Library Update

Teacher Edition - October 2015


The mission of the SDSM library media program is to foster a rich learning environment that builds collaboration and inquiry using digital literacies to support passionate readers and thinkers, creative designers and producers, global citizens and lifelong learners.

Coming soon . . . Follett Destiny

Follett Destiny is the new library automation database that includes a student engagement package. This provides a content-rich environment that is exciting to use and keeps students coming back to the library. This package supports 21st Century literacy skills by providing students with an engaging, content-rich experience while ensuring that we are maximizing our media center resources.

One of my favorite features is the ability to perform OneSearch that generates search results in books, websites, and databases all at once, and if that isn't fabulous enough, it also creates a citation list in seconds. Truly seconds! This will allow students to concentrate more on the writing and research, and less on determining where the comma goes in the citation.

I'm looking forward to showing your classes how to get the best use out of Destiny.

MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW as we get closer to switching over databases within the next month.

[The graphic below shows the five components of Follett Destiny.]

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It's Survey Season!

In honor of EE and mylearningplan survey season, it would be helpful for me to know the state of the library media program prior to me and then revisit this survey at the end of this year. If you could please take the time to fill out the survey, as best you can, I know some questions may not make sense in the current state, but will make more sense down the road. All of the answers give you an "Other" option to jot a note if needed. I would greatly appreciate your input, your responses are anonymous, other than knowing which school library.

Thank you for taking the time!

Leveled text options for Close Reading

With Destiny, there will be more places to gather leveled text for close reading with your students, but here are a few other places where you can find leveled text.

Library Cards for SMPL - 9/28 from 2-3 in the SMHS Library

During our Personalized Professional Development time on the afternoon of September 28th, the SM Public Librarian, Nan Champe, will be in the SMHS library from 2:00-3:00 issuing teacher library cards to any SMHS teachers who want one. Please be sure to stop in and get your card to make it easier to locate items at the SM Public Library for your classes or for your personal use!

Twittertastic Teacher Guide

I found this resource to give many helpful ideas on how to use Twitter in the classroom, and some ideas could be carried to other digital forums. Most kids have phones in their pockets, why not maximize the learning?

Click here for the 35-page guide

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MS - New Book Spotlight

HS - New Book Spotlight

Peanutize Me Avatars

Usually, avatar generators are enjoyed by kids, but this Peanuts Avatar seems to be getting around to the adults in anticipation of the Peanuts movie remake coming November 6th.

Here's the link to give it a try!

Ms. Knight

Library Media Specialist/Tech Integrator

South Milwaukee middle and high schools

Thanks for taking the time to read this edition of the Library Update, as always, feel free to shoot me an email with any questions or comments.

Have a great weekend!