Monday, May 30, 2016

Did you know the SD State Library offers a disc repair service?

Libraries can send up to 50 damaged DVDs/CDs at a time to the State Library for repair. The library must be able to pick-up the items at the State Library or arrange for delivery through the courier or some other means. The library sending the material to the State Library is responsible for all delivery costs.

Types of media that can be repaired include:

  • CDs - Music, Data, RW, R formats
  • DVDs - Blu Ray, HD DVD, Single and Double Sided
  • Video Game Discs: (Not all game discs can be repaired. Contact the State Library before sending game discs.)

Damages that cannot be repaired include:

  • Cracks
  • Warping
  • Dents

A form (found at library.sd.gov) must be sent along with any discs to be repaired.

Contact Barb Nickolas at 1-800-423-6665, option 4 or by email for more information.

South Dakota Share-It Goes Live on July 1st

South Dakota Share-It is a new service of the South Dakota State Library. This service is provided at no cost to participating libraries. The South Dakota Share-It network will allow users to search library catalogs wherever they have internet access. Authenticated users (users holding a valid library card at a participating library) will be able to search the catalog + the subscription e-resources provided by the SD State Library. All other libraries and patrons that have a SD State Library barcode/password will be able to login and search the subscription e-resources.

This network replaces and improves on the SDLN (South Dakota Library Network) group catalog, as 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.

The dissolution of the South Dakota Library Network created a need for another statewide system. The schedule provided by SDLN in 2014 indicated that current services will no longer be available after July 2016.

The SD State Library is working to have this network in place by July 1, 2016.

Participating Libraries

All participating libraries have signed an agreement and have been working with the State Library on implementation.

If you are unsure whether your library is participating, please contact Nina Mentzel (email or telephone 605-773-6391) at the State Library.

Authentication

As part of SD Share-It, patron authentication for electronic resources licensed through the South Dakota State Library will change as of July 1, 2016. The current authentication server managed by SDLN will no longer provide authentication. Authentication will be provided through SD Share-It.

What this means for libraries:

In-house use:
  • If your library/patrons access electronic resources via SD Share-It OR the SDSL web page – no changes are necessary by your library. Access will be by ip authentication, same as it is now.
  • If your library/patrons access electronic resources via links on your library web page copied from the SDSL web page – you will need to change these links to new links provided on the SDSL web page (new links will be available on July 1, 2016). Access will be by ip authentication, same as it is now.
  • If your library/patrons access electronic resources via links on your library web page using your own authentication (i.e. EZproxy) – no changes are necessary by your library
Remote access (out of library or off-campus):
  • If your library/patrons access electronic resources via SD Share-It OR the SDSL web page – no changes are necessary by your library. Access will be by barcode/password, same as it is now.
  • (The login window will look slightly different but login will remain the same)
  • If your library/patrons access electronic resources via links on your library web page copied from the SDSL web page – you will need to change these links to new links provided on the SDSL web page (new links will be available on July 1, 2016). Access will be by barcode/password, same as it is now.
  • (The login window will look slightly different but login will remain the same)
  • If your library/patrons access electronic resources via links on your library web page using your own authentication (i.e. EZproxy) – no changes are necessary by your library. Access will be by login, same as it is now.
Please contact Jane Healy, email, or Nina Mentzel, email, with any questions regarding authentication.

Interlibrary Loan

In addition to changing authentication, interlibrary loan procedures will change:
  • If you request interlibrary loan materials through the South Dakota State Library using WorldCat, you will no longer do so.
  • You will request those materials via SD Share-It.
  • If your library is participating in SD Share-It, your library will process interlibrary loan requests directly in SD Share-It
New instructions for logging in and placing requests will be available on the SDSL web page on July 1, 2016.

Please contact Brenda Hemmelman, email, with any questions regarding interlibrary loan.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Notes from the field: National Library Week edition


We asked you to send us your stories from National Library Week and here are just a few from around the state. To learn more about any of these programs, please contact them directly.

Faulk County Library: 
We celebrated National Library Week by having a "Tech Day." We had technology assistance for smartphones and tablets available at the library. Three computer class students from the Faulkton School were on hand to help with the tutoring from 3:30 - 5:00 PM on Monday, April 11th.

We also had an open house on Wednesday April 13th at 2:00 PM at the library. There was a program by Lora Holt, owner of "The Weathered Door" located inside the Quilter's Corner building in Faulkton. She displayed her work, products and demonstrated. There was a question and answer time following her presentation. We had refreshments following and gave away a small door prize.
-- Billie Nelson, Library Director; libco@venturecomm.net

Newell Public Library: 
We held our Annual Library Open House this week. We used the summer reading theme “On Your Mark, Get Set… READ!” and decorated the library with hundreds of old black and white activity photos from our area. We had every single class from first through fifth grade at Newell Elem. come visit during it and we played “Smell-O-Rama” in the children’s section. I even had adults go through and play the game too! The kids all received chocolate covered banana popsicles to enjoy on their walk back to the school. It was a lot of fun!
-- Heather Kari, Library Director; NPL@sdplains.com

Jones County High School:
I set up a Library Scavenger Hunt. The students had to find 10 items in the High School Library and bring their filled out sheet to me for a prize. I gave away Gatorades. Every student that finished was entered in to a drawing for an autographed book.
-- Kelcy Nash, Librarian; Kelcy.Nash@k12.sd.us

Custer County Library: 
At the Custer County Library, teens were invited to do DIY masquerade masks for their prom to go with their theme. After hearing many complaints that masquerade masks couldn't be found in town, library director Doris Ann Mertz decided to host a program at the library that would benefit everyone. Using the template and directions from 2015 Jump Start mini-manual on how to make your own superhero mask, teens created some spectacular masks! Check them out on the library's Facebook page.
-- Doris Ann Mertz, Library Director; cuslib@gwtc.net

Upcoming CSLP summer reading themes and slogans

The Collaborative Summer Library Program's Annual Meeting was held last month in Salt Lake City, Utah. State Representatives, board members, and committee members in attendance discussed a number of changes in the CSLP organizational structure, bylaws, and manual structure.
LOGO: Collaborative Summer Library Program


Monday, May 16, 2016

State Library e-resources help you “Get in the Game” for summer reading

Use State Library e-resources to allow readers 24/7/365 access to reading from anywhere the internet is available.

SDLA School Section is looking for new members and new ideas

The South Dakota Library Association is your professional organization which represents you at the state and national levels. Are you a member? Do you participate in the School Section? Contact School Section Chair Laura Allard, email, with questions and ideas for new ways to meet the needs of South Dakota’s school librarians and school library paraprofessionals. The School Section wants to hear from all 500 of you!

Huron School District renovates elementary libraries

In the past three years the Huron School District has packed and unpacked thousands of library materials as their elementary schools have been renovated and expanded. Students and staff are now settled into their new spaces at Buchanan, Madison and Washington Elementary Schools and the libraries are busier than ever. We snapped a few photos when the students were gone so you could see the flexible shelving and seating, it all moves.

Take a look...

Renovated school library in Huron, SD: Seating and shelving

Renovated school library in Huron, SD: Rug and bean bag chairs

Renovated school library in Huron, SD: Tablet/ computer stations

Renovated school library in Huron, SD: Seating and shelving

Renovated school library in Huron, SD: Shelving displays

Monday, May 9, 2016

Free online computer classes increase tech skills & confidence

Your patrons need computer skills but you don’t have time to teach them. You and your staff need to improve your computer skills but don’t know where to turn. And you have no budget. If this sounds familiar, let free online courses help you.

2016 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has officially announced the 2016 Teens Top Ten Nominees. This year’s list of nominees features 26 titles that were published between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2015. Check out a video announcing the nominees here.




Monday, May 2, 2016

What else can I do with my Public Libraries Survey statistics? Part #3

Did you know you have access to the annual statistics for all South Dakota public libraries? These can be used to generate comparison reports. SD libraries have used PLS comparison statistics to increase their budgets, request larger spaces, longer open hours, and more staff. Wondering what other libraries charge for nonresident cards? What automation systems are others using? Anything that’s on the PLS is available for your use.
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has released three new Graphic Novel Reading Lists. These lists are offered in the ranges of kindergarten to 2nd grade, 3rd to 5th grade and 6th to 8th grade. Each of the Graphic Novel Reading Lists are available for free download on ALSC's website.

Graphic novels on this list are defined as a full-length story told in paneled, sequential, graphic format. The list does not include book-length collections of comic strips, wordless picture books or hybrid books that are a mixture of traditional text and comics/graphics. The list includes classics as well as new titles that have been widely recommended and well-reviewed, and books that have popular appeal as well as critical acclaim.

The titles were selected, compiled and annotated by members of the ALSC Quicklists Consulting Committee.

It’s time to promote summer reading with your local public library!

As school libraries are winding down for the end of the year, public libraries are busy preparing summer reading programs. The theme this year is “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!”

On Your Mark Get Set Read

Save time in your last few weeks of classes to invite your public library in to talk about summer activities with your students. Skype with a public librarian or take a field trip to the public library. If that’s not workable in your schedule, ask them to send you materials to present and hand out for students and parents. Summer reading loss is an issue for students of all ages.