Thursday, February 12, 2009

Finding time for… continuing education

Brenda DeToy, the librarian from the Selby Area Schools Community Library, is a familiar name on the State Library online continuing education opportunities. So far this fall, she has taken multiple electronic resource webinars, plus the self-paced University of North Texas classes such as "Reaching Reluctant Readers." Her days are packed--in addition to her full roster of duties covering the K-12 school library, she also e-mentors two Spanish classes during the school day.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Add It Up focuses on children and teens

A new ALA web-based resource will help library advocates make the case for libraries in the lives of children and teens, Add It Up: Libraries Make the Difference in Youth Development and Education. Divided into three age groups, Add It Up contains top-level talking points, statistics, and links to the bodies of research. This resource is part of Advocacy University, ALA’s new initiative geared to providing tools, training, and resources to library advocates... Learn more at www.ala.org





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Originally published at : http://library.sd.gov/forlibrarians/enewsletter/2009/feb/2009-02d.asp

Check Out These Resources...


  • Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears is a free online magazine aimed at helping elementary educators integrate science and literacy instruction through the context of the polar regions.
  • RADCAB: Your Vehicle for Information Evaluation at www.radcab.com offers a simple system for the evaluation of online information, plus a self-assessment rubric appropriate for grades 6 and up.
  • New article from the Partnership for 21st Century Schools: Learning Environments Must Break Through the Silos that Separate Learning from the Real World at 21stcenturyskills.org talks about school libraries becoming learning commons. See complete report (pdf download).
  • Johnson, Doug. It's not the program, but how you use it at The Blue Skunk Blog. In this blog Doug Johnson discusses the guidelines for reading promotion programs.





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Originally published at : http://library.sd.gov/forlibrarians/enewsletter/2009/feb/2009-02e.asp

Book reviews

A picture book series, the 2008 YA National Book Award winner, and another for the profession

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

e-Resource of the month: Learning Express Library

Job layoffs, underemployment, and economic uncertainty are the topics of the day. Help your community achieve with Learning Express Library, a subscription database provided free to all SD libraries and homes by the South Dakota State Library.





Libraries Make News


Many libraries have regular columns in their local newspapers. This is a great way to promote new materials, programs, and special events. It reminds readers of their local library, its location, and its hours. If your local paper is not carrying a library column, talk to the publisher about starting one. No time to write a column? Enlist a volunteer, trustee, or favorite patron.





Originally published : http://library.sd.gov/forlibrarians/enewsletter/2009/feb/2009-02g.asp

Technology Trends

Technology Trends

Do you wonder what the latest technology trends are and how they will impact your library? Check out these blogs to find out what the experts are saying about the latest technology trends and how those trends will affect libraries.






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Originally published : http://library.sd.gov/forlibrarians/enewsletter/2009/feb/2009-02h.asp

A Fine Day in Hot Springs

Hot Springs Public Library sponsored Food for Fines day in November. Patrons with fines could bring in canned or boxed food items for the community food bank to credit their accounts. One item=$5, so both the patrons and the community won.





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Originally published : http://library.sd.gov/forlibrarians/enewsletter/2009/feb/2009-02g.asp

Curriculum-Community-Library Connections

Brandon Elementary Library combined a book and a safety lesson for second graders. Students read Gus and Grandpa Ride and the Two-Wheeled Bike by Claudia Mills and Catherine Stock. Then a police officer talked to the students about bike safety and city laws.





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Originally published : http://library.sd.gov/forlibrarians/enewsletter/2009/feb/2009-02g.asp




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