Friday Focus

NEISD Library Services

Week of January 20 - 23, 2015

In this Friday Focus:

  • African American History Month Resources
  • Librarian Professional Development
  • Newly Added Professional Development
  • OverDrive - Vote for the next Big Library Read
  • Reminder from Technology Services
  • Updates & Reminders

Tweets & News from NEISD Librarians

Bulverde Creek ES Library

RT: Michele Bennett (@BennettMbenne11)

Mrs. McCaffrey's third graders joined Platypus Police squad! Took the challenge, everyone read the book. Awesome!

Lee HS Library

RT: Robert E Lee (@volslibrary)

Come check out our new library area and enter the contest to give it a great name.

Johnson HS Library

RT: Terri Sanchez (@TSanch3)

Multipurpose iPads @CTJohnsonHigh Library, warm up, take a break, listen to music here! #ctjlib #neisdlibs #jhslib

More Tweets and Posts from NEISD Librarians

#EduLS Infopic - MacArthur HS Genius iPad Bar #neisdpln #neisdlibs

RT: N Hills Library (@librarycockers)
Makerspace Club tackling the aluminum foil challenge #neisdlibs#Makerspace

RT: Katina Wright (@bookmama78)
A few new books all ready for checkout in the Wetmore library!#lovenewbooks #excitedstudents

RT: Irene Kistler (@IreneKistler)
We're blind dating books at Ed White to celebrate Valentine's Day. How are you celebrating? #neisdlibs #txlchat

African American History Month Resources

Action Required: Please add a link to the African American History Month Resources to your LibGuide.

Directions for adding a link are located on the Procedure Manual (see African American History Month Directions).

Image Source: Battle Creek CVB. Underground Railroad Sculpture. Flickr. CC BY 2.0.

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)

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.

Newly Added Professional Development

Kindergarten Research: Planning Session for Librarians

Thursday, February 5, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Northwood ES Library

Kindergarten Research: Planning Session for Librarians

Tuesday, February 10, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Oak Meadow ES Library

OverDrive - Vote for the next Big Library Read

OverDrive's next Big Library Read event is coming up in March, and we need your help deciding on a title. Cast your vote now, and then pass the survey along to all the book lovers you know!

Voting is open now and will run through February 1st.

For information about previous Big Library Read events, visit

Image taken from OverDrive site

Reminder from Technology Services

When not using the Smartboard please turn off the lamp. The bulbs are very expensive. Set the projector to economy mode. Directions will be posted to the Help Desk. You may be able to ask your ITS or field tech also.

Chromebooks and Lenovos need to be used frequently to receive the updates pushed out by Network Services. New policies have been pushed out but can only be received when connected to Active Directory.

Reminders & Updates

Deadline for submitting requests for the $1,000 bond money is Jan. 30, 2015.

Please submit the allocations by choosing from the identified items on this spreadsheet.


Some titles that are ordered, ex: Harry Potter series, are only available in ePub/Kindle formats (rather than READ). When choosing these titles students will need to be made aware that they will only be able to read them through the OverDrive app. They will work fine on the Nexus tablets through the app.