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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

In Focus:

In Focus: Sara Wylie — Research Associate

Sara Wylie, Research Extraordinaire.

My history with the South Dakota State Library goes way back to 1983. My husband and I had moved to Pierre the previous summer when he accepted a job with the South Dakota Retirement System. At that time there were no teaching positions open in my major, but a position was open at the State Library. For three years I worked in various departments, including circulation, interlibrary loans, reference and technical services. After a 10 year hiatus to raise my two daughters, in January 1996 I was offered a temporary position in reference. Temporary became permanent, and here I am 14 years later.

I was born and raised in Sioux Falls and am a graduate of the old Washington High School. I grew up in a house filled with books, magazines and newspapers. My interest in research was first encouraged by my father. My sister, brother and I thought my dad was basically the fount of all knowledge; he however always encouraged us to find the answer ourselves. Fortunately, we had a 1957 set of the World Book Encyclopedia.

I graduated from SDSU with a Biology/ Secondary Education major. For four years I taught in the Title I department in the Sioux Valley School System in Volga. I followed my husband to USD when he enrolled in the MBA program. I also started a master’s in natural science which was cut short when my husband accepted a job in Pierre.

Besides my husband, I have two daughters, Kate and Emma. Kate, an SDSU math education grad, is teaching in Vermillion while her husband finishes law school. Emma is a junior at SDSU and also works part time in a book store. I am trying to get used to being an empty nester; my cats, Stella and Lucy, help fill the void.

Working in libraries runs in my family. My mother was an English teacher and librarian in Hendricks, Minn. After being a stay at home mother for many years, she was employed in the periodical department at Augustana College’s Mikkelsen Library. My sister works in interlibrary loans at NCAR library in Boulder, Colo. My brother did not work in a library, however, he was a manuscript editor for Mosby Publishing in St. Louis.

My interests outside of the library include gardening, cooking, traveling, and of course, reading. Besides being a news junkie and Jane Austen fan, I have always enjoyed mysteries starting with Trixie Beldon, Nancy Drew and the wonderful Sherlock Holmes stories. Presently, I am enjoying Craig Johnson’s Wyoming mysteries and anything that Patsy Kringel (our mystery expert) sends my way.


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