DPS Library Services Newsletter

September 4th, 2015 Edition


Year of the Student Workshop

There is still time to register! Colorado Association of School Libraries (CASL) is hosting a workshop on Saturday, September 12th at Farrell B. Howell school. Shannon Miller will be the keynote and the theme of the day is student voices in library programs. Register here.

Library Services Book Expo!

Invitation. Workshop schedule. Check out the newest in books, get assistance with ordering, attend professional development sessions on collection development, public library resources, Pop Culture Classroom and more. Our partners from Ed Tech and Professional Personalized Learning will also be on hand to collaborate with or ask questions.

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Save the Date for Denver Public Library’s Best and Brightest

Wednesday 12/9, 9:00-11:00 am @ the Sam Gary (Stapleton) public library branch.You are once again invited to DPL’s celebration of the best and brightest books published this year. You can also participate in their mock book awards. It is a fun way to review and vote on titles. More info to come.


Please sign up through your library dashboard or call/email the Library helpdesk x31842 or ers_helpdesk@dpsk12.org

Item Level Record Management

Do you have a pile of unattached books? Would you like to know how to get them into the system so you can get them into the hands of the kiddos? Bring them to this class where we will cover how to add a new item to your collection, how to troubleshoot your work, and how to process that book so it can go on the shelves for checkout. Choose one of the following sessions:

9/16 3:30-4:30 pm at 1617 S. Acoma (Library Services)

9/22 8-9 am at 1617 S. Acoma (Library Services)

Librarian Dashboard Training

Learn the power of the Librarian Dashboard! This digital tool allows you to view your circulation and database statistics, analyze your book collection, see your ordering history, view and sign up for classes and more.

This class will be held online you will just need a computer with an internet connection and a telephone to participate. Information on how to join the class will be sent as the date approaches. Choose one of the following sessions:

9/8 2-3 pm

9/9 9-10 am

9/9 2-3 pm

9/10 9-10 am

9/10 2-3 pm

9/11 9-10 am

Titlesource from Baker &Taylor

This class is designed to introduce library staff to TitleSource 3, Baker & Taylor’s online collection development and ordering tool. Participants will learn how to search for titles and create carts for ordering through Library Services.

One class offered:

9/8 4-5:30 pm at 1617 S. Acoma (Library Services)

Titlewave from Follett

Titlewave is Follett’s online collection management tool. Participants will learn how to search for titles and create carts for ordering through Library Services. You can read reviews and search through lists of books, ebooks, audiobooks, award winners, standards and more.

One class offered:

9/10 4-5:30 pm at 1617 S. Acoma (Library Services)

Collection Assessment

Discusses collection development for school libraries. How do you determine the strengths and weaknesses of your library collection and use that information to create a collection that impacts student achievement.

Choose one of the following sessions:

9/15 8-10:30 am at 1617 S. Acoma (Library Services)

9/17 4-6:30 pm at 1617 S. Acoma (Library Services)


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EBSCO has a new search interface!

EBSCO has finally revamped their search interface. There is now the much more attractive and easier to use Explora Primary (k8) and Explora Secondary (9-12th grade) to replace Kidsearch/Searchasaurus/Student Research Center. The new main interface searches by keywords or browses by topics and autocompletes on most popular searches to help with spelling.


Thanks to HR and Professional Learning, you now have access to Lynda.com! This is a high quality provider of online courses in software skills, leadership, creativity, project management and much more. To get started with your account through DPS, follow the instructions here. Please contact Paul Iwancio at paul_iwancio@dpsk12.org if you have questions.

CDE Instructional Tech Tip

Casey Veatch is the new CDE Digital Literacy Instructional Specialist (Becky Russell’s new partner in crime for school libraries!) He has started a new Tech Tip Tuesday which we will include in our newsletter.

The purpose of #TechTipTuesday is to showcase tech tools that educators are using in the classroom. This week’s #TechTipTuesday video is centered around productivity and workflow in the classroom or workplace. Today you will learn how to easily send a Google Doc to someone as a copy. This will preserve the original document you created.

Please visit the #TechTipTuesday video by clicking here.

Items to consider while watching:

  1. Consider classroom workflow while watching this video. Learn how this method could be used to “handout assignments”
  2. Remember that this option does not create a collaborative document
  3. Know that the person you are giving a copy to needs a Google account
  4. Ask yourself how the student (or other colleague) could turn this document back in to you

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All Kids Deserve Access to National Parks

Every Kid in a Park is a new program available starting today that’s designed to introduce America's youth and their guests to federal public lands and waters. This national program seeks to connect four million 4th graders with our country's treasured places in the 2015-16 academic year, coinciding with the National Park Service Centennial celebration.

As qualified educators, you can register for and print out these park passes to give to the 4th graders in your community—for FREE! The simple form is available at https://www.everykidinapark.gov/get-your-pass/educator. And, it’s an excellent tie-in to the 2016 summer program theme of health and fitness, and yields so many rich opportunities for kids to explore and discover the wonders of nature and history.

The National Park Service has created a printable activity sheet to go with the passes, and if you're interested in more lesson plan ideas, check out the National Park Service's Parks as Classrooms page.

Does Pop Culture Have a Place in the Classroom?

Check out this article in Westword and then attend this creative teacher’s session at our Book Expo on Sept. 30th... http://www.westword.com/arts/illya-kowalchuk-gets-graphic-with-pop-culture-classroom-7063706


Share Your Impact with Your Community

A great way to make what is happening in the library program visible is by sharing out on a library website. Suzi Tonini at Isabella Bird lets her community know how instruction in the library impacts students. Her goal is to update it weekly with brief descriptions of how I am supporting literacy and digital literacy learning at Isabella Bird http://isabellabirdlibrary.weebly.com/

Thanks for sharing Suzi!

Makeover Your Library

Last year was Janette Barela’s first year as a TL/Tech teacher. Maxwell Elementary's library was labeled using AR many years ago (it was a very strong AR school). When a new principal came on board and AR was neither encouraged or discouraged, she started to try to create independence in her students (a 30 minute fixed schedule ensured that!) and had to make a change. She teamed up with a non-profit called Partners in Literacy. They met with her several times and helped her to reorganize the library into a more traditional layout that matched LION and therefore increased independence. During this time of renovation, she and two colleagues applied for a Lowe's Grant. They were awarded $4995!!! With this money and with help of Xcel Energy volunteers, teacher volunteers, parent volunteers and their principal, they:

  • painted 2 walls of the library,

  • created a cozy corner with a comfy couch,

  • bought two tall tables and chairs to create a collaboration station for kids and adults

  • bought 2 cubbies for students to put their belongings in

  • purchased 4 iPads to use for collaborative projects

They also received a Donor's Choose Award and are putting a green screen stage in the corner by the collaboration tables (green screen, microphone, flip-camera).

Janette’s next step is to decorate! The cozy corner is going to be named after an ECE student that passed last year and they want to post his picture and pay respects to any other students we have lost before their time. Her art teacher is working on a schoolwide project to decorate the wall by the collaboration station. They will include only student created or generated ideas.

Thanks for sharing Janette!


Student Data Privacy

Student data privacy continues to be a concern. For the 2015-16 school year, we have a new required training video on protecting student data. The video is available in the Lawson training portal and is labeled "Protecting Student Data." The video will give school leaders and teachers a simple understanding of the legal landscape and instructions on how to protect their students and themselves.

If teachers want to use an online tool with students, they should check the Academic Technology Menu. If the tool’s FERPA status is “approved”, use it. If the tool’s FERPA status is “Parent Consent Required” or if it’s not on the menu, use the forms on the student data privacy website to get active consent. Send for each online tool or one for multiple tools. Classroom by classroom or for your whole school. Do this each year for each tool. And keep the forms for one school year. If you don’t get consent, you can’t put student data in the application. In some cases, anonymizing data with fake student names is sufficient too, but use discretion if it’s a website that collects other data. That’s it. If you have questions, go to the Student Data Privacy website (http://www.dpsk12.org/studentdataprivacy). All of this is on there and many of your questions are answered there too.

Academic Technology Menu

The Academic Technology Menu (http://academictechnologymenu.dpsk12.org or http://atm.dpsk12.org) is a new resource for school leaders and teachers to let them know what software, websites, apps and other technology solutions are available and have been reviewed by district departments. It also informs school leaders and teachers about which solutions are supported and recommended and to what level. School leaders and teachers are encouraged to consult this menu whenever they are considering academic technology tools. It will help you find applications that you may not know about and it will give you information about tools that you are considering.

You may browse through the menu, or you can search it by using the link at the top of the page. When you see solutions listed in square tiles, you will only see the overarching DPS recommendation and the FERPA status. By clicking on the name of the tool, you will see more detailed information in several different areas. Each area is color coded and can be opened for even further detail into the recommendation. While each recommendation area is important, the FERPA approval is one that you should pay special attention to because of rising concerns around student data privacy.