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August 2010
Volume 2, Issue 8

Continuing Education Alert


Check Your Calendars!!

Library Card Sign-up Month 2010
September, 2010

SDLA Annual Conference
September 22-24, 2010. Sioux Falls.

Festival of Books
September 24-26, 2010. Sioux Falls.

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read
September 25 - October 2, 2010.

2010 Indian Education Summit
September 26-28, 2010

Teen Read Week
October 17-23, 2010

2nd National Day on Writing
October 20, 2010


Library Development

Foundation Center holds online conference

The State Library is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center. As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations and other nonprofit agencies, the State Library provides visitors with free public access to grant maker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center's electronic database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. This fully searchable database includes detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, as well as an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation's top funders.

Each year, the Foundation Center sponsors an online conference for all of its cooperating collection supervisors. This two day conference is set up using webinars and is heavily attended due to cuts in library travel budgets across the country.

One of the most heavily attended sessions (over 100 people log in) for the past two years running has been “From the Answer Desk: Resources for Challenging Questions.” Some of the topics covered in this session include Web sites where a person can find information related to the following:

  • resources for nonprofit legal questions
  • resources on nonprofit disaster planning
  • resources on nonprofit stats (how many nonprofits are there in the U.S.?)
  • resources for checking scams or checking nonprofit reputations

Other exciting things are the launch of two new Web sites. One site is www.glasspockets.org, which “showcases the online transparency and accountability practices of the largest foundations.” This site is now live.

A site that will be launched later this summer is Grantspace.org, which puts grant searching and information in a much more layman's format compared to the Foundation Center Web site www.foundationcenter.org. Some of the information from the Foundation Center Web site will move over to Grantspace.

The State Library provides on site access to the Foundation Center’s electronic database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. If you are looking to find grants for new construction, remodeling, computers, or other needs for your library, visit the State Library to search this database and use our other grant seeking materials. If you can’t make it to Pierre, contact Brenda Hemmelman, email, for search assistance.

The Public Library Survey - Where does South Dakota fit in?

Every year, more than 9,000 libraries are surveyed in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories answering questions on population, library collections, services and programs, staff numbers, revenues and expenditures and other electronic information. The Public Libraries Survey’s 98 percent response rate makes the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which oversees the survey, the envy of all other federal agencies. South Dakota currently has a commendable 95.5 percent response rate. State data coordinators are the point person in each state and territory. Daria Bossman is our SDC along with her other duties in Development Services.

“The Public Library Surveys are an important national resource and an essential tool for monitoring and improving library services nationwide,” noted Carlos Manjarrez, Associate Deputy Director of the IMLS Office of Planning, Policy, Research, and Statistics.

“To help showcase the important contribution libraries make, we have leveraged this resource, making it available to many more stakeholders in a variety of different formats.” For example, IMLS has uploaded the library survey data to DATA.gov, a federal clearinghouse of government data that provides users the opportunity to rate the usefulness of the data. Making data available on the Web site makes it easier for the public to combine library data with other government economic, education and social data. U.S. Public Libraries can be located and national comparisons made at Compare Public Libraries (IMLS).

South Dakota public library data is important for state government and when assisting local librarians who are communicating with city or county administrators. The Public Library Survey is not a stagnant instrument and is constantly evolving to address the needs of a rapidly changing library and information environment. In fact, the South Dakota PLS was revamped in 2009 and will be again later this fall in preparations for the next round of data collection which begins in early 2011. Also, something relatively new is The South Dakota Public Library Data Digest which is a shorter, graphical and more colorful presentation of many of the pertinent findings relevant to our state. The current edition can be found on the State Library Web site at library.sd.gov.

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