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March 2012, Volume 4, Issue 3

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Read Across America Day
March 2

Teen Tech Week
March 4-10

World Read Aloud Day
March 7

PLA Annual Conference
March 13-17

Month of the Military Child

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
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It’s time to apply for Library Institute and School Library Boot Camp

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It’s time to think ahead to your summer schedule. Applications are now available for Library Institute on June 3-8 at Northern State University and School Library Boot Camp on July 22-25 at Black Hills State University.

The Library Training Institute is in its 25th year of offering continuing education for library practitioners, support staff and trustees of small public libraries. No prior formal library science education, or previous college attendance, is required to attend. For more details and an application go to

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School Library Boot Camp is beginning its first year as continuing education for school librarians, paraprofessionals, teachers and administrators. Credit earned may be used toward certificate renewal and a school library certificate endorsement. The application and details may be found at


Free collections assessments and workshops available to museums, libraries and archives in the Dakotas

Museums, libraries and archives in North and South Dakota are invited to apply for a free institutional collections assessment and hands-on workshop hosting opportunity. Applications are due March 7.

The assessments and workshops, which will be offered this summer, are the first phase of the Dakota Collections Care Initiative (DCCI), a partnership between collections care professionals at museums, libraries and archives in North Dakota and South Dakota to improve collections care and emergency preparedness and response for the small and mid-sized collecting heritage institutions across the two states.

To be considered for the free assessment and workshop hosting opportunity, collecting institutions must submit an application form, which is available by calling (701) 355-4458 or by email. The application deadline is March 7.

DCCI partners include:

  • Association of South Dakota Museums
  • North Dakota Library Association
  • Plains Art Museum in Fargo
  • South Dakota State Historical Society
  • South Dakota State Library
  • State Historical Society of North Dakota

Terri Schindel, a conservator affiliated with the Museum Training Network, has been selected to lead the institutional assessments and training workshops. She brings 20 years of collection-related experience working with small, rural and tribal institutions throughout the region to the project.

The project is made possible by a two-year Connecting to Collections implementation grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. To learn more about the Institute, please visit




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