Books & Bytes

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Books & Bytes for Week of September 19 - September 23, 2016

In this B&B:

  • Librarians Presenting at Conferences

  • Librarian Field Trips to Austin (Tentative Schedules)

  • Librarian Field Trips (Group Travel Request, Absences & Substitutes, Parking at CLC)

  • Digital Resources Calendar

  • Battle of the Books LibGuide Updates (ES only)

  • Exploratory Learning Resources - NEW

  • Reminders & Updates
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Christie Gudowski - Reagan HS Librarian Leads from the Library!

What do you enjoy most about your profession?

I most enjoy collaborating with teachers across the content areas to develop research projects. I like that just about anything I learn makes me a better librarian.


What is the strangest thing a student has asked you?

When paying for printing, a student asked, "Can I pay with pesos?"


What is something that not many people know about you?

I have taught nearly every grade level from 1st through 12th.


What are you currently reading?

I am reading A TORCH IN THE NIGHT by Sabaa Tahir for pleasure and WELL-BEHAVED WOMEN SELDOM MAKE HISTORY by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich to prepare for an upcoming project.

Lisa Ramirez - Windcrest ES Librarian Leads from the Library!

What do you enjoy most about your profession?

Getting students excited about books and reading - then talking to students about the books they've read and enjoyed. I love making those connections and getting hugs from students during my day.


What is the strangest thing a student has asked you?

Are you a banana? (from two different students, on different days)


What is something that not many people know about you?

I've been a strict vegetarian for 11 years, but trying to go more vegan, and I taught Art in middle school before starting graduate school. I also found the perfect job while I was in graduate school - I was a Library Assistant, I was in the right place at the right time when I got that job, it was meant to be!


What are you currently reading?

Food Rules by Michael Pollan, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.

Leading from the Library Highlights (Please complete the survey below)

Librarians Presenting at Conferences

Librarian Appraisal - Role: Campus Leader - Professional Development

Congratulations and thanks to the following librarians who will be presenting at conferences this school year!


Roxanne Jenke, Erika Murray, Janie Flores, Christie Hirst, Teresa Diaz - TCEA "Go Beyond Google with TexQuest and OER Resources"


Teresa Diaz - Texas Library Association Conference 2017: Tech Camp "Badge Up: Digital Badges for Learning"

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Librarian Field Trips to Austin (Tentative Schedules)

Secondary Librarian Field Trip Oct. 19 Tentative Schedule
  • 8:00 a.m. Buses will leave parking area at CLC

Travel to Google in Austin

  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Tour of Google
Travel to UT campus
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Lunch near the campus
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Discussion with Teaching & Learning Services
  • 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. - Tour of Perry-Castañeda Library

Travel to Mooreco Education Furniture

  • 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Tour of Mooreco Showroom

Travel back to SA


Elementary Librarian Field Trip Oct. 24 Tentative Schedule

  • 8:00 a.m. Buses will leave parking area at CLC

Travel to Google in Austin

  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Tour of Google

Travel to UT campus

  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Lunch near the campus
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Tour of Perry-Castañeda Library

Travel to Mooreco Education Furniture

  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Tour of Mooreco Showroom

Travel back to SA


Waterfront in Austin, Texas. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 25 May 2016. http://quest.eb.com/search/139_1969751/1/139_1969751/cite. Accessed 14 Sep 2016.

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Librarian Field Trips (Group Travel Request, Absences & Substitutes, Parking at CLC)

Instructions for Travel Request & Absence Reporting
Submit a travel request using the following group memos:
  • Elementary Librarians - #5644 - October 24, 2016
  • Secondary Librarians - # 5465 - October 19, 2016

Enter absence in SmartFind – must use absence code #27 for Library Services to
pay for the substitute


Parking Details

Parking has been secured at the Community Learning Center (8750 Tesoro Dr.- diagonally across the street from RAMEC). Park in the back of the building near the Driver’s Ed vehicles. Please avoid the spaces that are close to Cee Gee Dr. as those are rented out to another business. The bus will pick us up from this location and it will leave at 8:00 a.m. sharp!

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Digital Resources Calendar

Librarian Appraisal Role: Campus Leader - Professional Development

It was requested last spring that Library Services create a calendar to spotlight particular digital resources throughout the school year. This is not mandatory, but a guide for those who would like to utilize it.


Digital resources to be highlighted in September are Britannica, Image Quest, and E-STAX. Please refer to this link (it will also be linked from the Professional Development page of our website) for the rest of the calendar.

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Battle of the Books LibGuide Updates (ES only)

The Battle of the Books LibGuide has been updated with 2016-2017 information. Thank you to Sara Romine and Connie Hinton for the updates! There will be a Spanish Battle of the Books this year and that information is listed side-by-side with the English Battle information.

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If you would like this poster personalized for your Exploratory Learning time, please contact Lisa Hastings.

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Exploratory Learning Resources - NEW

Guide to Makerware - This detailed step-by-step introduction to printing with a Makerbot 3D printer and using the Makerware software was created by Travis Howk. He worked with his 3D campus printer and trained students and staff of all ages and abilities. The guide is written for laypersons or individuals new to 3D printing. I personally referred to this guide multiple times while printing with students. The guide is linked in the Procedure Manual - Technology > Hardware/Printers. By Wendy Howk


Two additional exploratory learning kits have been added for secondary librarians:

Pi-Bot and Let’s Start Coding.


A sample Makerspace Expectations slideshow has also been added to the Exploratory Learning tab in the Procedure Manual.

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Reminders & Updates

We need hanging bags for Books & Bites on the Bus program!

Size - 12x9 or larger. If you have some extras of this type of bag, please pony to Library Processing.

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Donalyn Miller Workshop, October 10, 2:00 - 4:00 - Save the date!

Scholastic is bringing Donalyn Miller to NEISD for a two-hour workshop, "Voice and Choice: Fostering Reading Ownership" to be held at the Molly Pruitt Library. This is a staff development day, but it is in the late afternoon. We have room for 70 people. Please sign up in Eduphoria as soon as possible. We will leave it open to librarians only until Oct. 3 and then if there is space, we will open up the session to ITS and other interested staff.

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FONEL Fall Membership Meeting - Save the date! (Reposted)

October 18, 2016, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., MacArthur HS Library

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