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September 2011, Volume 3, Issue 8

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

2011 One Book South Dakota

2011 Authors on the Road

Library Card Sign Up Month

Banned Books Week
Sept. 24 - Oct. 1

Indian Education Summit Pre-Conference
Sept. 25

Indian Education Summit
Sept. 25-27

Banned Websites Awareness Day
Sept. 28

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

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Back to learning for all ages

School Libraries


Revised School Library Standards and Guidelines ready for new school year

The South Dakota Board of Education adopted the newly revised School Library Standards and Guidelines at their July 25 meeting in Pierre. The K-12 standards cover the three major areas of inquiry and problem solving, multiple literacies and ethical participation. The guidelines outline the essential elements of the school library program, place and professional. Copies of the final documents may be found on the State Library’s School Libraries webpage and under Content Standards on the DOE’s website. The standards and guidelines have also been adopted by the SDSL Board and endorsed by the SDLA Board.

Professional development for the implementation of the standards and guidelines will begin early this fall. Watch for details on a general overview webinar, an introductory session at the SDLA Annual Conference, and a webinar series on collaboration and integration with the Common Core State Standards. Supplemental and alignment documents may also be found at South Dakota School Library Standards/Guidelines.


Are you growing your PLN?

A personal learning network is an essential part of professional development and continuing education in our digital world. With the click of a mouse or a tap on the screen you can be connected with the national leaders in school libraries and education as well as your local and state colleagues. Take a look at Edutopia’s 2011 Summer Rejuvenation Guide for a few quick tips as the new school year begins. You may also want to check out November Learning: Popular Education Hashtags on Twitter, or join a professional online community such as edWeb .


Still time to register for Indian Education Summit School Library Pre-Conference

The South Dakota State Library will be hosting our first annual School Library Pre-Conference in conjunction with the Indian Education Summit on Sept. 25 at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma. All school librarians with a predominantly Native American student body are invited to attend the pre-conference at no cost. To register go to Check for more information and registration details for the entire Indian Education Summit.

If you have questions, please email or call Daria Bossman, Asst. State Librarian for Development Services, 605-773-3167 or 1-800-423-6665 (email).





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