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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

School Libraries

Looking ahead to the 2010 School Library Survey

The 2010 School Library Survey will open on April 1 with an e-mail to each district superintendent containing all necessary information. Both the content and the length of the survey have changed and we hope that you will find it much easier to complete. We are looking for a 100 percent completion rate to help build a clear picture of school libraries in South Dakota.

Why is it so important that South Dakota have current data? Data informs best practices for student achievement and success. The data will be compiled and released in the fall of 2010 to be available for use in district-wide planning across the state.

Take a look at what is going on in the national conversation about school libraries and you’ll find more details. The Jan. 5 blog entry of the American School Board Journal is entitled “The school librarian, the unheralded yet critical conduit of 21st century skills.” There is also a comprehensive article in the journal’s January 2010 issue. Library Media Connection, Knowledge Quest, School Library Journal, School Library Monthly and Teacher Librarian collaborated on January 2010 issues to provide a well-balanced look into the future for school librarians. (Search EBSCOHost and ProQuest for the full text articles.) In addition, The American Association for School Libraries just released the results of its 2009 School Libraries Count survey at

However, the biggest change in the South Dakota survey process is that we are asking for one survey per district instead of one for each school library. Each district will decide who will compile and submit their information. All surveys are due by May 31, but there is no reason to wait until the last day of school to complete and submit them. Bibliostat’s Collect online program will be the tool used for data submission. An extensive help section will be included to define terms and offer explanations and directions. Two webinars will be held to offer assistance and training: April 20 at 9:00 CT and April 27 at 4:00 CT. School Library Coordinators Lee Crary and Joan Upell will also be available for telephone and e-mail assistance.

A few questions to start thinking about include:

On average, how many classes use the district’s libraries each week?
There is no need to count every week of the school year to answer this question. Select two random weeks of the school year and average the two weeks.

On average and not as part of organized instruction, how many students visit the district's libraries each week for independent use?
Again, there is no need to count every week of the school year to answer this question either. Select two random weeks of the school year and average the two weeks.

On average, how many of the students in the district have checked out at least one book this year?
Guesstimate this number if your automated system does not give you the information. For example, ask classroom, homeroom, or study hall teachers to poll students by raising hands, poll classes when in the library and create an average per class and multiply by the number of classes, etc.

To see a complete draft of the survey questions go to

Contact Lee Crary or Joan Upell at (605) 295-3152 (e-mail) for further information.


Student Media Fair deadline is March 1

The Nineteenth Annual Student Media Fair will take place during the TIE Conference in Sioux Falls on April 18-20. Encourage your students to share their work and gain recognition. This year book trailers have been added to the traditional categories of video, commercial print authoring design program, computer presentation with sound, animation, computer generated art and digital photography.

The fair is sponsored by the South Dakota Association for Communications and Technology, a section of the South Dakota Library Association in partnership with the MSET program at Dakota State University and the TIE Office.

More information and the entry form can be found at Please direct questions to Ann Smith at (605) 367-7923 or e-mail.


21st Century Community Center programs involve libraries

The Feb.19 deadline for the 2010 round of 21st Century Community Center grants is coming up quickly. School libraries across the state are involved with the programs created through this grant in a number of ways. It’s never too late to think about your library’s involvement and plan for the future. Sue Burgard, the Department of Education’s 21st CCLC contact, shared a few ideas about current programs to get you started.

Huron has a program at their middle school. The library stays open until 4:30 four afternoons a week. They have a book club and many times activities they provide result from something the kids have read. Library Assistant Dayna Winter works closely with the book club, chess club, jigsaw competitions and other projects. The director of this program is Laura Willemssen and their librarian is Robert Behlke.

General Beadle Elementary in Rapid City has one of their sessions in their new, lovely library. The use of the library is extended for the after-school program. Nichole Kirk is the director and Julie Martian is the librarian.

The Triad program in Sioux Falls at Axtell Park and Whittier Middle Schools, also incorporates the YMCA, and has working sessions in their libraries. Steve Cain and Dr. Dianna Messick are the program directors. Karen Medema and Louise Johnson are the librarians.

For more information about the application process go to or contact Sue Burgard at (605)773-5238 or e-mail.

If you would like to share information about your school’s 21st CCLC program contact Joan Upell via e-mail.


Dakota Middle School receives grant

Rapid City’s Dakota Middle School Librarian Judy Gram with awarded grant

Rapid City’s Dakota Middle School Librarian Judy Gram was pleasantly surprised by a recent visit from the Rapid City Public School Foundation Prize Patrol, which distributes grants twice a year to selected district educators. With approval by their building administrators, applicants submit their grant requests to the Foundation chairperson. A committee of Foundation members then determines whether to fund the requests completely, in part, or not at all. Judy received $400 for the purchase of Playaways to enhance the reading experiences of visually-impaired students and at-risk readers at DMS.


Operation Teen Book Drop will focus on tribal libraries and schools

The Young Adult Library Services Association will work with the Readergirlz, Guys Lit Wire and If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything organizations to coordinate Operation Teen Book Drop 2010. The initiative will take place on Support Teen Literature Day, April 15. Over the past two years, Operation TBD has put 20,000 books for teens into pediatric hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. Operation TBD will coordinate donations to tribal libraries and schools this year. For more information go to Operation TBD website.


21st Century, ALA, grant, Huron, Native American, Rapid City, school libraries, Sioux Falls, survey, TIE, video, YALSA




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