Thursday, August 15, 2019

Visiting the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington D.C.

Even though summer vacation is wrapping up for students, a trip to the National Mall and Memorials in Washington, D.C. could be an upcoming class trip or a future family vacation.

Panorama Top view scene of Washington DC
Panorama Top view scene of Washington DC

A visit to the D.C. area is full of history, honoring veteran’s, lobbying members of Congress, and visiting amazing sights. The National Park Service maintains a website where you can plan your DC area trip at

Federal Depository Libraries also have a number of documents in their collections that can be used to educate oneself ahead of a trip. Search your library catalog for a number of keywords: National Mall, Washington D.C., Memorial Parks, White House, or any number of the Smithsonian Museums. You may find titles like the following:

For librarians, a trip to Washington D.C. is not complete without visiting our “mothership”, the Library of Congress and the National Archives

Keep up to date with federal documents being published by searching the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications at

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, August 8, 2019

SD Step Ahead

photo of moms and baby/toddlers with SD Step Ahead logo

Help your early literacy patrons reach their full potential at each stage of growing with the information provided by SDStepAhead childhood initiative made possible by the South Dakota Department of Education!

SDStepAhead Supporting Early Learners
Interactive website to showcase the Early Learning Guidelines.

Organized by age range and developmental domains:

  • Approaches to Learning
  • Social & Emotional Development
  • Communication, Language & Literacy
  • Cognitive Development
  • Health & Physical Development SD


  • Improve knowledge of child development.
  • Inform age-appropriate expectations for children’s development and learning.
  • Establish goals for children’s development and learning that are shared across programs and services.
  • Guide plans for developing curricula and activities.
  • Support transition for young children into school settings.

For more information contact the SD Department of Education Head Start Collaboration Office at 605.773.4640 or

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Read & Win at the SD State Fair

south dakota state fair 2019
The SD State Fair, along with Ag Performance, is partnering with school and public libraries from across the state to promote reading and honor achievement in reading. To honor achievement in reading, free youth gate admission passes are being offered to the 2019 State Fair, Aug. 29-Sept. 2. The free passes can be used to supplement a current reading program or a whole new reading program can be started.

If you are interested in participating in the Read & Win program, please complete this form and send it back to the SD State Fairgrounds Office.

To be eligible for free youth admission passes, register no later than Monday, August 19th.

Federal Document of the Month - Homestake Mine

Homestake Gold Mine Lead, SD

Homestake was discovered in 1876 by brothers Fred and Moses Manue. In 1877 three men purchased the Homestake for $70,000.
‘Lead has been called the richest 100 square miles on Earth. Miners pulled more than 41 million ounces of gold and 9 million ounces of silver from Homestake, the largest mine in the western hemisphere. In December 2001, Homestake mined its final ore and left behind more than 370 miles of tunnels from the surface to the 8,000-foot level.’
-- Excerpt from Sanford Lab Homestake History
Homestake Mine. Circa unknown.
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Homestake's Open Cut. "Approximately 0.5 mile across and 800 to 1,200 feet deep."
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Federal publications from the SD State Library collection:

The Homestake Gold Mine, An Early Proterozoic lron-Formation-Hosted Gold Deposit, Lawrence County, South Dakota

Geology of the region around Lead, South Dakota, and its bearing on the Homestake ore body

Gold Distribution in Diamond-Drill Core from the Homestake Mine, Lead, S.Dak.
I 28.23:6897 OCLC#9339055

A few of many Homestake Mine books available from the SD State Library book collection.

The Story of Homestake: a South Dakota enterprise F659.L4 H65
History of Homestake Gold Mine:1876 to present HD 9536.U54 H57 1994
Homestake (DVD): the legend and legacy HD 9536.U54 H652 2003

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, July 25, 2019

Interlibrary Loan – The Tricks of the Trade

From Dustin Larmore, Interlibrary Loan/Cataloging Librarian

Interlibrary loan is a wonderful service to obtain an item that your library doesn’t own. However, interlibrary loan is not intended for all items. Libraries should not look to ILL to replace their collection budgets. Each library should strive to obtain new items that patrons want. For this reason, when facilitating other libraries’ requests, the state library will generally not request items published within the last six months. We are always glad to lend items that the state library itself holds.

laptop with magnifying glass and books in background

On a related note, South Dakota Share-It, which libraries use to request other libraries’ materials, is not just an ILL system. It is a discovery system with all sorts of titles, including ones that cannot be requested via interlibrary loan. Therefore, you might find non-circulating items in Share-It. In such a case, you would need to tell your patron to visit the owning library, or you might be able to have the owning library copy certain pages.

Please contact Dustin Larmore ( or Brenda Hemmelman ( for any questions or concerns about the interlibrary loan process. We are always glad to help.

Happy searching!