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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


School Libraries

2009-2010 School Library Survey data ready for review

The State Library now has your school district library statistics available for access and comparisons. Bibliostat’s CONNECT is a web-based online tool that gives you easy access to comparative statistics and facts about school libraries in South Dakota. Here you can quickly and easily identify peer school libraries and then compare your library to others on any of hundreds of measures. You can compare rank order tables and create bar graphs, view average and percentiles and drop the results into a report or presentation with a click of the mouse. This tool allows you to compare your library to itself or others over time as well.

From your web browser you can select comparison school districts by name or allow CONNECT to identify them based on specific criteria you provide. You choose the data elements or output measures that you are interested in looking at, and then choose if you would like to view the results in a graph, or on an Excel table.

CONNECT’s address is: connect.informata.com

You will use the unique login and password assigned to your school district during the survey. You can contact the State Library at 1-800-423-6665. Or you can contact either of the two SDSL school coordinators, Joan Upell, (605-295-3152) or Lee Crary if you have questions or need your password. Once into the database, select “South Dakota Schools,” and proceed.

Also, look this fall for the State Library’s publication of their first annual 2010 School Data Digest, a snapshot of South Dakota school libraries during the 2009-2010 school year.

Summer reading program at Dupree School Library

Summer reading program expanded at Dupree School Library

Librarian Gay Mraz at Dupree School Library

Dupree School Library, one of three Cheyenne River Reservation schools to share in an Improving Literacy through School Libraries grant, expanded and enhanced its annual summer reading program with some of the grant monies. Forty-four participating readers appreciated the added hours of the program that ran about six weeks, compared to four weeks in past years. Depending upon the amount of time and/or number of books read, those readers were rewarded with new books for their personal collections. Craft projects and snacks were enjoyed by students who attended the programmed activities—songs, stories, and games. As further evidence of the success of the 2010 summer program, librarian Gay Mraz reports about 421 library items were checked out.

Details about how Eagle Butte Upper Elementary School Library used the grant money will be featured in the next Cornerstone issue.

Back-to-School ideas

Back to School Booklist (PDF)
Great read aloud titles

The Critical Past
Free historic video and photos

Fact Fragment Frenzy
Interactive introduction to note taking

Seven search engines for students
As reviewed from the Free Technology for Teachers Blog.

Seven sources for free e-books
As reviewed from the Free Technology for Teachers Blog.

Top 20 Websites No Teacher Should Start the 2010-2011 Year Without
As reviewed from the Making Teachers Nerdy Blog.

Dupree, school libraries, statistics, summer reading, websites

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