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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

Library Headlines


State Library's new website is up and running

The new State Library website launched Jan. 18. The goal of the redesign is to ease navigation and to focus on the library's target audiences of librarians and state employees.

You are welcome to join a webinar with the State Library's Information Officer, Wynne Nafus Sayer, for a tour of the website on Feb. 10, 2011. Webinar Registration is now open.


School and public library Data Digests now available

Public Library Data Digest CoverThe 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.

“The digests provide vital information about the services being provided at libraries across the state,” said State Librarian Dan Siebersma. “The State Library collects the data through various surveys and compiles it in one location to highlight the significant roles that libraries play in their communities.”

This is the first year that the State Library has compiled a data digest that is specific to school libraries. During the 2009-10 school year, school libraries hosted book fairs in 133 districts and family literacy events or activities in 42 districts. On an average day, school libraries circulate 12,205 items, host 959 class groups and welcome 12,271 students independently.

School Library Data Digest CoverSuperintendents, principals and school librarians can access their specific statistics online and see how their libraries compare to others in the state.

The Data Digest for public libraries has been a successful measurement of the effectiveness of libraries in their local communities for the last three years.

South Dakotans checked out more than 5.9 million library items in 2009, and public access computers were used more than 912,000 times. Public librarians answer 1,157 reference questions on an average day.

The South Dakota school and public library Data Digests are available online at Look for the Publications link.


Health information forums for public librarians and trustees to be held in February and March

In the fall of 2010 the State Library was awarded a Consumer Health and Outreach Planning Award. The money was used to gather information about the use of health information in South Dakota's public libraries. A total of 98 libraries participated in this study — or roughly 87 percent of South Dakota's public libraries.

Nationally there is great interest in reaching local rural communities with current personal health information. Public libraries are easily assessable and open a wide variety of hours each week. With their reference and outreach skills they are the perfect “community center” to provide this access and resources to their local citizens.

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. During these meetings, we will present our survey findings, hear what rural libraries and librarians need and discuss how we should proceed.

If you would like to be a part of this process, we invite you to attend one of the following meetings.

February 1: 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. CST, Pierre, Capitol Building – Room A
DDN links will also be available at the following locations (4 person minimum needed): Aberdeen, Hill City, Mobridge, Wagner, Watertown

February 18: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. CST, Huron, Huron Public Library

March 4: 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. CST, Sioux Falls, Southeast Technical Institute
DDN links will also be available at the following locations (4 person minimum needed): Aberdeen, Faith, Hill City, Mobridge, Wagner, Watertown

Please register online to attend.





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