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February 2011, Volume 3, Issue 2

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Public Library Survey
February 1-March 31

2011 National African American Read-in
February 1-28

Read Across America Day
March 2

Teen Tech Week
March 6-12

ACRL 2011 Conference
March 30-April 2

School Library Month

School Library Survey
April 1-May 18

National D.E.A.R. Day
April 12

National Library Week
April 10-16

South Dakota Library Week
April 10-16

National Preservation Week
April 24-30

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Electronic Resources help History Day research

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In this month's issue


Library Headlines

State Library's new website is up and running

State Library Data DigestsSchool and public library Data Digests now available
The South Dakota State Library Board got the first official look at this year’s school and public library Data Digests at its meeting on Jan. 14 in Pierre.

Health information forums for public librarians and trustees to be held in February and March
The State Library would like to invite all public librarians and their trustees to a series of informational and planning forums throughout the state in February and March.


February Continuing Education Opportunities

Public Library Survey opens Feb. 1
If you’d like help with the basics of the Collect program or just have a few questions, attend the webinar on Feb. 15 or March 4.

Continue on to more Continuing Education Listings.


Children's and YA Services

Caldecott, Newbery, YALSA 2011 awards announced
The 2011 ALA Media Awards, which consist of 11 ALSC awards and six YALSA literary awards were announced last month at the ALA Mid-Winter Conference.

Dealing with challenges to graphic novels
ALA has created a tip sheet to help librarians through challenges to graphic novels.

After-school Partnership launches new website
The South Dakota After-school Partnership promotes quality, out-of-school programming for all South Dakota school-age children and youth.


Featured e-Resources of the Month

Electronic resources help History Day research
South Dakota History Day approaches on April 16. Are you ready for your students?


Grant Opportunities

Dollar General Summer Reading Grants

Pathways Within Roads to Reading Initiative

Snapdragon Book Foundation


Library Development

SDSL moves from vertical file to digital collection
Do you keep newspaper clippings in a vertical file at your library? SDSL has a large vertical file collection and staff has recently begun a project to digitize the newspaper clippings and put them online.

Girls enjoying the libraryCommunity collaboration results in facelift for Selby’s combined library
When Selby Community/School Library needed a facelift, library users and supporters stepped up to make it happen.

Board Talk: What’s in your bylaws?
Have you reviewed your local public library’s bylaws recently?


School Libraries

Team up with a colleague to attend Using Literature to Teach Health on March 14-15
Coordinated School Health will be hosting a training in Huron.

Revised school library standards and guidelines undergoing adoption process
The School Library Standards Revision Task Force completed its work in late December and submitted its final report in early January.

Dianne Hemminger, Spearfish East ElementaryHemminger receives honor and recognition as library teacher
In the spring of 2010, about to complete her fourth year with Spearfish School District, elementary librarian Dianne Hemminger was honored to be named Teacher of the Year for Spearfish East Elementary School.

Leaders are Readers challenges students to read
For the last six years, the Mayor of Sioux Falls, Siouxland Libraries, and Sioux Falls Public Schools have worked together to jointly sponsor Leaders are Readers, an independent reading program that challenges elementary school students to read 20 minutes a day.


Trends & More

Practical resources available through SDSU Cooperative Extension Service
South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service (CES) provides practical learning resources to address complex problems of youth and families, communities, agriculture, business and industry.

More resources in the news

What is Library Development reading?
Bite-Sized Marketing: Realistic Solutions for the Overworked Librarian and Winning Library Grants: a Game Plan are reviewed by SDSL staff.


Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Community Common Read inspires all ages in Brookings
Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea, was invited to speak in Brookings this past November.

Students built benches for library in LeadIndustrial arts students construct new library benches in Lead

Add imagination to cardboard boxes to create great reading spots

Reading Ducks motivate YARP voting in Spearfish




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