Friday Focus

NEISD Library Services

Week of December 15 - 19 , 2014

In this Friday Focus:

  • Procedures for Spending $1000 Bond Money
  • Librarian Professional Development
  • Suite of Paid iPad Apps
  • Guest Login for Circulation Computers
  • Updates & Reminders

Tweets & News from NEISD Librarians

Woodstone ES

RT: Sara Romine (@laffinglibrary)

Great Read Around the School event today at #woodstonees! Students had lots of choices of books to hear! #neisdlibs

Bush MS

RT: Bush MS Library (@BushMSLibrary)

First student to borrow a Nexus eReader to check out digital books from @OverDriveLibs. Have fun! #neisdlibs

MacArthur HS and Oak Grove ES

RT: MAC Library (@MacArthurLib)

Mac tennis and Oak Grove students code together #neisdhoc

More Tweets and Posts from NEISD Librarians

Posted on the Library Services FB page

First Grade Social Studies Centers at the Colonial Hills Library

Students are studying communication, recreation and transportation-- past and present. A rotary dial phone from the 70s, a wooden dollhouse that belonged to Librarian Marva Allen when she was a child, and a reproduction Colonial era "buzz saw"/noise maker are just a few of the hands-on artifacts being used to make research engaging and fun!

RT: LopezLMC (@LopezMSLibrary)

Coding and Board Building a great December in the Lopez Library @LopezMSLibrary

RT: Angelique Lackey (@lackeyangie)
3rd grade used brainstormer via #popplet to write rhyme scheme poetry while synergizing w a partner #tlim #neisdlibs

RT: Pruitt&TRHS Library (@PruittTeenLib)

Science + Reading = SPARK for kids, presented by Misty Belamontez and AVID teens. Next presentation is January 26th.

RT: Krueger MS Library (@LibraryKrueger)

Students creating paper plate hover crafts. #makerparty @scifi_club

RT: Las Lomas Library (@LasLomasLibrary)
Children followed the clues and found Leo the Lion in our library reading a book and having a snowball fight today.

Procedures for Spending $1000 Bond Money

Now you know what the Last Day Before the Break "treat" is and we hope that you enjoyed the 12 Days as presented by the Library Services Team!

Each librarian will receive $1,000 in credit with Library Services. These funds may be used to purchase print, additional technology, or a combination of both.

In January, Library Services will email a link to a Google form where you can submit your spending wishes. Look for this after the break.

Librarian Professional Development

Librarian Appraisal Role: Campus Leader - Professional Knowledge/Skills

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

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.

Tweet it Up! Twitter for Librarians (Introductory class)

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fox Run Library

Nexus Tablet/eReader Training

Tuesday Jan. 13, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Nearpod for Librarians

Thursday, Jan. 15, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Vineyard Ranch Library

Nexus Tablet/eReader Training

Thursday, Jan. 15, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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.


Suite of Paid iPad Apps

Library Services 2011 Bond Funds

Library Services will be purchasing a suite of paid apps for iPads procured with Library Services Bond funds and deployed during the 2014-2015 school year.

Elementary and Middle School Suite:

Book Creator

Explain Everything

Puppet Pals 2 School Edition

Puppet Pals HG Director’s Pass

Strip Designer

Tellagami edu

High School Suite:

30Hands Pro

Comics Head


Explain Everything

Puppet Pals 2 School Edition

Puppet Pals HD Director’s Pass

Tellagami edu

Apps for iPads purchased during previous school years, or with funds other than Library Services Bond 2011 funds, will not be included. Campus or campus library funds need to be used for those devices, as needed.

Guest Login for Circulation Computers

Librarians will now use the guest login for substitutes, parent volunteers, and student helpers on the two circulation computers only. The login is provided by Technology Services and receives updates and software push outs as needed.

Librarian credentials shall not be shared, as per the District Employee AUP.

Submit a Help Desk ticket is problems arise from the use of this login.

Username= .\NEISDGuest

Password= Guest@NEISD

Reminders & Updates

Capstone PebbleGo Science Upgrade

PebbleGo Science will be live for users on December 30.

This is a free, automatic upgrade for current Earth & Space subscribers. 80+ new articles expand the database coverage to include:

  • Life Science

  • Physical Science

  • Earth & Space Science

  • Engineering, Technology & the Application of Science--we're particularly proud of this section. There is nothing else quite like it for your beginning researchers!

Additional Nexus Tablet/eReader PD Sessions

Two additional Nexus Tablet/eReader PD sessions have been added for January. If there is a conflict and you cannot attend either of the additional sessions, contact Kim to make arrangements for individual training.

Nexus Tablets/eReaders (Repeat Posting)

The Nexus tablets/eReaders are ready for update 5.0.1. When they are powered on, there will be a arrow in the top left-hand corner indicating an update is ready. Once completed the interface appearance will be slightly different that the screenshots in the Nexus presentation (found on the Procedure Manual).