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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

Library Development


What is Library Development reading?

What They Don’t Teach You at Library School
Book Cover: What They Don't Teach you in library school.Reviewed by Jane Healy

Remember being new on the job and realizing that school did not prepare you for the everyday challenges of work? Elisabeth Dousett had you in mind when she wrote this book. The author, who earned her MLS in mid-life after a career in business, states her goal as providing "some very basic, down to earth help and training that help the reader move smoothly into a new profession and be successful" (p. viii).

What They Don't Teach You… is one of the ALA Guides for the Busy Librarian series and contains valuable information for those new to librarianship. Divided into three parts—before you get a library job, when you are brand new and when you have a little experience — this book can steer new librarians toward success.

Each chapter follows an easy-to-digest format with headings "What This Chapter is About," "Why You Should Care," The Heart of the Matter" and "Other Resources."

The first third of the book covers things to know before you get your first job as a librarian, including determining which job is right for you, how to plan your career, network and brand yourself.

The next third covers things to help you navigate your new work environment, including learning the workplace culture, understanding your new environment, managing problem patrons and coworker conflict, developing public speaking abilities and being a team player.

The final third of the book covers things for the somewhat more experienced librarian. These are career and responsibility developing items, including marketing, facilities management, strategic planning, trend tracking and budgeting.

Throughout the book, gray insets provide more detail or information. The book contains an index so that topics can be easily accessed. This is helpful, because as a whole, this book touches on a broad range of topics. It’s available for check out at the State Library.



Additional resources in the news

FDIC "Top 10" List of Online Resources for Consumers
The FDIC home page is, but the Top 10 list is featured on a special page within the National Consumer Protection Week pages.

Guidance for digital copyright issues

Free Children's Book Week 2011 posters by Peter Brown for cost of postage






ALA, copyright, review, websites

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