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October 2009, Volume 1, Issue 10

Check your Fall Calendars!

YARP Voting Begins
Oct. 18

Teen Read Week
Oct. 18-24

National Friends of Libraries Week
Oct. 18-24

National Novel Writing Month

National Gaming Day @ your library
Nov. 14

American Education Week
Nov. 15-21

Letters for Literature
Dec. 12 deadline

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Library Development

escWorks: More tips for using the new registration system

The South Dakota State Library is using a new registration system for professional development events. In the June issue of Cornerstone we gave you instructions for creating your Librarian account. You have to create an account before you can register for an event.

Here are a few more tips we would like to share with you.

Once you have created an account you need to register for the event you want to attend. Creating an account does not register you for an event.

The URL for escWorks is

In escWorks click on the Sign-In tab in the left-hand column.

If you have not created an account, create one following the instructions in the June issue.

If you have already created an account sign-in with your e-mail address and password. You cannot register for an event until you have signed in.

  1. Search for the event you want to attend by clicking on one of the options under Trainings in the left-hand column.
  2. When you have found the event click on Register.
  3. Next click on Checkout.
  4. Finally click on Complete Checkout.

If you have successfully registered for the event you will receive an email confirmation.

If you do not receive an email confirmation within 24-hours, please contact the South Dakota State Library and a staff member will walk you through the registration process.

On the escWorks Web site there is a My Account tab. In My Account there are four sections:

  • The Professional Development Record allows you to track the amount of credit you have received from professional development events.
  • The User Account provides you with the information you input when you registered. You can update this information at any time.
  • The Registration History allows you to view and modify upcoming events that you have registered for and look at past sessions you have attended.
  • The Subscriptions section allows registered users to subscribe to e-mail notifications about sessions that may interest them. If you select the subject library you will receive an e-mail notification every time a professional development event about libraries is added to escWorks.

If you have questions about escWorks please contact the South Dakota State Library.


The Filtering Frontier

Should you fence in your public library Internet computers with filters? Yes, the law requires it if you receive federal e-rate funds. Maybe, if you don’t receive federal funds. Filtering or monitoring computer use may be part of your computer use or technology policies or the policies of your funding authority.

A survey of several medium-to-large South Dakota public libraries shows that most of them let their patrons roam the open range of cyberspace filter free. Libraries have policies requiring parental permission for minors to use Internet computers and should have Internet use policies for patrons of every age. Most libraries unofficially monitor patron computer use by placing computer stations in view of the circulation or reference desk or in a traffic area where librarians walk by. Sometimes patrons mention others’ improper computer use to librarians, and the librarian checks on the situation.

You may choose filtering software to act as your Internet deputy sheriff. Two filtering software programs used in South Dakota public libraries are iPrism and Cybersitter. This spreadsheet,, created by Lori Ayers in 2005, compares various filtering products. This list of filter vendors and contacts is from the Texas Library Association from 2003: Filtering Software Packages.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that if you do filter and an adult patron asks for a site to be unblocked, you must unblock it with no questions asked. Choose a filter that opens gates to sites easily.

For a round up of information about filtering, the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and more, see ALA: Filters and Filtering.


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Connects to Collections Survey is due Nov. 1

November 1 is fast approaching, have you filled out your South Dakota Connects to Collections Survey yet? The purpose of this survey is to assist in preservation and disaster planning throughout the state. If you want a say in how training is planned and in what services are offered, the first step is filling out this survey. If you are missing your copy of the survey, contact Stacia McGourty at


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