Library Services Newsletter
October, 2017: Teacher Librarian Edition
We write two versions of our newsletter based on the different responsibilities you face in your position, specifically related to instruction, evaluation, and SLOs.
New Library System Selected!
We will be moving to the new system next summer. We will provide training opportunities next summer, (both online and in person). Stay tuned!
Overdrive eBooks for Everyone!
There are two ways to access our Overdrive eBooks:
- go to dpsk12.lib.overdrive.com
- go to your school's LION web page, lion.dpsk12.org and click on ebooks, then click on "Overdrive".
Logging into Overdrive
- Staff use their district ID and password
- Students use their student ID as their username and their birthdate as their password (2 digits for month, 2 digits for day, 4 digits for year)
Check out the Collections section of Overdrive for a diverse selection of topics, languages and curriculum. We will be sharing out additional marketing materials in a related email.
Feel free to let us know if there are eBooks or audiobooks that you, your students and your teachers would like to add to our collection at email@example.com
Overdrive and Language Arts Curriculum
Here is a basic overview of what is in Overdrive:
- 600 copies of each novel (with the exception of Fences)
- 600 copies of each novel's audiobook if it was available digitally
- 100 copies of each novel (a few were not available digitally)
- 100 copies of each novel's audiobook if it was available digitally
- 100 copies of certain titles. This is a mix of eBook texts and audiobooks (depending on what was available).
- 5-10 copies of titles that were available but not designated as high-need by the Literacy Department.
- There are even a few digital videos of some of the books.
- Here is a link to a document with a list of titles and number of copies https://docs.google.com/a/dpsk12.net/spreadsheets/d/1v1O_uN3v7WELd9ohSXnk8eFFxjRmc5IOW75qD0ar14k/edit?usp=sharing
We are continuing to collaborate with the Literacy Department and will update you as we make additional purchases.
We have curated all of these titles into an Overdrive Collection called "Language Arts Curriculum". Overdrive currently limits the number of collections we are able to create so we are unable to further break down this category into grade levels but hope to do this in the future.
eBooks Professional Learning
We are available to come out to your building to share with your staff these resources, or share with you the course overviews for these sessions if you would like to present these to your staff. We can also meet with you one on one to go through their features. Just contact our help desk to let us know how we can support you!
LION Database (digital resource) Changes
EBSCO only for 6th-12th grades
One change we made this summer was to discontinue our subscription to EBSCO (Primary Search) at the elementary level. Last winter it came to our attention that there was content in EBSCO's offerings that were not appropriate for a k-12 environment. We have carefully reviewed content and put into place measures to make sure the content meets our Department's Collection Development guidelines, but realized it was most appropriate for grades 6th-12th grade. At the same time we saw a large increase in the rate we would be paying for EBSCO moving forward. We decided it was a good time to look for other elementary products.
Kids Infobits from Gale - NEW!
This fall we started offering Kids Infobits. This is a high quality database for elementary that replaces EBSCO. Amazingly, it is a slightly lower price and offers powerful features like the ability to integrate with Google Docs and a more kid friendly experience.
Nettrekker only for grades 3rd-5th
We also adjusted our Nettrekker subscription to 3rd-5th grades. In our yearly analysis of data, we saw low usage of this resource. Nettrekker curates k-12 appropriate websites that are searchable by reading level, subject and more. In our conversations with Teacher Librarians we confirmed our belief that once students reach 6th grade they should be learning how to evaluate websites and practicing information literacy (not that this can't happen earlier!) We will continue to watch usage on this resource and listen to your feedback to see if we can afford to support it into the future. If you feel this is valuable, then usage with your students is how you can show us! If you are a heavy user of Nettrekker we encourage to share how you use it with your colleagues.
Please contact Janet Damon in Library Services to learn more about the features of these databases or schedule time for her to come and work with teachers in your building!
Highly Effective School Libraries
Learn more here https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/highlyeffective and join the HESL cohort PDU (or just join for support) led by Megan McQuinn (Teacher Librarian at Farrell B. Howell). Just send her an email for more information.
Congratulations to our DPS Teacher Librarians that have earned the following exemplars!
Kacie Close (Holm Elementary) - All Exemplars!! Planning, Instructional Specialist, Leadership, Library Management and Environment
Dawn Miller (Cory Elementary) - Environment
Kristy Buchanan (Castro Elementary) - Environment
Cindy Spruce (Centennial Elementary) - Planning, Instructional Specialist, and Environment
Jonathan Almon (Steck Elementary) - Instructional Specialist
Janette Barela (Maxwell Elementary) - Environment
And our Teacher Librarians that maintain their Highly Effective School Library designation, Megan McQuinn and Suzie Frachetti.
These exemplars help build a better understanding of the power of school libraries in the life of a school community and students.
Social Justice Resources
Looking for resources to help address current events in American society that are creating anxiety for many students, families and adults? Our Collection Develop Supervisor Suzi Tonini created this digital newsletter loaded with supports:https://www.smore.com/z5chv
Citywide book club
Mayor Hancock just announced a citywide book club https://denvertalks.org/
"Join the citywide conversation about race, social justice, and Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric.
Rankine uses Citizen to talk candidly about racism today, from outright brutality to incidents so subtle "you begin to distrust that they even happened," Rankine writes. "And yet you know that you feel bad somehow."
What can we learn from the experiences presented in Citizen? How can we use what we learn to create a more inclusive and accepting community?
Lighthouse Writers Workshop, the City & County of Denver, and NEA Big Read want Denver-area residents to read the book and start talking. Free copies of Citizen are being distributed throughout the city, and metro-area public libraries will have print, e-book, and audio editions as well as book club kits available.
Find a book talk, art event, community gathering or activity to join, and don't miss Rankine's free talk with Mayor Michael B. Hancock at Boettcher Concert Hall, November 15."
Library Services Email Addresses
firstname.lastname@example.org for library-related technical questions or general questions. Please also use this email if you need immediate assistance.
email@example.com for questions related to the status of library orders or invoices.
firstname.lastname@example.org for cataloging record requests, a cataloging question or to request item level cataloging training (how to enter books into the library system).
email@example.com to request titles for Overdrive, help selecting library materials or placing an order.
firstname.lastname@example.org to request a basket of books or Makerspace kits.
News Literacy and Fake News
Diverse Books Reading Challenge
We always love hearing about reading motivation programs and ideas. One of our colleagues connected with the Teacher Librarian at Eaglecrest High School in Cherry Creek, Kristin McKeown, about their diverse books reading challenge. She graciously agreed to share their ideas and materials. Please let us know anytime you have programs you are willing to share, we will share them out in the newsletter!
Video explaining Bingo challenge:
Web page explanation/Bingo card download:
Cataloging Gift Books in the Spring
What are your options? We can have someone show you how to add books to the system if you are willing to process them. Just contact us at email@example.com for more information.