Thursday, May 21, 2020

Digital Curation | #TIE20 Breakout Session

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

Once again, I’m sharing a nugget or two from a learning opportunity I was able to participate in as both attendee and presenter.

On April 20, South Dakota-based TIE (Technology and Innovation in Education) offered a virtual conference in lieu of their annual face-to-face conference. I learned a lot thanks to the keynote speakers and the breakout sessions and I was also able to present on a very library-based topic. We love that, right?

Sometimes You’re the Subject.
Sometimes You’re the Direct Object.

Curation isn't just a trendy word in education. It's a core competency for participation in our digital world. Humans have been curating for centuries and continue to do so on a broad scale and with modern tools. Learn the basics of digital curation and how the process can be used to enhance our lives - both professionally and personally.

Access all of my session resources.

Access all of the speaker/presenters session resources. You're sure to find loads of good stuff – both public and school librarian-friendly.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Teacher-librarian DeHaan highlighted by SD Dept. of Education

Check out the April 2020 Online Zebra: Teacher Feature by the South Dakota Department of Education about teacher-librarian Brenda DeHaan. Brenda administers school library programs at both Andes Central and Wagner Community school districts where she’s made big gains in collection development, programming, student support, and curriculum development. Read about the clever things she’s doing to serve her communities during the COVID-19 crisis and about her own literary accomplishments. Hint: bookstore model

photo of high school students reading to elementary students inside teepee
During the week of Native American Day, Wagner Community School sets up a tipi. Pictured here, Wagner High School students read to elementary students during the younger students’ story time.

Monday, May 4, 2020

SD Discovery Center Joins the Giving Tuesday Now Movement

The South Dakota Discovery Center is joining other local organizations in a special Giving Tuesday on May 5, 2020, a new global day of giving and unity called #GivingTuesdayNow.

Giving Tuesday Now

Traditionally calling on people to celebrate the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the global GivingTuesday organization is centered on encouraging people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. The May 5 date has been added to support those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Giving Tuesday began in 2012 as a “day that encourages people to do good.” It is now a global movement, find out more at

"#GivingTuesdayNow is a chance to come together and support each other during this turbulent time,” explains Kim Brakke, South Dakota Discovery Center board of directors member. “The Discovery Center is doing its part to educate young people, stay connected with scientists, and to bring a much needed smile to everyone. But, we must find ways to make up for lost revenue to keep paying our staff and to continue offering remote programs. Our hope is that people will keep the South Dakota Discovery Center in mind, supporting the organization where they can.”

Fun content for families and students of all ages continues to be made freely available through the Center’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, and staff are working on digital content for their paid classes, including Itty Bitty Einsteins, which takes place every first and third Saturday of the month for early learners, and the Learning Pathways program, which takes curious young people along a chosen path of in-depth scientific learning from pre-K to high school.

“We are excited to join the #GivingTuesdayNow community,” says Dr. Rhea Waldman, executive director of the South Dakota Discovery Center. “We will use this opportunity to thank our donors and supporters, and highlight how our staff has adapted and innovated our hands-on science programs. We hope people will consider joining in the appreciation and donate to one of the many great local organizations that support our community, including the Discovery Center.”

Photo of person holding sign saying hashtag Advocate For Science

To kick off, the Center is asking people to post a “science selfie” to social media, along with a description of how they benefit from the SD Discovery Center with the hashtag #AdvocateForScience. Tag the South Dakota Discovery Center on Facebook before May 5, and you will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 giftcard to the Discovery Center Store. All purchases from the store can be made online at; items will then be prepared for limited-contact, curbside pickup.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

South Dakota Teen Choice Book Awards: Young Adult Reading Program

The South Dakota Library Association publishes a list each year to promote quality literature and to help South Dakota teachers and librarians in selecting and promoting books for adolescents. The books are selected from among the many young adult and adult books that have received positive reviews by national reviewing periodicals. Visit the SDLA committee page for a list of committee members and to find out who is the current chair for the Children's Book Awards and the YARP Book Awards.

2019-20 winners and honors have been announced for High School and Middle School awards! This year two winners were chosen for the high school category.

YARP 2019-2020 Middle School Winner: The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag;
YARP 2019-2020 High School Winner: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and
YARP 2019-2020 High School Winner: This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter
Look for 2020-21 list of nominees to come out in July!

Take a look at the SD State Library website for …

  • nominees and almost made it list
  • books that are linked to South Dakota Titles To Go
  • downloads for posters and bookmarks
  • past years winner and nominees

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Federal Document of the Month - Coronavirus

We are all experiencing a new norm across the world. Working from home, ‘social distancing’, ‘flattening the curve’, ‘community spread’. All new phrases in our vocabulary and new adaptations in our lives.

social distancing with 2 book carts = 6 feet Hashtag Social Distancing Library Style

There will be hundreds of federal documents addressing COVID-19 in the months to come. Visit and search for COVID to see the titles of many publications and websites that have been published at the federal level. Rather than overwhelm by listing too many websites, we direct you to just a couple: and

South Dakota COVID-19 Information Line 1-800-997-2880
Above graphic courtesy of the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH)

At the state level in South Dakota, there are also many documents and websites to help those seeking information on COVID-19 in SD, as well as the ‘aftermath’. Job loss, stress, school closings. Visit for numbers of case counts in South Dakota, plus much more. To apply for unemployment related to COVID-19, go to

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.