Thursday, December 13, 2018

Grants for School Libraries

From the desk of Alissa Adams, School Library Technology Coordinator…

Recently I've received several inquiries about grants for school libraries so I'd thought I'd share a few tidbits that could apply to other types of libraries too.

photo of file drawer focused on Grants folder

First, all of the resources listed below are curated on my Grants for Libraries Collection.

I’ll start with a local-to-SD State Library source: Brenda Hemmelman and Kathleen Slocum are the SD State Library's go-to grant people. They offer a free, two hour Find the Money, Get the Grant training which includes basic information on how to write a grant, data resources for grant applications, websites with helpful information, and a demo of the Foundation Directory Online Database. Plus, they've curated resources and compiled them in the SDSL LibGuides here.

Also, the South Dakota State Library is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center. As such, it offers free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center's electronic database: Foundation Directory Online Professional.


For state and regional library association professional development grants visit:

The South Dakota the SD Dept. of Education offers the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant which would be one that a school librarian could apply for with the intent to establish or expand the library as a community learning center in high-poverty or Title 1 school-wide schools. This could be used in conjunction with a public library.

Another local option is the Young Readers One Book South Dakota with the South Dakota Humanities Council. The Council does quite a bit of work in the areas of literacy and enrichment.

Check out the South Dakota Community Foundation and think about how you could partner with your local community to offer outreach and educational services through your library.

Don't forget about any opportunities local to your city/town. Some towns have specific education foundations while some also have various community foundations like the Optimists Club. And lastly, local and national businesses are handy sources especially if you're doing programming and are in need of supplies.


Publishers often offer grants and avenues for freebies. Here are a few:

Blastoff to the 2019 Jump Start summer reading workshops!

Three…Two…One… Blastoff to the 2019 Jump Start summer reading workshops!

Jump Start 2019 A Universe of Stories

Choose from one of eight locations at a library near you.

  • Grace Balloch Memorial Library, Spearfish – Friday, February 22, 2019
  • Watertown Regional Library, Watertown - Friday, February 22, 2019
  • Hot Springs Public Library, Hot Springs - Tuesday, February 26, 2019
  • Lennox Community Library, Lennox - Wednesday, February 27, 2019
  • K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library, Aberdeen - Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Yankton Community Library, Yankton - Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Potter County Free Public Library, Gettysburg – Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Mitchell Public Library, Mitchell – Friday, March 29, 2019

All workshops will be 10am to 3pm, local time, with a break for lunch. The local library will coordinate lunch.

  • Each person should register separately and bring a craft, activity, or game to share with the group.
  • A kit of sample activities and supplies will be provided.

Register Now!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Learn a Foreign Language Month

photo of mini language books on laptop keyboard and screen in background

December is Learn a Foreign Language Month and the South Dakota State Library has got you covered! The SD State Library offers to all South Dakota citizens free 24/7 access to 50+ databases/eresources. Among those offered, several are specific to foreign language for language learning in the areas of acquisition, assistance, and development.


pronunciator logo
With Pronunciator patrons can learn over 80 different languages. In addition, there are also 50 English as a New Language (ENL) courses which include oral phrases, flash cards, learning guides, and live online instruction.

Procitizen in English & in Spanish

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Procitizen is an interactive course for those preparing to take the Naturalization Test.


scholastic book flix logo

This database is for early readers, pairing 135+ animated stories with a nonfiction talking book on a similar subject. Many of these pairings are also accessible in Spanish.

World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (Spanish Language Encyclopedia)

world book enciclopedia estudiantil hallazgos spanish

This is a beginner's Spanish-language reference tool which includes the elements of World Book Kids. It is chock full of thousands of articles, videos, maps, and games and activities.

World Book: L'Encyclopédie Découverte (French Language Encyclopedia)

world book lencyclopedie decoverte french

This reference tool is written in Canadian French to a level appropriate for young native French speakers. It’s also appropriate for older students and adults for whom French is a second language.

World Book Discover

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This database includes reference resources to assist in differentiated instruction for English language learners, reluctant readers, and adult learners.

GeoIP: A new, improved way to Access the Electronic Resources

The South Dakota State Library has made it easier for residents to access the 54 library-provided electronic resources from home or anywhere outside of a library or school building.

sdsl presents GeoIP electronic resources - artwork of books, papers, pencils, laptop and map

With the new system, GeoIP, if the user is physically located within the State of South Dakota, all you should have to do is "click and go,” just like when you are inside a school or library. This is much faster and simpler than the previous system which required entering a library card and password (the ecard/barcode method will remain as a backup). For most residents, GeoIP will be invisible, making the process much simpler. GeoIP information is also on the SD State Library's Login Help page.

If you have additional questions, please contact your local librarian, or David Bradford [] or Nina Mentzel [] at the SD State Library.

Holiday Book Tasting

When thinking of the holidays, how can we not think of food? Hosting a holiday book tasting event is a great way to get your patrons to think about reading during the holidays! A book tasting exposes your patrons to a variety of materials in a fun way. Your event can be set up for an entire month feast or a single meal. Librarians can act as a hostess and explain how the tasting works and seat their guests. Patrons can leave comments on how they liked each dish (book) on a menu provided. 

Tips for hosting your holiday book tasting:
·       Decorate your library tables like you would to serve a meal with flowers, table cloth, holiday decorations, placemats, etc. If using several tables, they can be organized by genre, reading levels and materials.
·       Books are placed in the middle of the table and where everyone can take one. If patrons don’t like a book they don’t have to continue reading so make sure you have more books than place settings.
·       Patrons can sample books for a set amount of time (4 min. suggested time) and then have to move on to the next course, or unlimited time to gorge themselves.
·       After a book is sampled, patrons can decide to keep it to check out or return it to the middle of the table.
·       Providing a menu of books for patrons to write comments helps others to see different opinions of books and can be hung up after the event for others to feast their eyes on.
·       Stay away from popular menu items. Your guests want to try something new. Have extra books pulled in case your guests look hungry for more.
·       Have snacks and drinks for your guests to enjoy!
·      Advertise your tasting for entire families or a particular age group.

Book Tasting with a 5-Star Rating!, Voya: Volume 41, Number 4, October 2018 page 32-34.

Thursday, November 29, 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.

The railroad was a growing connection from east to west. On page 40-41 of Railroad Maps of North America: the First Hundred Years, a proposed Northern Route for a Railroad to the Pacific 1853 has a future South Dakota included in the Missouri Territory.

map of proposed Northern Route for a Railroad to the Pacific 1853, featuring Missouri Territory (including future South Dakota)

In 1883, a Northern Pacific Railroad map shows the one state, Dakota. Note cover of the book below.

LC 5.2:R 13/2 Railroad Maps of North America: the First Hundred Years
The Northern Pacific Railroad map “was designed to attract settlers to the area along the line and in the northwest. It advertises homes, farms, and grazing land for sale. “- excerpt pg. 90.

Railroad Maps of North America: the First Hundred Years is not available online. To view a similar collection of railroad maps from 1828 to 1900, visit the following link:

Digitizing yearbooks in Redfield

Redfield Carnegie Library recently partnered with Oklahoma Correctional Industries (OCI) to have Redfield High School yearbooks from 1946 to 1989 digitized. According to librarian Sarah Jones, the project was completely free for the library and was completed within six weeks.

OCI is tied to the state prison in Oklahoma. According to their website,, OCI “offers customers quality products at a reasonable price, reduces offender idleness and provides job skills training.”

Access to the Redfield High School yearbooks is available from the library website Jones says the newer yearbooks will be completed at a future date.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

STAR Net is Bringing a Universe of Stories to Libraries

A Universe of Stories - artwork with teen astronauts with books and devices on the surface of the moon

STAR Net stands for Science-Technology Activities and Resources Library Network that provides training to libraries nationwide. They are partnering with CSLP to celebrate space exploration by sharing science and technology-related resources. The STAR Net website offers libraries the chance to register their individual library to receive access to free science materials and “Year of Space” map and a chance to win an Orion StarBlast Telescope.

Star net hands on logo - tested and approved STEM activities

The STAR Net website is packed full of STEM activities that are space-themed. Activities such as pinwheel galaxy, building a rocket, strange new planet, crater creations, make a CD Saturn and much more. These activities can be printed and often include a how-to video, more information about the topic and other related activities. The site allows you to sort by content area, age group, time and even cost of materials.

Some of the activities come directly from the NASA website Space Place where the user can explore earth and space through games, activities, crafts, and videos. 

School Library Supports Learning in a Fun Way

At Douglas Middle School in Box Elder, students regularly use the library to read, research, and work together. Librarian Melissa Hubbell has created a library program that is diverse and is tied to what’s happening in classrooms. She’s also created a library space that is inviting, inclusive, and learner-centered.

girl and boys at whiteboard tables in school library with dry erase markers drawing bridges.

Recently, 6th grade science classes accessed the library to support their learning of a STEM building project. They used technology and print reference books in conjunction with white board tables which served as a blank canvas for brainstorming, developing a plan, and drawing models. Finally, students manipulated the LEGO wall to construct their STEM based projects.

girl and boy using whiteboard tables to brainstorm and plan their STEM based projects

Mr. Greg Seefeldt pointed out, “I love that all of the resources are found in one place: our school library.”

Math teacher helps girl on white board table working on mastery challenge

In addition, 6th grade math students worked on mastery challenges using the white board tables in the library. “The library provides a diverse environment for the students. The white board tables allow for team building exercises and the students enjoy the change in classroom setting.” said math teacher Miss Sherwood.

student showing whiteboard work in green marker with laptop.

“I like that I can show my work and if I have an error that I don’t understand, my classmates can see my work and help me make changes right there on the whiteboard table.” commented 6th grader Larry Bonham.

boy doing long division using whiteboard table with classmate and laptops

The whiteboard tables have been a win-win for the library and for students. This simple addition to the library space has supported learning both inside the library and inside classrooms led by the librarian and the teacher performing as a team.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Congratulations! South Dakota 21st Century School Libraries

Fifteen school libraries received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2018 at the annual Systems Change Conference on Oct. 19 in Sioux Falls.

Recipients for the 21st Century School Library Award at the Systems Change Conference, October 2018, Sioux Falls

The 21st Century School Library Award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place, which refers to the learning environment (both physical and online), programming, and professional. Applicants conduct a self-assessment and provide evidence of their ability to meet South Dakota's School Library Guidelines. Award status is valid for a three-year period.

Effective Award recipients:

  • Harvey Dunn Elementary Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Amy Heinert, Administrator Patti Pannell
  • Huron High School Library, Huron; Librarian Rachel Kary, Administrator Mike Radke
  • Knollwood Heights Elementary Library, Rapid City;
    Librarian Tracy Benson, Administrator Shannon Schaefers

Enhanced Award recipients:

  • Explorer Elementary Library, Harrisburg; Librarian Amy DeNomme, Administrator Doug Eppard
  • Patrick Henry Middle School Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Wendy Nelson, Administrator Kim Sharping
  • T.F. Riggs High School Library, Pierre; Librarian Pam C. Kringel, Administrator Kevin Mutchelknaus

Exemplary Award recipients:

  • Brookings High School Library, Brookings; Librarian Jean Kirschenman, Administrator Dr. Paul vonFischer
  • Discovery Elementary Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Sharlene Lien, Administrator Lois Running
  • Journey Elementary Library, Harrisburg; Librarian Elizabeth Wells, Administrator Rob Sylliassen
  • Lincoln High School Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Mary Peters, Administrator Robert Grimm
  • Memorial Middle School Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Laura Allard, Administrator Nancy Hagen
  • Oscar Howe Elementary Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Emily Blackwelder, Administrator Larry Larsen
  • Roosevelt High School Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Jeanne Conner, Administrator Tim Hazlett
  • Spearfish High School Library, Spearfish; Librarian Emily Benvenga, Administrator Steve Morford
  • Washington High School Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Kerri Smith, Administrator Dan Conrad

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

“Virtual Visits” will be counted on the upcoming Public Libraries Survey

Those of us with online catalogs and digital/streaming collections know that a growing number of people access library services through the library’s website. In order to tell a more accurate story about library usage, the IMLS has added “Website Visits” to the federal data elements collected on the Public Libraries Survey (your library’s annual report). This is the data element definition:

"Visits represent the annual number of sessions initiated by all users from inside or outside the library to the library website. The library website consists of all webpages under the library’s domain. A website “visit” or “session” occurs when a user connects to the library’s website for any length of time or purpose, regardless of the number of pages or elements viewed. Usage of library social media accounts (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc.) should not be reported here."

The new element is added as a trial collection in the first year, giving all of us time to learn how to collect it. That means you should report Website Visits if you can, but it will not be required this year (FY2018). The trial year gives you time to be able to make an accurate report for FY2019.

If your library is not already tracking website visits, then setting up an account for your library’s website on Google Analytics is one option. You will find an overview of several data elements when you open Analytics, but the only one you should report will be “Sessions”. You should only report this element if your library has its own website. Download this Website Visits FAQ to learn more about how to collect the data.

We encourage all of our libraries to have a “digital branch” website that makes easy access to your library’s digital collections, the e-resouces provided by the state library, and other community and reference resources that you’ve curated for your patrons.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Toward Gigabit Libraries Toolkit to Improve Internet Service

Toward Gigabit Libraries toolkit from Internet 2, Institute of Museum and Library Services and the South Dakota State Library

The Towards Gigabit Libraries toolkit is now available to help library staff learn more about, and how to improve, their library's internet connection and related information technology infrastructure and services. It’s a free, open-source technology learning, diagnostic and advocacy tool designed for public and tribal libraries in the US.

Through the use of the "Broadband Toolkit" and "Broadband Improvement Plan", librarians will be better equipped to improve their broadband services and become stronger advocates for their libraries' internet needs. Designed for large and small libraries, the toolkit includes looking at the outside internet connection, inside wiring and switches, all the way to the computers.

You can download the toolkit and learn more at

This kit was piloted over a three-year period in 58 rural and tribal libraries, including eight in South Dakota. The "Toward Gigabit Libraries" project was funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

SD State Library launches new digital state publications site

The SD State Library introduces a new digital repository site featuring historical and current state publications, vertical files, and photos of SD libraries

SD State Agency Historical Publications
screenshot of state agency historical publications collection webpage

The SD State Agency Historical Publications Collection is a special collection of historical state agency publications. The SD State Library has state publications that date back to territorial days. In order to preserve these materials and make them easier for the general public to access and study, digitized copies are made available in this collection.

SD State Agencies
screenshot of state agencies collection webpage

This collection houses current documents and other publications created and released for general distribution by South Dakota State Agencies. Use the search box to search for agency or title of the publication.

SD State Library Vertical Files
screenshot of state library vertical files collections webpage

The South Dakota State Library maintains a vertical file of newspaper articles. These articles reflect items determined to be of local interest and may not be available elsewhere.

South Dakota Libraries
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South Dakota's library community predates statehood. Each library in South Dakota has its own history and its own place in the community. This photographic collection illustrates each library's unique history and showcases different attributes. South Dakota has a number of Carnegie Libraries that are still operating.

Check out the Featured Collections too!
screenshot of state library featured collections webpage

Not children! Not adults! TEENS!

Did you miss the SDLA Conference Poster Session or would like access to the resources shared? The focus of the poster session was to learn more about young adult services and bridge the gap between children and adult services.
poster of not children not adults Teens

Visit to access the materials used from the poster handout with tips including the YALSA handout, Reimagined Library Services for and with Teens. Check out the quiz to see if you can hang with teens which is great for adult and teen programming. You may not know all about teens today, but you can teach them about the past in a fun way with activities from the book Pop culture-inspired programs for tweens, teens, and adults by Amy Alessio. The Classic Candy Challenge activity was demonstrated at the poster session. All the links to resources to hold this program at your local library are included along with fact candy cards!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

In the footsteps of Crazy Horse, a "Great Read"

In The Footsteps of Crazy Horse,” by Joseph Marshall III was recently named one of the Library of Congress’ 52 ‘Great Reads’ for 2018.

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III
Every year, a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, DC and the US Virgin Islands is distributed by the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book during the National Book Festival. Each book is carefully selected from its native state. Most are children’s books though not always. 

Books may be written by authors from the state, take place in the state or celebrate the state’s culture and heritage. South Dakota’s 2018 winner exemplifies all of those criteria beautifully in a poignant coming-of-age story of a young bi-cultural Lakota boy being raised on a modern-day reservation in South Dakota. Marshall intertwines modern issues like school bulling, acceptance, self-awareness, and most of all the love of a close-knit family and especially the boy’s relationship with his Lakota grandpa and with his heritage. Beautifully written as you travel the coming-of-age roads (literally and figuratively) of Crazy Horse (once known as LightHair) and a Lakota boy growing up in the 21st century.

For more on the Great Reads program, visit

Search South Dakota Share-It to see how many SD libraries have this title. 

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.

Hurricanes, floods, FEMA. Those three terms seem to appear a lot together during hurricane season. While South Dakotans are not affected by hurricanes directly, residents often have family, friends, and maybe even property in a hurricane prone area.

On April 1, 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed the executive order that created the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

FEMA produces a large number of federal publications. Titles like the following can be found in many library collections. Electronic publications are also numerous and can be found by searching the Catalog of Government Publications at

Above the Flood and After a Flood Federal Documents

  • Above the flood : elevating your floodprone house / Federal Emergency Management Agency. Call Numbers: FEM 1.2:F 65/14
  • After a flood : the first steps / Federal Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross. Call Numbers: HS 5.102:F 65/5

You may notice the difference in call numbers of the two FEMA publications listed above. FEM at one time was the call number designation for FEMA. That call number has now become part of the Homeland Security (HS) call number area, so older publications will be found under FEM, while more recent publications are HS.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

SD State Library Offers Disc Cleaning/Repair Service

Have you used our Disc Cleaning/Repair Service? If you have a CD and/or DVD collection, maybe you should…

scratched CD or DVD

Libraries can send up to 50 damaged DVDs/CDs at a time to the SD State Library for repair. The library must be able to pick-up the items at the State Library or arrange for delivery through the courier or some other means. The library sending the material to the State Library is responsible for all delivery costs.

Types of media that can be repaired include:

  • CDs - Music, Data, RW, R formats
  • DVDs - Blu Ray, HD DVD, Single and Double Sided
  • Video Game Discs: (Not all game discs can be repaired. Contact the State Library before sending game discs.)

….and the service is FREE to any public, academic, private, or school library in the state!

Contact Barb Nickolas at 605-773-5083 or for details, and visit for a printable form that must accompany the discs.

South Dakota Titles to Go now has Popular Magazines

South Dakota Titles to Go users now have access to fifty popular magazines; including titles such as Reader's Digest, Cosmopolitan, O: the Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, and ESPN.

screenshot of SD Titles To Go Magazine selections including OK, Quilters, Popular Mechanics, Woman's Day, Esquire, and House Beautiful

Users can search, borrow, read, and download magazines seamlessly on the Libby app or Overdrive Read, with no additional required apps or logins; it’s just the same as for ebooks and audiobooks. And even better, one person can check out as many magazines as they want to at one time and it will not count toward their number of book checkouts. Also, everyone can check out the same magazine issue at the same time.

The first issues began arriving in July 2018, and new issues will continue to be purchased through at least June of 2019. These magazines are provided by the State Library with grant money from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Better Together: School and Public Library Partnerships

From the desk of Alissa Adams, School Library Technology Coordinator:

Each September brings the annual South Dakota Library Association (SDLA) conference and this year I partnered with my outreach staff colleagues, Laura Kelly & Shawn Behrends, for a presentation about collaboration. Our session centered on the collaboration between school libraries and public libraries and it's importance in today’s increasingly diverse, digital world where money is often tight and time is at a premium.

We’d like to share with all types of librarians our presentation and the Collaboration Checklist and we hope these resources support your goals of working together.

Because there is no staffing mandate in our state, school librarians range from certified teachers with multiple masters degrees to para-professionals who may only be in the library one hour a day. This may influence collaboration. Here are some other takeaways from our session.

Public librarians:

  • Know that school librarians spend the majority of their day teaching classes while also managing a library. Days in the school library can be non-stop. School librarians also wear many hats in the school and district.
  • You have some advantages over school libraries. Public libraries often have flexible library hours and staffing, more liberty with collection development, and open wi-fi. You also offer resources at times when schools can’t, like after school or over holidays and summers.
  • If your virtual library (aka website) doesn’t have links to go-to resources/homework help for students, link them. The school library site, school/district site, and SD State Library databases should be linked.

School librarians:

  • One of the easiest ways to collaborate with the public librarian is to invite him/her to your school to promote summer reading, book awards, or other programs.
  • If you’re virtual library (aka website) doesn’t have a link to the public library, link it!
  • Be sure to talk to your students about the public library and its services including library cards, Internet access, and summer programming.

For additional session materials form this year’s SDLA conference, visit

Reminder! 2nd Annual Performance Showcase Event

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 twenty-five years. Rick has worked hard to compile a variety of different acts to guarantee to meet all your needs. These showcases including 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.

REGISTER TODAY 2018 Performance Showcase

For More Information:

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Your library’s website is your digital branch!

This fall SD State Library staff challenges libraries to update your library website. It’s essential for all libraries to have a website. We’ve put together an easy inventory checklist and tips for making the most of your library’s webpage.

At the most basic level, a library webpage provides contact information, open hours and services. When a library hosts digital content on its website—and SD libraries all have digital content thanks to the SDSL-provided e-resources—then the website becomes the library’s “digital branch”.

Why should you have a digital branch? Pew Libraries 2016 survey reported that people use library websites for:

  • 58% searching the library’s catalog
  • 44% conducting research or homework help
  • 37% using online databases

One more tip: Make sure your library’s website is mobile-friendly. According to Pew, half of library website visits were on handheld mobile devices. There are many options that allow a novice to build an inexpensive, attractive, and mobile-friendly library website. You can do it!

If you’re looking for ideas and advice on building your own library website, we are happy to help. Contact Shawn or David at the State Library.

Learning About Library Design

As part of the Library Journal Design Institute held in Minneapolis on September 20-21, state library staff had an opportunity to tour four branches of the Hennepin County Library system: Webber Park, Brooklyn Park, Ridgedale, and Walker. Three branches are less than four years old, and Ridgedale was recently renovated. It was a chance to see current trends in library design and layout. For example, high ceilings, lots of windows, multipurpose spaces, and plenty of play area. Two fun touches were a giant “Lite-Brite,” and a wall panel which was a dry erase board.

Brooklyn Park, Hennepin County Library System
Minneapolis, MN

Brooklyn Park, Hennepin County Library System
Minneapolis, MN

Ridgedale, Hennepin County Library System
Minneapolis, MN

Walker, Hennepin County Library System
Minneapolis, MN

Webber Park, Hennepin County Library System
Minneapolis, MN

Over 100 people, from at least five states, attended the conference. Important points included: library work is more and more about participatory work with the community, and library design should reflect that. Note that designing work spaces is as important as public spaces. And remember to reach out and get input from the community when planning a project.

Library Trustee Training and Resources

Library directors, do you have new trustees on your board? The SD State Library has a LibGuide site just for library boards/trustees!

This could be your new trustee onboarding assignment! Have your new trustee sit down and look at all of the great resources on this site. Trustees will learn about the duties of the board and the head librarian, laws affecting libraries in South Dakota, library budgets, strategic planning, websites and other helpful information. Library policies are also covered, as well as Friends and Foundations groups.

Do you need training for your trustees? In order to participate in the SD State Library voluntary library accreditation program, your trustees need training hours! Some training hours can be earned by taking online webinars. The SDSL compiles a list of training possibilities at Need in person training? Ask your local first responders to do CPR, First Aid, fire extinguisher, or active shooter trainings. Have your city or county finance person come in to talk about the budget process. Call the state library for more ideas.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Celebrate Native American Day in South Dakota

October 8 is Native American Day here in South Dakota and November is Native American Month across the country. The State Library would like to share a few valuable resources to help educators and librarians support integration in curricula and programming.

Oceti Sakowin, Seven Council Fires, art by Merle Locke, 2011.

One resource valuable to South Dakota residents are the Oceti Sakowin [oh-CHEH-tee SHAW-koh-we] State Content Standards. The OSEU standards are intended to help guide South Dakota K-12 educators in teaching Native American history and culture. As a supplement to these standards, lessons were designed and aligned to the OSEU. These lessons can be accessed on the WoLakota Project website.

The State Library has a created a page of resources to support Native American studies and education which can be accessed here. In addition, Alissa Adams, School Library Technology Coordinator, has created this Collection using Pearltrees with links to additional resources supporting Native American culture, history, and language.

And lastly, the Newberry Library has a newly digitized collection of Lakota drawings which tells a unique story of early 20th century Lakota history through art. This resource would be an interesting way to integrate art, history, and technology and to simply start a conversation.

Social and Emotional Learning Book List to Support Grant

Eight schools in the state were awarded with a Social and Emotional Learning Innovation Grant. The SD State Library has created a resource/book list to assist these schools and ALL SCHOOLS in the state with collection development in terms of social and emotional learning (SEL).

The SEL list is located at under the School Libraries page. The direct link is:

The purpose of the grant program is to assist schools in implementing innovative, evidence-based interventions that foster students’ social and emotional learning, which encompasses self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills, social awareness and responsible decision making. Schools will use the funds to implement new SEL interventions or to enhance current SEL interventions over a three-year period.

Congratulations to the following grant recipients:

  • Bennett County Middle School: $52,175
  • Chamberlain Middle School: $205,500
  • Eagle Butte Upper Elementary: $225,000
  • Elementary Immersion Center, Sioux Falls: $83,314
  • Hawthorne Elementary, Sioux Falls: $165,640
  • Hayward Elementary, Sioux Falls: $108,616
  • Laura B. Anderson Elementary, Sioux Falls: $183,278
  • Martin Grade School: $87,929

SD Teen Choice Book Award

2018-19 Nominees for the South Dakota Teen Choice Book Awards are…

Middle School:
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High School:
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The South Dakota State Library website has 2018-19 YARP Award information available! There are many valuable resources additional to the nominees list. Get all the details on the voting process. Print off promotional graphics, labels and bookmarks. Find out which books almost made the list for Middle School and High School categories.

Want to join the YARP committee and help promote quality literature to South Dakota teens? Go to the SDSL website and find out facts about how to join. Did you know you must be a member of SDLA and members serve a one-year term but have an option to serve consecutive terms. Membership applications are available online!

Voting Begins During Teen Read Week: October 7th – 13th

Thank you to Kerri Smith, Washington High School in Sioux Falls, for creating the emaze presentations shared above!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Three New School Library Crosswalks

There's some serious leadership and collaboration happening with school libraries right now across the country. Three new crosswalks for school librarians were recently produced from big players in the school library world.

  1. Future Ready Librarians + ISTE Standards for Educators (PDF)
  2. AASL Standards + Future Ready Librarians (PDF)
  3. AASL Standards + ISTE Standards for Students and Educators (PDF)

What are crosswalks exactly?

In layman's terms, a crosswalk is an educational tool that maps the elements of one system to the equivalent elements in another system.

Future Ready Librarians pie chart. Center: Learner Centered/ Literacy. Wedges represent: Curriculum instruction and assessment, Personalized professional learning, robust infrustructure, budget and resources, community partnerships, data and privacy, collaborative leadership, use of space and time.

Crosswalks provide navigation.

Think of it like a map that shows you how to transition from old to new or a guide that helps you interpret this set of standards with that set of standards.

For highlights and details about each of the crosswalks, be sure to visit the new school library blog from the SD State Library called Collect+Connect.

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.

Water Resources Data for South Dakota

2 copies of Water Resources Data for South Dakota - 1967 and 1974
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'Cooperative agreements between the U.S. Geological Survey and organizations of the State of South Dakota for the systematic collection of streamflow records began in 1903.' excerpt page 2. Detailed information is available for water resources in both Dakota's. The State Library federal collection is dated 1965-1974. This title is a two part series, Surface Water Records and Water Quality Records.

With constant concerns of rapidly moving water from northern states the USGS link gives detailed information here:,sd

Other links that might be of interest:

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!