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June 2010
Volume 2, Issue 6

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

ALA Annual Conference
June 24-29, 2010. Washington D.C.

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

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

Festival of Books
September 22-24, 2010. Sioux Falls.

Summer Edition of the State Library Electronic Resources Challenge!

SDSL Electronic Resources Challenge: Summer Edition

Featured e-resources of the Month

Are you up to the Challenge? Join us for the summer edition of the State Library Electronic Resources Challenge!

A school librarian who participated in this spring’s Challenge said, “It has been a great learning experience. The availability of so many good resources was the biggest discovery I have made. Now I feel much more comfortable in suggesting that the State Library Web site be used because I have taken the time to look at all the resources that are available.”

The Challenge, a self-paced learning opportunity, guides you to explore and discover content and features in the statewide electronic resources. Learn more about online journals, encyclopedias, practice tests and other resources while earning nine continuing education contact hours. The 10 week course will examine one or two electronic resources per week. The first lesson will be released June 28. You can start any time after that, however, the Challenge ends on September 10. Register now and receive an e-mail when the first lesson is posted.

What’s in it for you?
The Challenge will empower you to:

  • use the appropriate resource for a particular patron age group, interest, or information need.
  • use the resources as an expansion of your own library collection.
  • explore the resources’ special features, going beyond the basics.

Who can participate?

  • South Dakota academic, public, and school library and teaching staff regardless of position and status (full and part time).
  • SD public library trustees, Friends, and Library Foundation members.

How do you participate?

  • Read the "Getting Started" post linked on the right hand side of the Electronic Resources Challenge blog at
  • Follow the directions and register your blog as instructed in step two of the "Getting Started" post. You will receive an e-mail welcoming you to the Challenge when Lesson One is launched on June 28. Your blog will be listed on the right hand side of the Challenge.
  • Explore the resource of the week and answer the discovery questions in your blog post.
  • Those completing the Challenge will receive nine continuing education contact hours.

Is the Challenge worth your time and effort?
Here’s what spring Challenge participants said:

“I have really enjoyed this class! I had taken classes on one or two of these before, but you always learn something new, like that there are several databases in WorldCat! This has been a great refresher and has inspired me to keep pushing the databases at our library. Thank you!” (school librarian)

“I am very appreciative of this online course. It has given me the confidence that I need to tell our teachers that we need to be using more reliable electronic resources.” (school librarian)

“When a reference question comes my way, I try to direct patrons to the State Library databases. Even if I find an answer within our collection, the potential for more research is just a click away. They always seem to appreciate being shown this wonderful wealth of information!” (public librarian)

Questions? Contact the Electronic Resources Challenge Team - Jane Healy, email; Julie Erickson, email or 1-800-423-6665.

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