Thursday, December 28, 2017

Grant County Library shares the many features of Learning Express

The following article was written by Tammy Wollschlager at the Grant County Library for the Grant County Review Newspaper. Reprinted with permission.

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Creation Station at Wilmot School Library

Wilmot School District was one of the 25 schools to receive the Classroom Innovation Grant provided by the SD Department of Education in 2016.

The $50,000 grant enabled the school to develop a makerspace, which has been dubbed the “Creation Station” by Wilmot students, to encourage STEAM experimentation and hands-on learning for grades K-12.

Students playing with Makerspace

The application for the grant was a collaborative effort between librarian Cindy Argo, technology coordinator Melissa Jurgens, and 2nd grade teacher Darren Prisigner.   The team worked together to coordinate a space renovation and purchase equipment and supplies. They are now actively implementing a maker learning atmosphere within the library.

It is Argo’s hope that the innovative space will foster a sense of exploration and encourage student-led discovery of interests beyond their comfort zones.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Why didn’t I think of that?: Lemmon's Grown Up Group

Lemmon Library has a Grown Up Group! The Lemmon Library Grown Up Group is a public Facebook group of local adults that bring monthly fun, social events to the library. Anyone 18 or older is welcome. Events are held after normal business hours and are put on by members of the group who want to share their interests and talents.

adults playing Apples to Apples card game in library
Lemmon Grown Up Group's Game Night After Hours event

Lemmon librarian Raven Christman is a founding member of the group. Their most recent event was a board game night. Contact Raven for more information or look them up on Facebook.

Make your library home-office-friendly

This recent article in, Useful Hacks for Making the Library Your “Home” Office, features libraries as “secret” office spaces. Read from a librarian’s perspective, here are a few things to consider if you want to make your library an inviting home office.

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  • Free wifi makes the library a home office option. Do you also offer wireless printing, scanning, and fax services?
  • Everybody knows a quiet space, a cup of coffee, and the ability to take and make phone calls is an office necessity. Study rooms that allow visitors to bring a drink or snack and make phone calls will tick those boxes.
  • Make your home office regulars feel welcomed. Greet them by name, and...
  • ...find out how you can help. Take the opportunity to familiarize them with State Library electronic resources and other library collections that may be of service. Remind them that browsing the stacks can be a great creativity booster!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

New and updated links to Open Access Resources at the State Library

The South Dakota State Library website includes links to many free resources.

FDSYS Federal Digital System: America's Authentic Government Information

FDSys, the Federal Digital System, is from the U.S. Government Publishing Office. This is the United States government's official depository of online documents. There are about 50 different collections of Federal Government information from all branches of government. You can reach it at > Electronic Resources, or at

Sci Tech Connect

Energy Citations is now part of SciTechConnect.  This is your connection to science, technology, and engineering research information from the U.S. Department of Energy. It has almost three million entries from 2500 organizations containing over 70 years of research. It includes technical reports, bibliographic citations, journal articles, conference papers, books, multimedia, and software. You can reach it through > Electronic Resources, or at

High Wire Stanford University

HighWire Press offers free access to millions of articles from hundreds of publications in the sciences. Affiliated with Stanford University, you can reach it at > Electronic Resources, or at or

Open Prairie: Public Research Access Institutional Repository and Information Exchange

South Dakota Newspaper Indexes is the new link for five collections of SD historical newspapers. These are the Argus Leader Index 1979-1995, Argus Leader Index 1996-2003, Deadwood Historical Newspapers Index 1876-1905, and Indian Country Today Index 1996-2003, and Rapid City Journal. It can be reached through > Electronic Resources or at

For more information, please contact David Bradford, Digital Resources Coordinator at

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.

Soil surveys for South Dakota counties
A soil survey is a detailed report on the soils of an area. The soil survey has maps with soil boundaries and photos, descriptions, and tables of soil properties and features. Soil surveys are used by farmers, real estate agents, land use planners, engineers and others who desire information about the soil resource.

The SD State Library has a large paper collection of soil surveys for counties throughout South Dakota. They are available for interlibrary loan.

County soil surveys are also available for each state in PDF form on the United States Department of Agriculture website. Check out the South Dakota list at

Thursday, December 7, 2017

New AASL School Library Standards

The SD School Library Standards are currently under review by a 14 member work workforce. This group is working on our state’s school library standards to best meet the needs and priorities of South Dakota students and educators.

In mid-November the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) released its new school library standards. The AASL Standards Framework reflects a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning by demonstrating the connection between the learner, the librarian, and the library.

One can use the pneumonic device of IICCEE to remember the six shared foundations of the new Framework for Learners: Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Explore, Engage. Additionally, there are four domains/competencies including: Think, Create, Share, Grow. To learn more about the new AASL standards visit:

The SD School Library Review Work Group will use the new AASL standards, in addition to many other resources, to help inform their decisions about revisions to the current school library standards. Proposed standards will be open for feedback from the public during the 2018-19 school year.

For questions about school libraries, contact Alissa Adams, School Library Technology Coordinator at or by phone at 605-295-3152.

Brookings Public Library hosts Summer Showcase Performers event

East River public librarians were treated to a day of music, magic, science, and other fun activities this month. Twelve Iowa area performers gave demonstrations of their programs, answered librarian questions, and booked events. Many of the Showcase performers featured programs related to this years’ Collaborative Summer Library Program theme: Libraries Rock!

The State Library maintains a Performer’s Database. Performer’s summer schedules fill fast, so book now!

Performers at the Brookings event were: