Tuesday, August 7, 2018

2018 School Library Boot Camp a Success

School Library Boot Camp attendees in Pierre, SD


The annual School Library Boot Camp was held July 23-26, at the South Dakota State Library in Pierre. Eighteen librarians, teachers, and para-professionals from across the state attended. This year's theme was "21st Century Literacies: The School Library Connection," with attendees exploring digital, media and information literacy.

Two librarians from Northern State University presented on the importance of media literacy in today's world. In addition, award-winning blogger and teacher-librarian Jennifer LaGarde (author of The Library Girl blog) engaged campers in a variety of activities, including a BreakoutEDU encounter, which challenged campers both physically and digitally. For Jennifer's post about her experience at Boot Camp visit her blog.

"Everything about Boot Camp exceeded my expectations!"
"…for me getting energized and being around other librarians who get what I do on a daily basis is the best part of Boot Camp."
"Great course work. Great networking. Great opportunity to learn with others face-to-face."

School Library Boot Camp is coordinated by the South Dakota State Library in conjunction with Black Hills State University. This annual multi-day professional development opportunity is a two-credit course for undergraduate and graduate students, geared toward school librarians and all educators. LSTA federal funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services pays for speakers and other resources, as well as full-tuition scholarships for attendees.

For more information contact School Library Technology Coordinator at alissa.adams@state.sd.us or by phone at 605-295-3152.