Friday Focus

NEISD Library Services

Week of November 17 - 21, 2014

In this Friday Focus:

  • Nexus eReader/Tablet Training
  • iStation Access
  • 2015 TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute
  • National Endowment for the Arts Grant
  • Updates & Reminders

Tweets & News from NEISD Librarians

Reagan HS Library

RT: Reagan HS Library (@RattlersRead)
BOOHOO Books Display! Grab a tissue with your checkout!

Ed White MS Library

RT: Ed White Eagles (@EdWhiteLibrary)
Free books into the hands of readers who need them! Thank you @FirstBookSA !

Vineyard Ranch ES Library

RT: L. Barnes (@theranchlibrary)
4th grade searches for rich language and synonyms using picture books and iPads! #neisdlibs #vrlibs

More Tweets and Posts from NEISD Librarians

Reposted from Library Services FaceBook Page

Be sure and check out our new collection of Embedded Audio eBooks in OverDrive! Look under the Collections tab to view and listen.

RT: Wendy Howk (@whowk)

Overheard at #makerspace "I learned I want to be an engineer". Success! #neisdlibs #CRLibrary

RT: Angelique Lackey (@lackeyangie)
After reading about "out of the box" thinking in the book,Turkey Tot, 1st graders get in some #TinkerTime #neisdlibs

Nexus eReader/Tablet Training

Librarian Appraisal: Campus Leader Role - Professional Knowledge & Skills

Library Services will host 4 training sessions for the Nexus eReaders/tablets.

Even if you have not received your tablets yet, you are encouraged to attend. Please bring the fully charged Master device and 3-4 other tablets. Training will include Nexus basics and how to manage student Nexus eReaders. A review of OverDrive and Google Play Education will also be provided.

The sessions are not level specific, so register on Eduphoria for the training of your choice.

December 2, 2014

Held at Bush MS Library from 3:30 - 4:30

December 4, 2014

Held at Northern Hills ES Library from 3:30 - 4:30

December 9, 2014

Held at Ed White MS Library from 3:30 - 4:30

December 11, 2014

Held at West Ave ES Library from 3:30 - 4:30

iStation Access and Usage for Grades 3-5 (Reposted: Asst. Director for ES ELA/R)

Librarian Appraisal: Teacher Role - Reading Promotion

Istation is a state-funded online interactive reading program available to students in grades 3-5. This supplemental program supports students at all skill levels. Istation encourages and enables progress and achievement as students move through activities and curriculum. Teachers are encouraged to provide opportunities for students to access and use Istation. Several campuses also have ISIP K-2 and can access the curriculum both at school and at home. Students can use Istation in labs and on iPads.

Campuses are providing additional access before and after school in lab settings. Istation will provide teachers with meaningful reports that inform both teachers and parents on how the students are progressing. Students are given Lexile scores every time they take an ISIP comprehension subtest. See your campus IIT for more information on Istation resources and ideas that will be customized to all reading abilities.

Note from Library Services: When the library is open before/after school, librarians are encouraged to promote iStation access, as appropriate.

2015 TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute

Librarian Appraisal: Campus Leader Role - Professional Development

Just a reminder that the online application form for the 2015 TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute is open:

Also: Applicants should not miss the upcoming webinar with tips for winning selection to this competitive program. Register at

The TALL Texans Institute provides advanced leadership and management training for the sake of Texas libraries and their communities of service. Participants study strategic planning, risk-taking, conflict negotiation, teambuilding, coaching, ethics, advocacy, personal career planning, and more. This transformational program helps attendees learn and embrace their potential to take new initiative for their institutions, their profession, and their stakeholders.

The 2015 Institute is scheduled for July 19-22 (one month later than the dates of the last several years) at the Montserrat Retreat Center in Lake Dallas, Texas. Applications are due on January 30, but do not wait - the questions on the form will take some thought.

More information about the program may be found at

The National Endowment for the Arts - The Big Read 2014

Librarian Appraisal: Program Administrator Role

The National Endowment for the Arts-The Big Read 2014

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.

From Deb Caldwell (she will be happy to assist anyone who is interested in applying)

Reminders & Updates

Vendor Order Forms Updates - Procedure Manual

The updated forms now allow for a shelf location to be chosen. The chosen shelf location will be applied to ALL items in the order. If no shelf location is selected, STACKS will be assigned.

Campus Orders

When sending items to Library Processing, do not mix material types on forms. Submit the orders on the appropriate form. More than one material type may be packed in a single box, but use a separate form for each type. This will facilitate the movement of the items through Processing.

FaceBook Challenge Update

We are 43 "likes" away from our short-term goal of 500 "likes" by Winter Break! Congratulations to the winners of the $250 certificates! Eight librarians submitted unique and interesting ways to promote the Library Services FaceBook page to parents, staff, and the community!

Pam Arevalo-Thompson from Dellview ES

Lorrie Roussin from Krueger MS

Angie Oliverson from Harmony Hills ES

Yolanda Benavides from Camelot ES

Sara Romine from Woodstone ES

Irene Kistler from Ed White MS

Jean Ann Johnson from Tuscany Heights ES

Lisa Barnes from Vineyard Ranch ES

VDI Update from Derek Nichols

The library shortcut on the VDIs is now configured to utilize Chrome as the browser, rather than Internet Explorer.