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Instructional and Recreational Reading: Librarian/Educator guide PDF Download
As we consider purpose for reading, it is important to keep in mind the importance of both instructional and recreational reading.
- Parent Handout Instructional and Recreational Reading in pdf format

Text Complexity: A Three-Sided Approach PDF Download
Determine the appropriate level of text complexity for books used in the classroom using a three-sided approach of quantitative measures, qualitative measures, and matching the right book to the right reader at the right time.
- Parent Handout Instructional and Recreational Reading in pdf format

School Libraries in the 21st Century: A Parent's Guide PDF Download
What can you do to help your child? Flyer designed for parents about the 21st Century School Library Guidelines and Content Standards. Available in both PDF and Microsoft Word format.

School Library Guidelines, South Dakota 2010 PDF Download
Effective school libraries make a powerful difference in student achievement and help to form the habit of reading and learning for a lifetime. To be effective it is essential that a school library have a place, a program, and a professional.

School Library Content Standards, South Dakota 2010 PDF Download
School librarians in collaboration with all content area teachers empower students to fully engage in our global, digital world. To be successful participants in this world, students must be able to carry out the processes of inquiry and problem solving, develop multiple literacies, and practice the tenets of ethical participation in society.

South Dakota/ AASL Standards Crosswalk PDF Download
A comparison of South Dakota School Library Standards, and AASL Standards for the 21 Century Learner.

SD School Library and CCSS (Common Core State Standards): Research Standards

21st Century School Library Award

The South Dakota State Library, a division of the Department of Education, formally and annually recognizes schools with libraries that meet the characteristics of a 21st Century school library through its program, place, and professional. Awards recognize the status of the library as Effective, Enhanced, or Exemplary based on the South Dakota School Library Guidelines.

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21st Century Students Use 21st Century School Libraries

Integrated Library Systems

The South Dakota State Library wishes to facilitate automation for all school libraries in South Dakota. In this day and age, this is an achievable goal for even the smallest of school libraries. Library automation allows for students to have opportunities to engage in 21st century learning and for all South Dakota students to graduate college, career and life ready.

White Paper, April 2014 PDF Download

Library Science Course Framework

Library Science is a high school course that is available within SD state recognized courses. The code is 22053. As with any course, it is suggested that the course have a course syllabus which includes clear expectations and grading procedures.

The following framework is intended to serve as a guide or "menu" for school districts to use in designing a local Library Science course. It is a starting place to check for information and resources in building a course syllabus. Offering a Library Science course allows students to explore the possibility of a future career while gaining real-world experience.

Library Science Course Framework PDF Download

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Library Services and Technology Act South Dakota State Library Five Year Plan: 2013-2017
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