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January 2011, Volume 3, Issue 1

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

ALA Midwinter Meeting
January 7-11

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

School Library Month

School Library Survey
April 1-May 18

National Library Week
April 10-16

South Dakota Library Week
April 10-16

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

National Preservation Week
April 24-30

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Plunge into ProQuest's New Platform

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In this month's issue


Library Headlines

Sully Area Library librarians working at deskSully Area Library becomes a new star
Sully Area Library recently achieved Star Library status for the first time according to Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service.

Centerville Library proudly displays their five stars

Learn more about State Library electronic resources
A new round of the State Library Electronic Resources Challenge will launch on Monday, January 17.

January Continuing Education Opportunities
Webinars on WorldCat, ProQuest and more learning opportunities!


Children's and YA Services

“You Are Here” Teen Video Contest launches
CSLP has launched the “You Are Here” Teen Video Challenge 2011, a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library's summer reading program.

YALSA announces 2011 Nonfiction Shortlist and free ALA webcast

On January 10 YALSA will announce the winner of the 2011 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

YARP/Teen Choice Book Award Voting Reminder
Voting is under way, so keep promoting those books!!

Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque voting opens January 3
Let the voting begin!

Students readingUniversity and elementary students collaborate to help choose Prairie Bud
Students in two second grade classrooms at L.B. Williams Elementary School in Mitchell have already been working hard to help decide the winner of the Prairie Bud Award.


Featured e-Resources of the Month

Plunge into ProQuest’s new platform
ProQuest, the online full-text article resource, is making a splash with its recently released new platform. Your favorite features remain, and new features make researching more robust.


Grant Opportunities

IMLS Native American Library Services Basic Grant

Verizon Foundation Grants

Walmart Store and Sam's Club Giving Programs

Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust Grants


Library Development

State agencies and public libraries partner for job seekers
The State Library recently completed a four-hour workshop at nine sites across the state, training librarians and community agencies in Project Compass.

Board Talk: Public Library Survey — It’s all local… really… and it all starts with you!
There has never been a better time for communities, most especially small ones, to invest in public libraries.

Happy New Year from the Research Services Department
January brings the start of the 2011 Legislative Session, which begins on January 11. Make sure to tell your local legislators to stop in at the State Library while they are in Pierre.


School Libraries

READING Up continues focus on rigor with Standards in Practice™
This fall DOE began implementing a professional development initiative called READING Up that examines the rigor of classroom instruction to improve reading proficiency.

Fixed or flexible? Library X time provides an option
There are pros and cons to both types of scheduling, especially at the elementary level, or in a K-12 situation.

Students using iPadsE-book and e-reader questions?
This Milbank student is reading the New York Times on an iPad purchased as part of a pilot program


Trends & More

SD Book Bag Study Guides ready to download
While book bags are a very popular way to make multiple copies of books available through some South Dakota libraries, now available is a collection of study guides on books by South Dakota authors or on South Dakota subjects.

SD Public Broadcasting offers extensive resources
One of the major initiatives of SDPB Education & Outreach is working with parents, teachers, caregivers and young children in the Ready To Learn program.

What is Library Development reading?
Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning


Why Didn’t I Think of That?

A skeleton for every occasion at Stevens High School
Yorick pops up in all sorts of intriguing places around the library.

Making connections between college and middle school
Brenda Paulsen’s Marionette and Movement class (University of Sioux Falls) recently performed at the Axtell Park Middle School Library.

Mount Readmore at Webster ElementaryMount Readmore created at Webster Elementary in Yankton
A landmark book cart.




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