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February 2010
Volume 2, Issue 2

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book South Dakota 2010

SD Public Library Survey
February 1- March 31, 2010

Read Across America Day
March 2, 2010

Teen Tech Week
March 7-13, 2010

Prairie Bud & Prairie Pasque
Voting Deadline: March 15

PLA National Conference
March 23-27, 2010

School Library Media Month 2010
Communities Thrive @ your library
April 1-30, 2010

SD School Library Survey
April 1 - May 31, 2010

National Library Week
Communities Thrive @ your library
April 11-17, 2010

National Library Workers Day
April 13, 2010

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Let Gale Virtual Reference Library answer tough questions.

Continuing Education Alert
Highlighting February Online Learning Opportunities

Library Headlines

New Public Library Survey opens Feb. 1

By Daria Bossman,
Assistant State Librarian, Development Services

The 2009 Public Library Survey, formerly known as the “annual report,” will be released on Feb.1. The final date for survey submission is March 31. The survey is “new” in many ways. In reality, we can emphasize the word “new” in five major areas: 1) new version of Collect, 2) new format and numbering, 3) new wording on many of the questions, 4) new passwords, 5) new opening and ending dates.

We looked closely at the guidelines, instructions, definitions and questions. Some questions which are not required for federal reporting were eliminated. We have shortened the survey trying to make it as understandable and concise as possible. However, in many other ways you will discover it is quite familiar. We hope in the final analysis, it is easier to input and submit the data and that your time expended on this effort is shortened.

The old link to Collect will redirect you to the new version. However, the following link will take you immediately to the new one:

Each library’s unique login will remain the same, but new passwords have been assigned. Please call the State Library to receive your new password (1-800-423-6665). If you have further questions about compiling or inputting your data, please join us for the webinar training on the new version of Collect on Feb. 5 or March 5. Register through escWorks.

Bibliostat worked with us to create a new format that was pleasant on the eye and easy to maneuver within. We hope you will agree, and do give us your feedback. Nothing is ever in concrete. No doubt we will be tweaking this survey instrument for years to come. As you are working on the survey send me an e-mail about things you think should be changed or altered. We will need that information as quickly as possible to begin editing and crafting the 2010 survey. Your constructive insights and feedback will make this a stronger, more effective instrument.

Local participation in the survey process jumped dramatically last year. We went from ranking last in the nation to the upper top quartile. We greatly appreciate the nearly 90 percent participation of our South Dakota public libraries. It is a requirement of South Dakota law to complete this survey annually to be classified as a South Dakota public library. This data is compiled by the U.S. Census in conjunction with IMLS. It is very important. This annual data is used for advocacy and direct lobbying of Congress for federal dollars for the states. South Dakota receives over one million dollars each year. Federal funds purchase our statewide electronic resources and databases, assist us with our statewide interlibrary loan system, and make our regionally acclaimed Braille and Talking Book services possible.


February Continuing Education Opportunities

Beginning with this issue, the monthly continuing education opportunities will be published as part of the newsletter. Watch for the new issue on the last Friday of every month. Listserv subscribers will no longer receive a separate CE e-mail notice.

February’s CE Highlights:

  • Feb. 5 and March 5
    New Public Library Survey Webinar

    (9:00-10:00 am CT; 8:00-9:00 am MT)
    Interested in learning more about the new version of Collect? Assistant State Librarian, Daria Bossman, will lead public library staff through the basics of the new survey (formerly known as the “annual report.”) in this webinar. Registration is now open online via escWorks. For registration questions or any escWorks technical difficulties, contact Jasmine Rockwell at (605) 773-5066 or by e-mail.

  • Feb. 18
    Promoting Electronic Resources: A RACE Webinar

    (10:00-11:00 am CT; 9:00-10:00 am MT)
    Overwhelmed with the subscription electronic resources like World Book? Know the resources are really useful but aren’t comfortable sharing them with your patrons? Learn the basics to developing a promotion plan for subscription electronic resources—broken down into 4 easy steps. For more information and registration, go to

Continue on to see the complete list of February CE opportunities.


South Dakota receives accolades for 2008 Public Libraries Survey

South Dakota was one of 45 states that received the Keppel Award for submitting prompt, complete and high-quality public library data for FY 2008. The award was presented in Washington, D.C. in early December and winners included 12 first-time State Data Coordinators and five first-time Chief Officers. Among these first-time awardees were South Dakota’s Assistant State Librarian, Development Services Daria Bossman and State Librarian Dan Siebersma.

"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.

This is the 19th year for the Keppel Award, which is named after Francis Keppel, a U.S. Commissioner of Education, who served from 1962 to 1965. He also served as a distinguished member of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science from 1978 to 1983. To learn more about the award and IMLS please visit

Photo: Accepting the Keppel Award is Assistant State Librarian, Development Services Daria Bossman (center) with Kim Miller, Management Analyst, IMLS Office of Policy, Planning, Research, and Communication; Research and Statistics (left) and Patricia “Patty” O’Shea, Library Programs Manager, Education & Related Statistics Branch, U.S. Census Bureau; Governments Division (right).

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