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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

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In this month's issue


Library Headlines

Librarians recognized for achieving certification standards
During the State of the State Library presentation at the SDLA annual conference on Oct. 5, State Librarian Dan Siebersma acknowledged those librarians and library staff members who have recently met the voluntary certification standards.

Public library accreditation applications due Dec. 2
The State Library is currently taking applications for our statewide voluntary Public Library Accreditation.

New procedures for interlibrary loan statistics begin in January 2012
Beginning in January 2012, public libraries are asked to keep more detailed statistics for interlibrary loan.


November-December Continuing Education Opportunities

Common Core Literacy Lessons registration extended to Nov. 15
Over a series of six webinars teams of school librarians and K-12 classroom teachers will learn more about the Common Core State Standards for Literacy and the new SD School Library Standards.

Looking ahead to 2012 – the Electronic Resources Challenge is back!
Back by popular demand, the State Library’s Electronic Resources Challenge will be held Jan. 9 through March 19.

More Continuing Education Opportunities


Children’s & YA Services

Operation: Military Kids! Christmas at the Capitol 2011
Ornaments are needed for the 2011 Operation: Military Kids Christmas tree in Pierre.

Reinvent game night by bringing the game to life
Have you ever played a board game and wondered what it would be like if the world on the game board existed in real life?

2012 Letters About Literature Contest deadline is Jan. 6
Letters About Literature, a national reading and writing promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, invites young readers in grades 4-12 to enter this year’s LAL letter writing competition.

Wanted: Teen Read Week stories and photos
Teen Read Week was October 16-22, kicking off South Dakota’s 2012 Teen Choice Book Award contest.

Want free books?
Starting Nov. 1, if Jasmine reviews a book sent to her by a publisher on her blog you can have a chance at winning that book!


Featured eResources of the Month

Downloadables now available in State Library electronic resources


Grant Opportunities

The Dreyer's Foundation Small Grants and Product Donations

Libri Foundation Books for Children


Library Development

SDLA Roundup review: session topics, strategic goals and SWIM scholars
As always, State Library staff members enjoyed seeing those of you who made it out to the SDLA Conference in beautiful Spearfish.

Western Dakota Tech offers new library training program
By Terri Davis, Rapid City Public Library

Tips for weeding your fiction collection
By Eric Stroshane, Field Services Representative, North Dakota State Library

What’s in the News?
Complementary and alternative medical resources available


Board Talk

3 R’s for the public and school library - rethink, redefine, repurpose
You hear a lot of words tossed around these days when the topic of “combining” school and public libraries comes up.


School Libraries

Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards adopted
The Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards outline core concepts for teaching SD tribal history and culture to all K-12 students.

Big Stone City School Library sleuths investigate Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes visits Big Stone City School Library
Students in the middle grades began reading Sherlock Holmes stories when school started and have built upon their enjoyment and knowledge through a variety of activities.

Eric — A Success Story
By Beth Hannasch, Roosevelt Elementary School, Watertown


Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Dummy Books are helping make Mobridge residents smarter Mobridge Dummy Books
The library staff creates and shelves Dummy Books to make up for gaps in the library’s collection due to cost of materials, difficulty in staying current on a topic, low patron desire, or low quantity of books on a topic.

“Buy Your First Car” proves to be popular seminar for teens
By Jane Norling, Library Director, Beresford Public Library

Traveling exhibits engage students and patrons of all ages
Looking for a special way to engage your students or patrons in science, literature, art, history, or another area? How about a traveling exhibit?





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