Innovation & Design Center

Formerly District Library Media Center, a DCSD IT Department

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Febuary 2017 Newsletter

** We Have Our Own Driver **

(please see more information below)

Inside this issue, please find helpful information for what's new at the IDC. Feel free to forward our newsletter to your colleagues. As always, contact us with any questions.

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Meet Paul

Paul Farmer is the new IDC Delivery Driver and he started February 7th! We welcome Paul from Nutrition Services to help us streamline our delivery system. This offers you, our schools, the most value from our media center! Paul is only delivering or picking up our media items, so he can concentrate on getting the items in your hands faster and more efficiently.

Please make sure your school staff is fully aware of these new and exciting changes in our new delivery system, the new form needed (see below) to schedule a pick-up, and designated drop off location is your school.

We welcome feedback to help us better serve you. Any comments, issues or helpful suggestions can be made to:

The DCSD IDC Driver Request Form

Click here to request Paul to pick-up a media item.

In efforts to streamline our delivery service to the schools, our new driver, Paul, will only be stopping at schools on their delivery days when there is either a delivery to drop off, or if a pick-up has been scheduled. Paul is only delivering items from the Innovation & Design Center and transferring the school-to-school book loans (ILL) when they are in a blue bag.

To have Paul visit your school to return an item back to IDC, simply fill out the form, by clicking the above link, and indicate how many items Paul will be getting from you. This allows Paul to prepare his van for space and his route of travel. Requests need to be made 2 days before your scheduled delivery day.

Eliminating Lost Items

When Paul delivers a media item to your school, he will have documentation from our Circulation Department with a checklist of what he is bringing to you. A signature will be required in order for him to leave the media at your school. The person signing is responsible for getting media to the "point of contact" within your school. Any errors or miscommunications will be directed to the Point of Contact and/or the person who signed our delivery form.

When you schedule a pick-up, Paul does not need to sign a document unless you have created an internal form. Our pick-up form is documentation enough from IDC for our tracking purposes. Of course, you are welcome to create your own internal document for your records and Paul will gladly sign it.


We have received many wonderful questions as we've launched this pilot delivery program and have started a Frequently Asked Questions document. Please review it to see if your question has already been answered. If not, we will gladly answer your question and add it to the document. Please send questions to:

We believe that in a short time, everyone will be comfortable and enjoying our new system!
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New Novel Adoptions in Progress

We are in the process of getting new novels adopted for our school district. The above 6 titles have been selected by the Innovation & Design Center.

Novels approved must be approved by the Board of Education to be read by an entire class. Each novel must be read and reviewed by a team to evaluate the content for approval by the curriculum and instruction department before going to The Board of Education. The grade level is determined in this process for how the content can best connect with the student for meaningful and relevant knowledge.

Novel adoptions are only made by the Board of Education twice a year. These 6 titles must be submitted no later than March 15th for consideration at the April board meeting. Our selected title finalists are:

  1. Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate
  2. Counting by 7's, by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  3. Ellie's Story, by W. Bruce Cameron
  4. Faceless, by Alyssa Sheinmel
  5. Parallel Journeys, by Eleanor Ayer
  6. Paperboy, by Vince Vawter
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Innovation & Design Center Held "Tech Safari" During The January PD Day

The IDC held a Tech Safari at Mesa Middle School during the afternoon of Professional Development Day on January 13th. Teachers travelled the hands-on savannah to experience the Big 5, the latest innovative products in education.

Here are some of the educational tools they got to experience:

  • Robotics
  • Circuitry
  • Augmented Reality Books & Blippar
  • HP Sprouts Creative Computer
  • Virtual Reality Sandbox

If you are interested in scheduling a hands-on technology event for your school, please contact

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High Schools in Douglas County participate in Battle of the Books

The High School Teacher - Librarians in DCSD sponsored a Battle of the Books Competition for students. Seventy-five students from across the district participated in the competition with the students from Legend High School, coached by Carrie Denman taking the trophy for the day. Breanne Frank, a student from Legend reflected on the day, ""I had a lot of fun making my team's shirts with Emma and reading all the different books and whatnot... You're there because you love reading and because a hundred other kids love reading and you were all crazy enough to sign up for this...We really just had a lot of fun being supportive of one another.... It was just a really positive atmosphere and the day went by really quickly because of it."

You can find out more about this successful day at this link: It was a fun day for all who participated.

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Local Learning and PD Opportunities

Local learning and professional development opportunities from Teaching Primary Sources (TPS). Save the dates on your calendar!

February 24th: Teacher Library Day 2017 at History Colorado

March 5-11: Teen Tech Week 2017 Theme is "Be the Source of Change"

July 17-18: Colorado Springs Summit Google for Education