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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

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School Libraries


Board of Education approves school library self-assessment

The South Dakota Board of Education formally endorsed a self-assessment tool based on the South Dakota School Library Guidelines at a regularly scheduled meeting on July 16 in Pierre.

The South Dakota Library Association and South Dakota State Library Board previously gave it their seal of approval as well.

"Emerging 21st Century school libraries reflect a major shift nationwide. Today's school libraries are learning hubs with physical and digital content, led by teacher librarians who work with students, teachers, administrators, curriculum and project-based assignments," said Daria Bossman, Assistant State Librarian for Development Services. "As documented in some 60 national studies over the past two decades, school libraries that reflect 21st Century best practices are essential to guiding educators’ efforts in meeting the college and career readiness needs of our K-12 student population."

The South Dakota School Library Guidelines outline the components of an effective 21st Century school library and librarian. They describe what is necessary to be exemplary in three specific and distinct areas: Program, Place and Professional.

Based on that model, a taskforce developed a scale as a self-assessment tool with accompanying instructions and an award application. The task force was comprised of both certified and non-certified school librarians, teachers and administrators, as well as representatives from the South Dakota Library Association, State Library and the Department of Education.

Professional development on the use of the self-assessment tool and further information about the 21st Century School Library Award process will be available in early October. For more information and copies of the documents go to or contact school library coordinators Mary G. Johnson or Joan Upell at 800-423-6665.


ALA passes School Library Resolution at annual conference

The American Library Association Council unanimously passed a new resolution in support of school libraries during the ALA Annual National Conference in late June. ALA reports, “The resolution was strongly supported by public and academic librarians on the council floor who cited the noticeable impact in their institutions when school libraries are not strong.” For the complete story and a copy of the resolution to share with your school community go to


Back-to-school resources to bookmark

Plan ahead for those last minute teacher requests for videos, apps and websites by taking a look at these three links and bookmarking them to keep them handy:





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