Tuesday, August 14, 2018

US Newsstream, A Bigger and Better Online Newspaper Resource

On July 1, the State Library expanded its online newspapers by introducing US Newsstream. This has same-day publication access to over 250 news titles, and draws from over 1000 separate sources. It contains trade journals, websites, newswires, television and radio transcripts, blogs, and podcasts. Users can read current U.S. news content, as well as archives stretching back into the 1980s.

US Newsstream flyer for SDSL

US Newsstream also has local content! You can read the latest issue of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and South Dakota Business Review.

For more information about US Newsstream, including the list of titles, visit ProQuest's website. Want to learn more? Look at training videos, or choose a Training Webinar. You also can promote US Newsstream with our new SDSL flyer.

Electronic Resources are provided through a combination of funding from the South Dakota State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Questions? Contact David.Bradford@state.sd.us.

SD Titles to Go has new features!

As of July 1, South Dakota Titles to Go (SDTTG) users have access to fifty popular magazines; including titles such as Ok! Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Reader's Digest, O, the Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, and ESPN. Users can easily search, borrow, read, and download magazines seamlessly on the Libby app or Overdrive Read, with no additional required apps or logins. Users will be able to browse and check out these magazines like they do the books, but one person can check out multiple magazines at one time.

screenshot of Overdrive website - with magazines such as Newsweek, ESPN, House Beautiful and more

The SD State Library has purchased a one-year subscription of 50 magazines from July 2018 to June 2019. This is being provided through funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The magazines purchased during this period will permanently remain in the local collections. Contact your local member public library for access policies and procedures.

Currently South Dakota Titles to Go is a consortium of small and rural libraries with assistance from the South Dakota State Library using IMLS/LSTA federal funds from time to time to enhance their shared collection of some 17,000 titles of popular audio and e-books. 74 public libraries are currently SDTTG members. Rapid City, along with nine other area public libraries, earlier this year formed their own consortium known as the Black Hills Library Consortium. Siouxland Libraries (Sioux Falls area) also has a separate e-book subscription with a different vendor. Approximately 79% of the state has access to a public library audio and e-book collection.

State Librarian Daria Bossman said, “This magazine collection rounds out the popular audio and e-books now offered through the South Dakota Titles to Go consortium. It is a tremendous value for rural and small communities. We are pleased to be able to help support this initiative.”

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

2018 School Library Boot Camp a Success

School Library Boot Camp attendees in Pierre, SD

The annual School Library Boot Camp was held July 23-26, at the South Dakota State Library in Pierre. Eighteen librarians, teachers, and para-professionals from across the state attended. This year's theme was "21st Century Literacies: The School Library Connection," with attendees exploring digital, media and information literacy.

Two librarians from Northern State University presented on the importance of media literacy in today's world. In addition, award-winning blogger and teacher-librarian Jennifer LaGarde (author of The Library Girl blog) engaged campers in a variety of activities, including a BreakoutEDU encounter, which challenged campers both physically and digitally. For Jennifer's post about her experience at Boot Camp visit her blog.

"Everything about Boot Camp exceeded my expectations!"
"…for me getting energized and being around other librarians who get what I do on a daily basis is the best part of Boot Camp."
"Great course work. Great networking. Great opportunity to learn with others face-to-face."

School Library Boot Camp is coordinated by the South Dakota State Library in conjunction with Black Hills State University. This annual multi-day professional development opportunity is a two-credit course for undergraduate and graduate students, geared toward school librarians and all educators. LSTA federal funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services pays for speakers and other resources, as well as full-tuition scholarships for attendees.

For more information contact School Library Technology Coordinator at alissa.adams@state.sd.us or by phone at 605-295-3152.

2018 Read for the Record!

Calling all public libraries! On Oct. 25th, 2018 your library has a unique opportunity to join with thousands of other libraries and schools around the country to read the same book to as many kids as possible. This year the selection is Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell and illustrated by Rafael López. The South Dakota State Library wants public and school libraries to be a part of this national campaign and we will help you do it!

book cover of Maybe Something Beautiful depicting girl painting colorful artwork and gray buildings in background

Libraries can register by Sept. 21 at https://www.jstart.org/signup/ and the SD State Library will provide you with a free copy of the book! Prove registration by sending a screen shot of your registration confirmation or by forwarding your confirmation email to Laura Kelly Laura.Kelly@state.sd.us. If you are attending SDLA in Sioux Falls, you can pick your book up at the SDSL table.

You may order more books if you wish on the website, but remember that the SD State Library will provide one free book once we receive confirmation that your library is registered.

Visit the Read for the Record website at https://www.jstart.org/read-for-the-record/.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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.

Summer is in full swing and a vacation to a National Park might be your destination. There are 58 National Parks in the United States. Here is a link to find them: https://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm.

I 29.21:B 14/996 Badlands
Of Time and the Badlands. ‘The peaks, gullies, buttes, and wide prairies of the Badlands can be challenging to cross, yet they have long attracted the interest and praise of travelers.’

landscape photo of badlands, Shadows on the Brule Formation

A small sampling of National Park publications that you will find in the state library federal collection include:

  • I 29.2:AR 2/23 Arches (Utah)
  • I 29.9/5:104 Wind Cave (South Dakota)
  • I 29.9/5:119 Big Bend (Texas)
  • I 29.9/5:123 Glacier Bay (Alaska)
  • I 29.9/5:154 Redwood (California)
  • I 29.2:P 93/7 “Few Know That Such A Place Exists” Prince William Forest Park (Virginia)

National Park Publications at South Dakota State Library

Looking for state parks in South Dakota? Here’s a link that provides vacation information: https://gfp.sd.gov/parks/findpark/

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Faith Public/School Library Summer Reading Program Rocks!

Angela Ostrander and the members of the Faith Public/School Library held some rockin' summer reading activities this summer. Angela by now has left her position as the Faith Public/School Librarian, which she held for 13 years. She has worked hard to grow the program through promoting summer reading with brochures, bookmarks, posters, emails, website, radio, and newspaper articles. Angela also displays prizes and wraps up the program with an ice cream social for patrons to celebrate reaching their summer reading goal!

Laura Kelly, SDSL, and Angela Ostrander, Faith Public/School Library
Angela is a big fan of this year’s summer reading theme “Libraries Rock”! She started preparing for the summer reading program back in February by attending Jump Start, a program facilitated by the SD State Library. She has worked diligently to obtain funding from the Morgan/Naslund Fund, Roberts O'Shea American Auxiliary and Faith Booster Club. With these resources, Angela purchased prizes for summer reading participants, materials for crafts, snacks, musical instruments, and much more.

Summer Reading programming at Faith

All of Angela’s hard work and preparation has paid off! Not only has the program encouraged summer reading, it has helped build the Faith community. She has organized helpers who are upper elementary to high school who assist with the younger readers. This opportunity to volunteer gives the older children a chance to be a rising star by developing teamwork and communication skills. Meanwhile, younger children are building empathy and compassion. A mother of a participating child in the summer reading program stated, “We travel 30 miles to attend story time to give my daughter a chance to interact with other kids. It teaches her how to make friends and not leave other kids out. We will miss Angela, and because of her my daughter has come out of her shell and is prepared for preschool.”

Story time with Angela at Faith

American Indian and Alaskan Native Documents in the Congressional Serial Set

…from the desk of Brenda Hemmelman, Collection Services Librarian

greyscale photo of congressional building with feather
A recently attended webinar from the Federal Depository Library Program Training Academy highlighted a great resource from the University of Oklahoma.

American Indian and Alaskan Native Documents in the Congressional Serial Set is a collection of United States government documents that were assembled from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries print collection and scanned at the University of Oklahoma Donald E Pray Law Library. Librarians Marilyn Nicely and Steve Beleu identified titles to scan using Steven L. Johnson’s book, Guide to American Indian Documents in the Congressional Serial Set: 1817-1899. The database is the product of a six-year-long partnership. It was undertaken in order to provide free, online access to this historic content for the benefit of tribes, scholars, students and the public in general.

During the 19th century, the United States was engaged in an era of territorial expansion and addition of new states. The government entered into treaties with tribes, conducted wars with tribes, established reservations, relocated tribes, and determined rights to the lands and resources of the indigenous population. The Serial Set provides in-depth, detailed contemporaneous documentation of political, military, and governmental activities related to indigenous peoples of the continental United States and Alaskan territory.