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August 2012, Volume 4, Issue 7

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD 2012

Indian Ed Summit
Sept. 23-25

Festival of Books
Sept. 28-30

Banned Books Week
Sept. 30 – Oct. 6

SDLA Annual Conference
Oct. 3-5

Teen Read Week
Oct. 14-20

National Friends of Libraries Week
Oct. 21-27

Heritage Quest
Featured e-Resources of the Month

Help your patrons find answers in genealogy resources

Children's and YA Services


YALSA provides evaluation tools for teen services and spaces

Recently the YALSA Board adopted a teen spaces evaluation tool, completing a set of self-evaluation documents for public libraries to use. There are documents specifically for

How do your services and spaces rate?

There are also helpful one-page handouts for you to give to

Print these off and get them into the hands of your trustees and everyone who checks something out this week!


Rethinking the call number… with teens

How often do your patrons seem puzzled by the Dewey Decimal System? Do you ever get tired of re-doing the numbers on the ends of your shelves to accommodate for new books or weeding? What would you say to throwing Dewey out the window? Or least making him take a back seat?

Some libraries are finding that they are seeing an increase in circulation and patron satisfaction by moving to the "bookstore approach." The State Library offers a DVD called "Rethinking the Call Number," featuring several libraries that pioneered this approach, and teens interviewed in the DVD are very excited because it makes them feel more comfortable with the collection. Patrons of all ages have felt more empowered, and a few even asked, "Where did we get all the new books?" when one of the libraries first debuted the new arrangement.

If you feel like your blood pressure is starting to go through the roof, Dewey wasn't abolished completely – the number is still part of the catalog record and some books still have the number on the spine label (but some don't—gasp!). Produced by the Library Video Network, the DVD is just over 30 minutes, including credits, and is packed with incredibly practical tips and how these different libraries went through the process. Check out this DVD today!


Summer reading program evaluation now available

Summer isn't over yet but some of you are done with summer reading, some of you are wrapping up and possibly some of you are just starting. Regardless of where you are with your programming, the summer reading program evaluation is available for you to complete. In the past some libraries have those in charge of the different age groups fill out the evaluation separately. This year please complete only one evaluation per library. More than one name can be entered in the line asking who was in charge of the program.

Completing the evaluation is one of the two requirements for receiving the 2013 CSLP Summer Reading Manual for free (the other was completing the 2011 SD Annual Survey). The evaluation can only be completed online and no paper evaluations will be accepted. The deadline for the survey is Sept. 21—no late submissions will be accepted. The survey can be found at





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