Friday, April 29, 2016

Fiction and Non-fiction Titles for Visually Impaired Students

If you have a visually impaired student in your classroom and are seeking ways to be more inclusive, the Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) has materials that can help you. In addition to assisting your district with acquiring large print or braille textbooks, the BTBL has a collection of recorded books similar to a public library collection.

What else can I do with my Public Libraries Survey statistics? Part #2

Here’s an easy way to share your library’s statistics with trustees, city/county commissioners, and your community. We have a simple, preformatted tri-fold pamphlet that automatically merges your library’s key annual report statistics.

  1. Download the file. 
  2. Add your library’s logo, photos, service hours, anything you want. 
  3. Print and pass it out! 
How do I do this? (PDF)

For more ideas about what you can do with your library’s data, visit the SDSL Statistics webpage.

School Library Survey ends May 13

There’s no need to wait until the May 13 deadline or even the last day of school to submit your district’s School Library Survey. Contact Joan Upell, email or Shawn Behrends, email for any extra help you need and cross this task off of your end of the year “to do” list early.

Friday, April 22, 2016

What else can I do with my Public Libraries Survey statistics? Part #1

You spent hours gathering them and filling out your annual report. Get some extra miles out of those annual report statistics by using this easy tool to calculate your library’s return on investment (ROI). Libraries all over the country are borrowing this concept from the business world to show per capita “value” of library expenditures.

Download this simple Excel calculator file, fill in our library’s service statistics, plug in your library’s total operating expenditures and “voila!”, you can say that for every dollar spent on the public library, your community received a return on investment of X dollars.

For more ideas about what you can do with your library’s data, visit the SDSL Statistics webpage.

Boot Camp 2016: It’s all about Primary Sources in the 21st Century School Library

  • What is a primary source?
  • Where can I find primary sources to use with my students?
  • How do I integrate primary sources into my lessons?
Find the answers to these questions and more at the State Library in Pierre from July 18-21 during Boot Camp 2016.

Friday, April 15, 2016

2016 YARP/SD Teen Choice Book Award Winners

Congratulations to this year’s YARP/SD Teen Choice Book Award winners.

High School:

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Winner: Half Bad by Sally Green
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Runner Up: Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy

Middle School:

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Middle School Winner: El Deafo by Cece Bell
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Runner Up: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

2016 Prairie Bud & Prairie Pasque Winners

With 1624 votes, Outfoxed by Mike Twohy, is the winner of the 2016 Prairie Bud Award.

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Outfoxed by Mike Twohy
Duke by Kirby Larson is the winner of the 2016 Prairie Pasque Award with 1215 votes.
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Duke by Kirby Larson

The runners up are The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein respectively.

Annual reports aren’t just for libraries

Many public librarians and school librarians are working on their annual reports that are due to the State Library. However, libraries aren’t the only ones working on annual reports this time of year.

Many South Dakota state agencies are required by law to submit an annual report. The State Library runs the state publications library distribution program, and state agencies by law must submit paper and electronic reports to be added to our physical and digital collections.

Last month, SDSL received annual reports from Game, Fish, and Parks, Tourism, Animal Industry Board, Department of Revenue, and Department of Labor & Regulation. Annual reports can be requested through interlibrary loan. Annual reports are also available full text in our state agency digital collections repository at While you are there, check out the growing collection of state agency historical publications.

Friday, April 8, 2016

National Library Week Celebrations

The South Dakota State Library joins libraries in schools, colleges, and communities across the nation in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today's libraries. April 10-16 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians, and library staff and volunteers.

Interlibrary loan end of school year reminders

As the school year will soon be drawing to a close, SDSL would like to remind school libraries to return interlibrary loan materials as soon as possible.

For all types of libraries, ILL is a wonderful privilege, but if lending libraries do not receive their materials back, they will not be willing to loan them out again. If an ILL book is lost, it is the borrowing library’s responsibility to pay for the lost book. This applies even if the book never showed up at your library.

The State Library mediates interlibrary loan requests for many school and public libraries throughout the state. Remember that if you have overdue ILL materials, SDSL will not order any new materials until the overdue items are returned.

Visit our Interlibrary Loan Services page at

Missed the Jump Start Summer Reading Workshops?

If you weren't able to make it to one of the eight Jump Start summer reading workshops this year, you can find the mini-manual, flyers, and other helpful hints on the Jump Start website.

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Make sure your summer reading program is ready to be the best with all of tools that the Collaborative Summer Library Program has to offer. Other than the amazing manual, visit their website at to find advertising tools like PSAs from author Kate DiCamillo and summer reading loss information.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Mango Languages Sparks Activity and Event Ideas

Since many of our holidays have roots in other countries, why not tie in language learning with Mango Languages? Mango now offers instruction in 71 languages. Your non-English speakers can use Mango's "Learn English" section, with 19 languages represented. Mango's Specialty Courses provide information, such as Legal Spanish, Medical Spanish and Spanish for Librarians, and fun, such as Pirate, Shakespearean English, and Oktoberfest.
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Transform your library program during School Library Month

April is School Library Month: School Libraries Transform Learning!

Celebrations are great but you may also want to set aside some professional time for yourself. Use the 21st Century School Library Self-Assessment tool and see just where your program needs some transformative work. Catch up on the news about the Every Student Succeeds Act. And don’t miss the updates to the Year of the Learning Commons information to help you build a virtual presence too.

Cornerstone Satisfaction Survey

Tell us what you think of the new Cornerstone by taking a short, 4 question survey.

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