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January 2012, Volume 4, Issue 1

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

SDLA Legislative Day
January 12

ALA Midwinter Meeting
January 20-24

Digital Learning Day
February 1

Read Across America Day
March 2

Teen Tech Week
March 4-10

PLA Annual Conference
March 13-17

National Library Week
April 8-14

World Book Night
April 23

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Find Your "A-ha!" Moment

Library Headlines


SDSL is now on Facebook and Twitter!

SDSL is now on Facebook and Twitter

To ring in the New Year, the State Library is now utilizing two very popular social media networks – Facebook and Twitter. Please Like us by clicking to and Follow us by clicking the follow button at

The decision to add to our online persona came from a plethora of reasons. The first, of course, is the ability to easily share great articles and blog posts that are published every day by leading library voices in the nation. Also, many of our constituents and fellow libraries and state agencies are now using either one or both networks. What better way to share each other's news, announce upcoming events, and participate in online conversations about what we do on an every day basis?

If you are on one or both of these sites, we hope to hear from you! And if you are still on the fence about joining social networking, please take a moment to check us out.


Centerville is a Five Star Library — again!

Centerville Community Library received a five star rating for the fourth time in the 2011 Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. Sully Area Library in Onida also received a four star rating for the second year. They are just two of the 262 public libraries honored nationwide and the only two to receive recognition in SD.

Star libraries are named based on statistics for library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet computer use in relation to the library's total operating expenditures. For the complete article announcing America's Star Libraries go to

For a local account of the Centerville story go to


New procedures for public library interlibrary loan statistics begin now

Beginning in January 2012, public libraries are asked to keep more detailed statistics for interlibrary loan. The State Library needs more exact data to determine ILL patterns and trends. For this reason starting with the Public Library Survey for 2012 (collected in the spring of 2013) we will be requesting more detailed information. The State Library has created forms ( for you to use as you begin collecting the new data starting now.

A similar process will be requested of school libraries beginning in August 2012 for the 2012-2013 school year. Watch for more information on school libraries to be announced in late spring 2012.


2012 Legislative Session nears

Pierre Capitol Building, Photo by South Dakota Department of Tourism

January brings the start of the 2012 Legislative Session, which begins on Jan. 10. Make sure to tell your local legislators to stop in at the State Library while they are in Pierre. They may be surprised at all of the information available here for their research needs during session. You and your patrons can follow the legislative session happenings from the Legislative Research Council website. From this page, you can follow bills, find current legislators, search the SD Codified Laws online, find out meeting schedules for legislative committees, house and senate daily agendas, and much more.





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