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June/July 2012, Volume 4, Issue 6

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD 2012

ALA 2012 National Conference
June 21-26

Indian Ed Summit
Sept. 23-25

South Dakota Festival of Books
Sept. 28-30

SDLA Annual Conference
Oct. 3-5

World Book
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School Libraries


Everything school libraries need to know about ILL

When the new school year begins in 2012-2013 school libraries will be asked to gather their interlibrary loan statistics in a new way. There is now a form to use to do this on the State Library's website ( The data on this form will then be reported as part of the School Library Survey in the spring of 2013.

The reason we are making these changes in the data you collect, comes down to money and accountability. The Institute of Museum and Library Services provides LSTA money to all of the states. In South Dakota part of the money received is used to provide interlibrary loan service. It pays half of the courier cost. It also pays for libraries to be able to request materials through WorldCat. With the economic downturn, IMLS is requiring more accountability from state libraries, thus the change in the ILL statistics you report in the School Library Survey.

For more information about the State Library, SDLN and interlibrary loan take a look at the archived webinar and handouts at


Common Core Literacy Lessons: collaboration for teaching 21st Century skills

During the 2011-12 school year, teachers and librarians partnered to collaborate, creating lessons which focused on gaining a deeper understanding of the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and the South Dakota School Library Standards. Co-taught by the DOE Office of Learning and Instruction and the State Library, and offered through the University of South Dakota, the course's monthly webinars focused on literacy integration and Lexiles, analyzing cognitive demand, fluency and comprehension, peer review and summer reading, and sharing.

After each month's webinar and readings, librarian/teacher teams discussed and responded to questions on the topic for the month, sharing ideas, resources, questions and experiences.

Each team also created a project, aligning lessons to Common Core and SD school library standards. The lesson was taught to students after each team took the lesson through a review and revision process called SiP (Standards in Practice). Followed by a peer review, lessons were submitted to the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) website, Learning 4 Life, at, where they can be accessed by educators across the nation.

Following are two comments from course participants:

Because of the activities and readings, I will be more prepared to help students learn what they need to know to be college and career ready. I will also use what I have learned when I am selecting materials for our library. Do we have enough materials that will challenge the students? Do we put enough emphasis on informational text? Do we guide students in their reading choices and encourage them to stretch themselves?
I will definitely be writing my lessons based on the Common Core Standards as the more I have worked with them the easier it is to incorporate them into the lessons. I would like to use the SD Library Standards more as well, since my students will undoubtedly be using the library a great deal and will learn well if co-taught by myself and the librarian. Hopefully the SiP process will be used as I found it to be a most useful tool in getting different ideas on the grading process.

The Common Core Literacy Lessons course will be offered again from January through March in 2013. The course is approved for two credits toward SD library certification under the methods category. Watch future issues of the State Library's Cornerstone newsletter at for further information or to register this fall.





21st Century, Common Core, IMLS, interlibrary loan, school libraries

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