Library Training Institute

Library Training Institute 2016 logo

Madison, SD: June 5-10, 2016


About Institute

Spend a week in the dorms, have your meals together in the cafeteria and enjoy sharing your information with fellow librarians. This year's lineup will offer you a variety of courses to enhance your current collection and teach you what information is important to the success of your library.

When I attended Library Institute I started the week with colleagues and at the end of the week I left with lifelong friends.
-- Former student

Coordinated by the South Dakota State Library, the Library Training Institute is a four-year program of continuing education for South Dakota-based library practitioners, support staff and trustees of small public libraries. The program requires week-long attendance at four different Institute modules with successful participation in selected online coursework during the fall and winter months in between the June sessions. No prior formal library science education, or previous college attendance, is required to attend.

Institute participants can start the program at any point in the curriculum, but must complete a four-year program of continuing education that includes on-campus and off-campus requirements in seven (7) years. Institute instructors provide in-depth classes in: the foundations of public library service, public library administration, services to the public, collections, cataloging, metadata, and technology. Students earn college credit from Dakota State University, and after completion, are recognized as certified public library practitioners.

Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Library Training Institute is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The character of "Madam Bookworm" was created by artist Michael McGourty for the South Dakota State Library. Please respect our arrangement and do not reuse or alter the artwork for your own needs.


Lourdes Aceves

Lourdes Aceves photo

Senior Program Manager, Edge Initiative|Urban Libraries Council

Lourdes will be sharing and teaching students about hands-on tools that support libraries in making strategic decisions and identifying areas for improvement. The Edge Toolkit provides libraries with a comprehensive overview of their current public technology services and community engagement.

Sharon Osenga

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Co-Director of the Central Plains Library System in Nebraska

Sharon is coming back and exploring topics Collection Development, Weeding, and Reference with lots of hands on activities.

Danielle Loftus

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Fine Arts & Technology Librarian from USD

Danielle is sharing and teaching about social media, and which platforms work best for your community. She will also discuss the research skills that today's high school students need to transition to college.

Shelie Vacek

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Health Sciences Librarian from USD

Searching the Web for health information can be scary. There are many so-called medical or health information websites that are for-profit, show commercial or political bias, or contain untrustworthy information. Learn how to help your consumers find reliable health information on the web through discussion and activities focused on rural health issues.

Jane Healy

Jane Healy photo

As South Dakota State Library's Electronic Resources Coordinator, Jane will share electronic resources with other ideas for research.

Brenda Hemmelman

Brenda Hemmelman photo

As South Dakota State Library's Research Librarian, Brenda will present State and Federal Government research resources and, with Kathleen Slocum will share "Find the money; get the grant" workshop with hands on activities on the Foundation Directory Online database.

Daria Bossman

Kathleen Slocum photo

State Librarian, South Dakota State Library

Kathleen Slocum

Kathleen Slocum photo

As the South Dakota State Library's Continuing Education Coordinator, Kathleen is your go-to contact for Institute!


DSU wants one check made out to them for housing, dining and tuition. They will separate the costs for students.


Housing, Richardson Hall: $133.75

Dining, Trojan Center: $88.54
5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 suppers

Tuition: $80
2 Board of Regent credits
Scholarship opportunities are available.


Housing, Richardson Hall: $125.00

Dining, Trojan Center: $82.75
5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 suppers

Tuition: $80
2 Board of Regent credits
Scholarship opportunities are available.


Travel to Madison, SD: varies

Spending money for snacks, etc.: varies

T-Shirt: $18 or $20 for XXL and up
Pay at Institute, on Sunday, June 5.

Graduation Dinner/ Pizza Party $10
Pay at Institute, by Thursday, June 9

Dining, Trojan Center:
If you opt out of the meal plan, then disregard the listed meal prices.



Relax in your room at Richardson Hall:

photo of Richardson Hall on DSU Campus
  • Singles for everyone
  • Check in 3:00 - 5:30 PM
  • Includes: linens, blanket, pillow, towel, and washcloth and a daily exchange of clean towels and washcloths


Enjoy your meals at the Trojan Center:

photo of Trojan Center on DSU Campus
  • 5 Breakfasts: Mon-Fri
  • 4 Lunches: Mon-Thurs
  • 3 Suppers: Mon-Wed


Packing List Suggestions

  • Bedding: Sheets, pillows, blanket(s) and or comforter, mattress pad for single bed is good idea
  • Small rug: Floors are cold in the morning.
  • Clothes: could get cool in evening ; hangers; comfortable shoes; one nice outfit, bathrobe, light jacket
  • Bathing: Washcloths, towels, bathmat or extra towel for floor, hand held mirror for bedroom
  • Personal hygiene: soap, shampoo, deodorant, makeup, toothbrush, paste, curling iron, toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, etc.
  • Alarm clock
  • Cell phone & charger, other electronic gear
  • Laptop, notebook, pens
  • Extra batteries for devices
  • Any medication prescriptions/ Over the counter meds such as Tylenol, etc.
  • Snacks (optional)
  • Checkbook, money
  • White elephant gift for the Thursday graduation Party.

The White Elephant exchange is a tradition that has happened at the graduation party for 28 years. Bring something to swap and I promise you will laugh and even plot the gift you are giving next year. Clean out your closet at the library or at your house. If you don't have something that is gently used then don't spend more $10. (The librarians will know). Please don't spend any more than $10 if you have to spend any money. Remember this is for fun. $10 or less.


Complete and BRING these forms with you on Sunday!

Application for Credit Form

Waiver of Liability Form

June 9th Graduation Celebration!

2014 graduation cake and cupcakes

On Thursday evening we will have a pizza party and graduation celebration. Each student is asked to donate $10.00 for this. This money goes for the food, drinks and goodies for the everyone in the group.

The Juniors take care of the graduation celebration.


Download a printable PDF of the schedule!



6 - 8 pm

Meeting in Richardson Hall Lounge with supper sponsored by SDLA

Information, reference materials and pre-test
with Kathleen Slocum


8 am - Noon

1 - 5 pm

Collection Development, Weeding, Policies & materials
with Sharon Osenga


8 am - Noon

Reference Interviewing, Federal & State publications, Grant Resources, Funders and examples & Panel
with Brenda Hemmelman


1 - 5 pm

Reference Interviewing, Federal & State publications, Grant Resources, Funders and examples & Panel
with Kathleen Slocum and Brenda Hemmelman


6 pm

Optional Activity: Brookings Public Library tour
Supper at 5pm. Leaving tentatively at 6pm, 50 minute drive to Brookings. Librarian Nita Gill will host tour.


8 am - Noon

Social Networking and College researching tools
with Danielle Loftus


1 - 5 pm

Health resources that are available to you and your community
with Shelie Vacek


8 am - Noon

Edge Assessment and Toolkit Information
with Lourdes Aceves


1 - 3 pm

Review E-Resources Class
with Jane Healy


3 - 4 pm

Q & A Sessions w/SD State Librarian
with Daria Bossman



Graduation Celebration & White Elephant Gift Exchange


8 - 11 am

Review & Final Exam, Picture and Diplomas
with Kathleen Slocum


Kathleen Slocum photo

Kathleen Slocum
Continued Education Coordinator

South Dakota State Library
1-605-773-3131 or 1-800-423-6665 | email