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November/December 2010
Volume 2, Issue 11

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

SD Library Snapshot Day
October 31-November 6, 2010

National Novel Writing Month
November, 2010

Native American Heritage Month
November, 2010

National Gaming Day
November 13, 2010

ALA Midwinter Meeting
January 7-11, 2011

South Dakota Student Media Fair
Entry Deadline February 2, 2011

Library Headlines

South Dakota Library Snapshot Day

Six steps to Snapshot Day success!

  1. Raise awareness
    Let your staff and patrons know about Snapshot Day and build up excitement. Let us know you’re taking part! Email your library name and your chosen Snapshot Day to Plan events for Snapshot Day and invite special guests to attend. Prepare staff for the day and recruit volunteers to help out.
  2. Use SDLA’s resources
    Visit SDLA’s Snapshot Day web pages for lots of resources to help make your day go smoothly.
  3. Ask for help
    We’ll send out reminders and links to resources on a regular basis, but please feel free to contact us at any time: Stacia McGourty (email) or
  4. Take part: October 31- November 6
    Hold your Snapshot Day on the date you’ve selected. Don’t forget to take photos and get quotes from your patrons as well as gathering your statistics!
  5. Submit your data
    Submit your statistics, comments from patrons, and photos no later than one week after your Snapshot Day.
  6. Advocate
    Use your data to advocate for your library and take part in statewide advocacy efforts.

Centerville and Beresford Public Libraries rank at the top

The South Dakota State Library is pleased to announce that seven South Dakota public libraries have been recognized, in two distinguished national rankings, for the excellence of their services to their communities.

The LJ Index of Public Library Service 2010, a national rating of public libraries by LJ Index magazine, identifies 258 "star" libraries throughout the country. Based on 2008 data from the Institute for Museum & Library Services, the LJ Index rates 7,407 public libraries for their achievements in four areas: circulation, visits, program attendance, and internet use per capita. The top libraries in each funding category get five, four, or three stars.

For 2010, the Centerville Community Library, a joint school/public facility, received a 5-Star rating. In addition, the Sully Area Library in Onida received a 4-Star rating; and the Hazel L. Meyer Memorial Library in DeSmet received a 3-Star rating.

The HAPLR Index (Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings), another nationally-recognized library rating system, uses a slightly more complicated formula based on 15 factors to rate library effectiveness. These factors include circulation, staffing, materials, reference service, and funding levels. HAPLR assigns each library a score based upon a weighted 100 point scale. The “top ten” libraries in each population category are given special acknowledgement by HAPLR.

For 2010, the Beresford Public Library was recognized by HAPLR as a national Top Ten library for their population category, with an overall rating of 99.2. In addition, the following libraries also received high scores:

  • Hazel L. Meyer Memorial Library, DeSmet - 99.0
  • Cozard Memorial Library, Chamberlain - 97.3
  • Canton Public Library - 93.0
  • Hot Springs Public Library - 90.4

Special note should be made of the Hazel L. Meyer Memorial Library in DeSmet, which was rated highly by both LJ Index and HAPLR this year, and has been an LJ Index Star library for three years in a row. Congratulations!

State Library receives health literacy planning grant

The South Dakota State Library is the recent recipient of a Planning and Assessment proposal entitled, "Health Reference in South Dakota's Public Libraries: Assessment and Evaluation." The planning award is in the amount of $2,500. The period of performance for this award will be October 1, 2010 to April 30, 2011. Fran Rice of Health Connect, Sioux Falls, will be the planning consultant.

The State Library will be surveying South Dakota's public libraries, and meeting with librarians throughout the state. Through this study, the State Library will receive a more accurate picture of what health reference currently looks like in our public libraries.

This award is phase one of a two-part application. Once the State Library has collected the data, they will apply for a more substantive NNLM award. This second grant (sub-contract) would provide relevant professional development opportunities in the area of health literacy and arrange for specific health literacy programming throughout the state in conjunction with our public libraries.

Stacia McGourty, SDSL Sr. Librarian and principle contact for this grant application stated, "The public library is often the most comfortable, non-threatening community area and open with flexible hours for educational purposes. Local citizens coming into our public libraries have access to statewide databases, Internet access, public computers, and professional staff ready and willing to assist them. We hope to partner with many of our public libraries in the months to come."

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The Program is coordinated by the National Library of Medicine and carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers. The NN/LM, formerly the Regional Medical Library Program, has been serving the biomedical information needs of the nation for over 40 years. Established in the Medical Library Assistance Act of 1965, member libraries and information centers in the NN/LM provide health professionals and the general public with health information resources and services. Members are supported via eight regional offices under contract to the National Library of Medicine.

Daria Bossman, Assistant State Librarian for Development Services, said, "We are thrilled with this opportunity. We are anxious to get started. Health literacy is vitally important and especially needed in rural areas. If we can train public librarians to know where to look for relevant information, we will assist local citizens with their health informational needs and improve the quality of their lives. Additionally, we will further strengthen a vital resource, our local public library, thus increasing their value and worth within a community."

If interested in participating, please contact the State Library, 1-800-423-6665, as soon as possible.

Beresford, Canton, Centerville, Chamberlain, DeSmet, event, health, Hot Springs, literacy, statistics

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