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.