Friday Focus

NEISD Library Services

Week of March 16 - 20, 2015

In this Friday Focus:

  • Reading Promotion
  • School Library Month/School Librarian Showcase
  • James Patterson Grant
  • SMART Conference
  • Call for NEISD Tech Camp Presenters
  • TexQuest Updates (statewide databases)
  • Professional Development Opportunities from Technology Services
  • Reminders & Updates

Tweets & News from NEISD Librarians

Librarians are Learners!

Middle School Librarians March PD

MS librarians met on Monday, March 16 at Lopez for networking and PD. They collaborated on research tools - an ongoing project for 2014-15.

Tex Hill MS Library

Read all about reading promotion activities happening at Tex Hill MS in anticipation of Gordon Korman's author visit. Great job, Ms. Diaz!

Serna ES Library

Serna 2nd grade students were exploring resources and capturing new information in hand-crafted journals for their research unit, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! There were little squeals of delight when Ms. Gleinser told them they would get to use their favorite database, PebbleGo!

MacArthur HS Library

MacArthur HS students are encouraged to come to the library for a little R&R - relaxation and reading on the new modular furniture. Very cool!

School Library Month - April

School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning.

School Library Month is about YOU and we want to celebrate the school librarian and their programs. We’ll be showcasing – based on your submissions– school libraries and school librarians who exemplify one of the ten points of the Declaration for the Right to School Libraries.

Reading Promotion Philosophy & Reading Lists

Librarian Appraisal Role: Teacher - Reading Promotion (from the Procedure Manual)

NEISD Library Services:

Reading promotion is a basic tenet of librarianship, and North East ISD librarians accomplish this mission by utilizing a broad range of activities to encourage students to read for pleasure.

We believe that reading promotion should:

  • be continuous throughout the year, including summer

  • provide student choice in reading material and time to engage in reading

  • provide for sharing of ideas (ex: book clubs)

  • bring new insights to the reader (ex: author visits)

  • provide exposure to different genres

Ex: Tejas Star for 5 through 12 year olds

The Tejas Star Reading List (TSRL) provides a recommended reading list developed by TLA member librarians from the Texas Association of School Librarians (TASL), the Children’s Round Table, Public Library Division (PLD), and the Latino Caucus. The purpose of the list is to encourage children ages 5-12 to explore multicultural books and to discover the cognitive and economic benefits of bilingualism and multilingualism.

Reading promotion activities should encourage the exploration of many different genres and formats of books. "Formal testing" of a student over material he/she has read is not a necessary component of any reading promotion activity.

James Patterson Grant Opportunity

James Patterson Grant Author James Patterson recently issued this question: What would your school library do with $1,000-$10,000? (for full details)

All grants should go through the district’s approval process outlined at

For the James Patterson Scholastic Reading Club grant, Deb Caldwell suggests that the librarians:

· complete the attached preliminary approval form for grants over $5,000

· attach their essay response for What would your school library do with $1,000–$10,000?

· and submit an itemized budget for the project expenses

Those items can be faxed or emailed to Deb Caldwell. She also suggests that librarians submit applications as soon as possible since the grant application period will end when all funds are disbursed or by May 31, whichever comes first.

SMART Conference June 8-9, 2015

Librarian Appraisal Role: Campus Leader - Professional Knowledge & Skills

The Fourth annual Regional SMART User Conference will be held June 8th and 9th at Johnson High School from 8:00-3:00 and 8:00-12:00, respectively.

On June 8, North East educators who have a wealth of knowledge about SMART products will be sharing their passion for using these tools and their role in enhancing teaching and learning in dozens of break-out sessions at our conference. Presenters from many levels and subject areas will be sharing resources and tips they have used in their classrooms so you can pick and choose the sessions that meet your needs.

On June 9, you will have the opportunity to work with your peers and a facilitator to find/customize/create products that you can use next year.

Sign up and join us at this event, where you'll have the opportunity to network with other SMART educators, gather SMART resources, and build SMART skills. Come with your laptop, TEKS and ideas in hand so your time can be the most productive. (Be sure that you have downloaded the SMART Notebook software prior to coming to the conference to make the best use of your time.)

This is a regional conference and open to teachers from all over south Texas, so it is not in NEISD’s Eduphoria system. Certificates of attendance will be issued at the time of the conference so you can upload the hours into Eduphoria for district credit. To register, click on the link here or in the flyer.

If you have any questions please contact Kelly Miksch,

Call for NEISD 2015 Tech Camp Presenters

Librarian Appraisal Role: Campus Leader / Professional Development

From Sarah Ogden, Instructional Technology Specialist:

We know you are doing great things out there and we want to learn from you!

We are looking for instructors interested in presenting at our 2015 Tech Camp

June 10 and 11 (Wednesday and Thursday).

You may choose a presentation block (as many as you want) on current topics of technology and integration. Web tools, Library tools, Smart Board lessons, Online resources, Multimedia Presentations, Apps and Lesson Creation, Specialty classes, Languages, etc. We will offer varying time blocks- probably 30, 90, and 180 minutes.

Please click on the link and fill it out if interested.

TexQuest Updates (statewide databases)

Librarian Appraisal Role: Teacher

Gale is aligning the interface of InContext, GVRL, and Infotrac resources.

In April some of the Gale databases may look different. Changes will not affect the content, but will make the user experience easier and more uniform across the different databases.

Gale's National Geographic Kids now has videos. Along with full text E-books and magazines, article searches, and all those fabulous images, National Geographic Kids now offers access to 92 videos, each 3 to 6 minutes in length.

Share an IPA with other TexQuest educators. We are looking for IPA's (Integration/Promotion Activities) to share with the TexQuest community. An IPA is any way you connect students, faculty, or families with TexQuest resources - from a promotional idea to a full blown lesson plan. We can't give you riches if we use your IPA on the TexQuest website or in presentations, but we can give you credit, our undying gratitude, and, most importantly, the appreciation of other TexQuestrians. Continue to submit an IPA.

Technology Services: Professional Development Opportunities

Librarian Appraisal Role: Campus Leader / Professional Knowledge & Skills

Online PD

Online courses are self-paced classes using Atomic Learning videos to discover useful information for any user. The courses are designed to be completed anytime, anywhere (outside of work hours). All course instructions and links will be emailed to participants by 2:00 pm the day of scheduled classes.

It is as easy as 1, 2, 3 … 1) watch specific Atomic Learning videos 2) submit responses to questions by completing a Google form 3) email your Atomic Learning Activity Report to the course instructor.

iPad Tips & Tricks – 3/23 & 4/7

I Have an Interactive Whiteboard, Now What? – 3/24 & 4/9

Chromebook Training – 3/24 & 4/9

Ten Easy Ways to Integrate Technology – 3/25 & 4/8

Face to Face PD

Simple Ways to Use SMART Notebook in Any Classroom – 4/1 & 4/30

Come Play in the Web Sandbox – 4/1 & 4/6

Techie Things to Try – 4/6 & 4/30

Creation Apps to Support Academic Vocabulary – 4/14 & 4/29

Websites That Are Also Apps – 4/14 & 4/29

All professional development opportunities are available for sign up in Eduphoria under Technology Services.

Reminders & Updates

Last day to checkout materials is May 22, 2015. All items will be overdue after this date and an override code will be required to circulate. Reminder: Library services continue through the last day of school. (New)

TLA Exhibit Only Passes (Follett - Deadline March 31)

Follett is offering guest passes to visit the exhibits during TLA. The passes will be valid on Wednesday, April 15 - Friday, April 17.

(Passes will be available at Attendee Registration in Hall 5 at the Austin Convention Center.)

Suite of iPad Apps (Reposted & Action Required)

The deadline for submitting a request for the suite of iPad apps is March 31. (Details found in Procedure Manual)

Nexus eReaders (Reposted)

Data regarding the quantity of Nexus eReaders and circulation stats for them will be included in the Annual Report. Although the circulation stats will likely be low, it will also provide an opportunity for goal setting for 2015/16.

Guest Login (Reposted & Action Required)

When a circulation computer is not in use by a staff member, the guest login must be used.

Username: .\neisdguest

Password: Guest@NEISD