September 2012, Volume 4, Issue 8
Check Your Calendars!!
Library Card Sign-Up Month
Indian Ed Summit
Festival of Books
Banned Books Week
Sept. 30 – Oct. 6
SDLA Annual Conference
Teen Read Week
National Friends of Libraries Week
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Tips for getting better online search results
Broadband grants awarded to five South Dakota public libraries
In late July the South Dakota Broadband Initiative announced 15 recipients of over $112,000 in technology grants. Among the 15 are five public libraries located in Beresford, Phillip, Miller, Madison and Gettysburg. To qualify for the grant, applicants were required to meet the definition of a Community Anchor Institution and provide a 20 percent matching investment.
Projects funded by the grant dollars include a variety of infrastructure updates and improvements. In Phillip, the Haakon County Public Library Director Annie Brunskill reports, "Our library is one of the lucky recipients of the SD Broadband Technology Initiative grants in the amount of $2924.01. We'll be getting one new desktop PC, two laptops, an Internet filtering software bundle, and a switch to help speed up our Internet."
Library Director Ray Caffee explains, "The Technology Planning Grant we have received for the Hand County Library in Miller will be used to upgrade aging computers and replace a few computers that are no longer in service. Sadly, we still have a Windows 95 computer! We will be able to add four computer stations for public internet access (added to the four computers still in operation from our last Gates grant), a computer for our OPAC, a computer for circulation and one for the staff. We will also be able to upgrade some networking equipment. As an anchor institution for our rural area, it is important for us to keep our technology current, and this will give us a big boost in that regard."
Additional Community Anchor Institutions receiving grants included school districts, city governments and local YMCA programs. For further information and a complete list of awardees see South Dakota State News. This grant program is part of the federal Department of Commerce's National Telecommunication and Information Administration's State Broadband Initiative.
Join SD Titles To Go by Sept. 30 and go "live" before Christmas!
The next sign-up deadline for the SD Titles to Go program through OverDrive is Sept. 30. Find details here: SDSL: South Dakota Titles to Go.
Four additional libraries will be joining at the end of August, bringing the total to 55 participants. The new libraries include Burke Public Library, Irene School/Community Library, Lennox Community Library and Scotland Community Library.
Congratulations! 18 SWIM scholars graduate
The State Library would like to officially congratulate and welcome 12 new MLIS librarians and six new certified school media specialists to our ranks! The end of this summer marked the completion of two years of hard work in the lives of these 18 SWIM scholars.
Along with those newly minted degrees and endorsements, here is what a few of the students had to say about their experience:
"I am so thankful for the SWIM scholarship that I received! I never would've been able to afford to get the additional education otherwise. I have taught for 13 years at the high school level and was offered our school's library director job the same week I completed my classes at BHSU. I am so excited about this new adventure!"
— DaNann Kistler, SLME, West Central School Library, Hartford
"The courses that I have taken during this program have helped me better understand various aspects of the library profession. Everything I have learned in this program has prepared me for a professional librarian position."
— Sabina Mustic, MLIS, Siouxland Libraries
"When I started the graduate program at UNT, I had little direct library experience. I was working at the SD Department of Labor and Regulation as an Employment Specialist when I saw the ad in the paper for the SWIM Grant. My husband encouraged me to go for it, because he knew I had always wanted to be a librarian. I often tell people that growing up I wanted to be one of two things; a rock star or a librarian. I no longer wish to be a rock star, but the library field has always been very interesting to me. In July 2012, I applied for and was offered a full-time faculty librarian position at Northern State University. I am in charge of the electronic resources, reference and some instruction. I am so happy I decided to take this career path. It was very scary leaving a job that I was good at, to follow a dream I had. I am so very grateful to the SWIM Grant Committee for their assistance and encouragement..."
— Lynn Klundt, MLIS, Beulah-Williams Library, Northern State University
"I had always wanted to be a teacher and a librarian later in life. When I started at NSU in 1996, I was going to have a library science minor, but they dropped the program right before I got started. So, after six years of teaching, I took a job as a librarian in Warner. I loved being in the library but I was only paid as an aide and I had to have a second job just to get by. Thankfully, because of the State Library and being a recipient of the SWIM grant, I was able to start working at my current job in the Meade School District. I am in charge of the three elementary libraries for the district - Sturgis, Whitewood and Piedmont Valley. I love being in the library and I really don't want to go back to the regular classroom. If I didn't have the opportunity to receive the SWIM Grant, I know that I would not have been able to afford it. Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity! It has truly changed my life!"
— Ginny Sannes, SLME, Meade School District Elementary Librarian
"Libraries: Crossroads to Discovery" takes place Oct.3-5 in Huron
The South Dakota Library Association’s annual conference, 'Libraries: Crossroads to Discovery' will be held Oct.3-5 in Huron. Gather with your colleagues from all types of libraries across the state to learn what’s new. Featured speakers include James Deem, Joe Raiola, Patrick Hicks and more.
It's also a great time to meet State Library staff either during sessions or at the exhibits. Daria Bossman, Assistant State Librarian for Development, will be presenting a pre-conference session on Wednesday, Oct. 3 entitled "Library Boards 101." Library directors will want to attend this one with their board members to review state law, collect tips on data and advocacy as well as planning for future needs.
On Thursday, Oct. 4 and Friday, Oct. 5 look for sessions from other staff members entitled "Down the Road with Standards, Guidelines and Common Core"; "Who's on First? SDSL, SDLA, SDLN"; "Connecting to Collections"; "The Information Crossroads: Which Way is My Way?"; "Rethinking the Call Number: Goodbye Dewey, Hello Barnes & Noble" and others.
Registration and program details may be found at sdlibraryassociation.org