Friday Focus

NEISD Library Services

Week of September 15-19, 2014

In this Friday Focus:

  • OverDrive Professional Development
  • New LibGuides Training Videos
  • Social Studies Web Site
  • Reminders & Updates

Tweets from NEISD Libraries

Retweeted Irene Kistler (@IreneKistler):
Discussing the power of a #PLN with middle school librarians. Reading @E_Sheninger blog.

Retweeted Ruth Ann Pippert (@WO_Library):

WO Wolves have read, to date, 197,710 minutes! Way to go! Keep Reading! #millionminutechallenge

Retweeted Jamie Jennings (@WMSLibraryChick):

Best comment of the day - Miss, you always pick out the best books!


Middle school librarians Erika Murray and Christie Hirst collaborate during LibGuides professional development.

Additional LibGuides PD will be held on October 9- LibGuides Planning & Collaboration.

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Librarian Appraisal Role: Teacher / Reading Promotion

OverDrive for Librarians

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Community Learning Center, Rm. 204

Explore OverDrive features and discuss ideas for promoting the collection with students and staff.

Reminder- Enrollment closes 48 hours prior to the session.

Librarian Appraisal Role: Program Administrator / Advocacy and Outreach

New LibGuides Training Videos

Training videos available on the LibGuides Training guide and embedded below

  • Adding eBooks to a LibGuide (4:56)
  • LibGuides Usage Statistics (2:31)
Adding eBooks to a LibGuide
LibGuide Usage Statistics

Librarian Appraisal Role: Teacher / Instruction and Technology Integration

Social Studies Web Site

Photogrammer is a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI).

Reminders & Updates

Processing Procedures - Follett Titlewave

Library book orders are now being processed with a Purchasing Card, rather than a Purchase Order, and it is critical that the list created in Follett not be edited after the order is sent to Processing. The list created in Follett is what is used to match the order and complete the purchase. If there are changes after the initial list is sent, create a new list.


Digital Citizenship Reminders

Sept. 30, 2014 New staff training to be completed in Eduphoria

Oct. 24, 2014 Student curriculum to be completed

Oct. 27, 2014 Administrator submits campus verification


Windows XP and Novell

In an email dated 9-8-14, Tom Johnson, Director for Technology Services, informed employees that all District networked computers currently running Windows XP would have connectivity disabled as of 9-15-14.

Some librarians are using old laptops and docking stations for morning announcements. For now, you will still be able to log onto these machines by choosing WorkStation only. However, it the intent of the Technology department to delete all Windows XP profiles as they pose as a security risk to the network.

Existing computers running Windows XP will either need to be reimaged or replaced depending on the model number. A complete list of computer models that will and will no longer be supported may be found at

All reimage requests will be submitted via the Help Desk.


IOS8 and iPads

If prompted, do NOT upgrade to IOS8 on iPads until we are given the okay by Tech Services. They will be running a series of tests before we update to IOS8, including testing all current apps.


Interlibrary Loan (ILLs)

Please review the Interlibrary Loan Philosophy and Procedures on the Procedure Manual. When emailing requests it is important to include the following:

  • ILL in the subject line of email
  • title, author, call number, shelf location and ILL user ID in the body of the email.

Library Processing Department

We have added two new members to the Library Processing team: Daniella Garza and Cristina Garza - Welcome ladies!

From left to right:

Nola Brown, Diana Martinez, Daniella Garza, Dan Short, Cristina Garza, Joan Fox, Dana Burt, Amy Rash

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