Thursday, October 27, 2016

21st Century School Library Award: Twelve Librarians Recognized

The South Dakota State Library recognized the 12 recipients of the 21st Century School Library Award for 2016 at the annual Systems Change Conference Oct. 14 in Oacoma. The State Library annually recognizes school libraries for providing leadership in meeting the educational needs of 21st Century students and staff.
Pierre's Georgia Morse Middle School Librarian Renae Lehman with Department of Education Secretary Melody Schopp.
Pierre's Georgia Morse Middle School Librarian Renae Lehman
with Department of Education Secretary Melody Schopp.

National Teens Top Ten Books Announced

YALSA has announced their 2016 Teens' Top Ten titles:

  • Alive by Chandler Baker
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.
  • The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
  • The Novice: Summoner: Book One by Taran Matharu.
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
  • When by Victoria Laurie
  • Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

More information featuring the winning titles can be found on the Teens’ Top Ten page.

Now through December 31, 2016, teens aged 12-18 can nominate their favorite titles to be considered as a 2017 Teens’ Top Ten nominee via the public nomination form. Book title nominations submitted in the current year will be used for consideration of the following year’s list of nominees. For books to be eligible for consideration, they must be published between January 1– December 31, 2016.

Several of titles on the YALSA list are also nominees for the 2016-2017 YARP/SD Teen Choice Book Awards. Voting is open now through April 1, 2017. Find more information at

Pew Libraries 2016 study shows users have new expectations for library services

Anybody who has been working in libraries for a few years recognizes that usage patterns are changing. The new Pew Libraries 2016 study shows that creating a safe place for children, creating educational opportunities for all ages, sparking creativity in young people, and providing training for new tech tools score high as contributions that public libraries make to communities.

What do public libraries of the (near) future look like? Libraries 2016 survey respondents rated how important they felt some changes in library technology services and spaces. Many of our SD public libraries are already hosting programs that teach digital skills, adding tech tools like 3D printers, and weeding out-of-date collections to make room for comfortable reading and meeting spaces.

Large majority says that libraries should have programs to teach digital skills; many hope they provide comfortable reading and working spaces. Following percentages of US adults (ages 16 and older) say libraries should definitely: 80% offer programs to teach people how to use digital tools. 57% have more comfortable spaces for reading, working and relaxing. 50% buy 3D printers and other digital tools to allow people to learn how to use them. 24% move some print books and stacks out of public locations to free up more space for tech centers, reading rooms, etc. Source: Survey conducted March 7-April 4 2016. "Libraries 2016" PEW RESEARCH CENTER.

Understanding the public appeal of libraries can help you make your case to stakeholders. Staying on top of changing user expectations can help the library stay relevant. What keeps people coming to libraries? Find out more from Pew’s Libraries 2016 report.

Gregory Public Library innovates with South Dakota Titles to Go

What do you do when your patrons have read all of your large print books? Or when your western-loving reader is far outside of his comfort zone reading large print steamy romances? At the Gregory Public Library, using donated funds, we started a pilot project to loan out two Kindle Paperwhite devices through our Books on Wheels program. First, of course, the trustees developed the loan policy. Since we deliver and collect their books anyways, this type of loan did not seem too risky.

elderly gentleman reading on an e-reading device

Next we approached two of our shut-ins to see if they would volunteer as guinea pigs, er, um, test readers. Then, the staff prepared large print handouts for troubleshooting and trained the patrons in using the device. Since we have already been choosing books for them for over two years, we are able to load titles that interest them on the Kindles using their registration barcode and SD Titles to Go.

Our 99-year-old reader still misses her hardcover books, but admits that the Paperwhite is much lighter and easier to hold. Instead of reading one book per week that may not interest her, she is now reading up to five titles that fall into her genre. Overall, we have found this project to be a success and hope to add more devices as funds become available.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

CHAOS Come to Douglas Middle School

The Rapid City Public Library Makerspace (CHAOS) Manager: Stephen Tafoya and Teen Librarian: Taylor Calderon came to the Douglas Middle School Library to present a makerspace workshop with the middle school students 6 – 8. The students were able to participate in a "Stop Motion Studio" movie tournament. The Rapid City Public Library provided the iPad and all of the Makerspace equipment including: PlayDoh, LEGOs and action figures. The Douglas Middle School Librarian Melissa Hubbell appreciates being able to partner with her public library for such events, including summer reading.

Rapid City Public Library Makerspace (CHAOS) Manager: Stephen Tafoya and Teen Librarian: Taylor Calderon
Rapid City Public Library Makerspace (CHAOS) Manager: Stephen Tafoya
and Teen Librarian: Taylor Calderon
Students participating in stop motion movie contest - using LEGOS
Boys participating in stop motion movie contest - using iPads and LEGOS
Students participating in stop motion movie contest - using LEGOS
Girls participating in stop motion movie contest - using iPads and  LEGOS
Students participating in stop motion movie contest - using iPads and Play-Doh
Students participating in stop motion movie contest - using iPads and Play-Doh
Students participating in stop motion movie contest - using iPads.
Students participating in stop motion movie contest - using iPads.

Book Club to Go!

Does your library lend out book club kits? Make sure everybody knows.  

Start your Own Book Club (sign)

Alexander Mitchell Public Library book bag

Book Club collection - bagged and on display for patrons

Alexander Mitchell Public Library (Aberdeen) keeps their book club collection already bagged and on display for patrons to browse.

Keep your computer skills up to date with Learning Express Library

Take a look at Learning Express Library’s newly updated, mobile-friendly Computer Skills Module. Video captions and course transcripts are downloadable.

Microsoft Windows 10 courses are now included, with a “What’s New” video and tutorials for basic, intermediate and advanced skill levels.

Learning Express Library contains practice tests, tutorials and ebooks for academic and career success for grades 4 through adult. Each user must create his or her own confidential account with the program to use it.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The importance of school librarians

Recently in the MINITEX Reference News newsletter Beth Staats mentioned an article on school librarians. Now that school is back in full swing, we want to recognize the value of school librarians to students and teachers in support of the learning process. Many schools in South Dakota are not fortunate enough to have a school librarian. It is also important that, when possible, the school librarian and public librarian work together to provide resources. The article, "Don't overlook your school librarian, they're the unsung heroes of literacy," written by Sally Dring, stresses the value of utilizing the school librarian.

Mango Languages updates German Unit I, offers library stats

Mango Languages, the language learning eresource that contains courses for over 70 lanuages, has enriched its German Unit 1 by including new vocabulary, more in-depth grammar explanations and new culture notes. Chapter reviews, quizzes and tests are updated to reflect the changes.

mango languages logo

If you are currently studying German Unit 1, your progress will be reset to the first lesson of the chapter you were in.

The new version will launch when you access on a computer or laptop. To get the new version for an iOS device, download the latest app update from the app store. To get the new version for an Android device, press the back button on the app until you exit, and then start the app again.

Want to track your library’s Mango usage? Mango rep Meagan Snavely,, will give you a link to post on your website, so you can see how many patrons are working on which languages.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Get the word out about e-resources!

The State Library subscribes to 51 databases for your patrons to use at no charge! But how do you let your patrons know about them? They remain hidden unless you promote them.

The vendors offer a variety of materials you can customize and print to use with your patrons. These include logos, posters, brochures, and bookmarks. Look for the words “marketing” or “promotion” on these pages:

AncestryLibrary, HeritageQuest, ProQuest Research Library, SIRS Discoverer, SIRS Issues Researcher:

AncestryLibrary, HeritageQuest, Sanborn Maps:

Gale Virtual Reference Library & Chilton Library:

Mango Languages:

New Early Literacy App from Colorado

CO Play & Learn is a new app created by Colorado libraries designed for parents and caregivers to use with young children. The app provides access to tips and activity cards that help young children get ready to read and start them on the path to lifelong learning. There are three age ranges to choose from upon opening the app: baby, toddler and preschooler. The adult then selects one of the key 5 early learning skills identified by the Every Child Read to Read (R) program - Reading, Writing, Talking, Singing, and Playing. They are then presented with a tip about early literacy and slide the card over for an activity idea that can be done on the spot or at a later time. A resource page is also included with links to helpful sites and more information about early learning.

CO Play and Learn App logo

The app is 100% FREE (no in-app purchases) and available for both iOS and Android devices.