Tuesday, June 12, 2018

School’s Out for Summer but the New SDSL School Library Blog Isn’t

…from the desk of Alissa Adams, School Library Technology Coordinator:

In February I launched a new school library blog called Collect + Connect. This digital newsletter of sorts houses routine posts related to technology, resource sharing, and other useful information related to the school library world. Posts are intended to be practical, relatable, and attainable. Public librarians will benefit from these posts too because we know that paths often cross in the school and public library worlds.

screenshot of collect plus connect blog web page

I encourage you to view the newest post about curation and ask yourself: "Am I a dumper or I am I a curator?" Plus, check out the most popular post here.

The easiest way to read posts is to make it automatic by subscribing to the blog. To do so go to schoollibrarysdsl.blogspot.com/ and then click the small SUBSCRIBE button right below the title. This action sends new posts straight to your inbox. So easy!

I welcome and value comments, suggestions, and questions. Tell me what you want in terms of content, and I'll make it happen - simply email me at Alissa.adams@state.sd.us or leave a comment on the blog.

Towards Gigabit Libraries—Improving Broadband Service

This May, state library staff visited five rural libraries as part of Internet 2's Towards Gigabit Libraries pilot program, funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library services (IMLS). This pilot program targets small, rural, and tribal libraries with limited information technology. The goal is to improve and evolve library staff understanding and interaction with their library's internet connection and related information technology (IT) infrastructure and services. One to three people conducted each visit; David Bradford and Steven Buras from the SDSL, and program administrator Carson Block.

Program Administrator, Carson Block (left) and Gregory librarian Diane Althoff discuss technology options and internet
By the end of the summer, the program will be publishing a toolkit that all libraries will be able to use at no cost. This toolkit takes a "look at the parts and pieces that make up the library's connection to the Internet, from the… broadband coming into the library to WiFi/inside wiring configurations to broadband-based applications and computer resources-- all at a level designed for laypeople. By leveraging the Toolkit's workbook/training format… they will be able to identify some short-term 'quick hits' and longer term actions to improve their library's broadband infrastructure. Further, they also will be able to better articulate to their leadership, policy makers, broadband service providers, and their community what the library needs" (Toolkit draft, April 2018).

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

New Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Policies at SDSL

The South Dakota State Library Board approved new interlibrary loan policies for the state library.

There are two new policies with main points listed here; we encourage library staff to review the entire policy documents:

SDSL ILL Policies

  • Pertain primarily to libraries that request interlibrary loans via the state library
  • Remind libraries to request materials via South Dakota Share-It
  • Remind libraries on the courier that they must send their monthly statistics electronically
  • Include the limits on number of requests for public and school libraries

South Dakota Share-It: Statewide Interlibrary Loan Policy

  • Include library staff guidelines and best practices
  • Include responsibilities of borrowing and lending libraries
  • Remind libraries in the union catalog they must update their holdings at least once per year or risk suspension of borrowing until records are updated

The policies have been posted to the following web pages:

Please contact us with any questions.

State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries

Fifteen school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2018. The 21st Century School Library Award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place, which refers to the learning environment (both physical and online), programming and the professional.

Applicants conduct a self-assessment and provide evidence of their ability to meet South Dakota's guidelines for school libraries. Award status is valid for a three-year period.

Representatives of the selected libraries will be honored at the annual Systems Change Conference Oct. 19 in Sioux Falls.


Brookings High School Library, BrookingsExemplaryJean KirschenmanDr. Paul vonFischer
Explorer Elementary Library, HarrisburgEnhancedAmy DeNommeDoug Eppard
Journey Elementary Library, HarrisburgExemplaryElizabeth WellsRob Sylliassen
Huron High SchoolEffectiveRachel KaryMike Radke
T.F. Riggs High School Library, PierreEnhancedPam C. KringelKevin Mutchelknaus
Knollwood Heights Elementary, Rapid CityEffectiveTracy BensonShannon Schaefers
Discovery Elementary Library, Sioux FallsExemplarySharlene LienLois Running
Harvey Dunn Elementary, Sioux FallsEffectiveAmy HeinertPatti Pannell
Lincoln High School Library, Sioux FallsExemplaryMary PetersRobert Grimm
Memorial Middle School Library, Sioux FallsExemplaryLaura AllardNancy Hagen
Oscar Howe Elementary Library, Sioux FallsExemplaryEmily BlackwelderLarry Larsen
Patrick Henry Middle School Library, Sioux FallsEnhancedWendy NelsonKim Sharping
Roosevelt High School Library, Sioux FallsExemplaryJeanne ConnerTim Hazlett
Washington High School Library, Sioux FallsExemplaryKerri SmithDan Conrad
Spearfish High School Library, SpearfishExemplaryEmily BenvengaSteve Morford

Find more information on the State Library's 21st Century School Library Award webpage.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

SD State Document of the Month

The South Dakota State Library's Digital Collections reflect the history and culture of South Dakota. Primarily of interest to librarians, researchers, and genealogists, our digital collections include newspaper articles, photographs, state documents, and more.

South Dakota Legislative Manuel, 1903

Book shelf with 1903 South Dakota Legislative Manual with tablet screen of web page with same book in digital format

The Legislative Manual, commonly known as the Blue Book, is a comprehensive reference source on state government that is published every two years according to South Dakota Codified Law. It contains information on elected state officials, judges, legislators, local and state government administration, a chronology of South Dakota history, and election statistics.

Blue Books can be found online: https://cdm16384.contentdm.oclc.org/

Federal Document of the Month

The SD State Library is a federal depository library and provides access to print and electronic federal government publications. Print publications are available via interlibrary loan. Electronic publications are linked from the state library online catalog.

Lewis and Clark: historic places associated with their transcontinental exploration (1804-06)

Pierre and historic Fort Pierre, SD have the artery highways on either side. Note the signs as you travel 1804 and 1806, respectively.
Lewis and Clark Trail

‘The Lewis and Clark Expedition was one of the most dramatic and significant episodes in the history of the United States. In 1804-6 it carried the destiny as well as the flag of our young Nation westward from the Mississippi across thousands of miles of mostly unknown land-up the Missouri, over the Rocky Mountains, and on to the Pacific.’
Excerpt from page 3.
I 29.2:H 62/9/v. 13 Not available in electronic format.

pamphlets and book about Lewis and Clark

Also in the SD State Library federal collection (featured in photo above):

Thursday, May 24, 2018

South Dakota Book Discussion Guides Available

With funding from the South Dakota Humanities Council, three South Dakota State University professors and John Miller, Professor of History emeritus, SDSU, wrote twenty-one study guides for books by South Dakota authors or with a South Dakota theme to be used with the book bags. Each study guide is three or four pages long and includes a summary of the book, questions for discussion, and a brief biography of the author.

Book bag guides are available on the SD State Library website.