Thursday, November 15, 2018

Congratulations! South Dakota 21st Century School Libraries

Fifteen school libraries received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2018 at the annual Systems Change Conference on Oct. 19 in Sioux Falls.

Recipients for the 21st Century School Library Award at the Systems Change Conference, October 2018, Sioux Falls

The 21st Century School Library Award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place, which refers to the learning environment (both physical and online), programming, and professional. Applicants conduct a self-assessment and provide evidence of their ability to meet South Dakota's School Library Guidelines. Award status is valid for a three-year period.

Effective Award recipients:

  • Harvey Dunn Elementary Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Amy Heinert, Administrator Patti Pannell
  • Huron High School Library, Huron; Librarian Rachel Kary, Administrator Mike Radke
  • Knollwood Heights Elementary Library, Rapid City;
    Librarian Tracy Benson, Administrator Shannon Schaefers

Enhanced Award recipients:

  • Explorer Elementary Library, Harrisburg; Librarian Amy DeNomme, Administrator Doug Eppard
  • Patrick Henry Middle School Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Wendy Nelson, Administrator Kim Sharping
  • T.F. Riggs High School Library, Pierre; Librarian Pam C. Kringel, Administrator Kevin Mutchelknaus

Exemplary Award recipients:

  • Brookings High School Library, Brookings; Librarian Jean Kirschenman, Administrator Dr. Paul vonFischer
  • Discovery Elementary Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Sharlene Lien, Administrator Lois Running
  • Journey Elementary Library, Harrisburg; Librarian Elizabeth Wells, Administrator Rob Sylliassen
  • Lincoln High School Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Mary Peters, Administrator Robert Grimm
  • Memorial Middle School Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Laura Allard, Administrator Nancy Hagen
  • Oscar Howe Elementary Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Emily Blackwelder, Administrator Larry Larsen
  • Roosevelt High School Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Jeanne Conner, Administrator Tim Hazlett
  • Spearfish High School Library, Spearfish; Librarian Emily Benvenga, Administrator Steve Morford
  • Washington High School Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Kerri Smith, Administrator Dan Conrad

Find more information on the State Library’s 21st Century School Library Award webpage.

“Virtual Visits” will be counted on the upcoming Public Libraries Survey

Those of us with online catalogs and digital/streaming collections know that a growing number of people access library services through the library’s website. In order to tell a more accurate story about library usage, the IMLS has added “Website Visits” to the federal data elements collected on the Public Libraries Survey (your library’s annual report). This is the data element definition:

"Visits represent the annual number of sessions initiated by all users from inside or outside the library to the library website. The library website consists of all webpages under the library’s domain. A website “visit” or “session” occurs when a user connects to the library’s website for any length of time or purpose, regardless of the number of pages or elements viewed. Usage of library social media accounts (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc.) should not be reported here."

The new element is added as a trial collection in the first year, giving all of us time to learn how to collect it. That means you should report Website Visits if you can, but it will not be required this year (FY2018). The trial year gives you time to be able to make an accurate report for FY2019.

If your library is not already tracking website visits, then setting up an account for your library’s website on Google Analytics is one option. You will find an overview of several data elements when you open Analytics, but the only one you should report will be “Sessions”. You should only report this element if your library has its own website. Download this Website Visits FAQ to learn more about how to collect the data.

We encourage all of our libraries to have a “digital branch” website that makes easy access to your library’s digital collections, the e-resouces provided by the state library, and other community and reference resources that you’ve curated for your patrons.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Toward Gigabit Libraries Toolkit to Improve Internet Service

Toward Gigabit Libraries toolkit from Internet 2, Institute of Museum and Library Services and the South Dakota State Library

The Towards Gigabit Libraries toolkit is now available to help library staff learn more about, and how to improve, their library's internet connection and related information technology infrastructure and services. It’s a free, open-source technology learning, diagnostic and advocacy tool designed for public and tribal libraries in the US.

Through the use of the "Broadband Toolkit" and "Broadband Improvement Plan", librarians will be better equipped to improve their broadband services and become stronger advocates for their libraries' internet needs. Designed for large and small libraries, the toolkit includes looking at the outside internet connection, inside wiring and switches, all the way to the computers.

You can download the toolkit and learn more at

This kit was piloted over a three-year period in 58 rural and tribal libraries, including eight in South Dakota. The "Toward Gigabit Libraries" project was funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

SD State Library launches new digital state publications site

The SD State Library introduces a new digital repository site featuring historical and current state publications, vertical files, and photos of SD libraries

SD State Agency Historical Publications
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The SD State Agency Historical Publications Collection is a special collection of historical state agency publications. The SD State Library has state publications that date back to territorial days. In order to preserve these materials and make them easier for the general public to access and study, digitized copies are made available in this collection.

SD State Agencies
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This collection houses current documents and other publications created and released for general distribution by South Dakota State Agencies. Use the search box to search for agency or title of the publication.

SD State Library Vertical Files
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The South Dakota State Library maintains a vertical file of newspaper articles. These articles reflect items determined to be of local interest and may not be available elsewhere.

South Dakota Libraries
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South Dakota's library community predates statehood. Each library in South Dakota has its own history and its own place in the community. This photographic collection illustrates each library's unique history and showcases different attributes. South Dakota has a number of Carnegie Libraries that are still operating.

Check out the Featured Collections too!
screenshot of state library featured collections webpage

Not children! Not adults! TEENS!

Did you miss the SDLA Conference Poster Session or would like access to the resources shared? The focus of the poster session was to learn more about young adult services and bridge the gap between children and adult services.
poster of not children not adults Teens

Visit to access the materials used from the poster handout with tips including the YALSA handout, Reimagined Library Services for and with Teens. Check out the quiz to see if you can hang with teens which is great for adult and teen programming. You may not know all about teens today, but you can teach them about the past in a fun way with activities from the book Pop culture-inspired programs for tweens, teens, and adults by Amy Alessio. The Classic Candy Challenge activity was demonstrated at the poster session. All the links to resources to hold this program at your local library are included along with fact candy cards!