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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 Development

Should your library have a social media policy?

Social media—Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and other interactive Web communications—are either great networking tools or bogeymen, depending on whom you ask. As with any tools, their value lies in how they are used.

Proper use of social media helps connect people, create community, and promote yourself, your business or your library. Improper use of social media can cause irreparable damage to careers, reputations and physical safety.

Since social media are here to stay, you may want to develop a social media policy for your library users and employees. Some libraries’ employees already work under such policies written by their funding authorities.

Policies keep usage consistent and clear for all people. Expectations are understood and give you enforcement authority. Policies protect your library from potential liability.

A social media policy should include respect for copyright and for other people. It should encourage accuracy, ethics and civil discourse.

Get information and tips about social media policies for all kinds of libraries in this School Library Journal article: Should Your Library Have a Social Media Policy?.

Learn how to write a social media policy from this Webjunction article: Create a Social Software Policy for Your Library.

Social Media Governance lists organizations and their social media policies, which you may use as templates: Social Media Governance: Policy Database.

Having a social media policy allows you to be both sociable and socially responsible.


Disaster survivors need your help!

Each year approximately 50 presidentially declared disasters cause injury and death, destroy homes and businesses and disrupt the lives of hundreds of thousands of people across the nation. brings together all federal agencies that offer forms of assistance to simplify the process for disaster survivors. is a user-friendly Web portal that consolidates disaster assistance information in one place. Individuals in need of assistance following a presidentially declared disaster designated for individual assistance can now go to to register online.

As a community information and technology resource, libraries can help increase awareness of and provide access to the Web portal. Displaying flyers and posters in your libraries will help disaster survivors learn about this resource and encourage them to access the portal at the library or at home.

For more information contact:

Abigail S. Lillis (Contractor)

Disaster Assistance Improvement Program (DAIP)
Information Technology Division (ITD)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Mobile: (571) 225-2428,


communication, disaster, policy, web 2.0




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