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February 2012, Volume 4, Issue 2

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Digital Learning Day
Feb. 1

Read Across America Day
March 2

Teen Tech Week
March 4-10

World Read Aloud Day
March 7

PLA Annual Conference
March 13-17

School Library Month

National Library Week
April 8-14

Preservation Week
April 22-28

Money Smart Week
April 22-28

World Book Night
April 23

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Gale Virtual Reference Library gets a facelift

Continuing Education


Big Talk From Small Libraries on February 28

We’ve been listening! A comment we’ve heard pretty often is that so many presentations at conferences seem to be by and for librarians from larger libraries. Well, Big Talk From Small Libraries will change that.

This free one-day online conference (8:45 am - 5:00 pm CT) is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better. Each of our speakers is from a small library or directly works with small libraries. South Dakota’s Karla Bieber, A.H. Brown Library, and Diane Althoff, Gregory Public Library, will present the 10:00 session. Plus, Centerville librarians Lindsey Hansen and Linda Holmberg will discuss school/public combination libraries.

Topics range from technology (new tech and old tech) to programming to partnering with your community. Speakers will cover eight topics—one each hour. Come for the programs on what you’re dealing with now or maybe try something new.

Everyone is welcome to register and attend, regardless of how big or small their library is, but if your library serves a few thousand people, or a few hundred, this is the day for you.

More details, including speaker bios, session descriptions, technical information and registration can be found @

This conference was organized and is hosted by Michael Sauers and Laura Johnson of the Nebraska Library Commission and is co-sponsored by the Association for Small & Rural Libraries and Library Renewal.


SDSL RACE Webinars

2011 Public Library Survey
February 7 from 3:30- 4:30 pm CT; March 8 from 10:30 – 11:30 am CT

It is important for every library director to take part in one these webinars. We will be talking about the new updates and changes to the survey and common mistakes that are made every year by even some of the most experienced library directors. Join Daria Bossman and Jasmine Rockwell as they talk about these important issues. Register Today!

Turn On, Tune In, and Get Social
February 9 from 10:30 – 11:30 am CT; March 13 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm CT

What the heck are all these kids twittering about? Social media has been dominating the library landscape, but how comfortable are you? This webinar will discuss some of the basic social media tools – Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. We’ll look at who’s using social media and how social media can help your library connect to your patrons. Register Today!

Reference to the Rescue (Part II)
February 21 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm CT

Join Brenda Hemmelman to briefly review some of the topics from Part I such as types of reference questions and conducting a reference interview. In addition, we’ll go beyond the basics to talk about reference policies, good websites used to answer reference questions, training and tutorials to improve reference skills, email, chat, text, and telephone reference, and using Google and Wikipedia to assist with reference questions. More information TBA.

Electronic Resources Challenge registration is still open!

Library Institute
June 3 - 8, 2012 at Northern State University

This is the 25th year for the program. Join Mary Bushing as she teaches courses on Collection Development and Reference. Learn about SDSL available databases and how to access e-government tools, plus much more from State Library staff. Look for the application on the State Library website in the coming weeks or contact CE Coordinator Kathleen Slocum at email.

School Library Boot Camp
July 22 - 25, 2012 at Black Hills State University

“ShaZam! The Transformation of the 21st Century School Library” Join professors from BHS and members from the Library Development team from the State Library as you learn how to transform your library. Look for more information on our website in weeks to come or contact CE Coordinator Kathleen Slocum at email.


More Continuing Education Opportunities

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February 14

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February 21

February 23

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