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March 2010
Volume 2, Issue 3

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book South Dakota
throughout 2010

SD Public Library Survey
February 1- March 31, 2010

Prairie Bud & Pasque voting deadline
March 15, 2010

PLA National Conference
March 23-27, 2010

YARP voting deadline
March 31, 2010

School Library Month
April 1-30, 2010

SD School Library Survey
April 1- May 31, 2010

National Library Week
April 11-17, 2010

National Library Workers Day
April 13, 2010

Featured e-Resources of the Month
SIRS Discoverer, SIRS Issues Researcher, and ProQuest offer full-text online articles on a wide range of topics for research projects

Continuing Education Alert
Highlighting March Online Learning Opportunities

School Libraries

Revision work begins on school library standards

Members of the School Library Standards Revision Task Force held their initial meeting Jan. 27 in SDSL Conference Room 1 and by conference call. Task force members are Joan Upell, Daria Bossman, and Lee Crary, all members of the State Library staff; Angela Ostrander, Faith School; Shari O’Keefe and Rod Haugen, Rapid City Area Public Schools; Linda Demery, Faulkton School; Dr. Becky Guffin, Aberdeen Public Schools; Marta Lemke, SD Department of Education; Brenda DeHaan, Andes Central Schools; Muriel Deckert, Milbank High School; Jean Kirschenman, Brookings High School; and Kerri Smith and Ann Smith, Sioux Falls Public Schools.

During the coming months task force members plan to update the 2004 South Dakota School Library Standards by drafting two documents: one of library curriculum content standards which reflect current South Dakota and national school library practices and recommendations, and a second document for school library guidelines organized around the aspects of the place, the professional and the program. The task force will be sharing ideas and editing the two documents via a wiki with the goal of having drafts ready for release to a wider audience by Aug. 1, 2010.

To view the wiki go to schoollibrarystandardsguidelines. In the list of resources there you will find a useful chart created by AASL President Cassandra Barnett comparing the AASL standards to those of the Partnership for the 21st Century and ISTE’s National Education Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for Students. Please direct any comments concerning the revision of the standards to Joan Upell at or Lee Crary.


Invite your community to your library for School Library Month

The American Association of School Librarians designates April as School Library Month every year. Whether it’s with just one announcement, bookmark, contest, or event use this opportunity to celebrate your library and its program. The theme this year is “Communities thrive @ your library” and young adult author Laurie Halse Anderson is the spokesperson. Invite members of your community who rarely visit your school to drop in. Show them what makes the library an essential part of a student’s education. Involve your students and have them give tours through both your physical and virtual spaces. For more information and 30 days of ideas go to


2010 American Indian Youth Literature Awards announced

The third American Indian Youth Literature Awards have been announced by the American Indian Library Association. The best picture book is A Coyote Solstice Tale, written by Thomas King and illustrated by Gary Clement; best middle school book is Meet Christopher: an Osage Indian Boy from Oklahoma, by Genevieve Simermeyer; and best young adult book is Between the Deep Blue Sea by Me, by Lurline Wailana McGrego. For more information go to


Katherine Paterson is National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

“Read for Your Life” is the theme for author Katherine Paterson’s 2010-2011 term as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Paterson succeeds Jon Scieszka who served as the first ambassador from 2008-2009.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council and the CBC foundation Every Child a Reader are the sponsors of the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature initiative. For full details visit


AASL, AILA, books, Native American, school libraries, standards




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