Friday, August 18, 2017

Did you know that other South Dakota librarians count on you to keep accurate service statistics for your library?

Every year many of your colleagues use the statistics from their peer libraries. Librarians use annual report statistics to evaluate their services or support requests for things like larger material budgets, bigger spaces, more open hours and staff positions. Last year the State Library received at least 20 librarian requests for assistance in supporting data-driven decisions.

bar graph with indicators for WiFi, CD/DVD, Books, Programs, Walk-In

If keeping a daily tally isn’t practical, estimating library statistics such as visits, public computer sessions, and WiFi use is acceptable.

October is an excellent “typical” month for estimating library service statistics.

Pick two weeks to track and multiply by 26 for the statistical annual report.

Contact the State Library Data Coordinator [] to find out how we can help you put those annual report statistics to work.

You don’t have to go it alone to host great library programs

Lisa Martin, children’s librarian and Madison Public Library, said that two of their most popular programs this summer were a result of partnerships with the community.

Woman assisting young man using sewing machine
Learning how to operate a sewing machine.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Option for MLS Degree in South Dakota

Emporia State University is coming to Sioux Falls this autumn. The ESU-SLIM program (The School of Library and Information Management) offers a 36-credit-hour MLS degree, fully accredited by the American Library Association. MLS courses are designed to meet the needs of traditional and non-traditional students and are currently taught in seven locations: Denver, Emporia, Overland Park, Portland, Salt Lake City, and now Sioux Falls.

This program also offers an online 18-credit-hour Archives Studies and a School Library Media Specialist certificate. All students go through classes as a cohort, which optimizes the academic support system and provides a professional network that includes over 250 SLIM alumni in the region. All required courses are taught face-to-face in two weekend-intensive classes supplemented by online instruction. Admissions requirements include a BA or BS degree, all official undergraduate transcripts, and an admissions interview. The School Library Media specialist courses are currently being reviewed by the SD Department of Education and are expected to meet DOE state certification/endorsement requirements.

For more information about the SLIM program, faculty, curriculum, and application process please go to or contact Mary G. Johnson at
And for additional information about other quality programs in the area, contact Alissa Adams, School Library Technology Coordinator at the SD State Library at 605. 295.3152 or

Another Route to Library Media Endorsement

It is now possible for certified teachers to gain endorsement in library media via successful completion of the state designated content test. In South Dakota, this test is the Praxis test.

A Library Media Specialist endorsement can still be gained through successful completion of accredited coursework. In South Dakota there are two options: Black Hills State University offers a library media minor/endorsement which is exclusively online; and Emporia State University will offer a SD endorsement via their MLS (Masters of Library Science) coursework either on the Augustana campus or online.

For more information, visit or contact Alissa Adams,, School Library Technology Coordinator at the SD State Library.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Let’s Get Ready to Automate

The South Dakota State Library wishes to facilitate automation for all libraries in South Dakota. This is an achievable goal for even the smallest of libraries.

Why automate?

  • Library automation allows for increased resource sharing and provides access to materials far beyond local collections on behalf of all library patrons
  • Automation allows 24/7 access to library materials and services for everyone, promoting the use of personal electronic devices to access the library
  • Automation encourages browsing online which facilitates better research and increases leisure reading
  • Automation provides the opportunity to integrate local database subscriptions and other electronic resources into the library catalog, creating a seamless, one-stop search for materials
  • Automation provides the ability to partner with local and regional school and public libraries and allows for seamless interlibrary loan when necessary
  • Automation allows library staff to create reports to show usage and demonstrate needs

Get Started
If you are thinking of automating your library for the first time, or migrating from your current automation system to a new one, maybe you want to know which automation systems are being used by libraries in South Dakota? Or perhaps you need contact information for vendors?

Check out the for reports and additional information.

Please contact Nina Mentzel with any questions by email or phone: 605-280-6911.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Oglala Lakota College's "Build Your Own Library" program

Did you know that most tribal colleges also operate as the public libraries for their communities?

Oglala Lakota College’s Woksape Tipi is a decentralized educational and library system that operates thirteen libraries that support the district communities of Pine Ridge Reservation and the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Woksape Tipi functions as the academic library for its students who attend OLC classes across Pine Ridge Reservation, in Rapid City, and in Eagle Butte, on the Cheyenne River Reservation. Woksape Tipi also functions as the public library for the reservation communities. It also partners with the area K-12 schools and the reservation-wide Head Start Program. When school is out for the summer, children have limited access to books in their communities, so the Build Your Own Library Program was introduced to provide outreach in the form of giving away new and gently used books for all ages in communities across the reservation. The program has benefited from IMLS support and has provided the communities of Pine Ridge access to the fabulous mobile book delivery van for the past five years. Short of calling it a bookmobile, the outreach technician travels to all the college centers to maintain the branch libraries and provide personal assistance to patrons.

two boys holding up "reading ninja" book bags in front of Woksape Tipi  Academic Public Library Archives Oglala Lakota College Van

Friday, July 21, 2017

Siouxland Libraries is a Family Place

On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the Downtown Library of Siouxland Libraries officially joined the 400-site, 27-state Family Place Libraries™ network. Kathy Deerr, national coordinator for the program, attended the dedication.

Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, Siouxland Libraries began work on the Family Place Libraries™ initiative in 2015. This model of service incorporates programming, early learning spaces, community connection and family support to help ensure all children enter school ready and able to learn. To learn more about Family Place Libraries™ visit,