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September 2012, Volume 4, Issue 8

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD 2012

Library Card Sign-Up Month

Indian Ed Summit
Sept. 23-25

Festival of Books
Sept. 28-30

Banned Books Week
Sept. 30 – Oct. 6

Banned Websites Awareness Day
Oct. 3

SDLA Annual Conference
Oct. 3-5

Teen Read Week
Oct. 14-20

National Friends of Libraries Week
Oct. 21-27

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Tips for getting better online search results

School Libraries


How to survive (and thrive) in your school library…School Library Chats are back!

Are you looking for new ideas to use or ways to promote your school library? Then these opportunities are for you!

Please join us for another year of informal School Library Chats with colleagues across the state. Anyone working in a school library is welcome. School librarians and library paraprofessionals often report they have no time for travel to meetings or to attend webinars, but they would appreciate a chance to talk with others, share ideas and ask questions. The School Library Chat is a chance to do just that.

School Library Coordinators, Mary G. Johnson and Joan Upell, will host these chats at 3:00 CT for those East River and again at 3:00 MT for West River on the following dates:

  • First Quarter: Sept. 20
  • Second Quarter: Nov. 15
  • Third Quarter: Feb. 7
  • Fourth Quarter: April 11

Join the chats for one or both hours! Participants will need to have a phone, a computer with Internet access and questions or ideas about which to chat. There is no registration required and no credit offered. Watch for more information and directions as we get closer to the dates.


New procedures for school library ILL statistics begin now

With the beginning of the new school year please remember to gather your interlibrary loan statistics in the new way. There is now a form to use to do this on the State Library's website. The data on this form will then be reported as part of the School Library Survey in the spring of 2013.

The reason we are making these changes in the data you collect, comes down to money and accountability. The Institute of Museum and Library Services provides LSTA money to all of the states. In South Dakota part of the money received is used to provide interlibrary loan service. It pays half of the courier cost. It also pays for libraries to be able to request materials through WorldCat. With the economic downturn, IMLS is requiring more accountability from state libraries, thus the change in the ILL statistics you report in the School Library Survey.


Data submitted to Collect is ready for you in Connect!

The State Library now has your 2011-2012 school library statistics available for access and comparisons. Bibliostat's Connect, is an online tool that gives you easy access to comparative statistics and facts about school libraries in South Dakota.

With Connect, you can quickly and easily identify peer school libraries and then compare your library to others on any of hundreds of measures. From your web browser, you can select comparison school districts by name or allow Connect to identify them based on specific criteria. You choose the data elements or output measures that you are interested in looking at, and then choose if you would like to view the results in a graph or an Excel table.

You will need the unique login and password assigned to your school district for the annual School Library Survey on Collect. Once into the database, select "South Dakota Schools," and proceed. All data from the previous two school years in addition to 2011-2012 is included.

Can't remember your login or password? Contact the State Library at (800) 423-6665, or either of the school library coordinators: Joan Upell, email or (605) 295-3152; Mary G. Johnson, email or (605) 295-3173.

In early January, watch for the State Library's "2012 School Data Digest," a snapshot of South Dakota school libraries during the 2011-2012 school year. For further information about school libraries visit the State Library's website.





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