Monday, February 22, 2016

Bring the Sanford Underground Research Facility to you!

Field trips are fun but costly in both time and money. Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead has a wonderful array of school presentations and curriculum units for all grades that are available for you to bring to your students or community free of charge. The curriculum units are also aligned to the South Dakota K-12 science standards. If you can arrange a field trip, there are 15 different options depending on grade range, most of which are about an hour. For more information visit the educational outreach section of the Sanford Labs website.

Try the new Tumblebook Library interface

Tumblebook Library provides animated, talking picture books, short videos, and chapter books for grades K-3.

TumbleBooks e-books for e-kids

Attend a forum for the LSTA Five Year Plan Review

Lesley Boughton, recently retired Wyoming State Librarian, will be our consultant facilitating our mid-program review and discussion of our state’s current 5-Year LSTA Plan. Large or small, this is an excellent opportunity for you and your community’s needs to be heard. How are we serving you? And for future discussions: How can we serve your community library better or more effectively in the next 5-Year LSTA Plan? Each state’s LSTA Plan provides the guidelines for how our state’s allotment must be used. For South Dakota this is currently approximately $996,000 in federal dollars. Our current plan is on our SDSL website.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Are you thinking of doing a seed lending library?


Some libraries in South Dakota are considering joining the trend to start a seed lending library. The State Library consulted with the SD Department of Agriculture to see if there were certain rules that libraries need to follow. If you have specific questions, the contact the Department of Agriculture.

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Douglas Middle ​School went 1:1 this year!


Pictured is the half reference section/half charging station. On one side we offer a charging station area for students to sit, read, work and charge their 1:1 devices. On the other side is the reference section.

School Library EdCamp is April 2 in Rapid City and Sioux Falls

The South Dakota Library Association and the State Library are jointly sponsoring School Library EdCamp at North Middle School Library in Rapid City and Memorial Middle School Library in Sioux Falls on Saturday, April 2.

Historical Governor’s messages available online from SD State Library

The South Dakota State Library recently added a collection of governors' messages to the Library's Digital Collections site. The governors' messages collection includes inaugural, state of the state, and special session messages from as far back as 1890. All of the messages are text searchable and text readable for visually impaired readers.

The messages are accessible by visiting the South Dakota State Library Digital Collections website and clicking the link to "Governors' Messages (Inaugural, State of the State, Special Session)," or by searching the library catalog. Collections on this site include historical as well as current state agency digital publications. Items are added regularly.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Attention Public Librarians: It’s PLS time again!

Learn more about filing out your annual report in these February webinars.

The annual South Dakota Public Libraries Survey (PLS) is open January 25 thru March 31. This is the annual report that all designated public libraries are required by state mandate to complete. The survey collects library data including income, expenditures, and service statistics for public libraries.

The State Library will host two PLS webinars:

  • February 10 at 3:00pmMT/4:00pmCT
  • February 11 at 9:00amMT/10:00pmCT


As usual, we’ll provide you with some guidance in completing some of the more troublesome survey questions. New this year, we’ll be sprinkling in some state-level comparisons from the most recent Institute of Museum and Library Services survey publication to see how SD libraries compare. Anyone who is curious about the PLS—what it is and why we do it—is welcome to attend. Watch the public libraries listserv for sign-up information in early February.

Keep voting for the South Dakota Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards

Voting for the Prairie Bud (K-2), Prairie Pasque (3-5), YARP Middle School, YARP High School awards runs through April 1. For more information and to vote visit the State Library’s webpage for Youth Services. Many of the books on both lists are also available in South Dakota Titles to Go!

Siouxland librarian Jeri Light is also coordinating a Teen Book Battle at the Ronning Branch to help promote the YARP list. Teens will read four books (or divvy up the four books amongst their team members), register their teams, and show up to battle their brains about the books on March 6 at 1:30 pm. The accompanying poster can be used to inspire you to create your own Teen Book Battle or help you spread the word if you’re in the Siouxland Libraries' service area!

Read Across America Day is March 2nd

Plan your special event to celebrate reading and Dr. Seuss' birthday with downloadable artwork and other materials at the official website. Coordinated by the National Education Association (NEA), this is a fun opportunity to celebrate your community's commitment to literacy. Work with your local school, public library, and other community service agencies to make this a fun day!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Digital Learning Day is Feb. 17

The fifth annual Digital Learning Day will be celebrated on Feb. 17.

Digital Learning Day February 17th

Digital learning is happening all of the time at school and at home for our students, but this is a day to highlight those experiences. Go to the official website to register any special events you are planning and to find a wealth of ideas from across the country. You may also want to follow the news on Twitter @OfficialDLDay.


South Dakota Share-It is on the way!

SDSL staff have been configuring South Dakota Share-It, the new discovery layer and interlibrary loan interface from Auto-Graphics. In one search, you will be able to simultaneously search up to 100 SD library catalogs and all e-resources licensed by SDSL (full-text included). This should allow greater and easier access to current full-text reference and magazine resources. You will save time and money and have less need for interlibrary loan.

Interlibrary loan functionality in Share-It will allow participating libraries to manage their own requests. This requires some library-specific information regarding interlibrary loan policies. We hope to schedule training in March for participating libraries to learn how to add this information and use the overlay to process requests.

The overlay will allow for direct access to the State Library licensed electronic resources within a library, school or campus using IP authentication, just as you have now. Away from the library, school or campus, patrons must access SDSL e-resources with a barcode and password. Patrons must login to request interlibrary loans. State Library staff will let each participating library know how their patrons may login.

If your library has its own authentication, such as EZproxy, you may continue to use that. You will not need EZproxy if your patrons login via Share-It, allowing access to SDSL-licensed e-resources. If individual libraries choose to add their own licensed e-resources to the interface, they may.

We will contact all participating libraries when training dates are scheduled. Please contact Nina Mentzel, email or 605-773-6391, with questions.

Eight South Dakota public libraries were recognized during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda for voluntary library accreditation

On the afternoon of January 20th, eight South Dakota public libraries were recognized during a ceremony before legislators, library trustees, directors and the local public in the Capitol Rotunda for voluntary library accreditation. Awardees traveled from all over the state to receive this well- deserved recognition from State Librarian Daria Bossman and current president of the South Dakota Library Association (SDLA) Kathy Wibbels. Before the libraries were awarded with their certificate, two librarians spoke about how important the accreditation program has been to their communities. Amber Wilde from Spearfish and Nita Gill from Brookings shared that voluntary program is about how important checks and balances are to your library. Both of these libraries are accredited at the Exemplary level.