Thursday, September 20, 2018

Announcing 2018-19 SD Children's Book Award Nominees

Drum Roll Please……
LOGO South Dakota Children's Book Awards
2018-19 Prairie Award information is available on the South Dakota State Library website! There are many great resources additional to the nominees list. If you want to know more details about the history of Prairie Awards check out award information tab. Find out facts like the first award was given in 1987. Other useful resources under this tab are nomination guidelines, voting instructions, and past winner’s bookshelf.

That’s not all, the State Library provides you with downloads and printables such as award certificates, bookmarks, graphics including spine labels and even a poster! We want to make sure teachers and librarians are supported with endless resources, so we created a collaborative event planning form and ideas for classrooms and individual student celebrations. We didn’t forget the parents and families either. Check out press releases, parent letters, Read! SD, and much more.

Voting Starts October 1st – April 1st

Lights on Afterschool

This October, partner in a Lights on Afterschool event!

Have you heard of the "Lights On Afterschool Event" taking place October 25th, 2018? This event has taken place for 19 years and has more than 8,000 events celebrating the role of afterschool programs and how they help families and communities!

From Afterschool to Bright Futures - Lights On Afterschool

This year's theme is "Library Partnership" and it is a great way to connect the library with other community programs. According to Library and afterschool partnerships: Everybody's doing it! (Afterschool Alliance, 2014) "Ninety-eight percent of programs recognized the benefits in partnership with public libraries, such as collaboration with caring and qualified library staff, availability of better reading materials, access to technology for students and families, and opportunities to build community.

Below is a link to a webinar describing how your library can celebrate the event in partnership with others. It is packed full of information about ideas, event kits, giveaways and lots more.

How Your Library Can Celebrate "Lights on Afterschool"

Visit to participate in an event – or help organize one in your own community.

Book Review Resources

Need a book review resource, but don't have the funds to purchase something? Look no further than the databases provided to you for FREE through the SD State Library!

EBSCO and ProQuest Research Library have a number of book review resources. Make sure you limit to Full Text before you start searching. You can search many of these by exact title, author, series, genre, subject etc. If you want to just browse through an issue of newer titles, limit the search to the past couple of years.

Library Journal – do a search for “book reviewing”, limit it to the Library Journal publication, and the most recent year if you are looking to browse for new items. This will take you right to the book review section.

Booklist – Booklist is all book reviews.

Kirkus Reviews – has been reviewing the nation's top publishers' books since 1933.

New York Times Book Review

Horn Book Magazine – publications about books for children and young adults.

You can also look for general articles on book review trends and sources in EBSCO's Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts database.

Questions? Contact the SD State Library!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

September: National Library Card Sign-up Month

September is the time when the American Library Association joins public libraries nationwide to highlight the value of a library card. Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. Libraries work to remind parents and youth that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

This effort is credited to former U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett who said: "Let's have a national campaign...every child should obtain a library card and use it." Since then, thousands of public and school libraries join the campaign to ensure every child does just that, helping parents and caregivers save hundreds of dollars on educational resources and services for students. From access to STEAM programs, e-resources, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help, a library card provides all that. Proving again that a library card is critical to learning, not to mention a very cost-effective back-to-school item!

This year, Disney Pixar’s superhero family--the Incredibles--figures prominently in all promotions. Find great promo items, including a printable graphic asking patrons of all ages to answer “My Library is Incredible Because…” Find that, along with this year’s posters, bookmarks, stickers, and toolkit with a button at!

2nd Annual Performance Showcase Event!

2nd annual performance showcase - poster

Let the Show Begin! How exciting to be hosting two Performance Showcases this year in South Dakota!

  • Sioux Falls - November 1st
  • Aberdeen - November 2nd 

Register Today!

Last year was the first ever event which took place in Brookings and it was so well attended, this year we added another venue. The South Dakota State Library, in collaboration with Siouxland Libraries and K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library, announce a variety of different performing acts all in one day. The best news about the showcase is it’s free to attend! Also, by previewing these acts, you can ensure the performance will fit your libraries' needs before booking it, and the event allows you to combine bookings with other organizations.

All acts are brought to Sioux Falls and Aberdeen locations by Rick Eugene Brammer, a professionally performing magician for the past 25 years. Rick has worked hard to compile a variety of different acts guaranteed to meet all your needs. These showcases include, but are not limited to, the following acts: children’s music, polka musician extraordinaire, science live demonstrations with lasers, drone programs, traveling theatre company, a magician who is only fourteen years old, and Guinness Book of World Records Professional Jump Roper with glow in the dark routines.

COME ONE, COME ALL to The Greatest Performance Showcase Event Ever!

More details are found at website.


How to Cost-Effectively Improve Your Internet Connectivity using the E-rate Program

Important to know:

  • The next E-rate application cycle starts this fall.
  • A special equipment budget that allows for nearly all applicants to receive funding to update their broadband services will be ending in the next year - and may not be renewed - so it is important to act in the next year to take advantage of this opportunity.
Libraries continue to be a vital community anchor to provide Internet access to everyone. Especially for patrons who do not have Internet at home, the library may be the only place they can go to access the Internet. Online connectivity has become more essential to apply for jobs, learn new skills, and to participate meaningfully in the global economy. More and more people rely on the Internet access available from their libraries.

There is a nationally administered technology program that is designed specifically for libraries and schools to ensure they have sufficient broadband Internet to meet their community needs. Known as the E-rate program, libraries qualify for funding to help pay for high-speed Internet service and Wi-Fi network equipment to ensure robust Internet access is available and can accommodate multiple simultaneous users. To participate in E-rate, libraries must have adopted an Internet Safety Policy and must have an Internet filtering mechanism in place.

E-rate operates as a discount program and provides funding for broadband services and network equipment. The South Dakota E-rate Coordinator, Debra Kriete, has written a longer article with detailed information about the E-rate program. Read it at

Thursday, September 6, 2018

ChiltonLibrary: An authoritative online automotive repair guide

Chilton library an authoritative online automotive repair guide [GALE cengage logo] [photo of mechanic under lifted car]

Has your automobile’s headlight burned out? Have you heard rumors about a recall that might include your car? Are you paying for the appropriate number of work hours for a repair? ChiltonLibrary can help answer all of these questions!

ChiltonLibrary supplies a solution for the “do-it-yourselfer.” It provides quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on seven decades of the broadest range of vehicles available; including cars, trucks, vans and SUVs.

The image at the top is part of a bookmark provided by the vendor Gale/Cengage just for South Dakota libraries! Download this bookmark, many more promotional materials, or learn more about this resource (including webinars and tutorials) at the SDSL’s ChiltonLibrary help page.

Electronic Resources are provided through a combination of funding from the South Dakota State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

School Library Events & Deadlines: 2018-19 School Year



and more!

School librarians and public librarians alike may find this document helpful. It’s a monthly/yearly listing of celebrations, events, and South Dakota school library specific deadlines. It will always be linked on the Collect+Connect School Library Blog.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Book Review - Crash Course in Young Adult Services

book cover of Crash Course in Young Adult Services
Crash Course in Young Adult Services
by Sarah Flowers
Do you need a refresher on Young Adult Services or are you brand new to serving teens? Either way this book is for you!

Author Sarah Flowers points out how teens are not children, yet they are not adults either. She describes their differences in her statement “This is a good time to talk about their need for peer approval, their probable sleep deprivation, and their emotional volatility, and the difficulty they have in gauging the emotions or facial expressions of others.”

The book covers topics everyone should be aware of when interrelating with teens such as positive interactions, volunteer and workers, collections, information needs, spaces and speaking up for teens. To help you service teens needs she provides program ideas, display designs and booklists. Sarah even helps you to teach others about the information in the book by providing you with a format to create a Crash Course Workshop.

This book is available from the South Dakota State Library, Call number: Z 718.F57 2017.

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.

Covers of three editions of Digest of Education Statistics
Digest of education statistics
Library location: ED 1.140:

School will be back in session for many locations across South Dakota this month. We often hear about what is going on in the education field in our state, but have you wondered about the state of education in other states?

The Digest of Education Statistics contains information on a variety of subjects within the field of education statistics, including the number of schools and colleges, enrollments, teachers, graduates, educational attainment, finances, Federal funds for education, libraries, international education, and research and development. Visit the library to look at the book, or go to the online link for the most up to date data.

Enjoy the school year!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

"Check out" the collection at the SD State Library

Now that’s a novel idea! Need expert information on book repairs?

2 books about book binding and book repair

The Internet may or may not have what you are looking for. Google has a lot, but it may be too much to sort through. Why not interlibrary loan a specific book from our collection? Among others, there is:

  • “In-House Bookbinding and Repair,” 2nd edition by Sharon McQueen and James Twomey, c 2015 
  • “Book Repair, Second Edition Revised, A How To Do It Manual,” by Kenneth Lavender, c. 2011.

Subject search our catalog  or search through our statewide network, South Dakota Share-It.

Call Dustin Larmore for assistance. 1-605-733-5068 or email If you can think of a library topic, we probably have a book on it. Check us out. Dustin will have it sent to you right away!

Why didn't I think of that?

Do you get this reference question:

Where should we go for lunch?

knife, fork and spoon tied with twine on top of dark wooden table with text Local Menus at your public library

Gregory Public Library keeps a collection of local restaurant menus for library visitors. Director Diane Althoff says there are a couple of restaurants that only advertise daily on Facebook, so she also finds out what is their special du jour.

A great idea not only for locals, but especially for visitors traveling through your location who stop at the library to use the internet!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

US Newsstream, A Bigger and Better Online Newspaper Resource

On July 1, the State Library expanded its online newspapers by introducing US Newsstream. This has same-day publication access to over 250 news titles, and draws from over 1000 separate sources. It contains trade journals, websites, newswires, television and radio transcripts, blogs, and podcasts. Users can read current U.S. news content, as well as archives stretching back into the 1980s.

US Newsstream flyer for SDSL

US Newsstream also has local content! You can read the latest issue of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and South Dakota Business Review.

For more information about US Newsstream, including the list of titles, visit ProQuest's website. Want to learn more? Look at training videos, or choose a Training Webinar. You also can promote US Newsstream with our new SDSL flyer.

Electronic Resources are provided through a combination of funding from the South Dakota State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Questions? Contact

SD Titles to Go has new features!

As of July 1, South Dakota Titles to Go (SDTTG) users have access to fifty popular magazines; including titles such as Ok! Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Reader's Digest, O, the Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, and ESPN. Users can easily search, borrow, read, and download magazines seamlessly on the Libby app or Overdrive Read, with no additional required apps or logins. Users will be able to browse and check out these magazines like they do the books, but one person can check out multiple magazines at one time.

screenshot of Overdrive website - with magazines such as Newsweek, ESPN, House Beautiful and more

The SD State Library has purchased a one-year subscription of 50 magazines from July 2018 to June 2019. This is being provided through funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The magazines purchased during this period will permanently remain in the local collections. Contact your local member public library for access policies and procedures.

Currently South Dakota Titles to Go is a consortium of small and rural libraries with assistance from the South Dakota State Library using IMLS/LSTA federal funds from time to time to enhance their shared collection of some 17,000 titles of popular audio and e-books. 74 public libraries are currently SDTTG members. Rapid City, along with nine other area public libraries, earlier this year formed their own consortium known as the Black Hills Library Consortium. Siouxland Libraries (Sioux Falls area) also has a separate e-book subscription with a different vendor. Approximately 79% of the state has access to a public library audio and e-book collection.

State Librarian Daria Bossman said, “This magazine collection rounds out the popular audio and e-books now offered through the South Dakota Titles to Go consortium. It is a tremendous value for rural and small communities. We are pleased to be able to help support this initiative.”

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

2018 School Library Boot Camp a Success

School Library Boot Camp attendees in Pierre, SD

The annual School Library Boot Camp was held July 23-26, at the South Dakota State Library in Pierre. Eighteen librarians, teachers, and para-professionals from across the state attended. This year's theme was "21st Century Literacies: The School Library Connection," with attendees exploring digital, media and information literacy.

Two librarians from Northern State University presented on the importance of media literacy in today's world. In addition, award-winning blogger and teacher-librarian Jennifer LaGarde (author of The Library Girl blog) engaged campers in a variety of activities, including a BreakoutEDU encounter, which challenged campers both physically and digitally. For Jennifer's post about her experience at Boot Camp visit her blog.

"Everything about Boot Camp exceeded my expectations!"
"…for me getting energized and being around other librarians who get what I do on a daily basis is the best part of Boot Camp."
"Great course work. Great networking. Great opportunity to learn with others face-to-face."

School Library Boot Camp is coordinated by the South Dakota State Library in conjunction with Black Hills State University. This annual multi-day professional development opportunity is a two-credit course for undergraduate and graduate students, geared toward school librarians and all educators. LSTA federal funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services pays for speakers and other resources, as well as full-tuition scholarships for attendees.

For more information contact School Library Technology Coordinator at or by phone at 605-295-3152.

2018 Read for the Record!

Calling all public libraries! On Oct. 25th, 2018 your library has a unique opportunity to join with thousands of other libraries and schools around the country to read the same book to as many kids as possible. This year the selection is Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell and illustrated by Rafael López. The South Dakota State Library wants public and school libraries to be a part of this national campaign and we will help you do it!

book cover of Maybe Something Beautiful depicting girl painting colorful artwork and gray buildings in background

Libraries can register by Sept. 21 at and the SD State Library will provide you with a free copy of the book! Prove registration by sending a screen shot of your registration confirmation or by forwarding your confirmation email to Laura Kelly If you are attending SDLA in Sioux Falls, you can pick your book up at the SDSL table.

You may order more books if you wish on the website, but remember that the SD State Library will provide one free book once we receive confirmation that your library is registered.

Visit the Read for the Record website at

Tuesday, July 31, 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.

Summer is in full swing and a vacation to a National Park might be your destination. There are 58 National Parks in the United States. Here is a link to find them:

I 29.21:B 14/996 Badlands
Of Time and the Badlands. ‘The peaks, gullies, buttes, and wide prairies of the Badlands can be challenging to cross, yet they have long attracted the interest and praise of travelers.’

landscape photo of badlands, Shadows on the Brule Formation

A small sampling of National Park publications that you will find in the state library federal collection include:

  • I 29.2:AR 2/23 Arches (Utah)
  • I 29.9/5:104 Wind Cave (South Dakota)
  • I 29.9/5:119 Big Bend (Texas)
  • I 29.9/5:123 Glacier Bay (Alaska)
  • I 29.9/5:154 Redwood (California)
  • I 29.2:P 93/7 “Few Know That Such A Place Exists” Prince William Forest Park (Virginia)

National Park Publications at South Dakota State Library

Looking for state parks in South Dakota? Here’s a link that provides vacation information:

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Faith Public/School Library Summer Reading Program Rocks!

Angela Ostrander and the members of the Faith Public/School Library held some rockin' summer reading activities this summer. Angela by now has left her position as the Faith Public/School Librarian, which she held for 13 years. She has worked hard to grow the program through promoting summer reading with brochures, bookmarks, posters, emails, website, radio, and newspaper articles. Angela also displays prizes and wraps up the program with an ice cream social for patrons to celebrate reaching their summer reading goal!

Laura Kelly, SDSL, and Angela Ostrander, Faith Public/School Library
Angela is a big fan of this year’s summer reading theme “Libraries Rock”! She started preparing for the summer reading program back in February by attending Jump Start, a program facilitated by the SD State Library. She has worked diligently to obtain funding from the Morgan/Naslund Fund, Roberts O'Shea American Auxiliary and Faith Booster Club. With these resources, Angela purchased prizes for summer reading participants, materials for crafts, snacks, musical instruments, and much more.

Summer Reading programming at Faith

All of Angela’s hard work and preparation has paid off! Not only has the program encouraged summer reading, it has helped build the Faith community. She has organized helpers who are upper elementary to high school who assist with the younger readers. This opportunity to volunteer gives the older children a chance to be a rising star by developing teamwork and communication skills. Meanwhile, younger children are building empathy and compassion. A mother of a participating child in the summer reading program stated, “We travel 30 miles to attend story time to give my daughter a chance to interact with other kids. It teaches her how to make friends and not leave other kids out. We will miss Angela, and because of her my daughter has come out of her shell and is prepared for preschool.”

Story time with Angela at Faith

American Indian and Alaskan Native Documents in the Congressional Serial Set

…from the desk of Brenda Hemmelman, Collection Services Librarian

greyscale photo of congressional building with feather
A recently attended webinar from the Federal Depository Library Program Training Academy highlighted a great resource from the University of Oklahoma.

American Indian and Alaskan Native Documents in the Congressional Serial Set is a collection of United States government documents that were assembled from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries print collection and scanned at the University of Oklahoma Donald E Pray Law Library. Librarians Marilyn Nicely and Steve Beleu identified titles to scan using Steven L. Johnson’s book, Guide to American Indian Documents in the Congressional Serial Set: 1817-1899. The database is the product of a six-year-long partnership. It was undertaken in order to provide free, online access to this historic content for the benefit of tribes, scholars, students and the public in general.

During the 19th century, the United States was engaged in an era of territorial expansion and addition of new states. The government entered into treaties with tribes, conducted wars with tribes, established reservations, relocated tribes, and determined rights to the lands and resources of the indigenous population. The Serial Set provides in-depth, detailed contemporaneous documentation of political, military, and governmental activities related to indigenous peoples of the continental United States and Alaskan territory.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

WebDewey works for you!

The South Dakota State Library subscribes to WebDewey, a browser-based version of the Dewey Decimal Classification® (DDC®) database that is updated constantly. 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.

web dewey banner

Nancy Swenson of Brookings Public Library has said of the service, “I’m glad the State Library has kept its access to WebDewey! It’s a great resource that saves me time and gives me instant access to up-to-date DDC.”

web dewey screenshot

Any library staff who wish to use WebDewey should contact Dustin Larmore or Nina Mentzel. We will provide the login and tutorial information.

Give WebDewey a try for your cataloging needs today!

Learning Express: A Complement to SDMyLife

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

screenshot of s d my life dot com
This summer I attended an SDMyLife training hosted by the SD DOE. My main goal of this training was to see how the program played with Learning Express, a free career oriented database from the South Dakota State Library. Plus, I had used SDMyLife during my time as a practicing teacher-librarian and was interested to see updates and developments.

SDMyLife is an online career development and academic planning resource for all South Dakota students in grades 6-12. It provides tools to assist students in better understanding how their interests, skills, and knowledge relate to academic and career opportunities. Its Career Inventory and Matchmaker are wonderful for discovering likes and dislikes and giving direction in terms of future goals and careers. Fun fact: I took the matchmaker again and my top three careers of interest were Social Worker, Writer, and Teacher!

learning express library

Learning Express is available to all South Dakotans, not just students, and it provides support in the areas of academic skill-building, standardized test prep, career research, and more. Its depth and breadth of tutorials, tests, and other resources not only compliment SDMyLife, they reach beyond SDMyLife.

Of the eight modules or centers within Learning Express, the most useful ones for students include the Career Center, the College Prep Center, the High School Equivalency Center, and the School Center. The Career Center is often used by counselors in conjunction with SDMyLife and has entrance and occupational test prep exams such as the ASVAB or nursing exams or teaching exams. The College Prep Center offers free test preparation for college placement such as ACT, SAT, GRE, AP, etc. The High School Equivalency Center is great for alternative education environments and the School Center is helpful when students need to build their academic skills.

So, in a nutshell, here’s what I took away from the training:

  • SDMyLife is awesome and so is Learning Express.
  • SDMyLife is a critical resource for South Dakota students and so is Learning Express.

I’m happy to chat about ways to use Learning Express with students. Contact me at or by phone at 605-295-3152.

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: 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 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 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 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

GrantSpace also has a nice Knowledge Base   with answers to frequently asked questions.

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. 

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 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 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:

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.
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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, and

*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

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.