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August 2009, Volume 1, Issue 8

Check Your Fall Calendars

September is
Library Card Sign-Up Month

Banned Books Week
Sept. 26 - Oct. 3

Indian Education Summit
Sept. 27-29

Festival of Books
Oct. 2-4 in Deadwood

SDLA Annual Conference
Oct. 7-9 in Aberdeen

Teen Read Week
Oct. 18-24

Children's and YA Services

Take time to evaluate the Summer Reading Program

It’s time to evaluate the Summer Reading program. Any library that held a summer reading program of any kind should complete the evaluation. Public libraries are required to complete the evaluation to receive their free 2010 manual. This data is used for reporting to IMLS and budget justification so it is important that every library participates. The deadline is Sept. 30 with no extensions.

Click Here to take survey


Involving young people in technology planning

Have you ever felt like technology moves too fast to keep up with or that tech fads are worse than clothing fads? Have you ever caught yourself saying or thinking that the only people who do keep up with it or can even understand it are young people? (It’s okay, I’ll admit it too.) Why not harness this knowledge and seemingly intuitive know-how of today’s young people to help you with your library’s technology plan?

Every library, school or public, needs to have a technology plan to stay relevant in today’s world.

This should help guide you when you need to update computers or software and give you a foundation for putting it in your budget request. Form a technology planning committee with members from your library board, young people from your community (teens – 30 somethings) and some parents. This will also help make sure you are adequately meeting your community’s needs. Involving young people in your technology planning also makes sense because it is a plan for the future and your young people are the future.

For some sample technology plans, start by looking at Tech Atlas at Technology Planning.


Hau Kola Learning Camp builds bridges for students and professionals

by Jasmine Rockwell

girl studying

Throughout my year I get to be involved in many worthwhile projects with libraries. However, one of the most rewarding experiences of my year is working with the Hau Kola Learning Camp every summer. In the past I have worked with the pre-school camp, elementary camp and teen camp. The camp originated in Oglala and has grown to include camps in Pine Ridge, Porcupine and Sisseton over the last two years. The camps focus on helping children and teens retain more of the information they learned throughout the school year, as well as exposing them to new concepts they might not get at school.

This summer was my second working with the teen camp. Approximately 20 teens from the Oglala area come to camp from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and can choose one of three groups to be a part of: the leadership group, the GIS group, or the work group. The first day of camp this year also included a leadership workshop by Joseph Marshall based on his newest book The Power of Four.

Joseph Marshall discusses his book, The Power of Four

The GIS group works with professionals to create maps of the area such as which land in Shannon County is most suitable for septic systems (turns out, not a lot) or maps of the area with points of interest for the teen such as home, school, auntie’s house, etc. The work crew focuses on acts of service for the community which may include painting a house, building fence, or small home repairs. I work with the leadership group. We take a pre-selected book, re-write it in script form, make puppets and scenery, and the teens perform it for the elementary camp the following week. Our book for this year was The Incredible Water Show by Debra Fraiser. The leadership group also does journaling. For this year, journal topics were taken from the main topics from The Power of Four: know yourself, know your friends, know your enemies and lead the way. During the camp I also get to help teens choose books to take home from a supply of new books provided by a group from Baltimore, Maryland.

Hau Kola is also one of the best professional development experiences for me. I may not be learning about library trends or young adult books (I take that knowledge with me), but I always learn so much about the Lakota culture that has shaped South Dakota and particularly its reservations. This helps me better serve that part of the state’s population and it helps me build bridges between traditional Lakota culture, current reservation culture, and popular culture. It is a privilege for me to work with the Hau Kola Learning Camp and I hope to be able to continue for years to come.

Hau Kola, IMLS, Native American, public libraries, summer reading, technology

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