Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Help yourself to the new Public Libraries Survey (your annual report) data

How’s my library doing?

Young woman in library looking up charts on tablet device

Public Library Survey FY2017 data is now available. You can help yourself to some of the financial, service, and per capita statistics for individual libraries here: https://libguides.library.sd.gov/services/plstats. Librarians and their boards should review their data in the context of peer libraries of similar size or locale. This is a good starting point for evaluating services and making budget appeals.

You’ll find some other resources for using your annual report stats to promote your library. A Return on Investment calculator, a customizable poster and annual report pamphlet, and sample library user surveys are available on this webpage.

Contact the State Library Data Coordinator for assistance with other elements like director salaries, or to obtain annual reports for yours or other SD public libraries. Thank you for your time and attention to the annual collection and reporting of this important data.

Takeaways from Library Institute 2018

…from the desk of Alissa Adams, SDSL School Library Technology Coordinator:
Library Training Institute 2018 childrens and youth services

In early June I had the opportunity to spend a few hours at Library Institute in Brookings with a warm, fun, smart group of public librarians. This was my second year presenting at Institute and this time the focus was about the school side of children’s services. Like last year, I’d like to share a few takeaways from my time at Library Institute:

  1. Textual literacy is foundational to other literacies. Our students have to be ready for a digital, diverse world which requires being competent in multiple literacies. Think: digital literacy, information literacy, civic literacy, media literacy, and the list goes on! The first step to thriving in a multi-literate world is to become textually literate. So never doubt the importance of traditional textual literacy.
  2. Knowing how to ask questions is key to critical thinking. Encourage our young ones to ask questions. Teach them what kinds of questions to ask. Model various questioning strategies. Encourage kids to dive deeper or explore their curiosity.
  3. To support multiple literacies, take a look at these SDSL databases: Book Flix and World Book Kids. These are our ‘biggest hitter’ eresources specifically for elementary level and younger. Book Flix is excellent for early or struggling readers and World Book Kids supports early researching.

Let me end with two ways to be in the loop in terms of school library happenings in our state. The first is the School Library Listserv and the second is the new school library blog from SDSL called Collect + Connect. And as always, I can be reached via email at alissa.adams@state.sd.us or by phone at 605-295-3152.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Revisions to open meetings laws

During the 2018 Legislative Session, revisions were passed that relate to open meetings of certain public bodies. The full text of the bill, which was signed by Governor Daugaard on March 22, is linked below.


Here is a summary of HB1172:

  • Agendas of public meetings must be posted 72 hours prior to the meeting
  • Weekends and holidays cannot be counted as part of the 72 hour period
  • “Public Comments” should be on every agenda (but the chairman has broad powers to limit public comments.)
  • Good ‘rule of thumb’ is to post one week ahead. This is easy to remember, easy to communicate with others, and it gives one some wiggle room to correct and repost and still be within the statute’s 72 hour requirement

Welcome Laura Kelly!

Meet the newest SDSL staff member!

black and white photo of woman and golf bag

Laura Kelly is our new Children’s & Youth Services Coordinator replacing Jasmine Rockwell. Laura joins the staff at the State Library working to bring shared resources and support to South Dakota libraries.

Laura brings 10 years of experience as a teacher and school library media specialist—and a lot of enthusiasm! She is passionate about children and teen access to great literature and innovative programs.

Laura holds a library media credential along with a degree in elementary education from Dickinson State University (2008). She is an experienced educator in 21st century library trends and understands the importance of early literacy, children and youth physical and cognitive development.

Laura has recently relocated to Pierre with her children and husband, who works as the general manager at Gateway Ford Lincoln Toyota. During her downtime Laura likes to play golf, volleyball and attend book clubs with friends. Her greatest pleasure is spending time with family and friends.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Fed Doc of the Month - Black Hills National Cemetery

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.

Black Hills National Cemetery Expands

The Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act (S. 35) facilitates a permanent land transfer of 200 acres of Bureau of Land Management land to the Department of Veterans Affairs for the expansion of Black Hills National Cemetery south of Sturgis.

President Trump signed the bill May 25.

U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) issued the following statements after the Senate passed their bill:

“I’m glad the Senate unanimously approved this commonsense legislation that will allow the Black Hills National Cemetery to continue being a place for military families to remember and honor loved ones who have served,” said Thune. “By expanding the cemetery’s boundary, we can ensure that our military heroes will have a place to rest in peace for generations to come. We still have some work ahead us, and I’m hopeful we’ll be able to get this bill to the president as soon as possible.”

“It is important for South Dakota’s veterans to know that the Black Hills National Cemetery will have space for them for generations to come,” said Rounds. “I’m glad our legislation to expand the cemetery’s boundary passed the Senate and look forward to rectifying our bill with the House-passed version so we can get it to the president’s desk in a timely manner.”

“I applaud the Senate for passing this legislation to expand the Black Hills National Cemetery,” said Enzi. “Since Wyoming is one of the few states that does not have a VA National Cemetery, it is important that surrounding states have the capacity to ensure an honorable resting place for Wyoming’s veterans for years to come. That is why it is critical that Black Hills National Cemetery can continue to serve the region for decades as a place for military families to honor their loved ones.”

Text of the bill from the U.S. House of Representatives:

Brookings Public Library receives grant for programs around "The Great American Read"

The Brookings Public Library received a grant from the American Library Association and PBS to host programs around "The Great American Read," an eight part television series and multi-platform initiative that celebrates the joy of reading and the books we love. More than 220 public libraries applied for the $2,000 grants, which will support public programs around the series. The Brookings Public Library was one of just 50 libraries in 33 states to be selected. The Brookings Public Library will partner with South Dakota Public Broadcasting throughout the project.

Join the Great American Read -- We can do it woman poster -- # Great Read P B S

Attendees can vote for their favorite book from the list of 100 and add their all time favorite to the Great ... Throughout the summer, adults can also participate in the Great American Read summer reading challenge. By reading books of the Great American Read list, participants will be entered to win a variety of reading related prizes. Future events include the Great American Read book and movie club and sneak peek screenings of the themed episodes before they are broadcast to the public.

In addition to the grant money, the Brookings Public Library will receive a DVD collection of the series with public performance rights; a hardcover copy of the companion book, "The Great American Read: The Book of Books" by PBS (Black Dog & Leventhal, Aug. 21, 2018); and other resources.

"The Great American Read" engages audiences with a list of 100 diverse books, encouraging audiences to read the books, vote from the list of 100 and share their personal connections to the titles. The two hour launch episode May 22 kicked off a summer of reading and voting. In fall 2018, seven new episodes will air, featuring appearances by celebrities, athletes, experts, authors and everyday Americans advocating for their favorite book, culminating with a in a way that reveals America's best loved novel as chosen by the American public.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Why didn't I think of that?...Walking book clubs

Walking book clubs combine fitness and a good read

A Walking Book Club is a little like a regular book club, except you and your book club take your meeting outside and walk while you talk. Great for your brain and your health!

Meet weekly and cover a few chapters each time. Discuss the book on your walk—or hold the discussion afterwards. If you have a snack, make sure it’s healthy!

Here are more suggestions on how to get a club going (at the library or a personal club).

GrantSpace launches new website

GrantSpace (a service of the Foundation Center) provides easy-to-use, self-service tools and resources to help nonprofits worldwide become more viable grant applicants and build strong, sustainable organizations.

The new GrantSpace http://grantspace.org/ offers a fresh new platform, new location features, and easier overall navigation to get what you need, fast.

Need training on grant budgets, proposal writing, more?  Check out the training page https://grantspace.org/training/search/ for many free, archived webinars, as well as a calendar of live and ‘for a fee’ trainings online.

Sample documents to help get you started? See https://grantspace.org/resources/sample-documents/

GrantSpace also has a nice Knowledge Base https://grantspace.org/resources/knowledge-base/   with answers to frequently asked questions.

The South Dakota State Library is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center http://foundationcenter.org/. As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the South Dakota State Library provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center's electronic database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. The fully searchable database includes detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, as well as an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation's top funders. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

School’s Out for Summer but the New SDSL School Library Blog Isn’t

…from the desk of Alissa Adams, School Library Technology Coordinator:

In February I launched a new school library blog called Collect + Connect. This digital newsletter of sorts houses routine posts related to technology, resource sharing, and other useful information related to the school library world. Posts are intended to be practical, relatable, and attainable. Public librarians will benefit from these posts too because we know that paths often cross in the school and public library worlds.

screenshot of collect plus connect blog web page

I encourage you to view the newest post about curation and ask yourself: "Am I a dumper or I am I a curator?" Plus, check out the most popular post here.

The easiest way to read posts is to make it automatic by subscribing to the blog. To do so go to schoollibrarysdsl.blogspot.com/ and then click the small SUBSCRIBE button right below the title. This action sends new posts straight to your inbox. So easy!

I welcome and value comments, suggestions, and questions. Tell me what you want in terms of content, and I'll make it happen - simply email me at Alissa.adams@state.sd.us or leave a comment on the blog.

Towards Gigabit Libraries—Improving Broadband Service

This May, state library staff visited five rural libraries as part of Internet 2's Towards Gigabit Libraries pilot program, funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library services (IMLS). This pilot program targets small, rural, and tribal libraries with limited information technology. The goal is to improve and evolve library staff understanding and interaction with their library's internet connection and related information technology (IT) infrastructure and services. One to three people conducted each visit; David Bradford and Steven Buras from the SDSL, and program administrator Carson Block.

Program Administrator, Carson Block (left) and Gregory librarian Diane Althoff discuss technology options and internet
By the end of the summer, the program will be publishing a toolkit that all libraries will be able to use at no cost. This toolkit takes a "look at the parts and pieces that make up the library's connection to the Internet, from the… broadband coming into the library to WiFi/inside wiring configurations to broadband-based applications and computer resources-- all at a level designed for laypeople. By leveraging the Toolkit's workbook/training format… they will be able to identify some short-term 'quick hits' and longer term actions to improve their library's broadband infrastructure. Further, they also will be able to better articulate to their leadership, policy makers, broadband service providers, and their community what the library needs" (Toolkit draft, April 2018).

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

New Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Policies at SDSL

The South Dakota State Library Board approved new interlibrary loan policies for the state library.

There are two new policies with main points listed here; we encourage library staff to review the entire policy documents:

SDSL ILL Policies

  • Pertain primarily to libraries that request interlibrary loans via the state library
  • Remind libraries to request materials via South Dakota Share-It
  • Remind libraries on the courier that they must send their monthly statistics electronically
  • Include the limits on number of requests for public and school libraries

South Dakota Share-It: Statewide Interlibrary Loan Policy

  • Include library staff guidelines and best practices
  • Include responsibilities of borrowing and lending libraries
  • Remind libraries in the union catalog they must update their holdings at least once per year or risk suspension of borrowing until records are updated

The policies have been posted to the following web pages:

Please contact us with any questions.

State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries

Fifteen school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2018. 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 the professional.

Applicants conduct a self-assessment and provide evidence of their ability to meet South Dakota's guidelines for school libraries. Award status is valid for a three-year period.

Representatives of the selected libraries will be honored at the annual Systems Change Conference Oct. 19 in Sioux Falls.


Brookings High School Library, BrookingsExemplaryJean KirschenmanDr. Paul vonFischer
Explorer Elementary Library, HarrisburgEnhancedAmy DeNommeDoug Eppard
Journey Elementary Library, HarrisburgExemplaryElizabeth WellsRob Sylliassen
Huron High SchoolEffectiveRachel KaryMike Radke
T.F. Riggs High School Library, PierreEnhancedPam C. KringelKevin Mutchelknaus
Knollwood Heights Elementary, Rapid CityEffectiveTracy BensonShannon Schaefers
Discovery Elementary Library, Sioux FallsExemplarySharlene LienLois Running
Harvey Dunn Elementary, Sioux FallsEffectiveAmy HeinertPatti Pannell
Lincoln High School Library, Sioux FallsExemplaryMary PetersRobert Grimm
Memorial Middle School Library, Sioux FallsExemplaryLaura AllardNancy Hagen
Oscar Howe Elementary Library, Sioux FallsExemplaryEmily BlackwelderLarry Larsen
Patrick Henry Middle School Library, Sioux FallsEnhancedWendy NelsonKim Sharping
Roosevelt High School Library, Sioux FallsExemplaryJeanne ConnerTim Hazlett
Washington High School Library, Sioux FallsExemplaryKerri SmithDan Conrad
Spearfish High School Library, SpearfishExemplaryEmily BenvengaSteve Morford

Find more information on the State Library's 21st Century School Library Award webpage.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

SD State Document of the Month

The South Dakota State Library's Digital Collections reflect the history and culture of South Dakota. Primarily of interest to librarians, researchers, and genealogists, our digital collections include newspaper articles, photographs, state documents, and more.

South Dakota Legislative Manuel, 1903

Book shelf with 1903 South Dakota Legislative Manual with tablet screen of web page with same book in digital format

The Legislative Manual, commonly known as the Blue Book, is a comprehensive reference source on state government that is published every two years according to South Dakota Codified Law. It contains information on elected state officials, judges, legislators, local and state government administration, a chronology of South Dakota history, and election statistics.

Blue Books can be found online: https://cdm16384.contentdm.oclc.org/

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.

Lewis and Clark: historic places associated with their transcontinental exploration (1804-06)

Pierre and historic Fort Pierre, SD have the artery highways on either side. Note the signs as you travel 1804 and 1806, respectively.
Lewis and Clark Trail

‘The Lewis and Clark Expedition was one of the most dramatic and significant episodes in the history of the United States. In 1804-6 it carried the destiny as well as the flag of our young Nation westward from the Mississippi across thousands of miles of mostly unknown land-up the Missouri, over the Rocky Mountains, and on to the Pacific.’
Excerpt from page 3.
I 29.2:H 62/9/v. 13 Not available in electronic format.

pamphlets and book about Lewis and Clark

Also in the SD State Library federal collection (featured in photo above):

Thursday, May 24, 2018

South Dakota Book Discussion Guides Available

With funding from the South Dakota Humanities Council, three South Dakota State University professors and John Miller, Professor of History emeritus, SDSU, wrote twenty-one study guides for books by South Dakota authors or with a South Dakota theme to be used with the book bags. Each study guide is three or four pages long and includes a summary of the book, questions for discussion, and a brief biography of the author.

Book bag guides are available on the SD State Library website.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Digital Collections at SD Universities

The Digital Library of South Dakota has partnered with the Digital Public Library of America to bring more than 50,000 items held by South Dakota universities to national audiences. As a result, specialized collections, including the papers of political leaders Tom Daschle, Karl Mundt, and George McGovern and oral histories of National Guard soldiers dating back to the 1800s, will be more accessible to the general public.

A collaboration of the libraries at the six South Dakota Board of Regents’ universities and other partner institutions in the state, the Digital Library of South Dakota provides digital access to unique resources on regional history and the lives and experiences of generations of South Dakotans. The Digital Public Library of America is a non-profit organization that works to increase the discovery of library, archive, and museum collections from across the nation.  It has a growing network of contributing institutions bringing diverse materials through digital and digitized formats to a large public audience.

“This collaborative agreement means that more people will be aware of and have digital access to many South Dakota-specific collections,” said Paul Turman, the regents’ system vice president for academics affairs. “I’m extremely pleased with how our libraries have continued to be innovative by exploring how advances in technology could be used to expand the audiences for these valuable collections.”

More can be learned about the Digital Library of South Dakota and the Digital Public Library of America at their respective websites, explore.digitalsd.org and dp.la.

*Excerpted from SD State News headlines, May 4, 2018.

BookTalk - Fundraising: How to Raise Money for Your Library Using Social Media

Fundraising: How to Raise Money for Your Library Using Social Media (Garczynski, 2018)

Does your library have a pet project that needs funding? This new book from the State Library’s professional collection offers advice on how to craft a successful online fundraising campaign.
Fundraising How to Raise Money for Your Library Using Social Media

Here are a few pointers:
  • Be specific about what you want the money for and how much you want people to donate. Start with a brief explanation of what you want. Suggesting a minimum donation makes it easier to persuade reluctant donors.
  • Don’t just ask. Show off the library’s strengths using visuals. Show impact numerically and with stories. Then interact with your followers. Social media should be used for building and maintaining donor-library relationships.
  • Have an easy way to give online. There are many online fiving portals, crowd funding, and text giving options that are mobile friendly. In 2014, 62% of millennials gave to a charity on a mobile device.
  • Say “thank you” using personalized messages.
All social media platforms increase your library’s reach, but these apps are useful for different aspects of fundraising, for example:

Facebook has been successfully used by businesses and libraries for fundraising campaigns so get online and look for good examples. Make use of status updates and the Events feature with content that is primarily visual and use minimal text. Tell a “Like”able story and post about your progress or how users are benefitting. Include an “ask” for contributions and a link to your giving site.

Twitter is great way to cultivate relationships with current and future donors. Many nonprofits use it to build brand awareness. Use mentions and replies to engage with you library’s supporters.

Instagram is a powerful platform for telling the library’s story visually. Carefully crafting your story through photographs is a powerful way to get donor’s attention. Instagram has been used successfully for challenge campaigns, showing impact, and thanking donors.

Finally, take the time to learn from your experience. Use those social media metrics to determine who you reached, what worked and how to improve performance for the next campaign.

Want to know more? You can check this book out from the State Library’s professional collection.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The World Book Suite of Online Resources

World Book Online supports all levels of learning, with features for the 21st century educator and learner. This includes leveled content updated in real time, curriculum correlations, read-aloud functions, STEM activities, educational games, lesson plans, and assessment pieces.

The SD State Library provides these three World Book resources for your primary research:

These four can assist in developing a lesson plan, or more specialized studies:

Want to learn more? World Book provides short Online Tutorials, Training Guides, and help tools. These are available from the "Support" menu found on the tool bar at the bottom of every page.

You also can promote World Book by downloading promotional materials such as customizable bookmarks, brochures, and posters to place around your library.

If you have more questions, please contact David Bradford, SDSL Digital Resources Coordinator, at david.bradford@state.sd.us.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Braille & Talking Book Reading Programs for Children and Youth

Colorific February concludes

Choshgai Roanhorse, age 14, of Agency Village, S.D., was a winner in the second annual South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library Winter Reading Program. Choshgai was awarded a 12-inch tactile and visual table globe.

"Colorific February" was the theme of this year's program. Choshgai was one of 42 readers who participated. All participants are registered with the Braille and Talking Book Library program and read in an alternative format, like braille or digital audio.

At the conclusion of the program, the 36 participants who returned their reading charts were eligible for the globe drawing. The globe is covered with a tactile clear plastic overlay. Among the overlay's features are continent outlines, elevations and latitude and longitude lines.

Thank you to all of who participated -- you are all winners!

2018 B&TB Summer Reading Program

children playing trumpet, keyboard, guitar and drums with books, computer, music notes, with text Libraries Rock!

"Libraries Rock" is the theme of the 2018 SD Braille and Talking Book Library Summer Reading Program. It will run from June 3 to July 14, 2018 and is open to all youth registered with the Braille and Talking Book Library ages birth to 19. It will have two age divisions: Ages birth to 12, and ages 13 to 19.

We are following the 20/24/7 reading program where participants read a minimum of 20 minutes each day, seven days a week. A sticker is placed on the provided reading chart each day when the participant reads a minimum of 20 minutes.

Readers must return their reading charts at the conclusion of the program to be eligible for the gift card drawings. There will be two age divisions and each will have drawings for two Amazon gift cards. If a reader returns all of their weekly reading charts, they will have six chances to win. In addition to the gift cards all entries will be combined for a grand prize drawing.

Registration forms were sent out by mail and email in April. If you need additional information please contact Josh Easter at 1-800-423-6665, press 1, 4 or by email.

School librarian helps energize middle school research on wildfires

Shelley Rath is the librarian at West Middle School in Rapid City, an Exemplary 21st Century School Library. In summer 2017, she and colleague Amber Robbins, a West Middle School science teacher, were among 104 middle school educators across the country to become National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Ambassadors.

The two attended a summer institute in Washington, D.C., where they learned about National Geographic’s Geo-Inquiry Process, which they were then charged with introducing to their students through a class project.
The Geo-Inquiry Process: Ask (develop question), Collect (acquire information), Visualize (analyze information), Create (develop stories), Act (share stories)

The students generated ideas for the project. At the time, there were wildfires burning in California, Montana, etc. There was a lot of smoke in the Black Hills region, and the kids gravitated toward that topic.

Ultimately, their driving question became, “What can we do to help our community prevent forest fires in the Black Hills of South Dakota?”

The Geo-Inquiry Process is broken down into five steps: ask, collect, visualize, create, and act. Students do the research, gather and present information, but also go out into their community and do something about it. In their findings, students learned there was a lot of debris in nearby forest areas left over from a snowstorm several years back. They had learned that this debris is fuel for fire, so they wanted to help clean up an area. It was discovered that there was a fire mitigation station only about a block away from the school, so the group worked with firefighters there. Students ultimately spent an afternoon building slash piles and digging fire lines to assist a local neighborhood.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Historic Attorney General reports available online

The South Dakota State Library's Digital Collections reflect the history and culture of South Dakota. Primarily of interest to librarians, researchers, and genealogists, our digital collections include newspaper articles, photographs, state documents, and more.

Biennial Report of the Attorney General of the State of South Dakota, 1907-1908

The South Dakota State Library recently completed scanning over 100 years of Attorney General Reports. All of the reports are available online through the South Dakota State Library website. The Attorney General Reports provide a look at the counsel and legal advice given by the Attorney General, as well as court cases decided during the two year span covered by the report. Below is a page from the 1907-1908 report. One of the cases involves a man convicted of keeping a saloon open on Sunday. Reports can be found here: http://cdmresolver.worldcat.org/oclc/871556467/viewonline

State Historical Society collection of online historical newspapers

Four new related newspaper titles have been added to the growing online database of historical United States newspapers, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Chronicling America - Historic Newspapers (with front pages of the newspapers)

New titles recently added include The Grant County Herald, 1879-1883, and The Herald, 1883-1890, out of Big Stone City; as well as The Advance, 1890, and the Herald-Advance, 1890-1922, out of Milbank, also in Grant County.

In 2016 the State Historical Society-State Archives received a two-year $240,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize historical newspapers. The project is part of Chronicling America, a Library of Congress initiative to develop an online database of select historical newspapers from around the United States. As part of the grant the State Historical Society-Archives will digitize approximately 100 rolls of microfilmed newspapers pre-dating 1922 to be included in this collection. This is the second grant the State Archives has received to participate in this project.

To view these newspapers, visit the Chronicling America Website: chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Celebrating School Library Month

making connections at your school library | April is School Library Month | www.ala.org/aasl/slm

Thank you, school librarians, for all you do for South Dakota students! School libraries are hubs of activity where students study, research, collaborate, invent and explore.
Which books won the 2017-18 Prairie Bud, Prairie Bloom and Prairie Pasque Awards?

Which books won the 2017-18 YARP Awards?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Win-Win: Library Science Course for High School Students

South Dakota school librarians can offer high school students coursework for working and learning in the school library. The Library Science Course is a one-or-two semester course and is recognized within the South Dakota state system. Enrollment criteria are to be developed at the local level.

This elective course allows students to explore the possibility of a future career while gaining real-world experience. It also helps to build interpersonal and critical thinking skills that support college, career, and life readiness.

Some middle schools have adapted this course to offer a library class for middle schoolers. This is a win-win opportunity for schools. This partnership develops positive work behaviors and skills in students while supporting often understaffed school libraries.

To learn more access the Library Science Course Framework.

For examples of SD school libraries who offer this course, contact Alissa Adams at alissa.adams@state.sd.us.

two students with apron and cart with books
Library students at Douglas Middle School in Box Elder.

Lake Andes Carnegie Library receives Revisiting the Founding Era grant

Revisiting the Founding Era LOGO

Lake Andes Carnegie Library was recently notified that it was selected to receive a Revisiting the Founding Era programming grant in the amount of $1000.

Revisiting the Founding Era is a three-year initiative designed to bring libraries and their communities together to explore the continuing relevance of the Founding Era by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it firsthand.

Mary Jo Parker, library director, stated that the library is going to focus on Native American foods and Native American games and spice it up with some storytelling, beading etc.

The library received its grant award for funding in the fourth round, which is next year, but they will have plenty of time to make plans.

For more information, visit foundingera.org/.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Copy Talk and the Copyright Advisory Network

Have you ever felt confused with “fair use” and copyright? I don’t think you are alone. However, there are resources to help you become more familiar with general definitions and practices.

The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) Copyright Education Subcommittee sponsors Copy Talk, a series of webinars on specific copyright topics that include orphan works, mass digitization, international copyright developments, pending and recent copyright court cases, the copyright implications of new technologies, and more. Recorded sessions can be found at http://www.ala.org/advocacy/pp/pub/copytalk

In addition, the OITP also sponsors the Copyright Advisory Network (CAN), which exists to help librarians understand copyright law and appreciate the important role that they can play in serving the public “to advance the progress of science and the useful arts.”

The Network is used to respond to copyright questions posed by librarians. It is made up of librarians that have a keen interest in copyright and volunteer their time responding to queries, creating copyright resources and sharing copyright news.

Visit their website at http://librarycopyright.net/

NOTE: the site is not a resource for legal advice.

WebDewey! - Of Course We Do Dewey!

Screenshots of WebDewey - image provided by OCLC

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.

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

Go to – Services – SDSL LibGuides Collection – click the WebDewey tab

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

For login information to use WebDewey please contact:

Dustin Larmore, Dustin.Larmore@state.sd.us or Nina Mentzel, Nina.Mentzel@state.sd.us

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.

Federal government publications provide many resources for school reports, both in print and online.

Document cover snapshot with Authenticated US Government Information GPO Logo


Farm Bill discussions are currently ongoing in Congress. It is a long process with many federal documents produced in relation to the bill. You can visit a local Federal Depository Library and browse the collection of hearings related to agriculture. They are located with the call number Y 4.AG

Many federal documents can be found online. The Federal Digital System is the online source of the U.S. Government Publishing Office. Researchers can also look for government publications using the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications where a search can be limited to electronic titles.

Federal Government publications held at the South Dakota State Library can be searched using the library catalog at http://sdsl.booksys.net/

Friday, April 6, 2018

School Library Month - APRIL 2018

It’s School Library Month! Are you making connections?

Making Connections at your school library. AASL. April is School Library Month. www.ala.org/aasl/slm

Every April school librarians around the country celebrate School Library Month. They do this by promoting and hosting activities to show how strong school library programs can help patrons make connections to learning and the world around them.

And don’t forget about Nat'l Library Week, April 8-14.

For more information visit this post at Collect+Connect, SDSL’s new school library blog.

National Library Week!

National Library Week is almost here! April 8-14, in fact! National Library Week is a natural time to recognize the many contributions that libraries make to American society. In a world of rapid technological and cultural change, America’s libraries continue to establish themselves as trusted sources of information, research, and programming for all ages. It is a safe space for children, students and local citizens of all ages.

National Library Week is April 8-14 2018. "Discover your passions and achieve your goals at thelibrary" quote by Misty Copeland, National Library Week Honorary Chair. Libraries Lead

First held in 1958, NLW has been sponsored by the American Library Association and observed each April since, with a focused theme. This is NLW’s 60th anniversary! The 2018 theme for NLW is “Libraries Lead.” This year, in keeping with the Libraries Lead theme, librarians are encouraged to ask patrons how the library led them to something valuable in their lives. Ideas: Collect these responses and share them on a message board or select a few to share in a newsletter or local newspaper article. Plan a reception and invite your city council and mayor! Have an auction or a contest.

The week’s events include:

  • Release of ALA’s 2018 “State of America’s Libraries Report;” this annual report examines library trends of the past year and includes the “Top Ten List of the Most Challenged Books of 2017.”
  • Tuesday, April 10 is designated as National Library Workers Day, recognizing librarians and support staff that makes library services and programming happen every day.
  • Wednesday, April 11 is National Bookmobile Day, recognizing the nation's bookmobiles and the library staff who make this kind of outreach possible in their communities.
  • The entire month of April is School Library Month, sponsored by the American Association of School Libraries, a division of ALA.

Find press releases, promotional materials, and more at ALA's National Library Week page:

Libraries are the purest display of our democratic ideals where everyone is welcome and all ideas are deemed equal and accessible. Celebrate National Library Week…celebrate our public libraries which strengthen our democracy and secure our 1st amendment rights! Happy National Library Week!

Daria Bossman, State Librarian

Thursday, March 29, 2018

DIY Library Website (aka Virtual Library)

Recent privacy issues with Facebook have caused some people to question whether they want to continue having a Facebook account. Some libraries use Facebook as the sole method of communication with their patrons while other libraries use Facebook in tandem with a website or blog.

Websites and blogs are easier than ever to create for the rural library. You no longer need to know code and you no longer need to pay someone else to do the work. Now it’s a matter of choosing a platform in which to create the site or blog, picking a mobile-friendly template, and spending time building and curating the site. Some freely available popular platforms include Google Sites, Weebly, Blogspot/Blogger, Wordpress, and Wix.

Before creating a virtual library it’s important to review examples of other library sites that are similar in size and scope. Here are several examples of South Dakota rural libraries that use these free online platforms for their virtual libraries:

Add Binge Boxes to your library collections

This is a great idea for sleepovers, sick days, staycations.

dvds, popcorn, and movie ticket that says "binge boxes"

A binge box is a lunchbox-sized container with five or six movies. Boxes circulate as a single item. Binge box themes could include seasonal movies, princesses, superheroes, monster movies, famous directors or actors, classics, chick flicks, James Bond, baseball movies. Use your imagination.

Some libraries are throwing in a box of movie candy or microwave popcorn.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

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.

‘Take Home a Treasure from Indian Country: Buy Authentic South Dakota Indian Art’

Indian Arts and Crafts Act brochure

Indian Art and Crafts Act I 1.84:T 71

For more information, contact the US Department of Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Board.

Five ideas that add value to your library

21st century libraries are community hubs, family spaces, creation stations & economic incubators. Here are a few ideas for adding community value to your library:

  • Money talks. Use a Return on Investment calculator to give meaningful context to service statistics in your library reports.
  • Meeting rooms and study spaces for the public add visibility and value to the library.
  • You may be out of physical space, but your library’s website is its digital branch. Your website should showcase the library’s digital offerings.
  • Add value to your digital offerings by hosting programs that teach patrons how to download your ebooks and use the electronic resources.
  • Partner with local businesses and service organizations for programs and services. They will have a stake in promoting those things, too.

Want to know more? Check out this NCompass Live recorded webinar: What is Your Library Worth?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

21st Century School Library Award – Apply Today!

South Dakota school librarians! It’s time to receive recognition for all of the excellent learning and teaching going on in your library with the 21st Century School Library Award. The SD State Library annually recognizes schools with libraries that meet the characteristics of a 21st Century school library through its program, place, and professional. Apply March 1 through May 1.

21st Century School Library Award

To apply complete the steps below:

  1. Complete the self-assessment tool here. If you score 75 points or higher, then proceed to Step 2. If you don’t meet 75 points you will not be eligible to apply for the award; however, you still have the benefit of having completed the self-assessment. This is meant to be an informative tool to help guide decisions about your library and your professional practices. You can also use the tool as an advocacy tool with administrators, staff, school boards, and the public.
  2. Fill out the formal application here.
  3. Submit by email one example of place, one example of program, and one example of professional as evidence supporting your score.

New Look for Learning Express Library

screenshot of learning express library web page

This new LearningExpress Library is sleeker and easier to navigate, with a more prominent search box that allows you to search for the type of resource you want: practice tests, tutorials, eBooks and articles. The content within the library has not changed. The Guidance tab is also more pronounced, letting you more quickly see how that particular item can assist you.

LearningExpress Library can help you prepare for:

•Careers, including occupation and military exams
•Job searches and career exploration
•GED Exams
•College admissions tests, such as the ACT
•College placement exams and coursework
•Elementary through high school coursework
•Improving computer and software skills

If you have more questions, please contact David Bradford, SDSL Digital Resources Coordinator, at david.bradford@state.sd.us

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Libraries hosting book clubs

Does your library want to host a book club, but you can’t afford to purchase the items? Public libraries across the state offer “book club” books for interlibrary loan (ILL) through SD Share-It. These are multiple copies of a book in a bag.

books with alphabet blocks spelling "book club"

Stephanie Brewer of Grace Balloch Memorial Library in Spearfish has created a master list of all the book club kit/bag/totes that are available for ILL within the state. For information on how to request these items through SD Share-It for your library for a limited time, contact Dustin Larmore.

Stephanie has given the state library permission to post her master list on the SDSL ILL LibGuides page. Visit libguides.library.sd.gov/ and look for the link on the left under Interlibrary Loan Resources.

New service to help find federal government information

When searching for government information, librarians and the general public typically search for information based on subjects rather than government agency authorship. Recently, the Federal Depository Library Program launched FDLP LibGuides.

lib guides logo

Library guides are a tool commonly used by libraries to provide users with lists of resources on particular topics. Providing Federal Depository Library partners with guides is a valuable service not only to the depository library community, but also to the general public as well.

FDLP LibGuides provides an easy site for students to find authoritative information that can be used for school reports. Here you can find information on Natural Disasters, Substance Abuse and Addiction, and Presidential Documents.

Currently 12 Guides are included, some geared specifically toward partner depository libraries. The new site is a work in progress and more Guides will be added on a continuing basis. The “Community Guides” section will link out to Guides that have been created by partner Federal Depository Libraries. This collection will also continue to grow.

Keep checking the site as more and more information is added.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

SD State Document of the Month

The South Dakota State Library's Digital Collections reflect the history and culture of South Dakota. Primarily of interest to librarians, researchers, and genealogists, our digital collections include newspaper articles, photographs, state documents, and more.
State of SD FIrst Annual Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction 1890
First Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1890
The South Dakota State Library has decades of Superintendent of Public Instruction Reports going back to the beginning of South Dakota’s statehood. Reports include financial information, statistics, and a summary of the school year.

View the Superintendent of Public Instruction Reports at: https://cdm16384.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16384coll5/

Or view all digitized South Dakota State Library collections at: https://cdm16384.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/

Public Librarians: Do you need a poster or flyer to promote your library?

The SD State Library makes it easy for you!

Top Reasons Poster

Check out the Top Reasons to Support Your Library easy template for you to create your own poster using your library data. Download the file and open in Adobe Acrobat Reader (free). Fill in your library’s name or logo and a few 2017 annual report stats. Print and hand out at events and exhibits.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

National Library Week

It's not too early to start planning for National Library Week!
National Library Week poster from ALA graphics

New SDSL School Library Blog!

Alissa Adams, School Library Technology Coordinator, has launched a new school library blog titled Collect + Connect.

school library s d s l dot blog spot dot com collect + connect a school library blog from the SD State Library

Collect + Connect will house routine posts related to technology, resource sharing, and other useful information related to the school library world.

Blogs are a common communication outlet in our digital world and they allow for nice functionality in terms of searching, labeling, sharing, commenting, etc. They also allow for subscribing which sends new posts straight to your email.

Visit schoollibrarysdsl.blogspot.com and subscribe by clicking the small SUBSCRIBE button right below the title. *Those who subscribe will be entered into a drawing for a collection of books.

Comments, suggestions, and questions about this blog can be sent to Alissa at Alissa.Adams@state.sd.us

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.

Federal government publications provide many resources for school reports, both in print and online.

book cover of war in the Persian Gulf 1990-1991
War in the Persian Gulf: Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm
August 1990-March 1991
by Richard W. Stewart
D 114.1:P 43/3
Twenty years ago, the Persian Gulf War captured the attention of the world as the first test of the U.S. Army since the Vietnam War and the first large-scale armor engagement since World War II.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Back issues of Consumer Reports magazine available

Through the State Library website you can read back issues of Consumer Reports magazine. These are not just summaries, but the actual magazine articles, going as far back as 1992. Here you can see reviews of automobiles, washing machines, television sets, and much, much more!

Consumer Reports - magazine cover collage

To access these articles, choose the electronic resource MasterFILE Premier. After you are logged in, under the search bar select Advanced Search. Scroll down, and under Publication Name enter “Consumer Reports.” If you want a specific year or issue, to the left select your Date of Publication. Click on Search, and you will see many articles. You may also modify your search by subject. Choose HTML Full Text or PDF Full Text to view an article. Happy reading!

If you have more questions, contact David Bradford, SDSL Digital Resources Coordinator, at david.bradford@state.sd.us.

Teen Tech Week: March 4-10, 2018

Teen Tech Week is a perfect time to showcase digital resources and services available in your library to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. This year's theme, Libraries are for Creating, encourages teens to become content creators and to leverage library technology resources to share their creations and inventions.

Teen Tech Week | March 4-10 2018 | ala dot org | YALSA

Visit http://teentechweek.ning.com to sign up for free access to explore tips and tricks, access free downloads, tools, and lists, and to learn about what others are showcasing during this week.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

South Dakota School Library EdCamp 2018

School library professionals! Mark your calendars for the annual SD School Library EdCamp on Saturday, March 24 in Spearfish and Sioux Falls. Spearfish High School will host West River and Robert Frost Elementary School will host East River.

South Dakota School Library Ed Camp - March 24 2018

To register for this free professional development event, visit schlibedcampsd.weebly.com

WHAT IS THE SD SCHOOL LIBRARY EDCAMP? A free professional development event sponsored jointly by the South Dakota Library Association (SDLA) and the South Dakota State Library (SDSL).

WHAT EXACTLY IS AN EDCAMP? It's an independently organized and hosted 'unconference' conference. An EdCamp agenda is created by the participants at the start of the event; sessions are not scheduled ahead of time like a traditional conference. Because content is participant-driven, attendees are encouraged to arrive with a willingness to share. It's a flexible, casual time to network with other librarians, share knowledge and expertise, and leave with new ideas and practical information.

WHAT HAPPENS AT SD SCHOOL LIBRARY EDCAMP? During the first part of the camp, participants will mingle with other librarians and settle in for the unconference. There will be an empty session board where participants post session topics. From this, a schedule of session is created and participants rotate through sessions. There are no rules for topics - you decide what you want to learn. Topics can include but are not limited to: collaboration, collection development, literacies, OER, eResources, advocacy, standards, curriculum, programming, tech tools, Makerspaces...

Grants Training Opportunities

The South Dakota State Library is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center. As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the South Dakota State Library provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center's electronic database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. The fully searchable database includes detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, as well as an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation's top funders.

Foundation Center Logo

Visit our LibGuides grants page at http://libguides.library.sd.gov.

Check out these FREE online webinars from the Foundation Center: