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.