Friday, October 27, 2017

Why didn’t I think of that? Engaging teens in Huron

Huron Public Library participated in two programs in October which were great ways to engage youth and teens!

Teens at Huron Public Library's Zombie Walk
photo shared from HPL's Facebook page

21st Century School Libraries for 2017-2020 Honored

This year nine school libraries received the 21st Century School Library Award. Librarians and administrators were honored at the annual Systems Change Conference on October 20 in Rapid City.

21st century school library awards the place the program the professional. Award ceremony Friday October 20, 2017. Systems Change Conference, Rapid City.

The 21st Century School Library Award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place, which refers to the learning environment (both physical and online), programming, and professional.

Friday, October 20, 2017

K-12 Education Nuggets from World Book

By Alissa Adams, SDSL School Library Technology Coordinator

On October 5, 2017, I participated in a webinar on the World Book, a database suite offered free to all citizens of South Dakota. Yes, because of my job I knew much of it, but there were nuggets that glimmered for K-12 education. I’ll list several nuggets here but know that these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to World Book. As always, for assistance using World Book, contact David Bradford, SDSL Digital Resources Coordinator or myself.

  • World Book Advanced: World Newspapers feature (for comparing news media from around the world, general reading, or lessons on fake news, propaganda, and bias)
    –database primarily for high school
  • World Book Student: Educator Tools section (Webquests and pathfinders extend learning in a digital environment; ready-to-go graphic organizers work particularly well in elementary, middle, and special education)
    –database primarily for elementary and middle school
  • World Book Student: elementary and middle school: Behind the Headlines feature (nice way to start off a lesson with a current world event or have a “daily debate” in the classroom)
    –database primarily for elementary and middle
  • World Book Discover: Life Skills section (especially good for alternative education, special education, and life skills classes)
    –database primarily for middle, high, ELL, SPED
  • World Book Discover: World Book Explains Videos feature (downloadable, short, rich videos; great for visual and auditory learners as well as differentiation)
    –database primarily for middle, high, ELL, SPED
  • World Book Kids: Compare Animals and Places feature (eases elementary students into the beginning stages of research and inquiry)
    database primarily for elementary, middle, ELL, and SPED

A return of four times the value of your investment is a good deal, right?

Last year South Dakota residents received an average return on investment (ROI) of more than $4 for every dollar spent on public libraries. We used your service statistics including circulation, program attendance, computer & WiFi use to estimate the retail value of the services libraries provide to their users.

Try this for your library. We have an easy and customizable Excel ROI worksheet available to you. Some librarians use this for budget presentations—and of course, it’s a good advocacy tool.

The 2016 South Dakota Public Libraries Survey statistics await your use. Visit the SDSL Public Library Annual Survey LibGuides page for more resources and annual report statistics for SD public libraries.

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]