Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Board Talk: What's new?

Well, more specifically, what’s new in South Dakota Libraries? As of mid-July, we are 15 days into our new South Dakota Share-It networked system. We’ve had a few minor bumps along the way, but generally speaking for new technology, it has been a smooth ride thanks to the great staff at SDLN and at the State Library. What is SD Share-It? It is the new network, managed by the SD State Library, provided at no cost to participating libraries. To date we have approximately 70 public, academic, tribal and school libraries on board viewing each other’s collections and already willingly sharing resources with one another. But there are still 30 slots remaining

The new network allows users to search library catalogs wherever they have internet access. Authenticated users (users holding a valid library card from a participating library) will be able to search the catalog plus some 50 statewide subscription e-resources. This network allows individual libraries to have their own ILS (integrated library catalog) and still be able to search multiple catalogs and electronic resources at one time, as well as participate in statewide interlibrary loan. It is one-stop shopping for information!

Regardless of your decisions, be sure to adopt a written ILL policy. Things like: “We will not lend newly acquired books or current copyright” should be clearly stated in a written policy, or “We reserved the right to not exceed our lending beyond the number of books we borrow.” Smaller libraries with limited staff may have some restrictions and many libraries instigate a small handling and/or postage fee to defray costs. This is a normal part of making any ILL system successful. The larger libraries usually carry the larger load, but everyone should do their part to support the health and success of their network.

All participating libraries sign an agreement and then work with the State Library on implementation. Not sure your library is participating? Contact Nina Mentzel at SDSL: Nina.Mentzel@state.sd.us or telephone 605-773-6391. I would encourage all board members and directors not yet on the system to seriously consider joining if you already have an automated catalog. We only have 100 slots total and when they are assigned to others, the network will be closed until we renegotiate a new contract for 2022!

If interested or have more questions, contact the State Library at 1-800-423-6665.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Safety Ninjas at Faith Library

The Faith Library Summer Reading Program celebrated Ninjas and Safety on Tuesday, June 28. The Faith Police Department visited the Faith Public/School Library. Participants received the opportunity to take a look at the police vehicles and push the siren. Chief Police Matthew Van Der Linden and Policeman Matthew Kindsvogel discussed the topics of safety, stranger danger, how to call for help and answered questions from the children. After the visit, youth created Ninja Headbands and puppets, then enjoy some outside time along with snacks and prizes.

Ninjas and Safety Summer Reading Program in Faith

Ninjas and Safety Summer Reading Program in Faith

Ninjas and Safety Summer Reading Program in Faith


Thanks to everyone for supporting literacy at the Faith Public/School Library and a special thank you to our police and fire departments that help protect us!

Data from the FY2015 Public Libraries Survey (PLS) is now available

Does your library outdo others in program attendance? How much do libraries charge for nonresident fees? Which libraries receive county funding? We can help you with those questions and more.
librarian with books, computer, calendar, folders, papers, reports,

Libraries have access to all of the South Dakota data through the Reports tool on their PLS (annual report) accounts at sd.countingopinions.com or you can contact the State Library Data Coordinator, Shawn Behrends [email] for assistance.

Remember that reports can be generated for any items on the PLS. Revenue and expenditures, service statistics, hours of operation and staffing are some of the information that can be used for peer comparisons and to show how your library has changed over time.

ProQuest adds US Major Dailies newspapers


ProQuest has added US Major Dailies, providing access to five of the country’s most respected national & regional newspapers offering researchers complete and timely coverage of local, national and world events, from 1980-present. The newspapers included are the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Time, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. ProQuest continues to contain ProQuest Discovery and Research Library databases, which offer full-text coverage of general, scholarly and trade publications. Within ProQuest, you may search one, two or all three of these databases simultaneously.

The new puzzle map contains the list: http://library.sd.gov/LIB/ERD/puzzle/puzzlemap.pdf. Go in and try them out!

If you have questions, please contact Jane Healy, SD State Library Digital Resources Coordinator at jane.healy@state.sd.us.

Monday, July 25, 2016

South Dakota Share-It Still Has Room for More Members

There are 30 slots still remaining for South Dakota Share-It!

What is SD Share-It? It is the new network, managed by the SD State Library, provided at no cost to participating libraries. The new network allows users to search library catalogs wherever they have internet access. Authenticated users (users holding a valid library card from a participating library) will be able to search the catalog plus some 50 statewide subscription e-resources.

What are the benefits of joining such a network? First of all, you will have the opportunity from your home or library computer to view all the resources of the other member libraries. It will facilitate Interlibrary and access to materials your patrons want and need, but you are currently unable to purchase or supply quickly. That means lending as well as borrowing. International Interlibrary loan etiquette is all about fairness, sharing and being a good community members.

All participating libraries have signed an agreement and then work with the State Library on implementation. Not sure your library is participating? Contact Nina Mentzel at SDSL: Nina.Mentzel@state.sd.us  or telephone 605-773-6391. I would encourage all board members and directors not yet on the system to seriously consider joining if you already have an automated catalog. We still have 30 open slots and when they are assigned to others, the network will be closed until we renegotiate a new contract for 2022!

If interested or have more questions, contact the State Library at 1-800-423-6665.

Collaboration works! It makes for a healthier community environment and sharing is fun!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tweet #SCHSDSL for the latest school library news

Whether you are new to Twitter or an experienced tweeter with an extensive professional learning network, you won’t want to miss the news at #SCHSDSL. The State Library has established this hashtag for all things related to school libraries and librarians. It is used for the quarterly School Library Chats, Boot Camp, School library Summit and more. Tweet it, search it and learn!







With World Book, less is more

World Book has consolidated Public Library Edition modules Online Reference Center and InfoFinder into World Book Advanced and World Book Student. World Book has added the Activity Corner, which offers thousands of activities for all ages with easy, clear instructions, photographs, illustrations, and more. Every activity contains a list of materials for easy reference and can be printed, e-mailed, or saved in its entirety to your personal computer.

World Book Advanced World Book Student

World Book Activity Corner


The new puzzle map (PDF) contains the list. Go in and try them out!

If you have questions, please contact Jane Healy, SD State Library Digital Resources Coordinator via email.

E-Resource of the Month: EBSCO Databases now available from SDSL


The South Dakota State Library is pleased to announce access to a suite of Ebsco databases at no charge to all SD schools, tech institutes and public libraries. This includes general and scholarly eresources, such as Academic Search Premier, and eresources for specific subject areas including health and business. Ebsco's new Explora is designed for K-12 student and educator research.


Academic Search Premier

explora: An EBSCO Experience



The new puzzle map (PDF) contains the list. Go in and try them out!

If you have questions, please contact Jane Healy, SD State Library Digital Resources Coordinator via email.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Summer Story Walk in Yankton Bridges Reading and Movement

Story Walk on Yankton's Meridian Bridge
The Yankton Community Library and the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department have collaborated to place a Story Walk on the Meridian Bridge as part of the library’s summer reading program. The Story Walk is a way for children and adults to enjoy reading in a unique environment and get some exercise at the same time. Pages of the book Duck on a Bike by David Shannon are laminated and enclosed in specially constructed coverings that are attached to the wire mesh fence on the lower level of the bridge. The story can be read two pages at a time while enjoying a stroll across the bridge. The Story Walk will remain in place throughout the summer so it can be enjoyed by all.

Food For All at Siouxland Library's Oak View Branch

Feeding South Dakota: Two young boys at snack table with library staff/volunteer

In July of 2015, Oak View Branch Librarian, James Borchert, began talks with his local Feeding South Dakota branch in Sioux Falls about collaborating to combat childhood hunger in the library’s service area. The Oak View branch is located in a residential neighborhood across the street from a Title I elementary school. Borchert noticed that many students came to the library after school and stayed until late in the evening. In the fall of 2015, Feeding South Dakota, Sioux Falls and Siouxland Libraries began a pilot program to offer a snack to kids in the library afterschool. Participants are served a snack and drink by library staff and volunteers, provided by Feeding South Dakota. Library-related programming takes place immediately after snack.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

What your community needs: evaluating YOUR summer reading program with Project Outcome

The NEW Summer Reading Surveys are available within the Project Outcome Survey Portal. These three newly improved surveys are based on the outcomes they want to collect:

  1. Teen/Child participant
  2. Caregiver of child participant, and
  3. Adult participant

The surveys are meant for you to give to your patrons as they attend your programs and will help you plan and provide the best programming for their needs in the future. Each survey is very simple - only has 6 questions - and can be taken by patrons either online or in paper format.

Project Outcome is a free set of library evaluation tools from the Public Library Association available at www.projectoutcome.org.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

SDSL's Disc Repair Service Testimonial

Sometimes it’s not too good to be true! That’s what I discovered when Siouxland Libraries started using the disc repair service of the State Library. For several years, we hired a local movie store owner to buff our DVDs and CDs, and, while his fees were reasonable, free is even better. The service is easy to use, with a quick turn-around time.

We gather together a batch of 50 discs that need to be buffed, and send them to the State Library via courier. In two or three weeks, the discs are back at our library and we are packing up another box of 50 discs

--Vicki Biggerstaff,
Technical Services Librarian
Siouxland Libraries
image of scratched CD morphed with CD with NO scratches

If your library is interested in using the State Library's disc repair service, visit our website at library.sd.gov.

ESSA resources to follow

There are numerous resources available to keep school librarians up to date on the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The U.S. Department of Education has released proposed rules and is inviting public comment between now and Aug. 1. The complete document may be found at The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is collecting further information at ala.org and the State Library is curating materials at diigo.com/outliner