Friday, October 13, 2017

SD State Library Launches LibGuides Page

The SD State Library has launched a new SD State Library Services LibGuides page. This LibGuides page serves to bring many different links on the SDSL website into one section for easier navigation. Look for it on the left menu bar of the SDSL homepage

We hope that this page will make it easier for our visitors to find information on our website. Please visit our various LibGuides and feel free to provide us with feedback. You can contact the author of the page using the contact information listed or send a message to

Pronunciator and ProCitizen electronic resources now available

The South Dakota State Library is happy to announce that the language learning program Pronunciator, and a naturalization test module, ProCitizen are now available through the SDSL website. You can access these resources inside the library, or outside the library with your library card.

Photo of language books on keyboard with text: SDSL is proud to announce a new e-resource... Pronunciator

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fed Doc of the Month - October

The SD State Library is a federal depository library and provides access to print and electronic federal government publications. Print publications are available via interlibrary loan. Electronic publications are linked from the state library online catalog.

Dakota Access Pipeline map

Three environmental assessment titles on the Dakota Access Pipeline are available electronically from the SD State Library catalog.

Dakota Access Pipeline Project, Dakota Access, LLC : U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service environmental assessment, grassland and wetland easement crossings.
by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, - [2016]

Environmental assessment : Dakota Access Pipeline Project, crossings of flowage easements and federal lands / prepared on behalf of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -- Omaha district.
by Dakota Access, LLC, - [2016]

Final environmental assessment : Dakota Access Pipeline Project, section 408 consent for crossing federally authorized projects and federal flowage easements / prepared by Dakota Access, LLC ; prepared for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District.
by Dakota Access, LLC - [2016]

Friday, September 29, 2017

SD Share-It Turned One Year Old in July

Happy Birthday, South Dakota Share-It! One Year Old, July 2017

South Dakota Share-It is a service of the South Dakota State Library. This service is provided at NO COST to participating libraries. The South Dakota Share-It network allows users to search library catalogs wherever they have internet access. Authenticated users (users holding a valid library card at a participating library) will be able to search the catalog + the subscription e-resources provided by the SD State Library. All other libraries and patrons that have a SD State Library barcode/password will be able to login and search the subscription e-resources.

This network allows individual libraries to have their own ILS (integrated library system/catalog) and still be able to search multiple catalog and electronic resources at one time, as well as participate in statewide interlibrary loan.


All participating libraries sign an agreement and work with the SD State Library on implementation.

South Dakota Share It Logo - Interlibrary loan e-resources

Currently, there are 38 public libraries, 18 school/combo libraries, 17 academic libraries and 5 special libraries in South Dakota Share-It. We have 22 spaces to fill to make our goal of 100 libraries.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Nina Mentzel [] or telephone 605-280-6911 at the State Library.


As part of South Dakota Share-It, patron authentication is provided for electronic resources licensed through the SD State Library.

What this means for libraries:
  • In-house use:
    • If your library/patrons access electronic resources via South Dakota Share-It OR the SDSL web page - access will be by ip authentication, click and go
    • If your library/patrons access electronic resources via links on your library web page copied from the SDSL web page – you will need to make sure you are using the links provided on the SDSL web page here: [] - access will be by ip authentication, click and go
    • If your library/patrons access electronic resources via links on your library web page using your own authentication system (i.e. EZproxy) – access will be through that system
  • Remote access (out of library or off-campus):
    • If your library/patrons access electronic resources via South Dakota Share-It OR the SDSL web page – access will be by barcode/password
    • If your library/patrons access electronic resources via links on your library web page copied from the SDSL web page – you will need to make sure you are using the links provided on the SDSL web page here: [] - access will be by barcode/password
    • If your library/patrons access electronic resources via links on your library web page using your own authentication system (i.e. EZproxy) – access will be by your system login
Please contact Nina Mentzel, [], or David Bradford, [], with any questions regarding authentication.


  • If you request interlibrary loan materials through the SD State Library you will request those materials via South Dakota Share-It
  • If your library is participating in South Dakota Share-It, your library will process interlibrary loan requests directly in South Dakota Share-It

Instructions for logging in and placing requests are available on the SDSL web page.

Please contact Dustin Larmore, [] or Brenda Hemmelman, [], with any questions regarding interlibrary loan.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Banned Books Week

by Missy Koester, Director, Haakon Community Library
Edited by Shawn Behrends, SDSL

This week we, as librarians and directors, have the opportunity to open our public’s eyes to what kind of books are being banned or challenged. It’s not books that give step-by-step instructions on how to skin a live cat, or build a bomb. No, it’s more likely a book that exposes society’s secrets, makes you reevaluate your beliefs, teaches you about other cultures, or to quote a friend, “drags you kicking and screaming into the 21st century”.

interactive display of banned books hidden by brown paper bags with clues and images of fire

The first year I was here I put up an interactive display of banned books. My husband helped me decorate it with black plastic table cloths and letters made of flames. We set up books that had been banned or challenged (even burned) and then covered them with paper bags. We wrote the reason they were banned on the bag. In order to find out the name of the book that was banned they had to lift the bag.

WHAT? Little House on the Prairie? Where the Wild Things Are? The Holy Bible? Hop on Pop??

It was a HIT! Patrons wanted to see for themselves if it had reason to be challenged or banned or burned. I couldn’t keep up the demand for those books, and it was fabulous!

So here is my challenge to you. Put up a Banned Book Display. Make it interactive. Give your public something tangible to discuss.

Read Missy’s entire banned books article below:

Friday, September 15, 2017

School Library Deadlines and Events for 2017-2018 - Mark Your Calendars!




Check out this link from AASL for other school library related dates/events:

Save lots of planning time by using this doc. “Library Celebrations and Reading & Learning Promotions Throughout The Year” from Shannon McClintock Miller (who is this year’s keynote at the SDLA conference!)

Update: School Library Standards Review

On August 17-18, 2017 twelve members from the School Library Standards Review Work Group met in Pierre to begin the process of reviewing and revising the current 2010 School Library Standards.

Work consisted of establishing goals, discussion, and reviewing strands and standards by grade span (elementary, middle, and high).

The South Dakota Standards revision process and timeline is adopted by the State Board of Education for review of standards in all contents. This review process allows stakeholders to review current standards and make adjustments to the standards on a 5-7 year rotation. To view the main DOE content area review page, visit:

The general timeline for School Library content standards review process looks like this:

  • Summer 2017: Begin revising
  • 2017-18 School Year: Revision & gather feedback
  • Summer 2018: Finalize standards
  • 2018-19 School Year: Public hearings & adoption

For more information and to provide feedback, visit:

Friday, September 8, 2017

Federal Document of the Month

The SD State Library is a federal depository library and provides access to print and electronic federal government publications. Print publications are available via interlibrary loan. Electronic publications are linked from the state library online catalog.

The Homestake Gold Mine, located in the northern Black Hills, South Dakota.
'In 1874, the Custer expedition discovered placer gold in French Creek, near the present village of Custer, in the southern Black Hills. When word of the presence of gold in the Black Hills reached the outside world, the gold rush was on.'
Truly the start of something very big!
US Geological Survey Bulletin 1857-J (size: 60Mb)
The Homestake Gold Mine, an Early Proterozoic iron-formation-hosted gold deposit, Lawrence County, South Dakota
Peek inside to page J1 and J2.

Why didn't I think of that?

Library statistics + floor plan = cool infographic

By now we all recognize the power of infographics to communicate information in a memorable way. We love how this library combined their library use statistics with their floor plan to show off a multifunctional and busy place. Far more engaging than representing the information in the usual table or graph!
This one was made with Adobe Illustrator, but you could use Publisher from your from your Microsoft Office suite to make your own floor plan infographic. If you try this, please share it with us.

Friday, September 1, 2017

SD State Library federal documents program receives a visit

SD State Library received a visit in July from Jaime Hays, Outreach Librarian from the Government Publishing Office in Washington DC, and Alicia Kubas, regional Federal Documents Librarian from the University of Minnesota. The two were touring South Dakota’s federal depository libraries.

SD State Library has been a federal depository library since 1973. The library has transitioned to a mostly electronic depository. Items in the physical collection include anything related to South Dakota, tribes, agriculture etc. Records for physical and electronic documents are made available in the library catalog. Federal documents can be checked out by state employees and borrowed through interlibrary loan.
Left to right: Jaime Hays, Outreach Librarian, GPO; Barb Nickolas, SDSL Gov Docs Library Associate,
Alicia Kubas, Regional Gov Docs Librarian from MN, and Brenda Hemmelman, SDSL Docs Librarian
The visit included discussion of changes happening in Washington, ideas for collection promotion, review of the collection itself, and review of SDSL’s selection profile.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Updates from Young Adult Library Services Association

Get Ready for Back to School!

book cover of STEM and Making
YALSA’s Top Reads: STEM and Making is a compilation of the best articles, blog posts, and other resources aimed at helping make STEM programming easy for you to implement at your library.  It’s available for $29 as a digital download (your choice of .pdf, epub or mobi file).  ALA/YALSA members get a 10% discount.

Plan a Great Teen Read Week™

We have everything libraries need to plan great TRW activities at  This year’s theme features storytelling, which is a great opportunity for libraries to engage teens around the reading/writing connection.  Join YALSA in celebrating, Oct. 8 – 14!

Encourage Teens to Vote for their Favorite Books!

The 2017 Teens’ Top Ten nominated titles have been posted online since April.  Beginning Aug. 15th and running through Teen Read Week™, please help YALSA by encouraging the teens in your state to go online and vote for their favorite books. The link to the voting site will be accessible from

Friday, August 18, 2017

Did you know that other South Dakota librarians count on you to keep accurate service statistics for your library?

Every year many of your colleagues use the statistics from their peer libraries. Librarians use annual report statistics to evaluate their services or support requests for things like larger material budgets, bigger spaces, more open hours and staff positions. Last year the State Library received at least 20 librarian requests for assistance in supporting data-driven decisions.

bar graph with indicators for WiFi, CD/DVD, Books, Programs, Walk-In

If keeping a daily tally isn’t practical, estimating library statistics such as visits, public computer sessions, and WiFi use is acceptable.

October is an excellent “typical” month for estimating library service statistics.

Pick two weeks to track and multiply by 26 for the statistical annual report.

Contact the State Library Data Coordinator [] to find out how we can help you put those annual report statistics to work.

You don’t have to go it alone to host great library programs

Lisa Martin, children’s librarian and Madison Public Library, said that two of their most popular programs this summer were a result of partnerships with the community.

Woman assisting young man using sewing machine
Learning how to operate a sewing machine.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Option for MLS Degree in South Dakota

Emporia State University is coming to Sioux Falls this autumn. The ESU-SLIM program (The School of Library and Information Management) offers a 36-credit-hour MLS degree, fully accredited by the American Library Association. MLS courses are designed to meet the needs of traditional and non-traditional students and are currently taught in seven locations: Denver, Emporia, Overland Park, Portland, Salt Lake City, and now Sioux Falls.

This program also offers an online 18-credit-hour Archives Studies and a School Library Media Specialist certificate. All students go through classes as a cohort, which optimizes the academic support system and provides a professional network that includes over 250 SLIM alumni in the region. All required courses are taught face-to-face in two weekend-intensive classes supplemented by online instruction. Admissions requirements include a BA or BS degree, all official undergraduate transcripts, and an admissions interview. The School Library Media specialist courses are currently being reviewed by the SD Department of Education and are expected to meet DOE state certification/endorsement requirements.

For more information about the SLIM program, faculty, curriculum, and application process please go to or contact Mary G. Johnson at
And for additional information about other quality programs in the area, contact Alissa Adams, School Library Technology Coordinator at the SD State Library at 605. 295.3152 or

Another Route to Library Media Endorsement

It is now possible for certified teachers to gain endorsement in library media via successful completion of the state designated content test. In South Dakota, this test is the Praxis test.

A Library Media Specialist endorsement can still be gained through successful completion of accredited coursework. In South Dakota there are two options: Black Hills State University offers a library media minor/endorsement which is exclusively online; and Emporia State University will offer a SD endorsement via their MLS (Masters of Library Science) coursework either on the Augustana campus or online.

For more information, visit or contact Alissa Adams,, School Library Technology Coordinator at the SD State Library.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Let’s Get Ready to Automate

The South Dakota State Library wishes to facilitate automation for all libraries in South Dakota. This is an achievable goal for even the smallest of libraries.

Why automate?

  • Library automation allows for increased resource sharing and provides access to materials far beyond local collections on behalf of all library patrons
  • Automation allows 24/7 access to library materials and services for everyone, promoting the use of personal electronic devices to access the library
  • Automation encourages browsing online which facilitates better research and increases leisure reading
  • Automation provides the opportunity to integrate local database subscriptions and other electronic resources into the library catalog, creating a seamless, one-stop search for materials
  • Automation provides the ability to partner with local and regional school and public libraries and allows for seamless interlibrary loan when necessary
  • Automation allows library staff to create reports to show usage and demonstrate needs

Get Started
If you are thinking of automating your library for the first time, or migrating from your current automation system to a new one, maybe you want to know which automation systems are being used by libraries in South Dakota? Or perhaps you need contact information for vendors?

Check out the for reports and additional information.

Please contact Nina Mentzel with any questions by email or phone: 605-280-6911.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Oglala Lakota College's "Build Your Own Library" program

Did you know that most tribal colleges also operate as the public libraries for their communities?

Oglala Lakota College’s Woksape Tipi is a decentralized educational and library system that operates thirteen libraries that support the district communities of Pine Ridge Reservation and the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Woksape Tipi functions as the academic library for its students who attend OLC classes across Pine Ridge Reservation, in Rapid City, and in Eagle Butte, on the Cheyenne River Reservation. Woksape Tipi also functions as the public library for the reservation communities. It also partners with the area K-12 schools and the reservation-wide Head Start Program. When school is out for the summer, children have limited access to books in their communities, so the Build Your Own Library Program was introduced to provide outreach in the form of giving away new and gently used books for all ages in communities across the reservation. The program has benefited from IMLS support and has provided the communities of Pine Ridge access to the fabulous mobile book delivery van for the past five years. Short of calling it a bookmobile, the outreach technician travels to all the college centers to maintain the branch libraries and provide personal assistance to patrons.

two boys holding up "reading ninja" book bags in front of Woksape Tipi  Academic Public Library Archives Oglala Lakota College Van

Friday, July 21, 2017

Siouxland Libraries is a Family Place

On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the Downtown Library of Siouxland Libraries officially joined the 400-site, 27-state Family Place Libraries™ network. Kathy Deerr, national coordinator for the program, attended the dedication.

Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, Siouxland Libraries began work on the Family Place Libraries™ initiative in 2015. This model of service incorporates programming, early learning spaces, community connection and family support to help ensure all children enter school ready and able to learn. To learn more about Family Place Libraries™ visit,

Friday, July 14, 2017

New librarian? Feel like a fish out of water?

The South Dakota State Library understands the complex issues facing all libraries today. Public libraries are no longer just buildings containing a few thousand shared books. Technology, multiple formats, networks, expanded services and programming for all ages adds to their complexity.

The South Dakota State Library, located in the MacKay Building in Pierre, has developed a website to familiarize new lay librarians with our services and how to manage a 21st century public library. It is appropriately titled, “Feel like a Fish out of Water?” The State Library’s website is and the section for new librarians is From day one, this section is the best place to start.

We’ve Got Standards!

The SD School Library Standards are up for review this year. The South Dakota Standards revision process and timeline is adopted by the State Board of Education for review of standards in all contents. This review process allows stakeholders to review current standards and make adjustments to the standards on a 5-7 year rotation. The school library review teams consist of several teacher-librarians and other stakeholders.

The first review meeting is scheduled for August 17-18 in Pierre, SD at the State Library/DOE. Further revision and feedback gathering will occur throughout the 17-18 school year.

For information about the DOE standards review process, visit:

Contact: Alissa Adams School Library Technology Coordinator at or by phone at 605-295-3152.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Reading Beyond Lists

Do you know kids that can read way above their grade level? Most of us do, but finding books that have acceptable content for their age is often an issue. There is finally a professional list for this!

The ALA-Children’s Book Council Joint Committee just released a list of recommended books for kids who are advanced readers, but who still need titles that are age-appropriate. The list is posted online, and is also available as a printable handout that can be given to parents and educators.

Partnerships: Public Library + Schools

In this article, we’ll hear from Alissa Adams, SDSL School Library Technology Coordinator.

At this year’s Library Institute in Brookings, SD, I had the opportunity to talk with public librarians about collaboration between the public library and the school library in terms of teen and tween services. This was the first time I’ve been in this type of environment since my employment with the State Library and I’m pretty sure I learned as much if not more than the attendees. Gaining the public library’s perspective was enlightening and I found so many connections to the school library.

Our time together began with learning about the teenage brain and how technology affects it. We also talked about generational gaps and the difference between a digital native and a digital immigrant. We then dove into 21st century education and how, thanks in large part to technology, the shift is now moving towards personalized learning. Then, using Padlet, an online communication and collaboration tool, we spent time brainstorming ways to partner with schools to promote teen services. That Padlet is publically available at: We finished up with exploring a few teen related databases offered free to all SD students and citizens.

Lastly, I’d like to share a couple of practical takeaways for public librarians as they seek to partner with schools:

  1. Be proactive. Sometimes all it takes is a reminder email or phone call to teachers – i.e. YARP awards or summer reading programming. Sometimes it takes a willingness to volunteer – maybe at the book fair? Sometimes it’s offering a learning night – i.e. free ACT prep free SDSL database Learning Express Library.
  2. Be in the know. Many schools have weekly or monthly newsletters, get on the list for that distribution. Check school website regularly or, better yet, follow the school on social media. To be in the loop in terms of school library happenings in our state, subscribe to the School Library listeserv at:

For questions about school libraries, contact me or by phone at 605-295-3152.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Huron Public Library one of nine winners of "Beyond The Walls" awards

The Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN), in partnership with San Jose State University's School of Information (iSchool), announced earlier this month that a total nine projects will receive funding and support to expand the Libraries WhiteSpace Project.

Sponsorship for the campaign originated through a grant from the Institute of Museum' and Library Services (IMLS): "Libraries Leading in Digital Inclusion and Disaster Response via TV WhiteSpace Wireless Connections."

Five libraries in the nation, including the Huron Public Library, will receive awards under the IMLS grant.

The Huron Public Library will receive $15,000 to develop Wi-Fi service to city parks through the TV WhiteSpace project. They are also developing a disaster plan where the portability of the technology will be able to assist emergency responders during a time of need.

These funds will underwrite the costs of equipment and installation for libraries who've initiated partnership projects with other community institutions to explore and develop innovative uses for TV WhiteSpace (TVWS) network technologies to support remote fixed and portable library access points at new locations in their communities starting this summer.

Like WiFi, TVWS units use free open spectrum, requiring no third party carriers, ongoing fees, licenses or other permissions for use as wide area intra-facility networks. But unlike WiFi, TVWS has long range and penetrative capabilities that can support broadband connections over miles and around or through obstructions like trees and buildings.

"This may be the first time the economics of any infrastructure has favored rural areas because they typically have an abundance of valuable open public spectrum. The time has arrived for the country to finally take advantage of this powerful new communications resource, too long in the making," notes project Co-director, Don Means of the Gigabit Libraries Network.

Other libraries receiving the IMLS grant award were in Maine, Georgia, Nebraska, and Washington. Additional participating libraries were in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Do you have a big idea that requires you to ask for community assistance?

This project management idea was found in a marketing blog.*

“Build a 5 x 5 grid. 25 squares. Twenty-five elements that have to be present for your project to have a chance. If it's a fundraising concert, one of the grids might be, "find a theater that will host us for less than $1,000."
Bingo balls spelling B I N G O

Here's the key: Fill in most of the grids before you ask someone for generous help. When nine or twelve of the squares are marked, "done," and when another six are marked, "in process," then the ask is a lot smaller.
A glimpse at your bingo card indicates that you understand the problem, that you've highlighted the difficult parts and that you've found the resources and the knowledge necessary to complete most of it.”

Thanks to Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog for permission to share this.

We’ve Got Standards!

The SD School Library Standards (PDF) are up for review this year. The South Dakota Standards revision process and timeline is adopted by the State Board of Education for review of standards in all contents. This review process allows stakeholders to review current standards and make adjustments to the standards on a 5-7 year rotation. The school library review teams consist of several teacher-librarians and other stakeholders.

The first review meeting is scheduled for August 17-18 in Pierre, SD at the State Library/DOE. Further revision and feedback gathering will occur throughout the 17-18 school year.

For information about the DOE standards review process, visit:

Contact: Alissa Adams School Library Technology Coordinator at or by phone at 605-295-3152.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

School Librarian Wins Technology Award

Terri Fay is a librarian, a teacher, and an information media specialist all rolled in to one. Fay administers the library media program, manages the library place, develops and delivers the trans-literacy curriculum that reaches each and every student at Horace Mann Elementary Library in the Rapid City Area School District.

Terri Fay, Horace Mann Elementary Library,
Rapid City Area School District

Friday, May 26, 2017

Are you registered for School Library Boot Camp 2017?

School Library Boot Camp 2017 Registration Open!

School Library Boot Camp: Services for a Multicultural Student Body, 2017 Pierre

Each summer the State Library sponsors a professional development opportunity for school librarians and other educational professionals. The 2017 theme is School Library Services for a Multicultural Student Body.

When: July 17-20, 2017

Where: State Library in Pierre, SD

What: Boot Camp is a two credit Black Hills State University course and may be taken at either the undergraduate or graduate level. All educators are welcome. Find further details and the registration link at:

Registration closes June 1.

Questions? Contact Alissa Adams, or Kathleen Slocum,

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

All OverDrive Public Library Partners: Free Books this Summer!”

This summer the SYNC program returns to give your young adult patrons free audiobooks all summer long! OverDrive is once again partnering with AudioFile to provide two free audiobooks each week through August 16. Anyone 13 and over can download these YA titles, and any downloaded books are yours to keep for your personal collection. One may read these books on mobile devices with OverDrive’s mobile app, or a personal computer.

Audiofile Sync Audiobooks for Teens

OverDrive and AudioFile have also created a promotional toolkit containing flyers, posters and other handouts. To start downloading books, learn more, or find promotional items, check out AudioFile’s SYNC program at []. If you have other questions, contact David Bradford, SDSL Digital Resources Coordinator, at []

A Century of Library Service in Tyndall

The Tyndall Carnegie Public Library celebrated 100 years of service to the community with an open house held from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
Crowds in library

Friends from near and far stopped by to share cake and coffee with us and read all the history that was displayed. We had a great turnout.
Serving cake with history!

Sue Gough, Director, poses in the library.

--Sue Gough, Director

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Girls Who Code @ the Rapid City Public Library

Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. 40,000 girls in all 50 states are experiencing coding in a fun and friendly environment each year thanks to the Girls Who Code organization.

Have a Plan For Handling Patron Tech Questions

We all know that assisting patrons with public computers and their own devices can test our limits. It is important to have procedures in place to handle the many types of technology questions that patrons ask. This helps staff address these situations with equitability and clearly defined limits of service.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Why Didn’t I Think of That – If it looks good, show it off!

Are your library's service statistics looking great? Make sure people know it. Theresa Schaefer, director of Wall Community Library, made this pamphlet to emphasize the ways her library is growing. She made the charts Excel and copied them to MS Word.

Wall Community Library brochure featuring data graphs: Print Books use is up 53%. E-Books and Downloadable Audiobooks is up 84%. Internet Use is Up 50%. Photos of Wall Community Library fill middle column. Number of Library Accounts is Up 15%. Access to Materials is Up. Wall Community Library has joined Black Hills Library Consortium, South Dakota Share It. Items in Catalog is up 2000% -- from 12,000 to over 250,000.
Wall Brochure featuring data graphs

Underscoring the value of letting your community know about your library, its services, and your work is Eric Erickson's recently released report on the 2017 SDLA Legislative Day

Midland Community Library Education Fair Supper

For many years the Midland Community Library Board has hosted the Education Fair Supper at the Midland School. Each member donates their time to make the supper a great success, beginning with a meeting to plan the evening, and ending with a clean-up after watching the Midland Tumblers perform! On the menu is homemade chicken noodle soup and chili, hot dogs, a large variety of sandwiches, delicious bars, and drinks. We receive many compliments on the excellent supper, and service with a smile. The money that is raised is spent wisely to keep our community library running.

cafeteria full of people seated at tables, eating.
Diners visiting in the Midland School lobby

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Upcoming YALSA Events

The 2017 Teen Read Week site was launched recently with the theme "Unleash Your Story." Library staff, afterschool providers, and educators can use this theme to encourage teens to write, share and tell their own stories as well as find stories, biographies, autobiographies, folktales, and more in their local library!

YALSA also announced the Teens' Top Ten nominations. The stars of the upcoming movie Everything, Everything (based on the YA book of the same title by Nicola Yoon) announced the titles in a video you can see below!

Teens across the country can vote on their favorite titles between August 15th and Teen Read Week, which will be celebrated October 8th – 14th. The winners will be announced the week after. You can view an annotated list of nominees here (PDF).

Coming soon: Braille & Talking Book’s Summer Reading Program

The Braille and Talking Book Library are offering a Summer Reading Program to all youth age birth to 20 registered with the library. The six week program runs from June 5 to July 14, 2017, with the theme “Build A Better World.” Participants will be broken into four age divisions and will read books in braille or digital audio.
Logo with children reading books with building toys

At the conclusion of the program, participants who return their weekly reading charts will be eligible for prizes. This year the prizes will be more exciting with not only the $50 Amazon gift card winner in each age division but the readers will have the opportunity to win other prizes. All readers who complete the program will have a chance to win 12-inch tactile and visual table globe!

Online registration is now open!

For more information contact Mary Sjerven at 1-800-423-6665 press 1 1 or email

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Summer reading PSAs

Public libraries: help promote your Build A Better World summer reading program to your local schools, your community, parents, stakeholders - everybody! - with the public service announcements (PSAs) from the Collaborative Summer Reading Program (CSLP). There are 17 different versions available with varying lengths, English & Spanish options, and live action & animation options.

Build a Better World

Find all of them right here on the CSLP website.

South Dakota Online State Publications Website Gets a Facelift

The SDSL South Dakota Online State Publications page (CONTENTdm collection) was recently upgraded to a mobile friendly site
Screenshot of updated South Dakota Online State Publications site

It is cleaner than the old site. Direct links to the historical Legislative Manuals and Governors Messages collections are now on each collection page, and more direct links to special digital collections can be added in the future.

The South Dakota State Library's Digital Collections reflect the history and culture of South Dakota. Primarily of interest to librarians, researchers, and genealogists, our digital collections include newspaper articles, photographs, state documents, and more. The collections are best viewed using Google Chrome.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Updates from the Collaborative Summer Library Program

Last week I had the pleasure of attending my 10th CSLP Annual Meeting which was held in Charleston, SC, this year. As the State Representative for South Dakota, I attend the annual meeting to vote on behalf of our state’s public libraries on upcoming summer reading slogans & themes; give feedback to the Collaborative on what I hear from all of you who are in the trenches; and brainstorm about future programs and projects for the Collaborative.

As a result of that meeting there are several big announcements about future summer reading programs.

2019 Slogan

State representatives and voting proxies selected A Universe of Stories as the slogan for all age groups for the 2019 “Space” theme. The “Space” theme was selected at the 2016 annual meeting to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon.

2020 General Theme

In addition to a 2019 slogan, state representatives and voting proxies also selected “Fairy Tales/Mythology/ Fantasy” as the general theme for 2020.

2020 Artist

CSLP is happy to announce the artist for the 2020 Early Literacy and Children’s artwork is LeUyen Pham!

LeUyen Pham is the illustrator of over fifty children’s books. Her books include the best-selling Freckleface Strawberry series with Julianne Moore, the Princess in Black series by Shannon Hale, the Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look, Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio, as well as her own self-authored There is No Such Thing as Little, The Bear Who Wasn’t There and Big Sister, Little Sister. She also designed artwork used on the bookmarks for the “We Need Diverse Books” campaign in 2014.

For more information about CSLP and all it has to offer for your public library’s summer reading program, please visit their website at

If you have any questions about CSLP or how you can be involved in shaping the future of summer reading, please contact me, Jasmine Rockwell at or (605) 773-5066.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Grant Opportunities For Your Library

APA Librarian Conference Travel Awards

DEADLINE: July 31, 2017
Supports early- and mid-career librarians who are seeking to attend library conferences in order to grow as professionals. Applicants must be currently employed as a librarian at an academic or health sciences library, and have less than 15 years of experience in a library after receiving their MLS. Three cash awards of $750 each available annually.

Frontier Communications Cyber Security Grant

DEADLINE: April 30, 2017
Open to school teachers and college professors. Submit either a 300-500 word essay or 1-2 minute video on the following prompt: “What have you as a teacher and your classes learned when it comes to cyber safety?” Award of $1,000 Visa Reward Card must be applied to the purchase of technological equipment or supplies for your classroom.

The Pilcrow Foundation Children’s Book Project

DEADLINE: May 1, 2017
The Pilcrow Foundation provides new, quality, hardcover children’s books to rural public libraries across the United States. A library’s local sponsors can contribute from $200 to $400, which the Foundation matches on a 2-to-1 ratio. The Foundation provides a list of over 500 quality hardcover children’s books to select from.

Sara Jaffarian Award Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming

DEADLINE: May 5, 2017
School libraries are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through eighth grade. This award is presented annually by the ALA Public Programs Office in cooperation with the American Association of School Librarians

Vernon Libraries English Literacy for New Immigrants Grants

DEADLINE: Oct. 31, 2017 
Vernon Library Supplies is giving away 100% of its 2017 operating profits to libraries and other non-profit organizations with programs designed to help new immigrants achieve English literacy and proficiency. Awards of up to $5,000.

Launch of the Braille and Talking Book Winter Reading Program Breaks Records

The Braille and Talking Book Library held its first Winter Reading Program, “Celebrate February... Read!” with 44 youth reading the 28 days in the month. All readers are registered with the talking book program. They read in an alternative format that included 18 braille and 26 audio readers. Based on the 20/24/7 Program each reader documented a minimum of 20 minutes of reading time each day, seven per week for the month of February.

South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library 2017 Winter Reading Program [artwork snowman reading book]

The program broke two records. One is for the most braille readers participating in a reading program sponsored by the Library. The other was having a successful completion rate of 93%. This past Summer Reading Program comprised of ­­­­12 braille and ­­­34 audio readers with 70% completion rate. Part of the increase is due to collaboration with the SD School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

At the conclusion of the program the participants who returned their charts completed were eligible for the drawing for a Samsung Galaxy Tab E tablet. The winner was Caden Chavez, age 9, son of Jessie Berg and Johnny Chavez of Hitchcock, SD. Thanks to the generosity of Wal-Mart of Pierre; this was able to be the grand prize.

Wall of completed Winter Reading Charts submitted by students completing the program.

The Braille and Talking Book Library is part of the South Dakota State Library and facilitate the National Library Service (NLS) Program. NLS is a free braille and talking book library service for those who qualify. Readers may have temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or physical disability that prevents them from holding a book such as arthritis, MS, stroke, Parkinson, or carpel tunnel. For more information on the program call 1-800-423-6665.

Get your news faster

The South Dakota State Library has made it easier to access the US Major Dailies database on its website. Now it has its own direct separate access point. One can reach it through A to Z Complete Listing or Databases Sorted by Category > News and Newspapers, then selecting US Major Dailies.

US Major Dailies provides access to five of the country’s most respected national and regional newspapers, offering researchers complete and timely coverage of local, national, and world events. These are the New York Times (1980-present), Wall Street Journal (1984-present), Washington Post (1987-present), Los Angeles Times (1985-present), and Chicago Tribune (1985-present).

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Borrowing Library Ideas From Our Neighbors to the North

Here are a couple of neat ideas from libraries in North Dakota.

Build Minot: Minot Public Library started Build Minot, a campaign encouraging people to propose community improvements through notes written on large plastic building blocks that were placed at select locations throughout the city.

Build Minot: Step 1 Choose a block, Step 2 Write what you want to see in our community on block, Step 3 Add block to sculture
Binge Boxes: What are they? Plastic cases filled with DVDs revolving around a theme. For example, “Spark My Tears” is filled with Nicholas Sparks movies. This new way of sharing the collection was revealed at the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library. Patrons can check out one box per card for up to two weeks, and the first thirty boxes checked out came with candy and popcorn!
Binge Boxes on display at Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library

2017 South Dakota Children's & Teen Choice Book Award winners!

And the winners are:

South Dakota Children's Book Awards logo

2017 Prairie Bud Award Winner: 

Book cover of Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio

With 2,591 votes, Gaston by by Kelly DiPucchio
Runner Up: Okay, Andy! by Maxwell Eaton

2017 Prairie Bloom Award Winner: 

Book cover of Dog vs Cat by Chris Gall

2,591 votes, Dog v. Cat by Chris Gall
Runner Up: Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox

2017 Prairie Pasque Award Winner: 

Book cover of The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren

With 3,096 votes, The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren
Runner Up: Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I's Bravest Dog by Ann Bausum

South Dakota Teen Choice Book Awards Logo

2017 Middle School YARP Award Winner: 

Book Cover of A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielson
A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielson
Runner Up: Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel

2017 High School YARP Award Winner: 

Book cover of Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Runner Up: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The South Dakota Children's & Teen Choice Book Awards are sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association.

More information about the Prairie Awards can be found at this link and information about the YARP Awards are located at this link

Creekside Elementary Library: Makerspace Style

As school libraries evolve into learning commons we have seen an uptick in the popularity of Makerspaces. These unique spaces give students access to materials that challenge them to use creativity and innovation while engaging in participatory learning.

Two boys and girl play with LEGO makerspace kit

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

School Library Survey Opens April 1

The annual South Dakota School Library Survey (SLS) is open April 1 - May 15. School districts and systems are asked to complete one survey per district/system. Survey data will be compiled and reported back to all stakeholders. This data can be informative in the district decision-making processes, school improvement planning, and library media programming.

Photo of South Dakota School Library Data Digest publications 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 on library shelves.

In addition to online assistance via the FAQ’s, we’ll provide districts with direct guidance if needed. For assistance contact or Shawn Behrends,, or Alissa Adams,

Expanded access to ReferenceUSA

Reference USA The Trusted Source for Public Libraries

The South Dakota State Library has expanded access to the database ReferenceUSA. This resource contains information concerning approximately 45 million current businesses within the United States, almost 200 million historical business records, over two million current job postings (through, and the U.S. Standard White Pages. The business and consumer databases are continuously updated from more than 5,000 public sources.

You will be able to:
  • Find jobs by job skills, location, and industry
  • Locate companies nationwide
  • Research business executives
  • Find business opportunities
  • Look at historical market trends
  • Find addresses and phone numbers

Now anybody with a State Library e-card can login to access RefUSA. If you wish to access this database and do not currently have an e-card, please apply for one at

Just a reminder, the State Library can come and do a training for local business folks and librarians in your area. Please contact David Bradford, Digital Resources Coordinator at 295-3174.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

3 Libraries, 2 School Districts, 1 Certified Librarian: A Library Job Sharing Solution

By Brenda DeHaan
K-12 Librarian at Andes Central School and Wagner Community School

In 2011 when schools' state funding was cut, many schools were struggling to find ways to reduce expenses. During this time, I was the full time librarian at Andes Central School, and Wagner's school librarian was retiring. The superintendents at Andes Central and Wagner Community School decided to try sharing the librarian job. It’s been six years, and the job sharing is still going strong.

photo of young woman searching books on library book shelf

Technically, I remain a full time employee of Andes Central School and am sub-contracted to Wagner Community School. Wagner sends Andes money for half of my salary and benefits. I follow Andes Central's terms of employment/contract, salary schedule, leave policies, and insurance.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Combating hunger in your community

The Child and Adult Nutrition Services of SD’s Department of Education coordinates summer feeding programs each year. There are several thousand kids each summer in South Dakota that don’t have access to adequate food when school is not in session. Most libraries do not have the physical or staff capacity to become a summer feeding site. What you can do to ensure that children in your community don’t go hungry this summer is to spread the word to other organizations in town about this opportunity and to make sure families know where they can find a summer feeding site. Check out the No Kid Hungry website to download and print off flyers and handouts for your community.

Another idea that is gaining popularity is a riff on the Little Free Library idea: the Little Free Pantry. This would be a great project for your library, a local senior, a Boy or Girl Scout troop, or a senior citizen group to do in partnership with the library. Take a look at the information on their official website for more ideas.

Should your library lend mobile devices?

Mobile device checkout programs can give your patrons access to tech tools they don’t have at home. They give you the opportunity to introduce your digital services, like SD Titles to Go, to a larger audience. But is this service a good fit for your library?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

South Dakota State Library’s new Digital Resources Coordinator, David Bradford

Hello, I am David Bradford, and I recently began work at the South Dakota State Library as the new Digital Resources Coordinator. I am replacing Jane Healy, who was with the SDSL for eight years. My primary duty will be to assist library users with the use of the State Library’s over 50 databases. To meet the varied needs of the state’s library patrons this will continue to be through education, outreach, and troubleshooting.

Photo of David Bradford, Digital Resources Coordinator

My previous position was with Globe (now Broadview) University in Sioux Falls. However, I also have spent time working in both public and school libraries. Though this is my second stint in South Dakota, I actually grew up in Oregon. I seem to keep on migrating east, I guess! I look forward to meeting you, and if you have any digital resource questions, you can reach me at

A new grant resource just for library grants

The Foundation Center has just released a new website all about grants for libraries! What types of libraries are receiving the most grant funding in your area? What types of library grants are being funded? Explore & compare the data!

The site is Visualizing Funding for Libraries. From the website: “Libraries of all types are typically overly-reliant on one key source of funding. The Visualizing Funding for Libraries data tool can help public, academic, and school libraries, as well as special collections, archives, and digital libraries, identify funding opportunities to support innovative projects and solutions for their communities.”

Click on the Data Tool at the top right of the website and see what funding South Dakota libraries have received over the past few years. Check out library funding in other states to see if projects that have been funded somewhere else could be something that your library could do. Make connections by calling those libraries for additional information.

WebJunction hosted a webinar on the Visualizing Funding for Libraries website with trainers from the Foundation Center. Check out the slides and Learner Guide at

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

South Dakota Share-It – We need you!

South Dakota Share-It is a new service of the South Dakota State Library. This service is provided at NO COST to participating libraries. South Dakota Share-It allows individual libraries to have their own ILS (integrated library system/catalog) and still be able to search multiple catalog and electronic resources at one time, as well as participate in statewide interlibrary loan.

South Dakota Interlibrary Loan E-Resources Share-It. Sharing library catalogs and e-resources. South Dakota State Library.

You Can Do I.T.

As we all know, there are many South Dakota libraries that are staffed by only one or two people. If this is you, have you ever felt overwhelmed if you had to be not only the librarian, but the tech person too?

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has developed a program to meet the tech needs of small and rural libraries. The You Can Do I.T. program equips library staff in small and rural public libraries with the skills to effectively plan for and manage their library’s information technology. These fundamental skills will enable library staff to become proactive technology leaders in their communities and to use technology to meet their community needs.

Visit the You Can Do I.T. Basic Library Technology Series at Courses in Hardware & Software and Network Technology are offered. Attendees can view the resources as a guest, or create a free account to receive CE credits. All of the resources on this page are free.

In addition, the Colorado State Library has also developed a similar resource page at

These projects were found through TechSoup for Libraries. There are other webinars and training resources available from their website.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Local Grant Supports Makerspace at Spearfish High School

There’s a new hum in Spartan Library at Spearfish High School and teacher-librarian Emily Benvenga is excited about it. Thanks to support from a local grant from the Spearfish Foundation for Public Education, Spartan Library now has a Makerspace. In addition to the recording/green screen studio she had already set up, Emily has been able to invest in KEVA planks, a MakeyMakey & Raspberry Pi, Circuit Scribe, origami supplies and books, Sphero SPRK, Strawbees, and more.

Software Updates for South Dakota Titles to Go

The following changes are now live at your OverDrive website.

  • OverDrive will keep a user signed in for longer, eliminating the need for them to sign in each time they visit your digital library. A user will be authenticated in the background when they attempt to borrow, place a hold, or recommend a title.
  • OverDrive Read and OverDrive Listen have been removed within the OverDrive App to simplify the format selection step and allow a user to begin reading and listening more quickly. Exceptions include titles that are only available in the OverDrive Read or OverDrive Listen formats, including Read-Alongs—those titles will continue to be available via the app.
  • The Choose a format drop-down on the Loans page has been changed to Download to more clearly communicate the action a user will take.

screen capture of checking out an ebook, focusing on download options: Kindle Book or EPUB eBook
When an eBook or audiobook is borrowed from the title details page, the button now displays Download and the format name, instead of Add to app, to more clearly communicate the action a user will take.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Recycle, Reuse and Repurpose: 7th Grade Students Create Artwork from Weeded Library Books

Douglas Middle School Librarian Mrs. Hubbell partnered with Douglas Middle School Art Teacher Mr. Hancock and his 7th grade art students to recycle outdated and damaged library books. The students used books to create 3-dimensional book mobiles and sculptures which are displayed in the Douglas Middle School Library. Admittedly, students were reluctant to bend, tear and rework the books but also took pride in giving the old and damaged books a new life as art pieces.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) Announces 4th Annual Bell Picture Book Award Winners

The CLEL Bell Awards were created in 2012 to recognize picture books that provide excellent support of early literacy development in young children.

LOGO: CLEL Bell Award read write sing talk play

The five winning books consist of one title in each of five categories representing an early literacy practice: Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play. The books, in their content, theme, or design, support caregivers’ interaction with their children through early literacy practices. Research has shown that engaging children in these practices builds language skills and prepares children to become successful readers.

2017 Winners

  • READ: The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read by Curtis Manley; illustrated by Kate Berube (New York: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2016)
  • WRITE: Alphonse, That is Not OK to Do! by Daisy Hirst (Somerville, Massachusetts: Candlewick, 2016)
  • SING: Rock-a-Bye Romp by Linda Ashman; illustrated by Simona Mulazzani (New York: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2016)
  • TALK: Puddle by Hyewon Yum (New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016)
  • PLAY: Box by Min Flye; illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw (New York: Abrams Appleseed, 2015)

For more information, visit the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy website

Get great media coverage for your library events

Newspapers need stories. Libraries need publicity. Get to know your local newspaper reporter and get in the habit of submitting press releases to promote library events and new services. A good press release should be about 200-300 words covering who, what, when and where. Always provide a simple headline and use a consistent format. Here are some more tips:

  • Names & faces sell newspapers. If you have a photo to submit, be sure you have faces visible and full names of the subjects.
  • Get in contact with your local reporter two or three weeks before the event, then follow up by phone.
  • Always provide a quote from the program leader in your press release.
  • Spend money on a good camera for the library. Newspapers need high quality photos.
  • Include the library’s Facebook URL on the press release.

You have to be proactive in making media connections. Your local media contacts will be grateful for the news and for your professionalism.

Credits: Thank you to Laura Pitts for her 2016 ARSL presentation, Developing Successful Media Partnerships.

South Dakota's newest library directors: Daniel Burniston, Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library

2016 marked a year of new beginnings and transitions for many of our state’s public libraries. Librarians who had been library directors for decades stepped aside and retired leaving big shoes to fill. We’d like to introduce them to you! With that in mind, if you know of a new library director in your local city or county public library, send us a brief introduction to them. A photo would be nice as well. Let’s get started getting acquainted with these new leaders in South Dakota.

Photo of Dan Burniston, new Library Director at Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library. Photography by Riva Sharples)

Dan started as the Library Director at the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library on Sept. 26th, 2016. He had worked at the USD McKusick Law Library and the USD University Libraries. Before moving to South Dakota he worked in public libraries in Pennsylvania. And if you hear a faint British accent when speaking with Dan, you would be correct. Dan has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Sussex and master’s in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh. Always good to have library board experience and Dan has that as well serving on the Vermillion Public Library Board of Trustees for two years. He currently lives in Vermillion, South Dakota with his wife and four children. He enjoys reading science fiction, historical fiction and fantasy, as well as working with technology. When asked what his favorite things are about his library, he states it is the wonderful variety of programs and services, their amazing new facility, and the vibrant and dynamic community they get to serve. Dan said, “I’m excited about the opportunity we have to evolve and adapt our programs and services to the needs of our community. I’m always eager to hear ideas, thoughts and feedback from library users and community members.”

Friday, February 10, 2017

How to be your own IT expert…

Do you know the difference between a modem, a router, and a switch? Why do you need a firewall? Having a rudimentary knowledge of the anatomy of your library's network can help you troubleshoot problems and communicate more effectively with your Internet Service Provider and IT people.

Nebraska Library Commission has archived a webinar that features basic information to help you make sense of your library's computer network. This webinar offers advice on some proactive steps you can take in the event that things go wrong:

  • Label everything!
  • Make a network map & lights chart
  • Keep an emergency binder

You can view this free webinar at NCompass Live: Computer Networking for Librarians.

School Library EdCamp South Dakota

School library professionals! Mark your calendars for the annual School Library EdCamp SD on Saturday, April 8. Visit to register. And don't forget to follow along via Twitter using #sdlibedcamp #schsdsl

Friday, February 3, 2017

School Library Spring 2017 Deadlines and Events

School library staff! Break out your calendar and get ready to fill it in with spring events and deadlines.
laptop with planner calendar screen