May 2012, Volume 4, Issue 5
Check Your Calendars!!
Choose Privacy Week
Children's Book Week
SDLA 2012: Branch Out
ALA 2012 Annual Conference & Exhibition
South Dakota Festival of Books
Featured e-Resources of the Month
New tools to dig for your roots and grow your family tree
What's happening in Reference Services?
The State Library welcomes Dave Holmes, from the Foundation Center Cleveland office, for a site visit on Tuesday, May 15. While here, Dave will be presenting a free in-person training entitled “Grant Proposal Writing Basics: With an Introduction to Foundation Directory Online.” The class will begin at 2:00 pm. Register online.
SDSL is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center. As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the SDSL provides visitors with free public access to grant maker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center's electronic database, Foundation Directory Online Professional.
If you are attending SDLA's Branch Out one day conference at the Ramkota Hotel in Pierre on May 16, plan to attend Reference to the Rescue — the live version. Join Brenda Hemmelman in a fun, interactive hour that will cover reference resources, types of reference questions and how to conduct a reference interview. Put on your participation hat and plan to take part in reference jeopardy and interview role playing. Stop at the State Library table near the registration desk to visit with staff and pick up some of the latest literature. If you have a break during your busy day, or before the conference begins, you are invited to come up to the State Library for a tour.
State Library staff members are also hard at work with the details of the passing of SB5, which revised how the state documents distribution program will work. New Administrative Rules are being drafted and will be reviewed and tweaked over the next few months. A copy of SB5 can be found here legis.state.sd.us.
Don’t forget to call us 800-423-6665 or email us for research help.
Re-visioning the Library of the Future
By Shirley Arment, Director, Alexander Mitchell Public Library, Aberdeen
Ever wonder what libraries across the country will look like in the future? And how they’re partnering with people in their communities to address information needs? During a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation conference exploring the role of libraries in the digital world, this question was considered by librarians from communities across the United States. The conference was recently held in Miami and was entitled “Re-visioning the Library of the Future.” This is the second year that I have attended the conference. The conference brings together librarians from libraries that are involved in the Knight Foundation’s Libraries Initiative, to discuss the future of libraries in America.
This year’s conference included library directors from communities around the country sharing projects they’ve developed to better serve their communities. The Free Library of Philadelphia, for example, was able to involve itself more deeply in communities by creating hot spots in areas of the city with limited digital access. The project involves bringing computer access, classes and the Internet to four locations around the city. The spots include computers, printers and reference collections of free library materials. They’re staffed by computer assistants to train users and offer free instruction and open-access computer time. Over 16,000 people visited these hot spots in just the first year.
The Miami-Dade Public Library System recently launched its YouMedia Miami project. The project is aimed at teaching teens how to use technology to tell stories and engage with the world around them. Based on the success of YouMedia Chicago, the program builds on the role libraries play as places of innovation and exploration and allows kids to create and explore. Programs also focus on digital literacy and training. Library Director Raymond Santiago of the Miami Dade Public Library System stated, “Libraries, today and in the future, will be much more than places for books. We’re seeing libraries move towards producing information, not only consuming information. We see libraries becoming centers of civic engagement”.
At the conference, the foundation also interviewed James Crawford, engineering director at Google Books about the Google Books Library Project, which “scans and digitally indexes as many of the world’s books as possible to make the knowledge contained in them available.”
Finally, the American Library Association introduced their vision for the future of libraries. Their framework for the future involves:
- Libraries changing from physical spaces to more online content as libraries take steps to better meet community needs.
- Promoting libraries as strong community anchors that enhance civic engagement, cultural opportunities and economic vitality.
- No longer viewing libraries as just places to store content, instead they are becoming places for people of all ages to create and produce content themselves.
For more information on the Knight Foundation Library Conference visit www.knightfoundation.org.