Thursday, August 29, 2019

Gearing Up for a New School Year!

From the desk of Alissa Adams, SDSL School Library Technology Coordinator…

It is indeed that time of year as school and public librarians gear up to support students and educators across South Dakota.

First, check out this post titled Back-to-school Basics: 2019-20 Edition. It’s got some practical reminders for starting off the school year in the library. Some of these goodies can be applied to the public library too.

Second, here is a list of handy information and links related to school library. Many cross over into public library:

  • The SDSL School Libraries page is a great starting point for school library info. and resources.
  • SDSL’s eresources/databases are free, go-to resources for research, inquiry, and literacy-building. We’ve sorted them for elementary, middle, and high school. Try bookmarking or direct linking your favorites to your library website so easy, student-friendly access.
  • Did you know South Dakota has its very own children’s book awards? The Prairie Bud, Bloom, Pasque Awards for K-5 grades AND The YARP Awards for 6-12 grades. Make it easy for kids to vote by linking to your library website.
  • Subscribe to the Collect+Connect. This is a blog delivers weekly practical tips and resources, local library highlights, and thoughts for the modern school librarian.
  • Subscribe to the school library listserv so you can be in the know about school library happenings and deadlines. This also serves as a forum for school librarians across the state.
  • If you intend to borrow books/interlibrary loan from other libraries take a look at the Interlibrary Loan information. Public libraries often support students and educators via this outlet.

Lastly, here are the current deadlines for the 2019-20 school year relevant to school library:

FALL 2019