Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Combating hunger in your community

The Child and Adult Nutrition Services of SD’s Department of Education coordinates summer feeding programs each year. There are several thousand kids each summer in South Dakota that don’t have access to adequate food when school is not in session. Most libraries do not have the physical or staff capacity to become a summer feeding site. What you can do to ensure that children in your community don’t go hungry this summer is to spread the word to other organizations in town about this opportunity and to make sure families know where they can find a summer feeding site. Check out the No Kid Hungry website to download and print off flyers and handouts for your community.

Another idea that is gaining popularity is a riff on the Little Free Library idea: the Little Free Pantry. This would be a great project for your library, a local senior, a Boy or Girl Scout troop, or a senior citizen group to do in partnership with the library. Take a look at the information on their official website for more ideas.

Should your library lend mobile devices?

Mobile device checkout programs can give your patrons access to tech tools they don’t have at home. They give you the opportunity to introduce your digital services, like SD Titles to Go, to a larger audience. But is this service a good fit for your library?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

South Dakota State Library’s new Digital Resources Coordinator, David Bradford

Hello, I am David Bradford, and I recently began work at the South Dakota State Library as the new Digital Resources Coordinator. I am replacing Jane Healy, who was with the SDSL for eight years. My primary duty will be to assist library users with the use of the State Library’s over 50 databases. To meet the varied needs of the state’s library patrons this will continue to be through education, outreach, and troubleshooting.

Photo of David Bradford, Digital Resources Coordinator

My previous position was with Globe (now Broadview) University in Sioux Falls. However, I also have spent time working in both public and school libraries. Though this is my second stint in South Dakota, I actually grew up in Oregon. I seem to keep on migrating east, I guess! I look forward to meeting you, and if you have any digital resource questions, you can reach me at

A new grant resource just for library grants

The Foundation Center has just released a new website all about grants for libraries! What types of libraries are receiving the most grant funding in your area? What types of library grants are being funded? Explore & compare the data!

The site is Visualizing Funding for Libraries. From the website: “Libraries of all types are typically overly-reliant on one key source of funding. The Visualizing Funding for Libraries data tool can help public, academic, and school libraries, as well as special collections, archives, and digital libraries, identify funding opportunities to support innovative projects and solutions for their communities.”

Click on the Data Tool at the top right of the website and see what funding South Dakota libraries have received over the past few years. Check out library funding in other states to see if projects that have been funded somewhere else could be something that your library could do. Make connections by calling those libraries for additional information.

WebJunction hosted a webinar on the Visualizing Funding for Libraries website with trainers from the Foundation Center. Check out the slides and Learner Guide at

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

South Dakota Share-It – We need you!

South Dakota Share-It is a new service of the South Dakota State Library. This service is provided at NO COST to participating libraries. South Dakota Share-It allows individual libraries to have their own ILS (integrated library system/catalog) and still be able to search multiple catalog and electronic resources at one time, as well as participate in statewide interlibrary loan.

South Dakota Interlibrary Loan E-Resources Share-It. Sharing library catalogs and e-resources. South Dakota State Library.

You Can Do I.T.

As we all know, there are many South Dakota libraries that are staffed by only one or two people. If this is you, have you ever felt overwhelmed if you had to be not only the librarian, but the tech person too?

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has developed a program to meet the tech needs of small and rural libraries. The You Can Do I.T. program equips library staff in small and rural public libraries with the skills to effectively plan for and manage their library’s information technology. These fundamental skills will enable library staff to become proactive technology leaders in their communities and to use technology to meet their community needs.

Visit the You Can Do I.T. Basic Library Technology Series at Courses in Hardware & Software and Network Technology are offered. Attendees can view the resources as a guest, or create a free account to receive CE credits. All of the resources on this page are free.

In addition, the Colorado State Library has also developed a similar resource page at

These projects were found through TechSoup for Libraries. There are other webinars and training resources available from their website.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Local Grant Supports Makerspace at Spearfish High School

There’s a new hum in Spartan Library at Spearfish High School and teacher-librarian Emily Benvenga is excited about it. Thanks to support from a local grant from the Spearfish Foundation for Public Education, Spartan Library now has a Makerspace. In addition to the recording/green screen studio she had already set up, Emily has been able to invest in KEVA planks, a MakeyMakey & Raspberry Pi, Circuit Scribe, origami supplies and books, Sphero SPRK, Strawbees, and more.