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May 2012, Volume 4, Issue 5

Continuing Education Alert

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One Book South Dakota 2012

Choose Privacy Week
May 1-7

Children's Book Week
May 7-13

SDLA 2012: Branch Out
May 16

ALA 2012 Annual Conference & Exhibition
June 21-26

South Dakota Festival of Books
Sept. 28-30

SDLA 2012
Libraries: Crossroads to Discovery

Oct. 3-5

Ancestry LibraryFeatured e-Resources of the Month
New tools to dig for your roots and grow your family tree

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Free collections workshops for museums, libraries and archives in the Dakotas

Staff and volunteers at libraries, archives, and museums in South Dakota and North Dakota are invited to attend free hands-on workshops on how to properly care for a variety of collections, such as textiles, books, art, furniture and photographs.

Although the workshops are free, registration is required online at and closes one week prior to the start of each workshop.

South Dakota

  • Aug. 8-10: Gregory County Historical Society, Dallas
  • Aug. 15-17: Yankton County Historical Society (Dakota Territorial Museum), Yankton
  • Aug. 22-24: Fort Sisseton Historic State Park, Lake City
  • Aug. 29-31: Timber Lake & Area Historical Society and Museum, Timber Lake
  • Sept. 12-14: Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche
  • Sept. 19-21: Keystone Area Historical Society Museum, Keystone

North Dakota

  • May 16-18: Griggs County Historical Society, Cooperstown
  • May 23-25: Ox Cart Trails Historical Society, Drayton
  • June 6-8: Northwest Art Gallery at Minot State University, Minot
  • June 13-15: Lewis and Clark Trail Museum, Alexander
  • June 20-22: Stoxen Library at Dickinson State University, Dickinson
  • June 27-29: Pioneer Trails Regional Museum, Bowman

The workshops are hosted by the Dakota Collections Care Initiative, a partnership between collections care professionals at museums, libraries and archives in SD and ND to improve collections care and emergency preparedness and response for the small and mid-sized collecting heritage institutions across the two states. DCCI partners include the Association of South Dakota Museums, North Dakota Library Association, Plains Art Museum in Fargo, South Dakota State Historical Society, South Dakota State Library and State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Terri Schindel, a conservator affiliated with the Museum Training Network, will lead the workshops. More information about DCCI and the summer workshops is available at or by calling (701) 355-4458.

The project is made possible by a two-year Connecting to Collections implementation grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 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


Stevens High School Library receives CenturyLink grant for ebook project

The CenturyLink Foundation and the South Dakota Department of Education recently announced the winners of the 2012 Teachers and Technology grant program. One of the ten projects selected was submitted by Shari O’Keefe, high school librarian at Stevens High School Library in Rapid City.

Using a Hand Held Device in the Library

O’Keefe noted, “The evolution of digital hand-held technologies in our curriculum, as well as interactive, electronic information resources, has caused the need for a jump-start in our school and library/media information center. Our students are touch-screen savvy. The technology SHS students use outside the school grounds can and will affect their engagement in the classroom. Students delight in instant feedback and interactive information.”

With those needs in mind, the plan for the $2,500 grant is to purchase e-books – both fiction and nonfiction—primarily narrative and historical about people who have made a difference. The library will be forming a partnership with community members to host a book club where students and adults meet. The club will be called Reading About People Who Have Made a Difference by People Who Will Make a Difference. Although the book club will meet face to face, there is a possibility of using Edmodo for an online discussion network.

O’Keefe further explained, “This grant will help Stevens High School Library accommodate our students with materials that will be easily adaptable to their fast-paced and changing personal devices, as well as their many learning styles. By using electronic books that have been published with interactive features, such as weblinks, dictionaries, video, audio and note capabilities, we expect to pique the interest of students to read more and to motivate a desire to read more deeply. By combining the wisdom of our elders and the technical skills of our students, we believe the stage is set for great learning opportunities.”

The CenturyLink Foundation Teachers and Technology grant program rewards South Dakota teachers who propose new ways to apply technology in their classrooms to improve student performance. For more information, contact Erin Larsen at the Department of Education





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