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September 2010
Volume 2, Issue 9

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Library Card Sign-up Month 2010
September, 2010

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

Festival of Books
September 24-26, 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, 2010

National Novel Writing Month
November, 2010

National Gaming Day
November 13, 2010

Library Development

“Laugh and Learn” with SDSL staff at the 2010 SDLA Conference

Come and visit with the staff of the State Library at the following presentations during the SDLA conference in Sioux Falls September 22-24:

Wednesday, September 22

  • 9:00-11:45 am: Policies & Procedures
    with Brenda Hemmelman and Stacia McGourty
  • 1:00-3:45 pm: No Laughing Matter: Forming Friends & Foundations to Support Your Library
    with Jane Healy, Julie Erickson, and Jasmine Rockwell
  • 4:00-4:55 pm: State of the State Library

Thursday, September 23

  • 8:30-9:30 am: Creating /Redesigning Your Library Web Site
    with Brenda Hemmelman and Stacia McGourty, producers
    Panel Discussion with State Library Web Designer Wynne Nafus Sayer, Potter County Librarian Peg Williams, Hot Springs Public Librarian Cindy Messenger, and USD University Libraries Librarian/Webmaster Danielle Loftus.
  • 2:00-3:00 pm: Have Fun Promoting Electronic Resources
    with Julie Erickson and Jane Healy

Friday, September 24

  • 11:30-12:30 pm: It’s No Joke: New Bells and Whistles Featured in the Statewide Electronic Resources
    with Julie Erickson and Jane Healy

Also, don’t miss the Prairie Bud, Prairie Pasque and YARP booktalk sessions, the poster sessions and our table in exhibits. For a complete programming list, visit the SDLA Web site.

Credit Note: For those attending the 2010 SDLA Conference in Sioux Falls September 22-24, one college credit will be available through the University of Sioux Falls. Those applying for a college credit must attend 15 hours of sessions. Participants can select if they want graduate or undergraduate credit. The cost is $40.00, payable at registration. Applications will be available at the registration desk.

Final discussion of Voluntary Public Librarian Certification Standards Revisions to be held at SDLA Conference

The South Dakota Public Library Certification Standards were originally developed and administered by the South Dakota Library Association. In June 2008, the SDLA Board voted to move the administration of both the Certification and the Accreditation Standards to the State Library. The new public library accreditation standards were officially approved and adopted at the January 2010 State Library Board meeting. See the new accreditation standards here.

Since that time, another task force has been meeting to revise the public librarian certification standards. The purpose of the certification process is to encourage the ongoing development of quality library staff in the state. Certification of librarians is a voluntary process. This group has completed its initial work and the draft revisions are now posted on the SDSL Web site. For comparison of old to new, see Application for Voluntary Certification or Renewal,

Some changes that the task force is recommending include:

  • Reducing the number of grade levels from four to three
  • Reducing the population served levels from four to three
  • Removal of references to CEU's to reduce confusing language
  • Recommending 30 contact hours in three years as opposed to 20 contact hours in four years for certification renewal
  • Allowing more variety in workshops and seminars (i.e. use of archived online webinars)
  • Revising the voluntary certification level requirements for library directors
  • Adding a voluntary certification level requirement section for library staff (non-directors)
  • Adding a contact hours approval form for workshop participants to fill out and send in for pre-approval of contact hours

A final opportunity to give feedback on the proposed changes will be held during the Public Library Section meeting 5:00-5:30 pm at the SDLA Conference on Thursday, September 23.

Project Compass: Help your community with career/job seeking training and resources

By Daria Bossman, Assistant State Librarian for Library Development

For nearly a year now some exciting collaboration has been taking place between IMLS and the State Library of North Carolina. The library is using WebJunction as its communication link and recently the federal Department of Labor and Training Administration (DOL/ETA) announced they are partnering with IMLS and North Carolina State Library to promote state and local initiatives to assist underemployed or unemployed workers across the United States. Earlier national surveys demonstrated and verified that local citizens had increased needs for career and/or job seeking assistance and informational resources.

Summits were held regionally throughout the U.S. this past spring with invitations going to every state. Representing South Dakota was Heather Stephenson from the Siouxland Library System in Sioux Falls. Heather attended the Project Compass Denver Summit in late May.

Project Compass is an initiative sponsored by IMLS and the North Carolina State Library to bring public libraries into a discussion of how we can partner with other federal, state or local agencies to assist the underemployed or unemployed local workforce. Public libraries are safe places for most people. They are familiar places and people are accustomed to asking questions or asking for assistance. They have networked public computers and a wider range of hours open. And they have access to resources, databases and the knowledge to assist quickly those in need. Public libraries are a natural to assist other agencies in their efforts to get people back to work and our local economies back on track.

Heather noted, ”At Siouxland Libraries we have addressed the needs of job seekers by offering free seminars on topics such as job searching, resumes, and interview techniques.” They have partnered with Volunteers of America to present these classes at convenient, easily assessable and familiar locations—their main and branch libraries. Stephanie Bents from the Rapid City Public Library shared that they were working on gathering content about city and local issues in their wiki The Knowledge Network. They have a business component they call “Work Smart.” Their Web site is

Julie Moore from Sturgis Public Library reports that they regularly conduct computer classes and resume workshops including one-on-one staff time to assist patrons who need technical writing assistance or help with online resume creation. They offer extended computer time for job applicants and proctor tests for those returning to school. Madison Public Library also reported holding classes and assisting patrons related to employment and job searching.

Recently the South Dakota State Library was awarded two tuition free courses to train two of our state consultants. Julie Erickson and Jane Healy are now taking the online courses offered by InfoPeople Online Learning. When Julie and Jane complete the course, entitled, “Jobs and Workforce Recovery: Libraries Helping Individuals and Communities,” they will be available to conduct one-day local or regional workshops for any South Dakota public librarians wishing to learn more and start similar programming in their community. South Dakota has the distinct advantage of having statewide access for all our citizens to such appropriate databases as Learning Express Library.

We are currently looking for public libraries who would like to sponsor such a workshop in their community. Exploring the resources available on Learning Express will be a portion of the day-long training. It need not be a large community, but geographical location and a private room with networked computer access for training are important considerations. Ideally we’d like to schedule six to eight workshops spread out over the state so that travel is kept to a minimum. We are hoping that we can partner to hold at least two workshops on the reservations within our state. We will be scheduling these workshops for October/November and for February/March. We encourage you to share this article with your local community leaders. If you have a local DOL office, One-Stop Centers or other agencies that assist with job training, workforce development, or employment issues you might consider networking with them as well.

If you want to schedule a training opportunity, please contact our C.E. Coordinator, Kathleen Slocum by email or 605-773-8438. If you have further questions, you may contact Daria Bossman at the State Library at or 605-773-3167.

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