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
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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.