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August 2013, Volume 5, Issue 7

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD

Library Card Sign-up Month

SD Festival of Books
Sept. 20-22, Deadwood

Banned Books Week
Sept. 22-28

Banned Websites Awareness Day
Sept. 25

Tri-Conference: NDLA, MPLA, SDLA 2013
The Library: All Travelers Welcome
Sept. 25-27, Sioux Falls

Assn. of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference
Sept. 25-28, Omaha

Indian Ed Summit
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2013

Teen Read Week
Oct. 13-19

National Friends of Libraries Week
Oct. 20-26

Featured e-Resources of the Month
World Book Student now available for iPad and Online Resources for English Language Learners

State Library News & Highlights


Welcome Shawn Behrends, new State Data Coordinator

Shawn Behrends, State Library Data CoordinatorShawn Behrends began on July 9 as the new State Library State Data Coordinator. Her position manages state and federal data collection programs for the State Library and expands library development services by allowing more time for analyzing and working with library data. She will also conduct site visits to public libraries in the northeast region of South Dakota.

Shawn works remotely from her home in Madison but will spend time at the office in Pierre weekly. Her husband is a professor at DSU. She has a son in high school and a daughter entering middle school this year.

Shawn worked formerly at the Madison Public Library and developed and taught online library tech services courses at Western Dakota Tech. She was a recipient of a SWIM scholarship awarded in 2010 and earned her MLIS from the University of North Texas last year.

Shawn is excited to be on the State Library development team and is already involved in a number of projects, including plans for the upcoming Data Digest publications and migrating survey data to Counting Opinions, the new survey collection tool.



Congratulations, Public Library Institute Class of 2013

Public Library Institute Graduates 2013 with SDSL's Daria Bossman and Kathleen Slocum

Congratulations to the Public Library Institute graduating class of 2013:

  • LeAnn Kaufman, Freeman Public Library
  • Syrena Maranell, Alexander Mitchell Public Library
  • Lindsey Hansen, Centerville Community Library
  • Jane Abernathy, Piedmont Valley Library

Pictured with the graduates are State Librarian Daria Bossman and Continuing Education and Library Institute Coordinator Kathleen Slocum.

Coordinated by the State Library, the Institute is a four-year program of continuing education. Students attend in-person classes for one week in June on the campus of Northern State University in Aberdeen. Additional classes are taken online between summers. A total of 30 students attended the in-person classes this year.



Library Institute keeps me learning new things

by Kathy Connell

First I would like to introduce myself and tell you a little about my background. I started working for the South Dakota State Library in 2001 as a small claims clerk (bookkeeper), and after five years, an opportunity to move into the digitization area in a part-time position came up. I snatched it wholeheartedly, as I really enjoyed scanning and working with photos at home (I love genealogy and anything related to it!).

Institute class in sessionOur digitization department has gone through many changes due to changing of systems and demand for information in a digitized format. These changes and my lack of knowledge of library procedures made me think that I could learn something by going to Library Institute. My director wholeheartedly endorsed the idea. And that brings me to the reason for this article.

I'm not what most people think of when they think of a librarian, a person that is very social and knowledgeable. I'm more reserved, though I do like to talk to people and learn from them. Library Institute has helped me acquire the knowledge to better understand what South Dakota librarians do daily. I have learned that many of the librarians across the state are in the same predicament. Some librarians come into Institute not knowing or understanding the reason and requirements of the library board, how this interacts with the total flow of their working operations as a librarian and how these things can affect the overall perception of the library they work in.

In three short years, I have seen these librarians turn their libraries around, with the help of South Dakota State Library personnel and others who are brought in for Institute. These librarians were struggling to get patrons to come into their library, to get their library boards to understand the South Dakota state laws that initially helped get public libraries started, how the budgeting works, etc., and now they have thriving libraries that have become a part of their community and most often the hub of where adults, teens and children come for services of all kinds.

Our libraries are changing into the community hub where people of all walks of life can get help finding good reading material, applying for work, finding and filling out income tax documents and other government documents, getting tests proctored and other services. These librarians have been exposed to new opportunities to do things that weren't possible before. They can now Skype with an author or another librarian in another state, make mini-videos about using the library, create book trailers, promote the library and designate a young adult area where they thought they didn't have room.

In the past three years I have learned so much about being a librarian and the many services offered by public libraries. I have gained a deep appreciation for public librarians and the many hats that they have to wear. Library Institute has been a wonderful experience. Next year, my fourth and final year of Institute, will be a bittersweet year for me. It will be exciting to graduate, but I will miss the interaction with my classmates and learning new and exciting things about the world of libraries.



Welcome new South Dakota librarians

Several leadership changes have taken place at public libraries across the state. Meet the new librarians who now direct the following public libraries. Stop in and say hello if you happen to travel through these communities:

  • Dewey County, Timberlake: Bonnie Bieber
  • Emil M. Larson, Clark: Kim Taylor
  • Lemmon: Raven Christman
  • Potter County: Renae Lehman
  • Sisseton: Jayne Nieland
  • Tea Community: Gayla Wipf



Calculating your library's community value

How does your library compare with others in the state or nation? What return on investment does the library give your community?

The Institute of Museum and Library Science (IMLS) receives the data you and other US libraries provided in the Public Library Annual Survey. The 2011 Public Library Survey data for all US public libraries has been released with tools that you can use to compare your library's data with others from around the country.

You can either search for libraries using the Search for Public Libraries tool or compare multiple libraries in a report with the Compare Public Libraries tool. These tools help measure your library against those in other states and can be useful marketing tools in your community. (Both tools pop up in a new window, so you may have to disable your computer's pop-up blocker for access.)

Compare your library nationally or against other libraries in South Dakota with this data visualization tool created by the Connecticut State Library using the FY2011 IMLS data.

Use your public library survey data to calculate the value of services provided to your community with this return on investment calculator from Maine State Library.

You can also use the South Dakota State Library's annual Data Digests, compiled from South Dakota public library data, to benchmark your library's standing within the state.

All these tools use the public library survey data you provide and can help you make the case for increasing the library budget, showing the value the library provides to the community and more.



Data sources abound

by Brenda Hemmelman

stock image of man silhouette with binocularsHow do you find the data you want and need to convince funders, apply for grants and discover community needs?

I learned about several resources at the First Annual State Demography Conference, hosted by the Rural Life and Census Data Center on the campus of South Dakota State University, held in Brookings this spring.

The conference provided many great resources for those who gather and use data. Participants heard presentations on how South Dakota data is gathered and used. Data was shared from the community and state levels, as well as from specific populations such as Native Americans and Amish. Presenters from the Census Data Center in Brookings reviewed some of the interesting questions that come into the center and told how staff used different resources to answer those questions. Also discussed were the challenges in finding data because often what a person is looking for is not in an easy-to-find format.

In the computer lab, we visited various websites and did exercises to find data that could be used for reports, grant applications or presentations. Some of the sites visited included:

SD State Library staff used information and websites from this conference in a RACE: Grants webinar, archived along with all SDSL webinars. For other data or grants information, call the State Library, 1-800-423-6665.



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