday, September 18, 2015

Editing Library Websites

Help is here for your website editing!  You have done a fantastic job of getting your library sites ready to post since going live.  I know we 'threw' a lot of information at you on the staff development day. Now we have some tutorials to help you! Click the link  to view Google Slideshows on tasks such as resizing images, adding photos, and even adding a new page! Of course, I'm still available for any help you might need.   Library Website Editing

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

And the winner is...

I used a random number generator to select the winner of the Capstone reward points and the winner is lucky number 6:


KAREN SYBLIK, Florence Elementary


Congrats!




Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Read an eBook Day at your Library!

Read an eBook day is September 18th! This is a great opportunity to get the word out about your eBook collection to your students, staff, and parents.  Remember we have marketing materials in the Marketing Materials for Digital Resources shared Google folder.  Hashtags to use are #eBookLove or #MISDReads. Let us know what you are reading!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Capstone rewards points giveaway

As a renewing member of AASL, I was given 10,000 Capstone Rewards Points that I would like to pass along to an MISD campus librarian. 

To be entered into the drawing for these points, please leave a comment below letting me know how you would use them. 

Entries must be submitted by 4pm on Tuesday, Sept. 15 to be eligible.



Saturday, September 12, 2015

Elementary only: Bluebonnet 101 webinar


TLA is offering a webinar on how to run the Texas Bluebonnet Award program. If you are new to the Bluebonnet program, want to increase your participation or just need some new ideas, you might want to register for this!

Bluebonnet 101
September 17, 3:30-4:30

Click here to register:http://www.txla.org/CE

Friday, September 11, 2015

Banned Books Week is coming

Banned Books Week will be observed September 27-October 3, 2015 with AASL’s Banned Websites Awareness Day occurring on Wednesday, Sept. 30.  

Are you ready? Have you made plans to celebrate the freedom to read and search online?



Here’s a link to a Knowledge Quest Blog with resources for Banned Books Week.  http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/ready-banned-books-week/

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Region 10 Fall Staff Development Opportunities

MISD is a member of the Region 10 Library Cooperative, which gives us access to all of the library related staff development offered there.

See the sessions offered below or click on the link to open the flyer in your browser.

Region 10 Fall Staff Development Opportunities



If you are interested in any of these sessions, you will need to get permission from your principal to attend, then register here.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Ordering procedure - IMPORTANT

Since we have a substitute Acquisitions Manager this fall, it is very important that everyone follow the ordering procedure as outlined in our Policies and Procedures. This page provides detailed ordering information and the list of our approved vendors.


Quick review of the procedure:

Use approved vendors only.

Decide how much money you want to spend with each vendor. This is your DNE or DO NOT EXCEED amount.

For jobber orders (Follett, Permabound, Mackin, Bound to Stay Bound), your total should be $200-$300 over the DNE.

You may submit orders as you complete them, if you desire. You don't have to have them all done to submit at one time.

We will monitor your budget and reserve the right to change your DNE if you are exceeding your budget allotment.

All orders are due before October 31, 2015.


Order submission process:

For each order you are submitting, send an email to the sub Acquisitions Manager - mkelton [at] mesquiteisd [dot] org

Your email must include the following information:



  • Your full name
  • Your campus
  • Vendor name
  • File name (if online order) or Attachment name (if list is attached)
  • DNE amount


We appreciate your cooperation. By following these guidelines, you will help us make sure that all orders are placed in a timely manner and that we don't overspend our budget. Thank you!


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