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: