Thursday, April 26, 2018

Historic Attorney General reports available online

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.

Biennial Report of the Attorney General of the State of South Dakota, 1907-1908

The South Dakota State Library recently completed scanning over 100 years of Attorney General Reports. All of the reports are available online through the South Dakota State Library website. The Attorney General Reports provide a look at the counsel and legal advice given by the Attorney General, as well as court cases decided during the two year span covered by the report. Below is a page from the 1907-1908 report. One of the cases involves a man convicted of keeping a saloon open on Sunday. Reports can be found here:

State Historical Society collection of online historical newspapers

Four new related newspaper titles have been added to the growing online database of historical United States newspapers, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Chronicling America - Historic Newspapers (with front pages of the newspapers)

New titles recently added include The Grant County Herald, 1879-1883, and The Herald, 1883-1890, out of Big Stone City; as well as The Advance, 1890, and the Herald-Advance, 1890-1922, out of Milbank, also in Grant County.

In 2016 the State Historical Society-State Archives received a two-year $240,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize historical newspapers. The project is part of Chronicling America, a Library of Congress initiative to develop an online database of select historical newspapers from around the United States. As part of the grant the State Historical Society-Archives will digitize approximately 100 rolls of microfilmed newspapers pre-dating 1922 to be included in this collection. This is the second grant the State Archives has received to participate in this project.

To view these newspapers, visit the Chronicling America Website:

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

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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