Wednesday, June 29, 2016

College & Career Prep in Small, Rural & Tribal Libraries

YALSA was awarded $305,000 by IMLS to implement a 3 year project to work with staff at small, rural and tribal libraries to plan and implement college and career readiness services for the middle schoolers in their communities. YALSA will partner with the Association of Rural and Small libraries to provide continuing education and other support to library staff. Learn more at

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Do you have patrons who tell you that they don’t like to “read” audio books because they can’t concentrate? Not everyone is comfortable “reading” audiobooks. Part of the reason is that listening and reading are processed by different parts of the brain. You can help them “train” their brain to listen by suggesting that they read a print (regular or large print) book at the same time that they are listening to the audiobook. This is a helpful hint for both patrons who love to read and are losing their vision and for patrons who are learning English as a second language.

Patrons who are finding it more difficult to read large print are qualified to be patrons of the Braille and Talking Book Library. You can help them transition by suggesting that they start reading large print and audio in combination. Contact the Braille and Talking Book Library for more suggestions and to determine if an audio copy of the next book that the patron wants to read is available. (1-800-423-6665 press 1)

2016 Teen Read Week™ Resources

The 2016 TRW site launched during National Library Week, and has everything you need to plan a great literacies event. This year TRW is being celebrated Oct. 9 – 15 with a multilingual “Read for the Fun of it Theme.” Access the free planning resources, sign up for a free webinar, and order your official TRW products at

In South Dakota Teen Read Week also kicks off the YARP/SD Teen Choice Book Award voting. The newly released voting list is available at

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

CSLP Allies have helpful tools for your summer reading programs

CSLP is pleased to have Read Aloud as our their newest ally. With 10,000 partners, Read Aloud encourages reading to your child daily. CSLP & Read Aloud offer co-branded parent handouts and booklists on their site also. Check out at

Poster: on your mark get set read!  Poster: Collaborative Summer Library Program's booklist for ages 6-8

Siouxland Library staff facilitate a marriage proposal

Siouxland Library staff has been hosting trivia night at Monk’s House of Ale Repute in Sioux Falls since March 2014. It has been one of their most successful adult programs and has turned an otherwise quiet Tuesday night at Monk’s into one of their busiest nights of the month. It started with trivia night every 3rd month to every other month to now monthly, on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. There are usually around 90 attendees and often people are turned away.

Summer Titles for Teens

The 2016 Teens’ Top Ten nominees were announced the week of April 11th for National Library Week.
Teens Top Ten - Young Adult Library Services Association

Libraries can encourage teens to read these titles from now throughout the summer, and then vote for their favorites online beginning in August. To download a free Teens’ Top Ten Toolkit, visit

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Welcome Steven Buras to the South Dakota State Library!

The State Library is pleased to announce that after a year-long search we have hired a new Assistant State Librarian. Our previous Assistant State Librarian was Colleen Kirby who retired in March, 2015. Steven Buras comes to us from Louisiana. He previously was a librarian at Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales, LA. He graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, in August of 2015 with a Masters in Library and Information Science degree. Prior to entering the library field, Steven was in retail management & marketing research for seven years graduating from LSU with a Bachelor’s of Science in marketing in 2005. His wife, Sarah, is also a librarian and toddler son, Graeme, join Steven settling here in Pierre. They enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, hiking, and adventure. Steven personally enjoys rock hounding, planting trees and star gazing. They are looking forward to exploring South Dakota more in their spare time as well as being able to travel to many National Parks in the region.

Steven and his family lived in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. They relocated to Houston, TX and returned to Louisiana a year later. Sarah, also an LSU graduate, has worked as a law librarian focused on digitization using Digital Commons, but will be a stay-at-home mom for the time being. Steven will oversee the daily operations of our physical and digital library as well as the Braille and Talking Book Services. Steven will supervise both the staff and operations of Access Services and the Braille and Talking Book Library. Access Services’ team leaders are Brenda Hemmelman, Collection and Digital Services and Interlibrary/Circulation and Nina Mentzel oversees cataloging/ metadata and currently the systems transition. Dorothy Liegl, our interim BTB program team leader will be leaving us later this summer.

Please give a warm South Dakota welcome to Steven. His first day here at the State Library was May 24th. He will be formally introduced to our State Library board at our July meeting here in Pierre. He will also make brief appearances at the Public Library Institute and at the School Library Boot camp later this summer. However, for most of our fellow librarians, your opportunity to meet Steven will be at the SDLA conference in Watertown this September or give him a call at 605-773-5051. His email address is:

World Book Advanced goes mobile

You may have noticed some changes to World Book Advanced, the school edition encyclopedia for high school through adult. World Book Advanced now has a layout similar to World Book Student and is responsive to whatever device you are using. The pages are meant to be a one-stop shop with images and media on the left and text on the right. The page has tabs for other information. World Book Advanced has added more online books from Project Gutenberg and more primary sources. They are not searchable as they were in the old version, but they are linked to relevant topics and appear under the “Related Information” tab. Unfortunately, ebooks no longer allow World Book tools such as read-aloud, but many devices have built-in read-aloud and other features to compensate. Teaching with Documents is now found under “Research & Resources” in the upper right, along with Atlas, Pathfinders, Timelines and other favorite features. These pages now have the same format as the article pages. Educator Tools are found under the “For Educators” link at the bottom of the page. World Book is creating new video tutorials, and we will let you know when those are available.

World Book Advanced screenshot

Join us for the 5th School Library Summit

All are welcome to join us for the 5th School Library Summit on July 21 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (CT) at the State Library in Pierre. The Summit is a forum of brainstorming and setting goals for the future of school libraries in South Dakota. These goals will guide the collaborative work of the SD Library Association School Section and the State Library for the next year.

For the agenda and information from past Summits take a look at the wiki

All Boot Camp 2016 students will attend the Summit as part of class time. Others, please RSVP by sending an email to Joan Upell, email.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Rethinking Summer Programs

Read YALSA's latest position paper "Adopting a Summer Learning Approach for Increased Impact" for a rationale for why libraries need to rethink their traditional summer reading programming in order to better meet the serious needs and diverse interests of today’s youth, especially underserved audiences. The paper also includes recommended strategies libraries can take transform their summer programming, as well as a list of selected resources. Access this free resource at

Looking for free professional development this summer?

WebJunction and edWeb are two excellent sources of free virtual professional development that you will want to add to your summer calendar. WebJunction focuses on all types of libraries and library-related topics. At edWeb you'll find libraries and all education-related topics. Both platforms offer live as well as archived events with a focus on technology. All you need is a device and an internet connection to participate!