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.