Friday Focus

NEISD Library Services

Week of December 8 - 12 , 2014

In this Friday Focus:

  • Ten PD Sessions (spring semester)
  • iPad Configuration
  • Grant Opportunity
  • Free Books for Read Across America Day
  • Distinguished Library Service Award for School Administrators
  • Updates & Reminders

Tweets & News from NEISD Librarians

Oak Grove ES

RT: Laurie Tuttle (@OG_Library)

1st graders gather information on Colonial pens while researching in the library. #neisd.libs

Johnson HS

RT: Terri Sanchez (@TSanch3)

JHS future coders- focused & determined...Javascript, HTML, and SQL no longer foreign to them! #neisdlibs #hourofcode

Ed White MS Library

RT: Ed White Eagles (@EdWhiteLibrary)

Smartboard install happening now!! #futureready #neisdlibs

More Tweets and Posts from NEISD Librarians

First Grade Research began this week:

RT: Katina Wright (@bookmama78)
Our principal stopped in to see what first grade was up to during research this week...

So many students participated in the Hour of Code in the library!

RT: Ed White Eagles (@EdWhiteLibrary)
#hourofcode with Ms. Tennant's 6th graders. Thank you Dan Sherrill from @Rackspace for volunteering as our code coach

RT: Wendy Howk (@whowk)
Reagan HS codes with CR 5th graders #hourofcode #neisdlibs#CRLibrary

RT: Las Lomas Library (@LasLomasLibrary)
All ages are enjoying coding in the library! It is incredible what they can do~#neisdlibs #neisdhoc

RT: Jamie Jennings (@WMSLibraryChick)
Wood faculty learning code #hourofcode #neisdlibs

FaceBook Message from Susan Reeves (former NEISD ITS):

It is so exciting to see the many NEISD librarians who have taken campus leadership roles during Hour of Code Week. Thank you for all you do to encourage and support them!

Reposted from Library Services FaceBook Page:

We did it! Our goal of 500 Likes was achieved! Thanks to everyone for getting the word out.

Ten PD Sessions

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

Nearpod for Librarians

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

Vineyard Ranch Library

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 Library

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

Tools of the Trade! Juvenile & YA Lit for Middle & High School Educators

Special guest: Teri Lesesne

Saturday, Mar. 21, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

RAMEC 313.04

iPad Configuration Process

iPads purchased with Bond 2011 funds and ordered as part of the Library Transformation Plans will be initialized by field techs in order to access the district wifi.

After the initialization of the iPads, the campus ITS will assist the librarian in the set up of restrictions and assignment of a unique Apple ID. The Apple ID will allow Library Services to push out a suite of apps (more information in next week's Friday Focus) to each iPad.

Contact the campus ITS about the restrictions and Apple IDs after Friday, Dec. 12. They will receive information today at the Instructional Technology meeting.

Thanks to Jennifer Heine who created directions for iPad configuration and to Christie Robinson and Cindy Gregory for their support and collaboration in this process!

Grant Opportunity

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is providing two grants due Jan. 1, 2015 – the Summer Reading Resources Grants and the Teen Summer Intern Program Grants.

You can review more information at:

Free Books for Read Across America Day

Reposted from Deb Caldwell

The Literacy Empowerment Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, invites your school or other literacy project to apply for FREE books for Read Across America Day. During the past year, LEF has distributed over 3,000,000 books to schools all across the country for Read Across America Day and other literacy projects.

These books are free. Educators only pay shipping and handling. Resources are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Orders must be received by February 15th, 2015.

Please share this information with your fellow educators!

Free Books for Read Across America Day: Order Form at


1311 West Chester Pike

West Chester, PA 19382

Phone: 610-719-6448

Web site:


Distinguished Library Service Award for School Administrators

Reposted from TASL

Hello Texas Librarians,

Do you know of an administrator who goes above and beyond to support school libraries in Texas? Consider nominating your administrator!

The Distinguished Library Service Award for School Administrators (formerly Administrator of the Year Award) recognizes administrators for their continued support of library services.

To nominate your administrator, download the application and submit by January 25, 2015.

More information and the application can be found at


Keri Rabe (pronounced Rob), MSIS

Librarian, Old Town Elementary

Round Rock Independent School District

Reminders & Updates


Spending Guidelines (Found on the Procedure Manual)

By Winter Break, one half of Library Book Budget must be spent or encumbered

Nexus Tablets/eReaders

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).

New Procedures for Ordering from Follett

The new procedures for ordering from Follett (discussed in a prior Friday Focus) are now located on the Procedure Manual > Budget & Ordering > Ordering Tips.

TCEA Premium Registration

Premium Registrations for TCEA are sold out, however, Library Services has one registration available. It would require a transfer of $257 to Library Services and an additional $25 to be paid upon arrival at the convention. Contact Faye if interested.