Library Media News

Back to School! 2014 - 2015

State Reports due this Friday, May 23rd!

Steps for returning an iPad to Technology Services!

Technopalooza II! (Information from Matt)

A few Neat Resources

Mark Ray's Pivot Points blog from 'School Library Journal'

Animation Made Easy: The best tools for student projects, from stop motion to GIFs

Attend the Midwest Youth Services Unconference!

Have you ever wanted to attend a conference where all of the breakout sessions were exactly the ones you wanted to attend the most? Now you can! Register for the inaugural Midwest Youth Services Unconference and join us for a FREE day of training and networking for all children’s and teen library staff!

The first Midwest Youth Services Unconference will take place on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at the Spencer Road Branch (427 Spencer Road, St. Peters, Missouri) of the St. Charles City-County Library District. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day, youth services library staff will meet for a day of customized professional development sessions that meet your personal needs and interests. You can register for the Midwest Youth Services Unconference here.

What’s an Unconference? An Unconference is a particular type of professional development that is designed to meet the training needs of everyone in attendance. The breakout sessions are chosen by attendees at the beginning of the Unconference day, and the chosen sessions will be led and/or facilitated by attendees who volunteer in advance. For example, if attendees want sessions on makerspaces, dynamic storytimes, and simple teen programs, those are the sessions that will be offered at the Unconference.

For more information or to register for this free event, please visit the Unconference website:

New Missouri Census Data Center website

The Missouri Census Data Center (MCDC) has a new website at The new website features a streamlined and user-friendly layout for census data products and applications. The “About...” tabs within each section offer general explanations of terminology and data sets to aid the casual user. The “Help” tab can aid in identifying which census product to use, offers linked articles explaining specific topics, and has tutorials for the applications. For power users, the Uexplore/Dexter data archive is still available on the old site and is accessible through a link on the new website. The new site was developed by the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis, a key partner in the MCDC network.

Teaching Books trial

Columbia Public Schools Library Media Programs

Columbia Public Schools Library Media Programs provide academic support for information and technology literacy, literature appreciation, and societal and ethical issues related to digital citizenship through direct instruction and teacher collaboration.