Friday, January 22, 2016

Some “fun” statistics from the FY2014 South Dakota Public Libraries Survey

More than two-thirds of libraries have a two-week circulation period for books.

A new kind of “buddy reading” program

Inspired by a story of a Seattle preschool program in a retirement home, a new trend is just starting to emerge in libraries around the country: holding storytime at retirement homes so that the children can interact with the elderly. Bringing young children into the nursing homes invigorates the retirement home residents and provides a much needed connection between the generations. If you have a nursing home or retirement home in your community, give this program a try and let us know what your results are.

Looking forward to second semester events

It's time to check your calendars for upcoming second semester events!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Project Outcome

This past September at the State of the State Library address, I spoke about an upcoming opportunity South Dakota's public libraries that would allow them to gain insight and knowledge about their services and effectiveness in reaching our community. One of those is called Project Outcome and for the time being, it is free. To date only one library has taken the challenge—Vermillion Public Library. This is an online tool with short, on-the-spot surveys for program attendees to take at the conclusion of a program! Pre-made surveys already exist for the following programs: early childhood literacy, education/lifelong learning, digital inclusion, job skill training, economic development, civic/community engagement, and/or summer reading.

Libraries Transform: Because transformation is essential to the communities we serve

The American Library Association has launched a new public awareness campaign: Libraries Transform. Get involved by simply adding an image to your library’s website, Facebook page, school newsletter, etc. Learn more about the campaign, sign up to receive updates (scroll to bottom to subscribe), and find helpful promotional tools.

Get Ready for the 2016 Teen Tech Week™!

YALSA has everything your library needs to plan great Teen Tech Week activities for March 6th – 12th. Join YALSA in celebrating the A in STEAM with the “create it at your library” theme!

You can also keep your teens involved in reading & voting for the YARP/SD Teen Choice Book Awards through April 1st!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Every Student Succeeds Act includes language about school libraries

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes language about school libraries and librarians. It was signed into federal law on Dec. 10 and replaces the No Child Left Behind legislation from 2002.

Although ESSA will not go into effect until the 2016-2017 school year, now is the time to keep up on the impact for school libraries and your local school district. Here are a few links to get you started: a School Library Journal article, an overview from the American Library Association, and some information from SD DOE.

South Dakota Children's Book and Teen Book Award Nominees

Prairie Bud, Prairie Pasque and YARP Award Nominees are now available in audio format for visually impaired students and those who cannot use traditional print books because of physical disability. Students who would like to participate by reading books from the lists and voting for their favorites can participate with their classmates or individually. For the list of available (or soon to be available) books please visit our website.

New systems for the South Dakota State Library and for the entire State


The South Dakota State Library migrated our records to our new integrated library system (ILS), Book System Inc.'s Atriuum this past summer. SDSL began using the new system for circulation in early August.

South Dakota Share-It

SDSL staff is implementing a discovery layer from Auto-Graphics. This new discovery/overlay and interlibrary loan interface, South Dakota Share-It, will allow simultaneous searching of multiple SD library catalogs (up to 100) and all e-resources licensed by SDSL (full-text included) to be searched in one federated search in a simple search interface. This should allow for greater and easier access to current full-text reference and magazine resources that will result in less need for inter-library loan of book/print materials saving time and money, most especially for schools.

Resolve to learn more about e-resources in the new year

Subscription e-resources provided free by the State Library to all citizens of the state promote life-long learning, but how do you learn how to use them? See the State Library website Event calendar in the right sidebar. Red dates have some kind of training, including free vendor webinars.

For details on each e-resource, see the Online Resources page. Beside every e-resource title is a brief description. If there is a blue [i] icon (see image to the right), click for more information, including SDSL Libraries’ Guides.Contact Jane Healy, email, State Library Digital Resources Coordinator, for more information.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Movies to entertain require license

Whether your library is a public or school library, the movies you show for entertainment require that you pay a performance license fee. (In schools, showing a movie or movie clips for instructional purposes may be allowed under fair use.) Annual or special event licenses are available. See information from Movie Licensing USA for public libraries and school libraries. The FAQ and other information on the page give guidance.

“On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” with Jump Start 2016!

Announcing the 2016 Jump Start summer reading workshops. Choose from one of eight locations at a library near you.

  • February 25th: Custer County Library or Beresford Public Library
  • February 26th: Watertown Regional Library, Yankton Community Library, or Huron Public Library
  • March 3rd: Rawlins Municipal Library (Pierre)
  • March 4th: Grace Balloch Memorial Library (Spearfish) or Alexander Mitchell Public Library (Aberdeen)

All workshops will be 10 am – 3 pm, local time, with a break for lunch. The local site will coordinate lunch. Each person registering should bring a craft, activity, or game to share with the group. Each person should register separately. Each registrant will receive a kit of sample activities and supplies.

Register today!

Upcoming legislative session

The 91st South Dakota Legislative Session will open at noon (CST) on Tuesday, January 12th with Governor Daugaard’s 2016 State of the State message. You can find the Legislative Calendar here.

Follow all things Legislature and listen in on committee hearings and House and Senate floor debates online.

SD Library Association Legislative Day will be held on Wednesday, January 20. You can find the agenda for the day on the SDLA website. The SD State Library accreditation ceremony for libraries obtaining voluntary accreditation will be held that afternoon in the Capitol Rotunda.

What’s the Big Headliner in South Dakota?

We keep hearing "libraries are changing," and it is true that the landscape of services, resources and activities are shifting at an ever-increasing speed. It is also a fact that while general questions, circulation of print materials and library visits are declining nationally, South Dakotans are bucking those trends in most all areas. Library programs for children are up a whopping 48% in the past decade in South Dakota! Attendance at those programs (actual head counts) is up 33%. Even library visits are up 10% in our state differing from a slight downturn on the national scene. In the past year program attendance continues to rise as does computer usage. However, the real headliner both nationally and in our state is the circulation of e-books. The counts are accurate and stunning--circulation of e-books rose a startling 22% this past year! Ask any library director in South Dakota (85 of them) who has a South Dakota Titles to Go subscription, and they will tell you that offering e-books to their citizens was the biggest boost to their circulation and often at the core of their library's resurgence within the community. Clearly South Dakotans are reading and using their public libraries as community ‘living rooms' to engage fellow citizens in conversation and dialogue. It is exciting to behold! Incidentally, e-book access covers about 85% of our state.