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Library Training Institute
2018: Children and Youth Services

Library Training Institue Teen Programming and Services

June 3-8, 2018: Brookings, SD

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Twenty six students from across the state attended this year's institute. Attendees learned about children's programming and services, including training in early literacy programming for parents and caregivers and creating makerspaces for young patrons.

Media Release: Nine librarians graduate from Library Training Institute,
June 27, 2018

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We are excited to announce that Library Institute is being held this year at South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings on June 3-8, 2018.

Spend a week in the comfortable dorms, get to know your fellow library students from all over the state, enjoy meals together in the cafeteria and fun activities in our host city Brookings, all while learning how to have a coherent, creative and successful children's programing at your library! Don’t put it off. Tuition scholarships are available but limited.

Registration deadline is March 2, 2018.

Library Institute is open to library staff and/or trustees currently affiliated with a South Dakota public library. The South Dakota State Library reviews every participant registration and reserves the right to decline any registration that does not meet this qualification.


This year's programming will feature:

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Saroj Ghoting

Saroj Ghoting is an Early Childhood Literacy consultant and national trainer on early literacy. Her topics will include: The challenges of mixed-age Storytime, child and early literacy development, sharing information with parents/ caregivers, and finding new ways to stretch what you are already doing. Also you will learn about the sequential Storytime model.

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Jean Patrick

Jean Patrick, Mitchell Public Library. Jean is an author and a children's librarian. She will present the research and writing process of her newest nonfiction picture book, Long-armed Ludy and the First Women's Olympics (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2017). Jean will also demonstrate storytelling techniques that you can use at your library.

chaos makerspace logoCarrie Bond, Teen MakerSpace Librarian
CHAOS Makerspace

Rapid City Public Library

This program is a hands-on, creative space that provides patrons access to materials and tools that help people learn new skills and bring their ideas to life. This year, a member from the CHAOS team will be sharing with us how to engage kids and families in hands-on making and STEAM learning and creating such a space even in a very small library.

Jenna Neugebauer
& Beth Berg

Siouxland Libraries

You will learn about Siouxland Libraries birth-to-five programs and its partnership with the 400-site, 27-state Family Place Libraries™ network. Participants will brainstorm and walk away with new ideas to apply this concept to your community.

Beth Samenus
Vermillion Public Library

Beth will be discussing early literacy and STEM opportunities that she learned at the VELI-STEM Vermont Early Literacy Initiative Program she attended this past fall.

South Dakota State Library Consultants

Alissa Adams, School Library Technology Coordinator, will be teaching us how the public and school library can successfully work together. Kathleen Slocum, SDSL CE Coordinator, will be talking about WebJunction opportunities, Super Charged Storytime, Jump Start training, CSLP membership, Performers' Showcase plus much more.

Library Institute is open to librarians, trustees & administration in your community. You have the opportunity to earn 30 contact hours which you can use toward voluntary library certification and accreditation. If you have any questions about this please don't hesitate to call.

library training instituteAbout Institute

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 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 and metadata; and technology. Students earn college credit from South Dakota State University, and after completion, are recognized as certified public library practitioners.

Scholarships are limited and also based on your need.

If you have any questions contact Kathleen Slocum at the South Dakota State Library. You can email her (Email Link ) or 605-773-8438 or 1-800-423-6665.

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Institute of Museum and Library Services

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

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