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April 2010
Volume 2, Issue 4

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book South Dakota
throughout 2010

School Library Month
April 1-30, 2010

SD School Library Survey
April 1- May 31, 2010

National Library Week
April 11-17, 2010

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day)
April 30, 2010

Children's Book Week
May 10-16, 2010

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Learning Express helps improve lives

Continuing Education Alert
Highlighting April Online Learning Opportunities

In Focus

Kathleen Slocum, Continuing Education Coordinator

Kathleen on the Mall in Washington DC, with Lincoln's monuments in the background.

I am the Continuing Education Coordinator at the State Library. I have been in the position for about seven weeks. I have come to discover that being a librarian is probably one of the best jobs one could have. I get to work with the Library Development staff to plan the continuing education programs that are offered by the State Library. I also organize the Library Training Institute, oversee the accreditation of public libraries and most importantly help educate our librarians.

I grew up in Fort Pierre and graduated from Stanley County High School. When I was young I would read books like the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, both set in New England states. I would look at the Better Homes & Gardens magazine and see all of those beautiful homes in New Hampshire and Connecticut and dream of living there.

I graduated from Moorhead State University with a degree in Speech Communications and Mass Communications. After my graduation I left for Boston to follow my dream. I didn’t know anybody but an acquaintance. It was the best thing I ever did. I moved to Nashua, N.H., worked for Time Warner and met my handsome husband Jeff who has roots in South Dakota. That’s a whole other story. One of things I did was spend a lot of time at our local library. The Nashua Public Library opened many doors for me. They made you feel so welcome. Coming from a small town I couldn’t believe all the opportunities they offered. At that time they were considered ahead of their time. They had a computer and in the 1980’s that was a big deal. Since then I also have lived in Sioux Falls, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania, Va. and now Pierre. One thing that has been constant for me is the local library. Every one of them had a different style and offered many educational opportunities for myself and my family.

In 2006 when I was hired as the Hands on Partnership director I was told my office would be at the State Library. The HOP program,, consisted of five partners who created traveling exhibits combining science, art and literature. During this time I was asked to participate in and facilitate grant programs. I also wrote and received national and regional grants. For the last few years I have represented South Dakota at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Working at the State Library I have been able to assist in many projects that have helped me understand and appreciate being a librarian. This career is more than just a job. You do it because you love to teach and learn all of the time. I’m currently taking seminars and pursuing other educational opportunities to help make me a more informed library professional.

My husband, two boys and I are always working with our local Scout organization, church groups or sporting teams. We do most of this as a family. Reading and making time for me doesn’t always make the top of the list, but I do seem to find a few moments every day to read something. I just received a Kindle for my birthday so I’m exploring that right now; still doesn’t beat turning the pages of an old classic book. Someday my boys will be grown and my husband and I will have all the time in the world to travel and visit all of the locations in the stories I read about.


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