Thursday, February 25, 2021

Loud Librarians Lead - Vlog episode 2!

Check out the latest Loud Librarians Lead vlog interview with Sarah Overvaag, Children’s Programming librarian at the Watertown Regional Library. We discussed in detail a READsquared program called Explore America that was created exclusively by Sarah. Learn how to create your very own READsquared program and how to implement Explore America in your librarian programming.

Sarah has worked in libraries since 2008. She started as a part-time desk aid at Watertown Regional Library, then moved to Lincoln Elementary School in 2013 to be the school librarian. She returned to Watertown Regional Library to take her dream job as the Children’s Library Specialist in 2019. Sarah is married with two daughters, Samara (16) and Willow (14), and has three cats. She enjoys crocheting, playing video games with her kids and reading in her free time. Sarah’s newest passion is sharing her education animal, Charlie the Bearded Dragon (pictured with Sarah) with Watertown children and adults.

Enjoy the latest interview above, and for more links and information, visit Loud Librarians Lead at

Thursday, February 18, 2021

SDSL Business Databases

Did you know the South Dakota State Library subscribes to several databases that offer company profile information? These are accessible 24/7, from anywhere in South Dakota! Go to and click on "Databases." Databases are listed in alphabetical order.

EBSCO MegaFILE : A combined search of EBSCO's Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, MasterFILE Premier, and Regional Business News databases. It includes thousands of articles and covers a wide variety of topics as well as company profiles.

Business Source Premier : Features full text and searchable cited references for top journals covering a variety of business disciplines as well as:

  • Company Profiles
  • Industry Profiles
  • Market Research Reports
  • Country Reports

Are you on the job market?
Check out these FREE online resources for help with job searching:

Trying to find an individual's phone number or address?

Helpline Center 211 Community Resource Database
Don't underestimate the value of this resource. 211 can put you in touch with unemployment help in your area, financial assistance, and much, much more.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Federal Document highlight of the month

Sugar. A farm to table ingredient minimally processed. In 1887, a sugar beet crop was planted in Belle Valley where the soil was suitable for the root vegetable. In the 1920's, the Belle Fourche Sugar Plant was established, turning a profit until 1950. With various hurdles including rising costs and low sugar content from sugar beets brought in, the plant closed in 1965.

A senate hearing entitled Federal Sugar Program occurred in 2000, where a panel of people with varied views spoke of concerns with no free trade in the sugar market. Volatile sugar prices had hurt producers and consumers in the United States. In today's administration, President Biden has nominated a former Secretary of Agriculture from the Obama administration, Tom Vilsack, and a new incoming Agriculture Deputy Secretary, Dr. Jewel Bronaugh. If confirmed, farm groups applaud the many years of food and ag experience Bronaugh will bring.

Federal Sugar Program: hearing before the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixth Congress, second session on federal sugar program, July 26, 2000.

Excerpt from page 3 by US Senator from North Dakota

Y 4.AG 8/3:S.HRG.106-910 | OCLC#46877801 |

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.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

The Library. A Third Place.

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services published a short article titled "The Rise of Third Place and Open Access Amidst the Pandemic - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues".

Intersections. ALA blog

In her article, Emma Wood emphasized the library as a third place. She noted that libraries across the country have stretched into virtual third places during the pandemic. Wood also explains the move to more Open Access (OA) resources and indicates that this shift provides for more equity especially for under-funded libraries.

The South Dakota State Library provides a variety of services to libraries across the state as they seek to enrich their communities and schools:

  • open access to 58 subject-specific databases (accessible 24/7 to South Dakota residents)
  • interlibrary loan support including SD Share-It
  • statewide courier service
  • Braille and Talking Book Library
  • digitization
  • summer reading programming
  • training and professional development
  • school library support
  • public library support
  • reference services

Stephanie Miller Davis fund supports reading

The Stephanie Miller-Davis Memorial Fund was established to remember Stephanie while continuing her investment in children. This fund supports early childhood literacy in South Dakota with a focus on rural communities. The fund supports communities that are willing to establish a Dolly Parton Imagination Library for their children. The fund will pay for 100% for four years and 50% in year five.

Photo of Deb Gillick and includes logos of Dolly Parton Imagination Library and South Dakota Community Foundation

The Marcus P. Beebe Memorial Library applied for the Stephanie Miller-Davis grant for their summer reading program in 2019. At the end of the application was a question, "Are you interested in getting the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) in your community?" They responded yes and found out there was a lot of interest from their community. Members of the library board soon contacted Laura Kelly, Children & Youth Services Coordinator for SDSL and asked, "How do we get started receiving assistance from the Stephanie Miller-Davis Fund to help pay the postage of books and other expenses?"

Library Board President, Deb Gillick went to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library website and found the Ipswich area contact. Deb reached out to DPIL and shortly after the conversation, the library received startup information. COVID-19 slowed down response times, but the library didn't give up hope and continued their efforts to designate all of Edmunds County as the service area for this program.

The Marcus P. Beebe Memorial Library could not have an open summer reading program as planned where they were going to launch the DPIL. Instead they mailed registration forms to families with new babies in the county and posted information on Facebook. In the end, their first book order was for 62 children!

Annie reading the first Dolly Parton Imagination Library book to son, Dax.
Photos provided by Deb Gillick, Marcus P Beebe Memorial Library

Gillick stated, "Without the incentive of the Stephanie Miller-Davis Foundation, our library could not have started this program. It is not a quick process, COVID-19 slowed us down, but I am glad the library kept going. We have made so many Edmunds County families very happy and getting a book in hands of children is a great reward."

"We are honored to support the heroic work of librarians and other community members to provide a new book to a child each month through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library." -- Davis Family

Need more details or have any questions? Contact Deb Gillick by email