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November-December 2011
Volume 3, Issue 10

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

2011 One Book South Dakota

National Novel Writing Month

Native American Heritage Month

National Gaming Day
Nov. 12

American Education Week
Nov. 13-19

SDLA Legislative Day
Jan. 12

ALA Midwinter Meeting
Jan. 20-24

PLA Annual Conference
March 13-17

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Downloadables now available in State Library electronic resources

library headlines


SDLA Roundup review: session topics, strategic goals and SWIM scholars

SWIM Scholars 2011

As always, State Library staff members enjoyed seeing those of you who made it out to the SDLA Conference in beautiful Spearfish. Staff members were busy with a number of different sessions and we thank each of you who attended. If there are topics you’d like to see covered at future SDLA conferences or continuing education topics for which we can build a presentation to take on the road or produce a webinar, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 800-423-6665. Ask for anyone on the Library Development team.

SDSL also hosted an exhibit booth at the conference which contained a plethora of information going on at the state and federal levels. We are currently soliciting feedback on our past strategic plan goals. Thanks to those who stopped by our booth to share comments and ideas. If you were not at conference and would like to share some of your thoughts, please call the State Library and ask to speak to Daria Bossman, Assistant State Librarian for Development Services.

Thank you to the many SWIM scholars who attended the conference and spent time sharing their stories during a short reception. Two of the scholars obtained new school library positions this fall which was in part due to their enrollment in the program. The scholars are in the last year of their respective two-year programs to obtain either a school library media endorsement or a MLIS.


Western Dakota Tech offers new library training program

By Terri Davis, Rapid City Public Library

The new Library Technician program at Western Dakota Tech (WDT) is rolling out in January 2012, with a variety of courses to help librarians better meet the needs of South Dakota’s library users in the 21st century.

The Library Technician Associate of Applied Science program is designed for those interested in working in a library to assist patrons, maintain library databases, catalog and research materials and serve as a team member. Library technicians are employed in K-12, public, academic, and special libraries such as medical, law, corporate and government libraries.

“This program will fill an important need in South Dakota,” WDT Vice President Dr. Cathy Anderson said. “Libraries need trained staff who can jump right in and be successful. This program will provide those kinds of employees.”

WDT will offer the program as a 20-month Associate of Applied Science degree, or as a 10-month Diploma; the program has been organized to give students the potential to find employment with either of the options. Students will be able to start the program in the fall and spring semesters. WDT will explore possible transfer agreements with the Board of Regents and other colleges once the program begins.

Enrollments are currently being accepted for the Spring 2012 semester. For information about the program or WDT, contact WDT at (800) 544-8765, (605) 718-2565, or email; visit WDT on the web at


Tips for weeding your fiction collection

By Eric Stroshane, Field Services Representative, North Dakota State Library

(Reprinted with permission from Flickertale, October 2011, North Dakota State Library)

For whatever reason, weeding fiction just seems to be more difficult than weeding non-fiction. Since stories are immersive, we tend to view them less objectively than non-fiction works. It seems harder to view things that “aren’t real” as being out-of-date. That being said, some fiction ages very badly indeed. Having an effective weeding policy can help keep shelves clean and turnover rates high. These guidelines will help you find the balance that’s right for your library!


  • Don’t rebind. Paperbacks are affordable and book covers influence fiction circulation far more than they do nonfiction. Replace books in poor condition if literary merit or circulation warrants and withdraw them otherwise.
  • Don’t replace older titles in poor condition by popular genre authors. No offense intended to James Patterson or Nora Roberts, but when you write a dozen formulaic novels a year, they do tend to blur together. Your patrons will typically be interested in their latest works, anyhow.


  • Older single title authors (aside from Harper Lee)
  • Obscure and older genre titles
  • Obscure foreign authors
  • Earlier or lesser works by dead folks
  • Series books when you’re missing titles—especially if you lack volume one
  • Duplicate copies of former bestsellers and book club titles


  • Adult Fiction
    • Withdraw titles that have not circulated in two years
    • Withdraw series with missing volumes if the books do not stand alone
    • Replace worn copies of works of high literary merit with new editions
  • Graphic Novels
    • Withdraw titles that have not circulated in one year
    • Replace worn copies of classics, such as Maus: a Survivor’s Tale, with new editions
  • Easy Readers and Picture Books
    • Withdraw titles that have not circulated in two years
    • Withdraw books with racial or gender bias
  • Children’s Fiction (Chapter Books)
    • Withdraw award-winning titles that have not circulated in three years
    • Withdraw other titles that have not circulated in two years
    • Withdraw titles with biased or stereotypical views of gender, race, people with disabilities, or the elderly
    • Withdraw abridged and simplified classics
  • YA/Teen Fiction
    • Withdraw titles more than three years old
    • Withdraw titles that have not circulated in two years
    • Replace worn classics (Harry Potter) with new editions

Those who are interested can access the ultimate guide to public library weeding (otherwise known as the CREW Manual), here: Texas State Library and Archives Commission.


What’s in the News?

Complementary and alternative medical resources available

“Will duct tape cure my warts?”

“Is acupuncture painful?”

“Is Vitamin E good or bad for me? The news changes every day!”

Whether patrons ask librarians or surf the internet on their own, they are interested in medical treatments outside the mainstream. The National Institutes of Health has free, accurate, authoritative, non-commercial information about complementary treatment (treatments in addition to what the doctor prescribes) and alternative treatment (treatments instead of going to the doctor). The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine website contains research-based articles about supplements, herbs and treatments and gives advice on finding a good local practitioner. One tab on the site has information about clinical trials, their results, and how to participate in them. Keep this site handy and link to it from your own website to offer good medical references to your patrons.

Success for small libraries takes more than survival

AASL Position Statement on Labeling addresses reading level confidentiality

New online resource: Indians of the Midwest, Past and Present





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