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ERS Library and Portal Presentations

An ERS Library staff member will visit your site to provide training that highlights all of the resources and services our contracting schools receive. If your staff has devices available, this session will also include a hands-on experience logging into the ERSportal, using the online media, and, for our full-service ERS Library Media Services contract clients, practice browsing and reserving materials in the Follett Destiny online catalog. This presentation takes approximately one hour.

For more information or to set up training at your site, contact Nathan Wills at nathan.wills@tcoe.org or (559) 651-3031.

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Learning Resource Display Center (LRDC) – Textbook Adoption

Educational Resource Services hosts the Learning Resources Display Center (LRDC) for Tulare County, one of approximately 20 in the state. Textbooks for all subject areas, grades K-8, that are under review or have been adopted by the State Board of Education are housed here for the public to view and evaluate. ERS Educational Consultants can assist teachers and administrators with their textbook selection and purchasing questions. During textbook adoption years, ERS holds a special day to introduce the latest state textbook adoption to teachers and other school staff.

Location and Hours
The LRDC is located at Educational Resource Services, 7000 Doe Avenue, Suite A in Visalia. Materials may be viewed without appointment Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. For large groups, advance notification is appreciated.

For more information, contact Kim Rice at kimberly.rice@tcoe.org, (559) 651-3031, ext. 3313 or Debra Lockwood at debra.lockwood@tcoe.org, (559) 651-3031, ext. 3310.

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ERS Library & Multimedia Center Contracts

ERS Library and Multimedia Center Contracts A full service ERS Library Media Services contract allows educators unlimited access to the ERS Portal and Kids/Teen Portals, as well as the ability to borrow from a circulating collection of 28,000+ books (in English and Spanish), book kits, STEM kits, robotics, puppets, DVDs, source documents, sound recordings, art prints, and professional development materials. These materials can be reserved online via the Follett Destiny Online Catalog and, in most cases, will be delivered to your site by our library staff. Our ERS Library Media Supervisor acts as the Librarian of Record for districts/sites without a professional librarian (as per state regulation compliance), provides consultant services relative to the selection and implementation of technology, instructional materials, development of library programs, library facility planning, and assists in the training of library personnel. Finally, staff from contracting schools may also visit our Teacher Resource Center where they can print posters, laminate materials, make copies, and use our collection of 1,000+ die-cuts at a reduced fee.

An ERS Portal contract includes online access to the ERS Library and Multimedia Portal and Kids/Teen Portal along with a one-hour, on-site training detailing how to best incorporate these resources into classroom learning.

Both of the above contracts include a standing invitation for the contracting site’s library personnel to attend Library Multimedia Network (LMN) meetings developed especially for school library staff. These meetings are held every other month at the Doe Avenue Complex and are filled with ideas and practical suggestions for best practices in developing future-ready school libraries.

For more information, contact Sara Torabi by e-mail at sara.torabi@tcoe.org or by phone at (559) 651-3031.

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Library Multimedia Network (LMN)

Library Multimedia Network (LMN) meetings are a bi-monthly gathering of Tulare and Kings County school library personnel with an emphasis on collaboration, communication, and creativity. These meetings are dedicated to school library development and awareness of current trends in school library practices that help library staff support the faculty and students at their campuses. Annual topics include trending technology tools, apps and websites, overview of new books and resources, makerspace activities, ideas for student engagement, and networking opportunities for teacher librarians and library paraprofessionals.

For more information, contact Sara Torabi at sara.torabi@tcoe.org or (559) 651-3031.

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Delivery and Pickup Services

Each ERS Library Media Services contracted site has an assigned weekly delivery/pickup day. If items from the circulating collection have been ordered or a pickup has been requested, a member of our team will stop at the site on that day. A pickup can be requested by replying "PICKUP" to the auto-generated email you will receive the Friday before your items are due or be emailing your name, district, school site and "PICKUP" to library@ersconnect.org.

You can check your site's assigned delivery day on our website. Choose your school district to display the delivery/pickup locations of each site in that district.

For more information, contact library@ersconnect.org or call (559) 651-3031 and ask for a Library Media Technician.

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Professional Development Collection

The ERS Library's Professional Development Collection is home to 500+ professional development books and videos. These are available for checkout to staff at all sites with an ERS Library Media Services contract.

For more information, contact Debra Lockwood at debra.lockwood@tcoe.org or (559) 651-3042.

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Teacher Resource Center (TRC)

Teacher Resource Center The ERS Library's Teacher Resource Center (TRC) contains multiple resources to both support and enhance the classroom experience. A few of the machines available for use include an HP poster printer (36" wide), laminators (27" and 43"), color or black-and-white photocopiers, 1,000+ Ellison and Accu-cut die cuts, and pin-backed button makers (1.5" and 3"). An ERS Library Media Services contract allows teachers to use these services at a reduced fee.

For more information, contact library@ersconnect.org or call (559) 651-3031 and ask for a Library Media Technician.

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Technology Classes

The ERS Computer Lab contains 24 new Mac/PC computers available for use by educators. The ERS technology staff teaches a series of classes on various software applications throughout the year, which are available to teachers at a nominal cost. Classes for beginners to experts are offered. A full listing of all technology professional development sessions can be found on the Common Core Connect EdTech PD page.

For more information, contact Sara Torabi at sara.torabi@tcoe.org or (559) 651-3031.

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Tulare County Office of Education
Educational Resource Services
7000 Doe Avenue, Suite A, Visalia, CA 93291

Jennifer Biagio,
(559) 651-3831, ext. 3301 • fax: (559) 651-0571

Tim A. Hire, County Superintendent of Schools
Tulare County Office of Education
All mail to: P.O. Box 5091, Visalia, CA 93278-5091
Physical address: 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277
phone: (559) 733-6300 • fax: (559) 627-5219

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