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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

Library Headlines


Sully Area Library becomes a new star

Sully Area Library librarians working at desk

Stop by the Sully Area Library on a typical day and you may see any or all of the following: a fourth-grade class eagerly soaking up details about the now-open-for-business Accelerated Reader Store, viewing their options for purchases with earned reading points; patrons using the public-access computer terminals; students renewing library books or inquiring about the status of Interlibrary Loan requests; folks dropping in with reference questions or shopping the current Books Are Fun display.

And yet, Sully Area Library director Jackie Aspelin expressed surprise at the news that the library, a combined public/school library, had recently achieved Star Library status for the first time according to Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service. Sully Area Library was awarded a four-star designation based upon statistics for library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet computer use per capita as related to the library’s total operating budget. “I am very proud of this rating. The school, community and library personnel need to be commended for this,” stated a very pleased Jackie.

Rarely is there a dull moment in this library serving 285 K-12 students and 800 residents of Onida, the Sully County seat, and the surrounding area. Jackie and assistants Julie Joachim, Roxy Topel, Monette Clark, and Mary Stier operate the library year-round, two evenings each week and all school days. Ample work and study space provides opportunities for group meetings, the State Library-sponsored Jumpstart program, and classes like the genealogy session provided with assistance from the State Archives and the State Library. In addition to the annual summer reading program, 2010 featured a fun-filled appearance by storyteller/entertainer Indiana Bones.

Congratulations on the well-deserved Star Library honor to Sully Area Library, a library that works as a vital part of both its communities of patrons, public and school. For the complete article announcing America’s Star Libraries visit the Library Journal website.


Centerville Library proudly displays their five stars

Centerville proudly displays their star rating

It’s not a surprise to the Centerville community that their combined school/public library is one of America’s Star Libraries. The library has received a five-star-rating three times. During their recent holiday fund-raising event the “stars“ shone brightly over the circulation desk.


Learn more about State Library electronic resources

A new round of the State Library Electronic Resources Challenge will launch on Monday, January 17. Now’s the time to fulfill your New Year’s resolution to get to know more about these online journals, encyclopedias, genealogy resources and practice tests!

The Challenge, a self-paced learning opportunity, guides you to explore and discover content and features in the statewide electronic resources while earning nine continuing education contact hours. The 10 week course will examine one or two electronic resources per week. The first lesson will be released January 17. You can start any time after that, however, the Challenge ends on April 1. Register now and receive an e-mail when the first lesson is posted.

What’s in it for you?

The Challenge will empower you to:

  • use the appropriate resource for a particular patron age group, interest, or information need
  • use the resources as an expansion of your own library collection
  • explore the resources’ special features, going beyond the basics
  • earn nine CE contact hours

Who can participate?

  • South Dakota academic, public, and school library and teaching staff regardless of position and status (full and part time)
  • SD public library trustees, Friends and Library Foundation members
  • DOE staff

How do you participate?
Read the “Getting Started” post linked on the right hand side of the Electronic Resources Challenge blog.

Follow the directions and register your blog as instructed in step two of the “Getting Started” post. You will receive an e-mail welcoming you to the Challenge when Lesson One is launched on January 17. Your blog will be listed on the right hand side of the Challenge. Explore the resource of the week and answer the discovery questions in your blog post.

Is the Challenge worth your time and effort?
Here’s what previous Challenge participants said:

“Gold mine-type stuff ready & waiting.” (school teacher)

“I have really enjoyed this class! I had taken classes on one or two of these before, but you always learn something new, like that there are several databases in WorldCat! This has been a great refresher and has inspired me to keep pushing the databases at our library.” (school librarian)

“I will enjoy knowing more about all of these resources, so I can help the students answer their questions and do their research better. One of the biggest challenges these days is “weeding out” the irrelevant information to avoid overload. I think all of these resources have great features that allow that much better than a general Google search or similar search..” (academic librarian)

“It definitely teaches you that the more you “play around” the more you will learn, and the better service we can provide to our patrons. When you read the introduction to each database, and it points out how many hundreds of thousands of resources are available, I think we could spend a lot of time each day, and never see all there is to see. I'm so glad I took advantage of this.” (public librarian)

Questions? Contact the Electronic Resources Challenge Team — Jane Healy (email); Julie Erickson (email) or 1-800-423-6665.




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