Thursday, June 15, 2017

Do you have a big idea that requires you to ask for community assistance?

This project management idea was found in a marketing blog.*

“Build a 5 x 5 grid. 25 squares. Twenty-five elements that have to be present for your project to have a chance. If it's a fundraising concert, one of the grids might be, "find a theater that will host us for less than $1,000."
Bingo balls spelling B I N G O

Here's the key: Fill in most of the grids before you ask someone for generous help. When nine or twelve of the squares are marked, "done," and when another six are marked, "in process," then the ask is a lot smaller.
A glimpse at your bingo card indicates that you understand the problem, that you've highlighted the difficult parts and that you've found the resources and the knowledge necessary to complete most of it.”

Thanks to Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog for permission to share this.

We’ve Got Standards!

The SD School Library Standards (PDF) are up for review this year. The South Dakota Standards revision process and timeline is adopted by the State Board of Education for review of standards in all contents. This review process allows stakeholders to review current standards and make adjustments to the standards on a 5-7 year rotation. The school library review teams consist of several teacher-librarians and other stakeholders.

The first review meeting is scheduled for August 17-18 in Pierre, SD at the State Library/DOE. Further revision and feedback gathering will occur throughout the 17-18 school year.

For information about the DOE standards review process, visit:

Contact: Alissa Adams School Library Technology Coordinator at or by phone at 605-295-3152.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

School Librarian Wins Technology Award

Terri Fay is a librarian, a teacher, and an information media specialist all rolled in to one. Fay administers the library media program, manages the library place, develops and delivers the trans-literacy curriculum that reaches each and every student at Horace Mann Elementary Library in the Rapid City Area School District.

Terri Fay, Horace Mann Elementary Library,
Rapid City Area School District

Friday, May 26, 2017

Are you registered for School Library Boot Camp 2017?

School Library Boot Camp 2017 Registration Open!

School Library Boot Camp: Services for a Multicultural Student Body, 2017 Pierre

Each summer the State Library sponsors a professional development opportunity for school librarians and other educational professionals. The 2017 theme is School Library Services for a Multicultural Student Body.

When: July 17-20, 2017

Where: State Library in Pierre, SD

What: Boot Camp is a two credit Black Hills State University course and may be taken at either the undergraduate or graduate level. All educators are welcome. Find further details and the registration link at:

Registration closes June 1.

Questions? Contact Alissa Adams, or Kathleen Slocum,

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

All OverDrive Public Library Partners: Free Books this Summer!”

This summer the SYNC program returns to give your young adult patrons free audiobooks all summer long! OverDrive is once again partnering with AudioFile to provide two free audiobooks each week through August 16. Anyone 13 and over can download these YA titles, and any downloaded books are yours to keep for your personal collection. One may read these books on mobile devices with OverDrive’s mobile app, or a personal computer.

Audiofile Sync Audiobooks for Teens

OverDrive and AudioFile have also created a promotional toolkit containing flyers, posters and other handouts. To start downloading books, learn more, or find promotional items, check out AudioFile’s SYNC program at []. If you have other questions, contact David Bradford, SDSL Digital Resources Coordinator, at []

A Century of Library Service in Tyndall

The Tyndall Carnegie Public Library celebrated 100 years of service to the community with an open house held from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
Crowds in library

Friends from near and far stopped by to share cake and coffee with us and read all the history that was displayed. We had a great turnout.
Serving cake with history!

Sue Gough, Director, poses in the library.

--Sue Gough, Director

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Girls Who Code @ the Rapid City Public Library

Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. 40,000 girls in all 50 states are experiencing coding in a fun and friendly environment each year thanks to the Girls Who Code organization.