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July 2010
Volume 2, Issue 7

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

SDLA BranchOut 2010
July 27, 2010. Augustana, Sioux Falls.

Library Card Sign-up Month 2010
September, 2010

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

Festival of Books
September 22-24, 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

In Focus

In Focus: Emma Curtis

Meet the Interlibrary Loan/Circulation Technician at the State Library

Emma Curtis and Baby Miles

I grew up in the small town of Wakonda. People have often asked me if that’s even in South Dakota, and I can assure you it is. It’s down in the southeast corner of the state, not too far from Vermillion. Even though it’s a tiny town, Wakonda has a public library. I went there often and for a few years my mom was the librarian. I can remember during that time that if I received a book as a gift or bought it for myself, it ended up in the library’s collection. I think they owe their entire collection of R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike books to me.

My reading interests vary and I can never stick to just one genre. I enjoy reading mysteries the most but if something seems interesting I’ll read that too. I keep vowing to myself that I’m going to stop reading series, but I recently found myself immersed in the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris. I think I read all the books currently out in less than five days. I told a friend from now on I’m only going to read series of books that are finished or ones where the author has died since I always seem to find myself impatiently waiting for the next book to come out. I also read a lot of young adult books because they’re fun and I enjoy discussing them with my 12-year-old niece. We have had some pretty heated discussions about the Twilight series!

I attended South Dakota State University in Brookings and graduated with a degree in sociology. During my time there, I worked at the library on campus in circulation and interlibrary loan. I thought it was the perfect job for somebody who loves to read. I was always discovering new books, usually while checking in returns. This job spurred my interest in becoming a librarian, a degree and job title I hope to earn someday.

Upon graduation I moved to Pierre to be with my fiancé, Tom. I was lucky to get a job at the State Library right away and have currently been here for two years as the circulation/interlibrary loan technician. In that time not only have I gotten married, but Tom and I have welcomed a baby boy, Miles. While working here my knowledge of libraries has grown and I’m excited to see what else working at the State Library and living in Pierre will bring.

circulation, interlibrary loan, staff

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