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October 2010
Volume 2, Issue 10

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

National Reading Group month
October, 2010

National Friends of Libraries Week
October 17-23, 2010

Teen Read Week
October 17-23, 2010

National Novel Writing Month
November, 2010

Native American Heritage Month
November, 2010

National Gaming Day
November 13, 2010

School Libraries

School Library Standards Task Force invites comments on revisions

A School Library Task Force was formed in early 2010 to study and update the 2004 South Dakota School Library Standards in relation to best school library practices and national initiatives. The Task Force has completed a draft document and invites your comments on the proposed revisions from now until Nov.1, 2010. Please direct your comments via email to any of the Task Force members. All contact information and the document may be found at

Mid-Central receives Improving Literacy Through School Libraries funding

Ten districts in the Mid-Central Educational Cooperative will share a total of $317,408 from the 2010/2011 Improving Literacy Through School Libraries federal grant program. The districts have 17 school libraries, serving 3,650 students with 14.6 FTE of library personnel. The districts include Andes Central, Chamberlain, Gregory, Kimball, Sanborn Central, South Central, Tripp-Delmont, Wagner, Wessington Springs and White Lake.

Dr. Sylvia Street, ESA 3 Agency Director, stated, “This is not the first time DIAL has received the grant and so many of the schools are excited to have a return opportunity. We will be doing a significant amount of work with technology in their libraries.”

The main objective of improving student reading skills and academic achievement will be met through the purchase of books and other library resources, enhanced library technology including Promethean and Smart Boards, Kindles, etc., professional development and increased library accessibly.

Sanborn Central Superintendent Linda Whitney commented, “We're very excited about this as in these tough economic times we are going to be able to purchase books and more technology for our libraries in Forestburg and Upland Colony.”

Lights… Camera… Action! Enter the 20th Annual South Dakota Student Media Fair!

Encourage students in your school to explore the possibilities of communications through audiovisual media productions and participate in the South Dakota Student Media Fair. Here are the important dates:

  • Entries must be postmarked by February 2.
  • Winners will be notified by email by February 28.
  • The Media Fair will be held at the TIE Conference in Rapid City on April 3-5.
  • Awards will be presented during TIE's Festival of Technology on Monday, April 4.

Please go to (PDF) for more information including general rules and a link to the official entry form. Direct questions and concerns to: Ann Smith, (605) 367-7923, email.

The Student Media 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 TIE.


Eagle Butte Upper Elementary adds to services and collections

Eagle Butte Upper Elementary School Library completes the trio of school libraries receiving an Improving Literacy through School Libraries federal grant for the 2009/2010 school year. Eagle Butte, Dupree and Timber Lake school libraries applied for the grant as a consortium and were awarded a total of about $286,000.

Librarian Peggy McLellan at Eagle Butte Upper Elementary School

As a result of the grant, librarian Peggy McLellan reports students made productive use of the extended before and after school library hours to read, complete homework assignments, or practice computer skills, often while waiting for parents to finish their workdays. Many school instructors and members of the community, prevented from using other school buildings during the summer months, utilized the services and materials of the Eagle Butte Upper Elementary School Library during the summer’s grant-enabled open hours. Elementary students enjoyed library-sponsored gatherings — pizza parties and a Dairy Queen lunch in the library for those industrious kids who attained their reading goals. As with both Dupree and Timber Lake, Eagle Butte’s elementary library used the infusion of funds to expand and update its book collection, including a major upgrade of reference materials. The purchase of additional digital cameras resulted in many more students participating in the production of the school’s 2009/2010 yearbook. New TV technology systems available for check out to classrooms and the expanded choices of current DVD’s coordinated with the science and social studies curriculums enhanced classroom instruction.

Last, but far, very far from least, the library itself was able to upgrade its automation software package and purchase new computers for student and library staff use.

“It excites me to add anything to our collection and services. We were truly blessed to receive the literacy grant and I will forever be grateful,” Peggy states.

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