Friday, April 20, 2018

Celebrating School Library Month

making connections at your school library | April is School Library Month |

Thank you, school librarians, for all you do for South Dakota students! School libraries are hubs of activity where students study, research, collaborate, invent and explore.
Which books won the 2017-18 Prairie Bud, Prairie Bloom and Prairie Pasque Awards?

Which books won the 2017-18 YARP Awards?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Win-Win: Library Science Course for High School Students

South Dakota school librarians can offer high school students coursework for working and learning in the school library. The Library Science Course is a one-or-two semester course and is recognized within the South Dakota state system. Enrollment criteria are to be developed at the local level.

This elective course allows students to explore the possibility of a future career while gaining real-world experience. It also helps to build interpersonal and critical thinking skills that support college, career, and life readiness.

Some middle schools have adapted this course to offer a library class for middle schoolers. This is a win-win opportunity for schools. This partnership develops positive work behaviors and skills in students while supporting often understaffed school libraries.

To learn more access the Library Science Course Framework.

For examples of SD school libraries who offer this course, contact Alissa Adams at

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Library students at Douglas Middle School in Box Elder.

Lake Andes Carnegie Library receives Revisiting the Founding Era grant

Revisiting the Founding Era LOGO

Lake Andes Carnegie Library was recently notified that it was selected to receive a Revisiting the Founding Era programming grant in the amount of $1000.

Revisiting the Founding Era is a three-year initiative designed to bring libraries and their communities together to explore the continuing relevance of the Founding Era by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it firsthand.

Mary Jo Parker, library director, stated that the library is going to focus on Native American foods and Native American games and spice it up with some storytelling, beading etc.

The library received its grant award for funding in the fourth round, which is next year, but they will have plenty of time to make plans.

For more information, visit

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Copy Talk and the Copyright Advisory Network

Have you ever felt confused with “fair use” and copyright? I don’t think you are alone. However, there are resources to help you become more familiar with general definitions and practices.

The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) Copyright Education Subcommittee sponsors Copy Talk, a series of webinars on specific copyright topics that include orphan works, mass digitization, international copyright developments, pending and recent copyright court cases, the copyright implications of new technologies, and more. Recorded sessions can be found at

In addition, the OITP also sponsors the Copyright Advisory Network (CAN), which exists to help librarians understand copyright law and appreciate the important role that they can play in serving the public “to advance the progress of science and the useful arts.”

The Network is used to respond to copyright questions posed by librarians. It is made up of librarians that have a keen interest in copyright and volunteer their time responding to queries, creating copyright resources and sharing copyright news.

Visit their website at

NOTE: the site is not a resource for legal advice.

WebDewey! - Of Course We Do Dewey!

Screenshots of WebDewey - image provided by OCLC

The South Dakota State Library subscribes to WebDewey. WebDewey is a browser-based version of the Dewey Decimal Classification® (DDC®) database and is updated quarterly. It is designed to make your classifying activities more efficient and enjoyable by allowing you to point and click your way through the latest version of the DDC 23 database.

If you are not familiar with WebDewey, we have some information on our website that you may want to visit:

Go to – Services – SDSL LibGuides Collection – click the WebDewey tab

You may want to take the WebDewey tutorial or check out the WebDewey Handbook.

For login information to use WebDewey please contact:

Dustin Larmore, or Nina Mentzel,

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.

Federal government publications provide many resources for school reports, both in print and online.

Document cover snapshot with Authenticated US Government Information GPO Logo


Farm Bill discussions are currently ongoing in Congress. It is a long process with many federal documents produced in relation to the bill. You can visit a local Federal Depository Library and browse the collection of hearings related to agriculture. They are located with the call number Y 4.AG

Many federal documents can be found online. The Federal Digital System is the online source of the U.S. Government Publishing Office. Researchers can also look for government publications using the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications where a search can be limited to electronic titles.

Federal Government publications held at the South Dakota State Library can be searched using the library catalog at

Friday, April 6, 2018

School Library Month - APRIL 2018

It’s School Library Month! Are you making connections?

Making Connections at your school library. AASL. April is School Library Month.

Every April school librarians around the country celebrate School Library Month. They do this by promoting and hosting activities to show how strong school library programs can help patrons make connections to learning and the world around them.

And don’t forget about Nat'l Library Week, April 8-14.

For more information visit this post at Collect+Connect, SDSL’s new school library blog.