Friday Focus

NEISD Library Services

Friday Focus for Week of December 14 - 18, 2015

In this Friday Focus:

  • Librarian Accolades
  • New! Enterprise Library Catalog
  • New Fast, Easy Procedures for Nexus & OverDrive
  • OverDrive Lesson Plans
  • Distinguished Library Service Award for School Administrators
  • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
  • Reminders & Updates

Librarian Accolades

Congratulations to:

Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching!

Landa Langford - Las Lomas ES

Erica Murray - Driscoll MS

SMART Exemplary Educator

Stacey Gleinser - Serna ES

Please let us continue to recognize you for your accomplishments by sending an email to let us know of them. These recognitions help shine a bright light on our library community.


New! Enterprise Library Catalog

We hope you liked the new Enterprise Library Catalog surprise on your campus Library Resources page (last week in the FF)!

In January, you will see a new Enterprise icon below the eLibrary black icon. The old and the new catalog links will remain on your page until the end of this school year. At the beginning of next school year, we will only link to the new catalog. Sirsi and Enterprise training will be offered this spring.

Feel free to begin introducing the new catalog to students, staff and parents. At this time, a PIN is required to log in to My Account. The pin is NEISD for all patrons. This pin will be removed at a later date.

New Fast, Easy Procedures for Nexus & OverDrive

You will no longer have to delete the app from the Nexus eReaders after each student use. From now on, check in the eBook/Audio title in OverDrive and “clear data” from the app which will return the app to set up format. See instructions below.


OverDrive Lesson Plans

OverDrive has created some lesson plans to share with teachers who are using OverDrive in the classroom. These are suggestions only and are not endorsed by NEISD Library Services. Please see the OverDrive page on the Procedure Manual for this information.


Distinguished Library Service Award for School Administrators

(Reposted from TLC)

Hello Texas Librarians,

Winter break is coming, and it would make a perfect time to submit your nomination for your school administrator who goes above and beyond to support school libraries in Texas! Sit by the fire and write up your brag about how amazing that person has been in your school or district.

The Distinguished Library Service Award for School Administrators (formerly Administrator of the Year Award) recognizes administrators for their continued support of library services.

This award is not necessarily for library administrators, but rather, those outside of our "world" (or whose duties include more than just library administration) who go above and beyond to make school libraries in Texas even better.

To nominate your administrator, download the application and submit by January 25, 2016.

More information and the application can be found at


Keri Rabe (pronounced Rob), MSIS

Librarian, Old Town Elementary

Round Rock Independent School District


San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

I am the Community Outreach Coordinator at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Our division is working to develop new programs and partnerships to better engage kindergarten and elementary schools in the San Antonio area by sending rangers into classrooms, libraries, and to special school events. Our goal is to make students and teachers aware that they have a National Park (just like Yellowstone or Yosemite!) right in their hometown!

We are very flexible in what types of programs we can provide, although we are hoping that our Park Rangers could facilitate a "story time" with students in the libraries. Please let me know if this sounds like something NEISD might be interested in. We are very excited to get this program rolling!

Mary Elise Grassmuck

Education/Community Outreach Coordinator

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

(210) 885-1746


Reminders & Updates

From EBD: K-5 Istation Administration Windows (Toni Schwab)

Please review the January 2016 administration windows for Istation ISIP reading assessments for K-5 students. Priority for administration of testing should be focused on all K-2 students and for grades 3-5 struggling students.

Windows have been extended and now include January 4 through January 20, 2016. Please communicate with your IIT for updated information, support, and scheduling.


Goodbye School Improvement - Hello Technology Services!

The Division of Instruction under the leadership of Dr. Pauline Dow is undergoing a reorganization. Library Services is now aligned under the Department of Technology Services. We are looking forward to the opportunities this change will offer, but we will always be a part of School Improvement, as well.


December Statistics 12/1-12/17

Print Circulation

ES 93,065

MS 8,580

HS 3,228

Total 104,873

Nexus Circulation

ES 87

MS 21

HS 10

Total 118


Orders Received 69

Orders Sent 29

Items Processed 1,762

Avg. Time at Processing 22.3 days

OverDrive Stats

6,764 total checkouts

Top Ten: Eisenhower, Bulverde Creek, Hidden Forest, Las Lomas, Dellview, Stone Oak, Thousand Oaks, Canyon Ridge, Bush, Walzem

Thanks for all the great reading promotion you are doing in the libraries!


Don't forget to update your Library News for January 2016!


Have a wonderful holiday break!