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October 2011, Volume 3, Issue 9

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

2011 One Book South Dakota

2011 Authors on the Road

SDLA Annual Conference
Oct. 5-7

SD Festival of Books
Oct. 7-9

National Friends of Libraries Week
Oct. 16-22

Teen Read Week
Oct. 16-22

AASL National Conference
Oct. 27-30

National Gaming Day
Nov. 12

Featured e-Resources of the Month
What’s new in State Library eResources

School Libraries


School libraries and librarians raise students’ test scores

A brand new study confirms previous research studies’ results. Schools with certified school librarians have a positive impact on students’ test scores, particularly in reading. “Regardless of whether there were fewer classroom teachers schoolwide, students in states that lost librarians tended to have lower reading scores—or had a slower rise on standardized tests—than those in states that gained librarians.”

Read the article from School Library Journal.

In a video by the Library Research Service, researcher Keith Curry Lance says that his research shows that students do better on state tests if they have the following:

  • full-time certified school librarians
  • well-funded school library programs
  • strong collections in a variety of formats
  • access to more technology networked to library resources.

Additionally, his studies show that test scores were higher in those schools where school librarians were involved directly with student instruction, collaborating with teachers and offering staff in-service training. (from Chapter 4: School Library Characteristics that Affect Students. 2010. LRS, 2010. School Library Impact Studies. Web. 7 Sep. 2011.

To learn more about the impact of school libraries and librarians and see data and news items from many states, see the Library Research Service School Library Impact Studies web page.


School Library Survey: Compare and contrast your data

The State Library now has your 2010-2011 school library statistics available for access and comparisons. Bibliostat’s CONNECT is an online tool that gives you easy access to comparative statistics and facts about school libraries in South Dakota.

With CONNECT, you can quickly and easily identify peer school libraries and then compare your library to others on any of hundreds of measures. From your web browser, you can select comparison school districts by name or allow CONNECT to identify them based on specific criteria you provide. You choose the data elements or output measures that you are interested in looking at, and then choose if you would like to view the results in a graph or an Excel table.

You will need the unique login and password assigned to your school district during the 2010-2011 School Library Survey. Once into the database, select “South Dakota Schools,” and proceed. All data from both the 2009-2010 survey and 2010-2011 survey is included.

Can’t remember your login or password? Contact either of the State Library’s school coordinators: Joan Upell, email or 605) 295-3152, or Mary G. Johnson, email or (605) 295-3173.

In early January, watch for the State Library’s “2011 School Data Digest,” a snapshot of South Dakota school libraries during the 2010-2011 school year. For further information about school libraries visit the State Library’s website.


New library created at Hughes County Juvenile Service Center

Pierre educators establish a new library at Hughes County Juvenile Service Center

With the support of a $6,350 grant from Better World Books, educators Pam Kringel and Stacy Bruels have established a new library at the Hughes County Juvenile Service Center in Pierre. When the center opened in May 2010 students had access to textbooks and a few donated paperbacks. Kringel, Georgia Morse Middle School librarian, and Bruels, JSC Instructor for the Pierre Public Schools, immediately recognized the need for age appropriate and high interest materials.

Working with the staff of the JSC and the school district, Kringel and Bruels collaborated on developing a plan and completing the grant application. Their shared belief that reading transforms lives led their project to be among the six finalists selected for funding out of a pool of 240 applicants. A core collection of fiction and nonfiction with an emphasis on career and life skills is now available for students ages ten through 18. Students have access during class time as well as throughout the day as the library moves around the facility on carts. Kringel also shares her enthusiasm for reading with booktalks on Saturday visits.

Bruels reports, “The students are excited about making reading choices and most are reading two to three books a week.”





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