Sunday, January 15, 2017

Explore Explora!

The Explora database is new to the State Library this year. This EBSCO database is designed for K-12 education with its easy-to-use interface, rich, reliable content, and readability measures. Four modules are included: Kids, Teens, Public Library, and For Educators. Teachers will particularly enjoy the Educator's Edition as it offers relevant lesson plans, support materials, and professional development resources.
explora: An EBSCO Experience

Here’s what’s great about Explora:

  • Simple, quick search
  • Results include articles, essays and primary source documents
  • High-quality articles licensed from reputable publishers for use in a school environment
  • Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic
  • 60,000 videos
  • Colorful, mobile-friendly design
  • Reading level indicators (Lexile Measures)
  • Text-to-speech and full-text translation
  • Password-protected personal folders
  • Ability to view, save, print and e-mail citations
  • Google Classroom integration
  • Curriculum Standards Module

Professional Development Grants are available

SD Library Association and Mountain Plains Library Association have professional development grants available. See information below for deadlines.

SD Library Association

Deadlines March 15 and September 15.
Applicants must be current members of SDLA, so now is a good time to join or renew at

Mountain Plains Library Association

Deadlines for Professional Development Grant Applications:

  • January 25
  • March 29
  • May 31
  • July 26
  • September 27
  • November 29

Note these MPLA membership eligibility requirements:

  • Mini-Grant Applicant must be a current member of MPLA and must have been a member for the previous year (a total of two consecutive years.)
  • Regular Grant Applicant must be a current member of MPLA and must have been a member for the past two years (total of 3 consecutive years, one must be as a full paid member).

Join MPLA or renew your membership at

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Connect to other School Library Professionals: #schsdsl Twitter Chat

Learn, connect, and network with school librarians around the state of South Dakota via Twitter. #schsdsl chat is just one of hundreds of educational chats! The #schsdsl chats are scheduled periodically throughout the school year so be sure to mark your calendars. At chat time, join us for all of the chat or a portion of it – whatever works best for you. Be sure to include our hashtag #schsdsl in your tweets.

hashtag s c h s d s l Twitter Chat

January 18, 2017
8:00 p.m. CT / 7:00 p.m. MT

March 15, 2017
8:00 p.m. CT / 7:00 p.m. MT

May 10, 2017
8:00 p.m. CT / 7:00 p.m. MT

For more information and for links on how to get started with a Twitter account, visit:

Public Libraries Survey FY2016 opens January 25.

Yes, it’s that time again.

What does every public library in the U.S. have in common? Each year they all participate in the Public Libraries Survey (PLS). This massive collection of library data is used by policy makers, researchers, librarians (that’s you!), and the public. In South Dakota the PLS is your library’s annual report. It includes some state-specific questions that help us to serve you better. All designated public libraries are required by state mandate to complete and submit the annual report.

Watch the public libraries listserv for upcoming announcements about the PLS. Webinars will be held in February and a sign-up sheet will be sent on the listserv. Questions about your library’s annual report should be directed to

Friday, January 6, 2017

WebDewey - Of Course We Do Dewey

The South Dakota State Library subscribes to WebDewey. WebDewey is a browser-based version of the Dewey Decimal Classification® (DDC®) database and is updated quarterly. It is designed to make your classifying activities more efficient and enjoyable by allowing you to point and click your way through the latest version of the DDC 23 database.

We are considering discontinuing this service as usage has decreased significantly in recently years. If you have used this service, and wish to see it continued, please contact Carol Hageman,, by January 31, 2017.

If you are not familiar with WebDewey, we have some information on our website that you may want to visit: SDSL: Cataloging -- Web Dewey

You may want to take the WebDewey tutorial or check out the WebDewey User Guide.

Please take a look at WebDewey, your input will help the State Library decide whether to continue this service.

For login information to use WebDewey contact:
Carol Hageman,, 605-773-5074

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Upcoming Legislative Session

The 92nd South Dakota Legislative Session will open at noon (CST) on Tuesday, January 10th. You can find the Legislative Calendar at (PDF).

Follow all things Legislature and listen in on committee hearings and House and Senate floor debates at

Who are your legislators? Find out at

The Governor will give his State of the State message on January 10th at 1 p.m. CST. All previous state of the state and inaugural messages have been digitized by the SD State Library and are available at South Dakota State Library: Digital Collections

Or you can use and say “look on the right for the “Governors’ Messages” link.

SD Library Association Legislative Day will be held on Thursday, February 16. The SD State Library Accreditation ceremony for libraries obtaining voluntary accreditation will be held that afternoon.

Makerspaces In the Douglas MS Library

Douglas Middle School students participated in the annual Doodle 4 Google. Participating students have the opportunity to be awarded a $30,000 college scholarship, a tour of Google headquarters and a $50,000 education technology award. Runner up prizes include $5,000 college scholarships. Students were able to use technology or free-lance drawing skills to participate in the Doodle 4 Google.

photo of students working on Doodle 4 Google in library

photo of students working on Doodle 4 Google in library

photo of students working on Doodle 4 Google in library