Thursday, January 17, 2019

January 1, 2019 was Public Domain Day!

Public Domain Day was January 1, 2019! What is that, you wonder?

covers for The Ten Commandments, Harold Lloyd hanging off clock, Tarzan, Charles Chaplin in 4 great reels The Pilgrim, Yes we have no bananas, Rootabaga Pigeons, New Hampshire, Who's scary now, The prophet, The inimitable Jeeves

2019 is the first year since 1998 that a large number of published works (books, movies, songs, cartoons) have entered the US public domain, meaning that people can use and build upon works from 1923 without permission or having to pay fees.

What is the history of this? Works from 1923 were set to go into the public domain in 1999, after a 75-year copyright term. But in 1998, with the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, Congress extended the copyright term for 20 years, giving works published between 1923 and 1977 an expanded term of 95 years.

Many titles are already being made available online through Google Books, Internet Archive, HathiTrust, and more.

For a comprehensive look at what this means, visit the Public Domain Day 2019 page from Duke Law's Center for the Study of the Public Domain. Also, read the blog post from the Library of Congress website

The School Librarian Interview Guide

From the desk of Alissa Adams, SDSL School Library Technology Coordinator

The South Dakota State Library (SDSL) is a division of the SD Department of Education. The State Library’s mission is to provide leadership for innovation and excellence in libraries and services to state government.

The SD State Library supports all types of libraries in South Dakota including its 400+ school libraries! Recently, SDSL developed The School Librarian Interview Guide to further support schools. This guide is intended to be a useful resource as school districts hire quality library staff - a vital component of any strong school library program. In addition to containing useful information and resources, this document contains a variety of questions and scenarios that may be helpful during the interview process.

This guide, along with numerous other school library related resources, can be found on > School Libraries. And for personalized assistance with school libraries, please contact me.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

American Indians in Children's Literature - 2018 Best Books

Are you looking for recently published books about Native people to add to your collection? AICL’s has begun their list of recommendations and will continue to add more as they review each title published in 2018. The categories include comic and graphic novels, board books, picture books, middle grades and high school. The titles include books that have been written by Native and non-Native authors and often include Native language along with English.

American Indians in Children's Literature: Best Books of 2018.

The titles can be used as resources to model effective ways to encounter unfamiliar languages. Teach humility by explaining that you (the reader) may not know the way of communicating portrayed in the book, but you are willing to learn. The reader respects the language by showing that it is worth knowing more about, and curiosity can be demonstrated by discussing what characters are saying in the languages the reader may be unfamiliar with.

This list can be found at

Do you know of Native books published in 2018 not included on the list? Leave a comment at AICL’s Best Books of 2018 page and recommend a book to be reviewed and possibly included in the list.

Grant Opportunity!

Small Libraries, Tribal Libraries, Friends of the Library Groups

photo of kids reading outside on a sunny day

Stephanie Miller-Davis Library Grant Program is the opportunity your library has been looking for to fund your goals for childhood literacy. Use the funds to develop or expand summer reading programming, add materials to your collection or book interesting presenters to share their knowledge with your patrons.

This grant program has been established to promote early childhood literacy in rural South Dakota communities in partnership with the SD State Library and SD Community Foundation.

$1,000 award will be given to those libraries that meet specific criteria for up to three years! Act fast because the deadline is April 1, 2019. Funds will be awarded before summer reading starts!

Eligibility details can be found in the grant application. Questions can be directed to 1-800-423-6665 or Laura Kelly at

Follow this link to apply:

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Legislative Session kicks off January 8, 2019

South Dakota will usher in the 2019 94th Legislative Session with more fanfare than usual, as a new administration moves into the Capitol.  Inaugural ceremonies and celebration are set for Saturday, January 5th in Pierre.  Inaugural information can be found at

The 2019 Legislative Session officially begins at noon on Tuesday, January 8th.  A State of the State message will be held at 1 pm.  Visit the SD State Library digital collections page to view historical State of the State and Inaugural Messages

The SD Legislature website has all of the information you need to know about current and historical legislators, House and Senate bills, session calendar, and a current list of SD Laws and Administrative Rules.  Historical SD Codified Laws can be found at the SD State Library in paper and online at  Look for the Featured Collections.

Live audio broadcasts of morning committee meetings and afternoon House and Senate sessions are provided by SD Public Broadcasting. Links are available at

SD Library Association Legislative Day will be held in Pierre on Tuesday, February 12.