Thursday, February 6, 2020

Federal Document of the Month

Located in the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains area, Madison Limestone dates back millions of years. The following report is intense for a geologist mind. Knowing the age and general area, the content becomes interesting. This map details the framework of the study area.
Map featuring area of study including Montana, North Dakota South Dakota, Wyoming, and north west corner of Nebraska
Page B5 of Correlation of Paleostructure and Sediment Deposition in the Madison Limestone and Associated Rocks in Parts of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska. I 19.16:1273-B or OCLC#9828996
Water from the Madison Limestone and underlying rocks might supply, at least on a temporary basis, a large part of the water required for coal development. The Madison Limestone Project was established to determine the quantity and quality of water in rocks of Paleozoic age in an area of about 200,000 square miles in eastern Montana, western North Dakota and South Dakota, northeastern Wyoming, and a small part of northwestern Nebraska. -- Excerpt page B1
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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.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Digital Learning Day is February 27

Innovate! Every Classroom, Every Day

Digital Learning Day 2020 Thursday February 27. #DLDay Digital Learning Day dot org  -- artwork of laptop with books, plants, and two people.

On Digital Learning Day (DLDay) 2020, school districts are being highlighted! Is your school district transforming teaching and learning by incorporating digital learning? If the answer is yes, then your school should be featured. How are your teachers and librarians inspiring creativity in students?

Share your story using the hashtag #DLDay for a chance to be featured in 2020. South Dakota does not have a story published yet. See

You can add your Digital Learning Day event to the map and find out how to spread the word about #DLDay 2020 at

Download and post this full-sized DLDay poster

Thursday, January 23, 2020

2020 One Book South Dakota

The 2020 One Book South Dakota, Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper, has arrived at the South Dakota Humanities Council office and is available for discussion programs at libraries statewide.

Megan Phelps-Roper signs copies of her book, "Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church" after it was revealed as the 2020 One Book South Dakota Dec. 3.

The book examines the author’s unusual upbringing and her life-altering decision to leave her infamous and outspoken family, known nationwide for raucous protests at funerals of U.S. soldiers and other public events, for a quiet life in rural South Dakota.

Since 2003, the One Book South Dakota program has encouraged people across the state to read and discuss the same book throughout the year. Libraries can borrow copies of the One Book from SDHC for a $50 application fee (with reduced rates and waivers available based on operating budgets) and, if desired, can host an SDHC scholar to facilitate their discussion.

To learn more about the book and its author, and to apply to host a discussion, visit If you would like a paper application mailed to you, please call 605-688-6113 or email

Phelps-Roper will also visit South Dakota libraries and other cultural sites this summer and fall as part of her One Book author tour. Host applications will be available in March, with details to be posted on and included in a future edition of Cornerstone. The tour will culminate in an appearance at the 2020 South Dakota Festival of Books, Oct. 2-4 in Brookings.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Supporting Multiple Literacies in our Schools

Digital literacy word cloud

Textual literacy is foundational to other literacies.

Those other literacies? Well, those are called multiple literacies.

The first step to thriving in a multi-literate world is to be able to read fluently for purpose and pleasure. Never doubt the importance of traditional textual literacy and the work that libraries are doing to support this ever-important skill.

In the 2019 School Library Standards, the very first strand is titled Textual Literacy. Its standard reads: “Students read and engage for academic and personal growth.”

To support students ability to read and engage for academic and personal growth, the State Library offers an outstanding selection of databases for preschoolers all the way up to post-secondary. They are sorted into elementary, middle school, and high school.

While each database is excellent in its own right, my general favorites for supporting textual literacy and multiple literacies include:

  • for early elementary: Book Flix, World Book Early World of Learning, World Book Kids
  • for upper elementary: True Flix, Culture Grams, World Book Student
  • for middle school: SIRS Discoverer, True Flix, Culture Grams, World Book Student
  • for high school: World Book Advanced, SIRS Researcher, EBSCO, Learning Express

School librarians love to work with other types of librarians to support literacy! One way to stay in the school library loop is to subscribe to the SD School Library Listserv and the second is via Collect+Connect, SDSL’s blog for school libraries.

Alissa Adams, School Library Technology Coordinator

Thursday, January 9, 2020

2020 Legislative Session kicks off January 14

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South Dakota will usher in the 2020 95th Legislative Session on Tuesday, January 14th. The first week will include the traditional State of the State, State of the Judiciary, and State of the Tribes messages.

Visit the SD State Library digital collections page to view historical State of the State and Inaugural Messages, plus the Judiciary and Tribes 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 and Session Laws can be found at the SD State Library in paper and online at 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 Thursday, February 13.