April 2013, Volume 5, Issue 4
Check Your Calendars!!
School Library Month
National Library Week
Money Smart Week
World Book Night
Featured e-Resources of the Month
World Book Student now available for iPad and Online Resources for English Language Learners
The State Library is alive and well!
Greetings to our Library Board members across the state. Allow me to introduce myself if we haven't already met. I am Daria Bossman, the newly appointed State Librarian. For the past five months I served as the Interim State Librarian, and for the previous five years I was the Assistant State Librarian for Development Services. It may have been in that capacity that I met many of you as I traveled around the state speaking with local library boards and city leaders. I am grateful for that opportunity to see every part of this unique state and listen to your common concerns and opportunities as well as the unique challenges that your library faces. I hope this grassroots experience will mark my administration with awareness to your local issues and how the State Library might help you address some of those issues.
One common denominator is that we are a very rural state. (Eighty-six of our 112 public libraries serve communities of 5,000 or less population.) However, we live in a time when "rural" no longer means isolation. Modern technology affords our communities opportunities and access to resources that were never previously possible. One such opportunity is acquiring an ebook subscription for your local library. We now have 71 public libraries which offer e-books. The small library consortium, South Dakota Titles to Go, is just too good a deal for any public library to pass up. With 112 public libraries, I'd like to challenge the remaining 41 libraries to look into this very affordable option this year! The more who join, the greater the selection for everyone! This subscription instantly provides your local citizens with thousands of current popular fiction and non-fiction. It has been met with amazing results in so many of our smaller communities that never dreamed their local library could offer such modern and convenient resources to them. Contact Julie Erickson at the State Library, 1/800-423-6665, when you are ready to gather more information about this tremendous opportunity.
Just a reminder: We are in Public Library Survey season once again. It is important that you and your librarian take the time to complete this survey very carefully. When you sign it, you are certifying that it is accurate and correct. Inaccurate or skipped questions lead to us contacting you…sometimes multiple times for clarification. Do it right the first time! Thanks! Signed forms are due within 30 days of submitting the data. Thank you for taking the time to keep these accurate records. Don't forget to give your own library's statistical report to your city council or county commissioners. It is a wonderful opportunity to brag on what the public library does to serve its local citizens. And while you are sharing this good news, ask for a budget increase or for some in-kind services or for much needed equipment to be donated to the library!
New News: We are proud to announce that the e-newsletter, The Cornerstone, which started out as a monthly newsletter from the Development Services department in 2009, is now the official newsletter of the South Dakota State Library. Board members, if you are not receiving this e-newsletter from your librarian, you may sign up for the SDPubLib listserv. Go to this link and subscribe: listserv.
New Strategic Plan: Lastly, I wanted to mention that the State Library is working on a new Five-Year Strategic Plan. In February we had a large group of various stakeholders and librarians representing various groups gather in Pierre for a day of brainstorming. And what a great day it was! Our staff gathered all the dozens of poster sheets full of ideas and comments, and we began writing! This new plan will be available for your comments after our board has its "first reading" at its State Library Board meeting next month. In late April through mid-May we will conduct open meetings in Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Pierre and online to elicit your comments. We are particularly interested in local board members reading this document and attending one of these open forums to comment and give us your ideas. We will continue to tweak this document through the summer, culminating with a final opportunity for input at the Tri-Conference SDLA meeting in late September 2013. Final board approval of our plan will be at the October 2013 meeting. Now is the time to speak out! We want to hear from you!
Here is just one idea we are working on. It has been strongly suggested that we have a marketing tag line that perhaps a bit more clearly spells out exactly what the State Library does. That is a good question! We, like most State Library agencies, are somewhat hidden as we make the local librarians and libraries shine and rarely is the light shone on our work. With that in mind, we are working on a catchy phrase we could use in publications, in addition to our terrific current Mission and Vision statements. Here it is. Let us know what you think of it!
The South Dakota State Library
Connecting South Dakota — Collaborating with Communities — Creating 21st Century Library Leaders!