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"Reaching Out" IMLS Grant seeks applicants for three-year program for School Librarians Continuing Education Opportunity

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The South Dakota State Library (SDSL) and two other state libraries in the region have partnered with Technology and Innovation in Education (TIE) web link to tie dot net of Rapid City, South Dakota, to bring continuing education and training to school librarians in rural areas. School librarians in Wyoming, South Dakota, and North Dakota are eligible to apply for a three-year professional development cohort program, designed to enhance their skills in the digital world. TIE, an extension of public schools, has worked for more than three decades to improve instruction throughout the region.

"The school librarian is the key to making the school library a hub for learning across the entire curriculum," said Daria Bossman, SD State Librarian. "Developing teacher/librarian skills and knowledge through this program will help them promote greater student achievement."

This program, coordinated by TIE, is free to teacher/librarians, thanks in part to a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Thirteen school librarians from each of the three states will be selected to form the cohort. Through face-to-face and virtual learning, selected students will gain expertise in utilizing Open Educational Resources (OER) and will be prepared to serve as instructional leaders in their schools.

"TIE has a long history of supporting classroom educators to leverage technology for learning," said TIE director Dr. Julie Mathiesen. "We recognize this growing need among rural school librarians as they also have a need to transition to a more digital-based learning hub."

The program begins this fall and selected students must commit to the entire cohort, through June, 2021. Any school librarian or teacher may apply but the project's target group is school librarians working in tribal reservation schools or within 50 miles of reservations, Hutterite colony schools, rural districts with K-12 enrollments under 500, and schools identified as Priority or Focus schools.

More information is available from Alissa Adams, SDSL School Library Technology Coordinator, at email link or 605-295-3152, the South Dakota State Library, 1-800-423-6665 or from Julie Erickson at TIE, email link. Detailed program information and the application are available at Link to tie dot net website. Sign-up deadline is October 1.

The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation's approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums, with a mission to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.

This project was made possible in part by IMLS, grant RE-7018-0050-18 link to i m l s dot gov awarded grant webpage.

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