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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

Featured eResources of the Month


Find Your "A-ha!" Moment—take the State Library Electronic Resources Challenge, 2012

"There were so many 'A-ha!!' moments for me," a previous Electronic Resources Challenge participant said about the Challenge. "This whole experience has been invaluable to me, and I'm enjoying sharing it with our patrons so much… It has made me a better helper and has boosted my confidence in fielding reference questions. I will continue to use my new-found skills to help our patrons… It was empowering for me, and can be for others, too."

What is the E-Resources Challenge?
Start the New Year with your own "A-ha!!" moments by taking the Challenge. This self-paced learning opportunity guides you to explore and discover content and features in the statewide electronic resources. Learn more about online journals, encyclopedias, practice tests and other resources while earning nine continuing education contact hours. The 10 week course will examine one or two electronic resources per week. The first lesson will be released Jan. 9. You can start any time after that; however, the Challenge ends on March 26. Register now and receive an e-mail when the first lesson is posted.

What's in it for you?
The Challenge will empower you to:

  • use the appropriate resource for a particular patron, age group, interest or information need.
  • use the resources as an expansion of your own library collection.
  • explore the resources' special features, going beyond the basics.

Who can participate?

  • SD academic, public, and school library and teaching staff regardless of position and status (full and part time, certified and paraprofessional).
  • SD public library trustees, Friends and Library Foundation members.

How do you participate?

  • Read the "Getting Started" post linked on the right hand side of the Electronic -Resources Challenge blog at
  • Follow the directions and register your blog as instructed in step two of the "Getting Started" post. You will receive an e-mail welcoming you to the Challenge when Lesson One is launched on Jan. 9. Your blog will be listed on the right hand side of the Challenge.
  • Explore the resource of the week and answer the discovery questions in your blog post.
  • Those completing the Challenge will receive nine continuing education contact hours.

Is the Challenge worth your time and effort?
Other Challenge participants said:

"From World Book to Ancestry Library, I feel that the time I spent doing the Electronic Resources Challenge was well worth it. It's hard to say what my biggest discovery was, because I feel that I was constantly discovering great new resources every week… The detail and scope of all the sites out there was a pleasant surprise for me… I'm very glad that I was able to participate; I can see what I learned here being helpful for the rest of my life!" (public)

"My biggest discovery was what our State Library has to offer our students & staff. Especially at "no charge" to our district! I was aware of some resources, but did not realize the depth nor wealth… Our K-12 students will continue to utilize the electronic resources that will enhance & be very beneficial, when doing reports, science & geography fairs, plus various classroom projects. I am proud to say we have made use of some of the electronic resources but realize there is so much more to show them. I hope I can remember all… With everything going & being electronic these days, the electronic resources will strengthen our district in meeting our tech plan, utilizing our Smart boards… Some of the challenges were a stretch for me, some overwhelming, but I am glad I took the Challenge!" (school)

To say I was impressed would be an understatement… The amount of free content was almost mind boggling and I'm already starting to develop a greater appreciation for our local librarians! (academic)

These resources are not only helpful; they're turning out to be a lot of fun! (public)

Questions? Contact the Electronic Resources Challenge Team: Jane Healy, email; Julie Erickson, email or 1-800-423-6665.





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