Friday Focus

NEISD Library Services

Week of January 12 - 16, 2015

In this Friday Focus:

  • Library Facilities Survey
  • $1,000 Bond Funds Spending Guidelines
  • Librarian Professional Development
  • Kindergarten Research (ES librarians only)
  • Teacher/Librarian Reimbursement Program
  • TLA Volunteers
  • Communicating the Library Mission/Vision
  • Children and Libraries - Diversity
  • Updates & Reminders

Tweets & News from NEISD Librarians

Camelot ES

RT: Yolanda Benavides (@CamelotReadAlot)

A 4th grader, inspired by the book, Mr. Lemoncello's Library made this board game. Will others follow? Hope so!

Wood MS

RT: Jamie Jennings (@WMSLibraryChick)

Monday Madness is what happened today during lunches! Board game fun! #neisdlibs

Molly Pruitt Library at Roosevelt HS

RT: Pruitt & TRHS Library (@PruittTeenLib)

62 teens getting ready for book talks.

More Tweets and Posts from NEISD Librarians

RT: Dee Dee Davenport (@DeeLibCoord)

Enjoyed sharing kinder research strategies with our elementary librarians this afternoon! #neisdlibs #guidedinquirydesign

RT: Terri Sanchez (@TSanch3)
And The Den is open! So thankful for our first customers and great baristas! #neisdlibs #jhslib

RT: Stone Oak ES Library (@StoneOakLibrary)
Stone Oak 3rd graders are rockin' the research of the Earth's Rapid Changes!

RT: Roni Schmittou (@librarian_roni)
Are you RED-dy for a new book? Ike's Library just rec'd abt 140 new books, stop by & chk one out today!

Library Facilities Survey

We are gathering input for the District Facilities Survey completed by campuses and departments. Your input is greatly needed to give the best assessment of the library where you currently serve. Please complete this Survey by Wednesday, Jan. 21. Thank you!

$1,000 Bond Funds Spending Guidelines

Please submit the allocations for the $1,000 bond money by choosing from the identified items on this spreadsheet. The cells are pre-formatted with formulas to add across the rows for a grand total. Try to stay within the $1,000 limit, if possible.

Ex: 1 Balt Cart = $875 ($125 left) No items are exactly $125, so to make up the difference, put $125 in print to equal $1,000.

The deadline to submit requests in spreadsheet is Jan. 30, 2015. For print requests an amount is sufficient -- a list is not required at this time. The spending deadlines (encumbered by Spring Break) apply to the bond money, as well as local funds for book orders.

Image from the NEISD website

Librarian Professional Development

Librarian Appraisal Role: Campus Leader - Professional Knowledge/Skills

Spring Technology Professional Development (including SMART Board, iPad, Google Apps & more)

Upcoming Library Services Professional Development (listed below and linked to Eduphoria)

LibGuides Review & Work Session

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Advanced Twitter for Librarians

Thursday, Jan. 22, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Krueger MS Library

Super Saturday

Keep ‘em Honest: Raising Academic Integrity Through TurnItIn and Digital Note-taking

Saturday, Jan. 24, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Churchill HS (Various rooms)

Sirsi Reports

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Discovery Education for Librarians

Thursday, Feb. 12, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


LibGuides Review & Work Session

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Genrification for Librarians

Thurs., Feb. 19, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Bush MS Library

Reminder: Library Services offers a variety of professional development sessions throughout the year. Librarians may enroll or unenroll for sessions in Eduphoria Workshop. Enrollment will close 48 hours in advance of sessions. After the 48 hour window, librarians must contact the session presenter or Library Services at 407-0001 to cancel enrollment.

Kindergarten Research Photos (ES librarians only)

Action Requested by Friday, Jan. 23 (ES librarians): Kindergarten Research- Photos

Please submit photographs of workers and their tools for the kindergarten research unit.

Creative Commons Licensed Photos Online

Go to Enter a keyword (e.g., dentist) in the search box. From the license pull down menu, select Creative Commons only- modifications allowed. Copy the URL for the photo and submit following these instructions:

  1. Go to the Librarian Professional Development LibGuide and select Elementary PD 1/12/15 from the January pull down menu. Click on the Kinder Research (draft) link.

  2. Paste the photo URL into the comments section of the Photo Gallery page.

Submitting Your Own Photos

Email photos to Dee Dee and include:

  1. Photographer’s name

  2. Brief title

  3. Statement of Creative Commons (CC) license

CC licenses typically include, at a minimum, the word BY to indicate that users must credit the photographer.

You may add restrictions:

NC= no commercial uses

ND= no derivatives (can’t be modified)

Example: Lisa Wells. Stethoscope. CC BY-NC 2.0.

Additional information: Creative Commons Licenses

To avoid duplication, please check for photos already posted to the gallery. Thank you for contributing to the research unit!

CC image from Creative Commons site

Teacher and Librarian Reimbursement Program

Have you purchased supplies for your classroom this year? North East ISD offers the Teacher and Librarian Reimbursement Program to help offset these expenses. Employees with a teacher or librarian PEIMS code are eligible for a reimbursement on items purchased between July 1, 2014 and June 4, 2015. District funds will reimburse classroom teachers and librarians for supplies purchased from the employee's personal funds and used in the classroom/library. The maximum reimbursement is $75 per teacher/librarian, and these funds are available on a first come, first serve basis. As of January 7, 2015, there are still funds remaining.

Receipts dated between July 1, 2014 and June 4, 2015 must be submitted with a reimbursement request. Please review the attached procedures for full details on how to submit reimbursement requests.


Photo by: Leo Reynolds

TLA Volunteer Opportunities

Many different opportunities exist and one that is front and center is at Registration. Please volunteer for a shift or two at the Registration Desk for the TLA Annual Conference 2015! Please Note: You must sign up as a volunteer at in addition to signing up for a time on our SignUpGenius.

Volunteer duties include:

Find registration packets for attendees and double check information and tickets.

Give attendees the pocket schedule and lanyards.

Assist attendees with downloading the conference app.

Image from TXLA website

Communicating the Library Vision & Mission

Reposted from TLC (Len Bryan)

I attended the AASL Fall Summit in Richardson several months ago, and one of the topics we discussed was the issue of school librarians sometimes not being comfortable with communicating the library’s vision, mission, goals, and strategies with non-librarians. We are great at so many things, and it’s time we tell others! We kicked around several ideas, and I promised to develop an online course with materials and activities to help librarians strengthen their communication, specifically with school administrators.

Using the free Gibbon platform, I developed a set of exercises, articles, and videos to work through that I hope will help us become more effective communicators. I’d love to hear what you think, and your ideas for improving the course (or for other courses) are greatly appreciated!


Len Bryan | School Program Coordinator

Library Development and Networking Division

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

512-463-5852 | 512-463-2306 - fax

School Program Website:

TexQuest Program Website:

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Fall 2015 issue of Children and Libraries focusing on Diversity.

Mary-Kate Sableski is working with CAL Editor Sharon Verbeten as a Guest Editor for a Fall 2015 issue of Children and Libraries focusing on Diversity. As part of this special issue, we would like to include examples of library programming focused on diversity. Some examples might include author visits from diverse authors or authors who write about diversity, programs highlighting diversity in literature, special book displays, etc.

If you have an example to share for possible inclusion in the issue, would you please send a short description of the example, along with any photographs of the example to Mary-Kate Sableskiat: Please also include your name, title, library name, and location.

Please send any examples to me by March 1st to be considered for the article.

We look forward to highlighting the exciting things happening in libraries surrounding diversity in children's and young adult literature!

Mary-Kate Sableski, Ph.D.

Department of Teacher Education

University of Dayton

300 College Park

Dayton, OH 45469-2966

(937) 229-3910

Image from ALA website

Reminders & Updates

Request from Laura Moore, ITS

Laura is requesting information from those of you who blog. She will share the blogs during the Bloggin' Boot Camp and feature some examples on the district training page. Please take a moment to submit information in this Google form if you are a blogger.

Request from Art Suarez, NEISD CRMS Manager

Please request CRMS tags after your boxes have been filled and are ready for pickup.

The requests require tracking by both the Library Services Administrator and District CRMS Manager. Open requests occur when the librarian does not notify the District CRMS Manager (and cc the Library Services Administrator) that the tags are affixed and the boxes are ready for pickup. The District CRMS Manager is currently reviewing all open requests and is actively cancelling long standing requests after contacting the librarian.

PD Minutes

During the week after a Monthly PD session, the Minutes of the session will linked on the Librarian PD LibGuide. Elementary Librarian PD was Monday, Jan. 12, and the Minutes are now linked on the Guide.

Library Transformation Plans - Materials Received (repost)

When materials (devices, cases, etc.) are received in the library, contact Mary Beth to let her know. This is very important!

North East Education Foundation Grants (repost)

Applications for North East Education Foundation (NEEF) grants may be submitted beginning on January 26, 2015. See the NEEF website for additional information including grant guidelines.