Friday, April 20, 2018

Celebrating School Library Month

making connections at your school library | April is School Library Month |

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

Which books won the 2017-18 YARP Awards?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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

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

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

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

To learn more access the Library Science Course Framework.

For examples of SD school libraries who offer this course, contact Alissa Adams at

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

Lake Andes Carnegie Library receives Revisiting the Founding Era grant

Revisiting the Founding Era LOGO

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Copy Talk and the Copyright Advisory Network

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

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

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

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

Visit their website at

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

WebDewey! - Of Course We Do Dewey!

Screenshots of WebDewey - image provided by OCLC

The South Dakota State Library subscribes to WebDewey. WebDewey is a browser-based version of the Dewey Decimal Classification® (DDC®) database and is updated quarterly. It is designed to make your classifying activities more efficient and enjoyable by allowing you to point and click your way through the latest version of the DDC 23 database.

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

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

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

For login information to use WebDewey please contact:

Dustin Larmore, or Nina Mentzel,

Federal Document of the Month

The SD State Library is a federal depository library and provides access to print and electronic federal government publications. Print publications are available via interlibrary loan. Electronic publications are linked from the state library online catalog.

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

Document cover snapshot with Authenticated US Government Information GPO Logo


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

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

Federal Government publications held at the South Dakota State Library can be searched using the library catalog at

Friday, April 6, 2018

School Library Month - APRIL 2018

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

Making Connections at your school library. AASL. April is School Library Month.

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

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

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

National Library Week!

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

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

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

The week’s events include:

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

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

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

Daria Bossman, State Librarian

Thursday, March 29, 2018

DIY Library Website (aka Virtual Library)

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

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

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

Add Binge Boxes to your library collections

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Federal Document of the Month

The SD State Library is a federal depository library and provides access to print and electronic federal government publications. Print publications are available via interlibrary loan. Electronic publications are linked from the state library online catalog.

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

Indian Arts and Crafts Act brochure

Indian Art and Crafts Act I 1.84:T 71

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

Five ideas that add value to your library

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

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

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

Thursday, March 15, 2018

21st Century School Library Award – Apply Today!

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

21st Century School Library Award

To apply complete the steps below:

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

New Look for Learning Express Library

screenshot of learning express library web page

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

LearningExpress Library can help you prepare for:

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

If you have more questions, please contact David Bradford, SDSL Digital Resources Coordinator, at

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Libraries hosting book clubs

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

books with alphabet blocks spelling "book club"

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

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

New service to help find federal government information

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

lib guides logo

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

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

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

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

Thursday, February 22, 2018

SD State Document of the Month

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

View the Superintendent of Public Instruction Reports at:

Or view all digitized South Dakota State Library collections at:

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

The SD State Library makes it easy for you!

Top Reasons Poster

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

Thursday, February 15, 2018

National Library Week

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

New SDSL School Library Blog!

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

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

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

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

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

Comments, suggestions, and questions about this blog can be sent to Alissa at

Federal Document of the Month

The SD State Library is a federal depository library and provides access to print and electronic federal government publications. Print publications are available via interlibrary loan. Electronic publications are linked from the state library online catalog.

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

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

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Back issues of Consumer Reports magazine available

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

Consumer Reports - magazine cover collage

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

If you have more questions, contact David Bradford, SDSL Digital Resources Coordinator, at

Teen Tech Week: March 4-10, 2018

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

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

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

Thursday, February 1, 2018

South Dakota School Library EdCamp 2018

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

South Dakota School Library Ed Camp - March 24 2018

To register for this free professional development event, visit

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

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

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

Grants Training Opportunities

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

Foundation Center Logo

Visit our LibGuides grants page at

Check out these FREE online webinars from the Foundation Center:

Thursday, January 25, 2018

South Dakota 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 Elk brochure
South Dakota Elk
“Elk once ranged over all of South Dakota, from the tall-grass prairies in the east to the Black Hills in the west. The first known records of elk in South Dakota are from the Lewis and Clark expedition (1804-1806), which encountered elk at several sites along the Missouri River. The opening of the frontier changed that forever.”- Excerpt from pamphlet

View the pamphlet in full at:
SDSL Digital Collections: South Dakota Elk

Or view all digitized South Dakota State Library collections at: SDSL Digital Collections

Winter/Spring 2018-Deadlines and Events for School Libraries

Mark your calendars with the following school library related deadlines and events!

FEBRUARY 13: Library Legislative Day, Pierre

FEBRUARY 22: Digital Learning Day

MARCH 1: 21st Century School Library Award opens; closes MAY 1

MARCH 15: Boot Camp 2018 registration opens; closes JUNE 1

MARCH 24: SD School Library EdCamp, Sioux Falls and Spearfish

APRIL 3: School Library Survey opens; closes MAY 15

APRIL 1: Prairie Bud & Prairie Pasque Voting, deadline APRIL1

APRIL 1: YARP voting, deadline APRIL1

April 8-14: Nat'l Library Week

APRIL: School Library Month

APRIL 15-17: TIE Conference, Sioux Falls

JULY 23-26: Boot Camp 2018, Pierre

ONGOING: Online Ongoing Training/Education
ONGOING: #schsdsl Twitter Challenge

Thursday, January 18, 2018

2018 Legislative Session has begun

The 93rd South Dakota Legislative Session opened on Tuesday, January 9th with Governor Daugaard’s last State of the State message. All previous state of the state and inaugural messages have been digitized by the SD State Library and are available at SDSL: Digital Collections Find the direct link to Governors Messages under the Browse section.

LOGO: South Dakota Legislature; Legislative Research Council

You can find the Legislative Calendar at

Follow all things Legislature and listen in on committee hearings and House and Senate floor debates at

Who are your legislators? Find out at

Library Legislative Day February 13, 2018 Capitol Rotunda 9:30 am

SD Library Association Legislative Day will be held on Tuesday, February 13. The SD State Library Accreditation ceremony for libraries obtaining voluntary accreditation will be held that afternoon. Keep checking the SDLA events page for a list of activities that will happen on Legislative Day.

Federal Document of the Month January 2018

Not far from the South Dakota border, the Devils Tower National Monument stands tall. ‘Rock solid columns rise above the walking trail, surreal against the sky, I rest my cheek on a fallen column, lichen-covered and close, I smell the heat, feel the promise, taste the solitude, imagine what the Tower might tell me if only she could.’
-An excerpt from page 10.
Standing Witness: Devils Tower National Monument: a history
I 29.2:D 49/4
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.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

School Library Advocacy Nuggets

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

In November, I attended the bi-annual AASL (American Association of School Librarians) conference in Phoenix, AZ. It was productive, professional time filled with learning, networking, and warmth. One session I attended was titled “Advocacy Begins with Each of Us: Resources and Strategies to Foster Administrator and School Librarian Partnerships.” I left this session with several nuggets that I knew I wanted to share.

Flyer from AASL
School Librarians as Learning Leaders: An Administrator's Guide

Historical Supreme Court Reports, 1879-1923, available online from State Library

The South Dakota State Library recently added a collection of historical Supreme Court Reports to the library's digital collections site. The Supreme Court collection is comprised of reports of cases decided in the Supreme Court of the State of South Dakota. The documents are text searchable.

Cases argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of the State of South Dakota

The reports are accessible by visiting the South Dakota State Library Digital Collections website and clicking the SD State Agency Historical Publications link, or by searching the library catalog. Collections on this site include historical as well as current state agency digital publications. Items are added regularly.

In addition to the Supreme Court Reports, other collections recently added to the digital repository include:

  • Journal of the House 1889-1921
  • Journal of the Senate 1890-1921
  • Session Laws of SD 1891-1921
  • Railroad Commission Reports 1890-1916

Friday, January 5, 2018

SD Public Libraries Survey (your annual report) opens January 16, 2018

Attention public library directors!

Photo of woman looking at graphs on tablet in library

Gather up those 2017 service statistics now. Annual report season runs from January 16 through March 31 this winter. All designated public libraries are required by state statute to complete this annual statistical survey. This is the process:

  1. Fill out the Public Libraries Survey with your 2017 statistics and have it reviewed by your library board president.
  2. Submit the online report form. State Library staff will review it.
  3. Present your library’s annual report for approval by your governing body.
  4. Return the signed certification form to the State Library.

Public Libraries Survey (your annual report) webinars will be held on these dates:

  • Tuesday, January 23, at 4 pm CST
  • Friday, January 26, at 10 am CST

We will be drawing for some fun kid books during the webinars. You must be present to win! You can register for the webinar now at

You can log in to the survey portal at to print copies of last year’s annual report. Contact the State Library Data Coordinator if you need assistance.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Watertown Community Foundation Tree Fundraiser

Watertown Regional Library hosted Watertown Area Community Foundation’s Tree Fundraiser throughout December 2017. Fifteen area non-profits, including the library, decorated Christmas trees at the library, and patrons voted for their favorite organizations. Each vote cost one dollar.

Facebook photo of Christmas Trees at Watertown Regional Library

The Watertown Community Foundation matched up to $300, with an additional $500 awarded to the organization that received the most votes. In addition to the trees, library staff decorated the library with lights, ornaments, holiday quilts, and a life-sized gingerbread house that was part of the Lighted Holiday Parade.