Friday Focus

NEISD Library Services

Week of December 1-5, 2014

In this Friday Focus:

  • Nexus eReader/Tablet Training
  • Moodle Services Ending
  • Updates & Reminders

Tweets & News from NEISD Librarians

Ed White MS

RT: Ed White Eagles (@EdWhiteLibrary)
We dedicate Tuesday and Thursday mornings to Think Through Math in the library. Kids love it! #neisdlibs

Hardy Oak ES Library

RT: Jo Chasse (@HardyOakLibrary)
The Hardy Oak Library Seussman.

Churchill HS Library

RT: Churchill Library (@WCLib)
Had a great time working with Ms. Rumfelt's Geography students on @DiscoveryEd Board Builder!

More Tweets and Posts from NEISD Librarians

Reposted from Library Services FaceBook Page:

We are almost to our goal of 500 Likes on our FB page by Winter Break! Can you help us out by letting your friends and family know that they can read all about the great things happening in NEISD libraries by Liking this page?

RT: MAC Library (@MacArthurLib)

Hour of Code during all three lunches on Monday December 8th. Get an advance library lunch pass this week! #neisdho

RT: Jamie Jennings (@WMSLibraryChick)
This library has everything I need. I could live here. True words spoken by a 6th grader today. #neisdlibs

RT: Angelique Lackey (@lackeyangie)
1st grade research project has begun!"Wow,Mrs. Lackey! Your timeline is soooo much longer than mine!" #neisdlibs

RT: Jennifer Oldham (@battyforbooks)
What book was our Bat on the Library Shelf reading last night at Cibolo Green? #neisdlibs #childrensbooks

RT: Driscoll MS Library (@DriscollReads)

Citation Stations! 7th gr ACL classes learn 2 cite print & electronic resources by hand and using EasyBib. #neisdlibs

Nexus eReader/Tablet Training

Librarian Appraisal: Campus Leader Role - Professional Knowledge & Skills

Library Services will host 3 more training sessions for the Nexus eReaders/tablets.

Even if you have not received your tablets yet, you are encouraged to attend. Please bring the fully charged Master device and 3-4 other tablets. Training will include Nexus basics and how to manage student Nexus eReaders. A review of OverDrive and Google Play Education will also be provided.

The sessions are not level specific, so register on Eduphoria for the training of your choice.

December 9, 2014

Held at Ed White MS Library from 3:30 - 5:00

December 11, 2014

Held at West Ave ES Library from 3:30 - 5:00

January 8, 2015

Held at RAMEC from 3:30 - 5:00

Nexus eReader/Tablet Continued...

The Nexus presentation used at trainings can be found on the Procedure Manual > Electronic Resources > eReaders.

You may read through the Nexus presentation and begin using the devices in the library for a few weeks/months to get familiar with them before circulating them to students.

Always use the Technology Parent Permission form located on the Procedure Manual. This fillable form is provided in both English and Spanish. The replacement costs are also found on this page.

The Nexus covers have arrived and will be distributed at trainings or they may be picked up at the NERC.

Moodle Services Ending

Reposted from the Dec. 4 EBD (Tom Johnson)

Due to rising support costs coupled with low product utilization, Moodle services will no longer be available beginning August 1, 2015. This includes Student, Staff and STEM instances of Moodle. Technology Services recommends the use of Edmodo, Edublogs or Google Classroom as alternative solutions to Moodle. Current Moodle users are strongly encouraged to begin saving and transferring any Moodle content they wish to preserve.

Please contact David Haddad ( with any questions or concerns you may have related to this announcement.

Moodle is the platform librarians use for the NELF postings.

Reminders & Updates

Spending Guidelines (Found on the Procedure Manual)

By Winter Break, one half of Library Book Budget must be spent or encumbered

Two Elementary eBook Collections (Elementary Librarians)

There are two elementary eBook collections (LibGuides) which highlight our unlimited, simultaneous use content. One is eBook Explorer for Elementary Students and the other is for staff eBooks for Elementary Curriculum.

Please consider adding a link to the eBooks for Elementary Curriculum to your Library Resources page. This guide will be spotlighted at the upcoming Principals Meeting.