Library Update

Teacher Edition - Nov. 2015 - New and Updated Resources

All the pieces are coming together

All of the changes will be falling into place very soon. This newsletter contains some details, videos, and resource links on what's to come in the next 2 weeks.


Destiny Training for Library Staff on Nov. 10th

The library will be closed for training on Nov 10th from 7:30-noon.

In the days following the training, we will be adding teacher accounts and configuring the databases into Destiny OneSearch. As soon as that has been worked out, I need a time at your common planning times and team meetings to give passwords with a short tutorial on Destiny.

I will also set up a Google Doc for times available to give students a tutorial on Destiny use, which include eBooks, the website, and subscription databases. Lots of new things, found in one place!

Below you will find a short video explaining and promoting the features Follett Destiny.

Link to login page

Intro to Destiny

iPad Destiny Catalog Look up Stations

There are two new iPad look up stations mounts that have been installed recently. Once Destiny is available, you will be able to search the catalog from these stations as a guest. We hope this will assist you in finding resources in the media center.

As always, we are here to help. We can show you how to access the Destiny catalog and resources from the new iPad stations.


The Library Website is LIVE!

Link directly to the High School page with

Link directly to the Middle School page with

The webpages can be accessed on the district website under the School tab / Library Media Center (tab to the left)

The homepages of the website will always feature a New Book Spotlight, What's Happening in the library, and Quicklink list to important websites and databases. Other tabs will take you to more specific places.

Destiny - to the Destiny sign in page for each school

Connections - to any social media sites set up for SDSM Libraries, @sdsmReads

Lessons - where I will link to resources I've shown in lessons for students to access afterwards

Resources - links to databases and recommended resources

Toolkit - for students and teachers containing recommended tech tools that you can use for various purposes

Guides - these are specific webpages to give more information such as Citation, Annotation, Critical Reading, or Subject/Content guides to aid teachers with project resources for students (If you need me to add a page for you, just ask! Very happy to do this and I am currently working on one for Health, look for it as an example soon!)

More resources will continue to be added, but I would suggest visiting the library webpage before any research or searching, the best of the best resources will be there for you. Contact me to give tutorials to your students.

OverDrive eBooks

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NEW OverDrive eBooks

I've just added many, many, updated YA and 5-8 titles on OverDrive!

We are currently working to integrate OverDrive with our Follett Destiny logins. For now, the login is the student ID #. I think that teacher accts were set up, but doubt that you would remember your barcode numbers. Send me an email if you would like a user passcode to read the eBooks.

Overdrive eBooks can be read straight from the browser on any device -or- by using the Kindle or OverDrive apps.

Once the integration between OverDrive and Destiny goes through, the teacher and student logins will be your network login and password. Stay tuned for that change.



Commonlit is an organization that is building sets of thematic discussion questions to use in conjunction with upper elementary school and middle school students.


Doodle for Google Contest

gFor nearly eight years, Google has been recognizing some of the most creative and talented young people through the Doodle 4 Google program. This year, Discovery Education and Google want to recognize the teachers who inspire their student's creativity to come to life.

Tell us how you will inspire your students to enter the 2015 Doodle 4 Google contest for the chance to win $1,000 for classroom supplies and a trip for two to Mountain View, CA to meet the Doodle Team. Four runners-up will also receive $1,000 to use in their classroom.

To enter, it's simple:

  • Tweet an original photo or video (between 15-30 seconds) showing how you will inspire your students to enter Doodle 4 Google
  • Post your photo or video to Twitter using the hashtag #D4GTeacherContest no later than 5:00pm ET on November 19th, 2015

It's that easy! For more information and a full list of contest rules click here. Learn about what's new in this year's Doodle 4 Google contest Extinction Virtual Field Trip to learn why most biologists believe one-half of Earth's higher life forms will be extinct by 2100, why it's important to address this loss of biodiversity, and what can be done to prevent it.

Don't miss a chance for your students to connect with experts working to address the real-world challenges accelerating the loss in the Earth's biodiversity and discover what we can do to make a difference.

Diana Knight

Library Media Specialist/Tech Integrator