October 2012, Volume 4, Issue 9
Check Your Calendars!!
Banned Books Week
Sept. 30 - Oct. 6
SDLA Annual Conference
Teen Read Week
National Friends of Libraries Week
National Novel Writing Month
International Games Day
American Education Week
Featured e-Resources of the Month
SIRS is your US Presidential election source and more
E-reader roundup: circulating e-readers and e-reader training
You want your library to be on top of current practices. Your patrons want to try out e-readers. What’s the best way to achieve both? The resources below tell you what other libraries are doing.
This WebJunction page contains the archive of a January webinar, "Developing and Maintaining E-Reader Policies and Procedures for Libraries," a discussion thread and other resources about e-reader policies, procedures and circulation. A WebJunction account is not required for access: webjunction.org
This WebJunction page, "E-Readers and Other Mobile Devices," gives an overview and documents other libraries have shared on the topic: webjunction.org
Sacramento Public Library provides a full report about their recently launched Nook lending program: saclibrary.org
Most libraries circulating e-readers preload them with purchased titles and do not allow patrons to download other titles. Downloading titles from OverDrive (South Dakota Titles to Go) onto a library computer violates the contract with the vendor. OverDrive has remedied this issue by offering a free program called "OverDrive Test Drive". Program resources include a list of approved devices that allow using OverDrive titles on borrowed devices, sample borrower agreements and "how-to" technical guides for librarians and patrons.
Many South Dakota public libraries offer classes, online videos, help sheets and other methods to train patrons on using e-readers. YouTube, OverDrive and device vendor websites contain tutorials to help you and your patrons. This TechSoup webinar archive page, "E-readers for Everyone: Teaching Tips from Trainers," allows you to view the webinar and contains links to a discussion group and other resources: cc.readytalk.com
Reference Resources: State Agency Databases and Indian Territory Records
In every state and the District of Columbia, agencies are creating databases of useful information - information on businesses, licensed professionals, plots of land, even dates of fish stocking. Some of this information can be found using search engines, but much of it is part of the invisible web, and not easy to obtain.
Since July 2007, librarians and other government information specialists have been identifying and annotating these databases and compiling them in one place, the State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States wiki at wikis.ala.org. Daniel Cornwall, Head of Technical and Imaging Services at the Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums, is the project coordinator.
ALA RUSA named this site one of its Best Free Reference Websites of 2012. Brenda Hemmelman at the State Library is the documents specialist for SD, and reviews and adds information to the SD section of the wiki.
Also, searching for historical documents in Oklahoma just became easier. The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) partnered with the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s Office to digitize and index Oklahoma and Indian Territories incorporation records.
Debra Spindle, OHS research librarian, explained that the ledger books—dated 1890 to 1907—were created as new businesses and municipalities began operating.
Search the records at okhistory.org.
Don't forget to call the State Library at 800-423-6665 or email us for research help.