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April 2011, Volume 3, Issue 4

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

School Library Month
April 1-30

National Poetry Month
April 1-30

School Library Survey
April 1- May 18

Money Smart Week
April 2-9

South Dakota Library Week

April 10-16

National Library Week
April 10-16

National Preservation Week
April 24-30

El día de los niños / El día de los libros
Children's Day/ Book Day
April 30

Children's Book Week
May 2-8

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Ancestry releases new interface and other genealogy news

School Libraries


School Library Survey open April 1 to May 18

The 2010-2011 School Library Survey is open April 1 to May 18 at Bibliostat Collect. Information for completing the survey will be e-mailed to every district superintendent by March 30. Data is again being collected in one survey per district. Talk to your superintendent about details or contact School Library Coordinators Lee Crary and Joan Upell email for more information.



High school Library Science course offers career exploration

As everyone is thinking about which high school courses will be offered for 2011-2012, several questions have come up about the Library Science course. Some schools have offered such a course for many years and others have high school library assistants working in their library under other arrangements.

To clarify, Library Science is a high school course that is available within SD state recognized courses. The code is 22053. As with any course, it is suggested that the course have a course syllabus which includes clear expectations and grading procedures. The course description states:

Library Science provides students an opportunity to work in the library or in media and audiovisual centers. Duties may include collecting, distributing, and categorizing materials; operating audiovisual equipment; assisting students and teachers; and performing clerical duties. Students learn strategies for teaching others while gaining experience in library science and/or media and audiovisual technology.

Under the direction of Becky Nelson, Office of Curriculum, Career & Technical Education, Lee Crary and Joan Upell, School Library Coordinators, are developing a framework for this course. The framework will serve as a guide or "menu" for school districts to use in designing a local Library Science course. It will be a starting place to check for information and resources in building a course syllabus. The framework will be available after May 1, 2011.

Offering a Library Science course allows students to explore the possibility of a future career while gaining real-world experience. For more information or questions, please contact either Lee Crary or Joan Upell (email).



Teacher of the Year integrates library resources and technology

By Sue Turnipseed, 2010 SD Teacher of the Year, Camelot Intermediate School, Brookings

I am part of a 10-member team of fourth grade teachers at Camelot Intermediate School in Brookings. I work daily with each of the nine homeroom classes in the technology lab. Working together with the fourth grade teachers, we create technology activities and projects that compliment and connect to what students are doing in their classrooms. Technology is used as a tool to enrich student learning and provide exciting learning opportunities.

An example of a recent project was our Lewis and Clark documentaries. As part of their social studies classes, students studied the journey of the Corps of Discovery across South Dakota. Students formed groups to do further research on a topic, such as the route taken, the plants and animals encountered and the members of the expedition. Classroom texts and materials, as well as school library materials and online resources were used by students in their groups. Resources provided by the State Library were extremely helpful for student research. For example, World Book Online for Kids and World Book Kids were used by many students. The articles and materials referenced are written at levels appropriate for fourth graders. In addition, students are given the option to listen to the text, as well as read it online. For students of all abilities and learning styles, this is a great option.

Once the research was complete, groups wrote a script and found or created pictures to accompany it. Using Photo Story 3 students imported and arranged their pictures, recorded their script, customized the motions and transitions and added background music. Collaboration, creativity, and communication skills were used by students as they developed projects they were proud and excited to share. The student movies can be seen online at Camelot Intermediate School: Fourth Grade Projects.



"A Jill of All Trades" or the true life of a school librarian

Tammy Van Dam, Jones County Elementary School

School librarians may wear many hats and often acquire reputations as "Jacks (or Jills) of All Trades" in their schools. Both the description and the label surely suit Jones County Elementary School's Tammy Van Dam who, in addition to staffing the school library for about 90 students and 15 faculty members, is also the school secretary. As if two jobs weren’t enough, an additional commitment frequently grabs her away from library and office desks. Tammy serves the community of Murdo and the surrounding area as an EMT for the Jones County Ambulance Service.

An avid reader and passionate advocate for reading, Tammy pilots the school's annual Reading Challenge event. When students meet their reading goal, they get to choose the method in which they’d like to have Tammy recognize their achievement. She's spent a night in the local jail, perched on a dunk tank (and endured the inevitable soaking), and enjoyed a day on the roof of the school building. When students decreed one year that she spray her naturally dark hair green, an ambulance run resulted in Tammy's appearance in Pierre's ER department sporting green pigtails. Another celebration required that she don her old high school cheerleading uniform for a day. Again, ambulance duty called, and Tammy hustled off to quickly swap out her cheerleading skirt for a pair of pants she’d had the foresight to bring to school. Sometime later, the principal, unaware that she was off on an ambulance run, went in search of Tammy, who’d been called to the telephone. Upon discovery of the cast-off skirt, the mystified principal informed the caller, "I don't know where she is right now, but her skirt's here."

This year's Reading Challenge celebration featured Tammy duct-taped to a wall for the second time in her career, a first for current elementary students. We know for a fact that Tammy is now safely down from that wall, cheerfully manning her desks, and still dashing off on the ambulance when duty calls.






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