Thursday, September 29, 2016

Yankton school encourages reading over summer break with pancakes!

Summer Readers at Stewart School, Yankton
Twenty-seven readers at Stewart School earned Klimisch Kakes (a unique pancake event created by their principal) by reading an average of 20 minutes every day this summer. Their dedication was celebrated at a special breakfast on September 2, 2016 complete with flying pancakes. Dr. Kindle, Superintendent and special guest chef, Mr. Klimisch, principal, and Mrs. Bergeson, librarian, honored their reading efforts with lots of pancake fun and books to keep them reading.

Special Guest Chef, Principal Mr. Klimisch, makes Klimisch Kakes for students.
The State Library also encourages you to have all your students read 20 minutes every day all year round by pledging to read 20, 24/7!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Technology Petting Zoo Giveaway Is a Success!

South Dakota State Library “Technology Petting Zoo” retired in July 2016. It was a program paid for by The South Dakota State Library using LSTA federal funding. The program aimed at providing patrons and library’s access to a variety of e-readers / tablets without the local library having to make the financial investment. It provided many years of great service. In July, IMLS gave the State Library permission to donate the tablets. We offered SD libraries the opportunity to submit proposals for the tablets.

SDSL received a total of 17 proposals from local libraries and all 17 libraries received at least one tablet. A total of 33 tablets were donated to SD public libraries. Below is a letter received by SDSL from Gregory Public Library after receiving their technology from SDSL.

We want to acknowledge and show our appreciate for the iPad 4 recently received from the retired "Technology Petting Zoo." We are grateful to the State Library and IMLS for allowing these items to be shared with South Dakota libraries. This gift certainly will make an impact on our library services for our rural community.

Because of this technology, we will be able to link to our digital projector with east for our many programs throughout the year in stead of moving a desktop computer into our meeting room for each event. We tried this today and it worked well! Also, the Teen Advisory Board members are always busy making Animoto book trailers for their favorite books and we know they will love using the iPad and it will free up the library's network computers for our patrons if they are able to do this.

Many of our patrons have no experience with this type of mobile device and we would like to help train those who purchase an iPad as we have in the past with Kindles and Nooks. Of course we will make it available in house for those teens who would like to use it once we complete our revision of our small teen area.

So, once again, thank you so much for this addition to our equipment and technology. The possibilities of increased service to our patrons have only begun to be explored!


Diane Althoff,
Gregory Public Library

What Library Boards need to know about privacy rights.

photo of old library book card with text: Libraries and Privacy Rights
I want to talk to board members about privacy. Privacy within any library is very important. It is a right and a value we hold dear and respect in the USA. I don’t know if I could state it any better so I will reference the American Library Association’s webpage on “Privacy: An interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.” Here is the link if you wish to read and study the entire page as well as the references cited:

“Privacy is essential to the exercise of free speech, free thought, and free association. The courts have established a First Amendment right to receive information in a publicly funded library. Further, the courts have upheld the right to privacy based on the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution. Many states provide guarantees of privacy in their constitutions and statute law. Numerous decisions in case law have defined and extended rights to privacy.

In a library (physical or virtual), the right to privacy is the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one’s interest examined or scrutinized by others. Confidentiality exists when a library is in possession of personally identifiable information about users and keeps that information private on their behalf.

Protecting user privacy and confidentiality has long been an integral part of the mission of libraries. The ALA has affirmed a right to privacy since 1939. Existing ALA policies affirm that confidentiality is crucial to freedom of inquiry. Rights to privacy and confidentiality also are implicit in the Library Bill of Rights’ guarantee of free access to library resources for all users.”

Are there public or school libraries in this state which are still checking out books by asking the patron or student to sign a card and then return this singular card back to a pocket in that same book? If so, you might check with a local attorney. It is more than likely patently illegal and opens up a community for potential lawsuits and liability issues.

There are inventive ways to manually check-out books without exposing a patron’s identity. Computer systems are handy, facilitate greater usage especially if linked to other systems and are not that expensive these days. However, a computer system is not necessary to safe-guard personal identity. If you have questions, give us a call. 1-800-423-6665. We’d be glad to assist you as you transition to a safer and more secure check-out system.

--Daria Bossman, State Librarian

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Library Fines: Good, Bad, or Forgiven?

Does your library charge fines for overdue items? According to the FY 2015 Public Libraries Survey (your annual reports) 75% of SD public libraries charged fines ranging from $0.05 a week to $0.50 a day.

Do fines motivate patrons to return materials on time or are they keeping your patrons from returning? Fine forgiveness programs that let patrons feel good while doing public good are popping up everywhere. Read more about Fine Forgiveness Programs in Public Libraries Online.

Does your library have a fine forgiveness program? How do you feel about library overdue fines? Take a minute to tell us about it so we can share.

SD Braille & Talking Book Library Summer Reading Sees Growth!

The Braille and Talking Book Library Summer Reading Program ran from June 6 to July 15, 2016 and had 46 youth from ages 3 to 20 participate. This group included 12 braille and 34 audio readers. The program has had a 10% increase in participation since last year. Collaboration with the SD School for the Blind & Visually Impaired and Life Scape has assisted with these increases.

Braille and talking book library summer reading program submissions

Monday, September 12, 2016

Meet the newest SDSL staff member!

Alissa Adams is our new School Library Technology Coordinator replacing Joan Upell. Alissa joins the staff at the State Library all working to bring shared resources and support to every library in the state. The State Library division includes the Braille & Talking Book program, Interlibrary Loan, Digitization, Reference and Support services. She will be one among part of a team of senior librarians who each have areas of expertise and focus.

Alissa Adams, new School Library Technology Coordinator

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Banned Websites Awareness Day

September 28, 2016 Banned Websites Awareness Day

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

To raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries, AASL has designated one day during Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day. On Wednesday, September 30, AASL asks school librarians and other educators to promote an awareness of how overly restrictive filtering affects student learning.

Hotspot software can help you manage library public WiFi

Free WiFi in our public libraries is one of those silent, but important services. Last year visitors used SD public library wireless networks an average of 1,400 times a day! There are some low cost products available that can help you meet the annual reporting requirement for public WiFi usage and at the same time provide other beneficial management features.

There is, for example, a service that will allow libraries to count users as they click through a splash page (that can be set up to display he library’s Internet use policy!); set a limit to the bandwidth available to visitors; and generate usage reports. This one requires a one-time purchase of a $99 pre-configured router and the basic subscription for up to 500 sessions per month is free. Others have features that can protect patron privacy by blocking user device information and some can keep library-owned devices out of public WiFi session counts.

The State Library has been collecting vendor information for a variety of these products. Contact the Data Coordinator if you wish to learn more.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Read An eBook Day is coming soon!

Mark your calendar for September 16th! This will be the third annual International Read an eBook Day.

Spread the word to your patrons and encourage them to show the power of reading by using the using the hashtag #eBookLove on social media. SD Titles to Go provider OverDrive is also planning some exciting things and has a media kit to help you spread the word.