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March 2011, Volume 3, Issue 3

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Read Across America Day
March 2

Teen Tech Week
March 6-12

PLA Virtual Spring Symposium
March 30

Public Library Survey, closes March 31

ACRL Conference
March 30-April 2

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

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Resources to help you celebrate the holidays

Library Headlines


South Dakota Library Week is coming April 10-16

Mark your calendars! April 10-16 will be South Dakota Library Week as well as National Library Week. We’re cooking up some special plans to highlight local library services across the state. Watch for further details coming soon. In the meantime, we encourage each library to make plans now to call special attention to themselves and their services to their communities during this week.


Public Library Survey deadline is March 31

The 2010 Public Library Survey launched on Feb. 1 and closes March 31. If you’d like help with the basics of the Collect program or just have a few questions, there’s still time to attend the webinar on March 4. Please direct any other questions or concerns about the survey to Daria Bossman (email), 800/423-6665 or 605/733-3131.


Beresford Public Library’s survey data leads to national rating

Computers in use at Beresford Public Library

Beresford Public Library is the only library in the state to be named a Top Ten library in Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR) and is one of 15 libraries in the U.S. to make the Top Ten list for the first time. This is quite an achievement, considering that 7,930 public libraries are rated and it all starts with data gathered for the annual Public Library Survey!

According to Library Director Jane Norling, “The Beresford Library staff and patrons have embraced the top ten ranking of the library (by population served) in the HAPLR rating system. It is exciting to know that the support of our funding body, library board and the enthusiasm that the staff shows to our patrons and programs is reflected in a high ranking for the library. We are proud to say that the staff and entire community have made the library such a wonderful place.”

Beresford Public shines with a score of 879. The median score is 500.

“I was very excited to hear of Beresford Public Library's HAPLR ranking. I knew Beresford has a great public library, and this honor simply confirms it. The library is one of Beresford's greatest assets. Jane and the library staff strive to maintain a current collection and offer programming for all ages. There is something for everyone at the library! Thanks to the dedication of Jane and the staff, the library's circulation continues to grow!” said Beresford Public Library’s Board President Krislyn Carlson.

HAPLR author, Thomas J. Hennen, Jr., uses federal data, scoring and ranking public libraries by input and output measures. Some of the measures are expenditures per capita, cost per capita and visits per capita.

“The HAPLR index provides a comparative rating system that librarians, trustees and the public can use to improve and extend library services in the third millennium,” explains their website. See the HAPLR Index website for more information.





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