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December-January 2014, Volume 5, Issue 11

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD

School Library Regional Meetings
- December 3, Aberdeen;
- December 10, Sioux Falls

Electronic Resources Challenge
January 13-March 31, online

SDLA Legislative Day
January 23, Pierre

2014 Midwinter Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
January 24-28, 2014

ALA Youth Media Awards, Philadelphia, PA
January 27, 2014

Digital Learning Day
February 5, 2014

Teen Tech Week
March 9-15, 2014

One Book SD

Featured e-Resources of the Month
ChiltonLibrary, Mango Languages now part of State Library e-resources

Library Headlines


Digital projects across South Dakota

Wednesday, Nov. 13, six organizations gathered for a digital projects roundtable discussion and presentation at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. More and more libraries, universities, historical societies, museums, and other groups are digitizing historical materials in their collections. The roundtable was organized by State Archivist Chelle Somsen as a way for attendees and presenters to hear about the projects being undertaken across the state, as well as discuss how groups can possibly collaborate in the future to bring their digitized projects together on one website. The roundtable was also meant to increase awareness about the many resources available to researchers and the general public in South Dakota. Some of the projects highlighted included:

Also, see:



SD Library Association Legislative Day is Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

Mark your calendars! The SD Library Association annual Legislative Day is Thursday, Jan. 23. The schedule is still being finalized. The SD State Library will have its annual library accreditation ceremony prior to the legislative reception. This year the ceremony will take place at Rawlins Library.



2013 Star Libraries in South Dakota

Congratulations to the four South Dakota public libraries that made Library Journal's 2013 Star Libraries Index. South Dakota Star Libraries award winners are as follows: Centerville Community Library, five stars; Lennox Community Library, four stars; and Beresford and Freeman public libraries, three stars. In fact, Centerville has received a five-star award in every LJ Index since 2009!

Centerville Library Star Library Award Winner
collage of photos from Centerville Community Library

How are Star Libraries chosen? The Library Journal Index is based on four of the service output measures public libraries report on the annual Public Libraries Survey: library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet computer use. In order to qualify for the LJ Index libraries must meet the IMLS definition of a public library, have a service population of at least 1,000, and have at least $10,000 in total operating expenditures.

Lennox Library Star Award Winner
Photo of librarians at Lennox Community Library
Photo (next right) of Beresford Public Library

The Index divides libraries into peer groups based on their total operating expenditures. Each library is then compared against the average of the four service output statistics for the library's peer group. Stars are assigned to libraries based on their ranking within the peer group. Libraries awarded five stars rank among the top ten scores; the next ten scores are awarded four stars, and so on.

Beresford public library star award winner Library Journal admits that output statistics cannot measure the quality, excellence, effectiveness, value, or appropriateness of a library's services. LJ, however, has found these four indicators to be a simple and transparent way to compare library services. This kind of measurement makes it easy for individual libraries to analyze the data on their own. It may be useful to locate your own library's score and consider which statistic is compromising your score the most. LJ contributors also suggest visiting the websites of high-scoring peers to look at their services.

More about how you can use this index can be found in the LJ article, Beyond the Stars.

Freeman library star award winner
collage of photos from Freeman Public Library

As the services we provide in our libraries evolve, new output measures are being considered. Website visits and Wi-Fi access usage statistics have been recommended in order to provide a more realistic picture of the services public libraries are actually providing at this time. Those measures will have to wait until the Public Library Survey begins collecting that data.



Operation: Military Kids - update

Christmas Tree at the Capitol Building

Christmas at the Capitol
This year, on the 33rd anniversary of Christmas at the Capitol, Operation: Military Kids (OMK) through South Dakota is partnering with county 4-H clubs to provide home-made decorations showing thanks and support for our military troops and families who have helped serve our country.

This year's theme is "Christmas in the Great Outdoors". Each of the counties listed below sent in truly creative decorations as a means of thanking those military members and their families. The Pierre Area OMK team decorated a tree for the fifth year in a row, on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

  • Aurora Co.
  • Bennett Co. Eagles & Kountry Kids
  • Brookings Co., Bruce Honey Bees
  • Charles Mix Co.
  • Clay Co. Flyers
  • Clay Co. Meckling Livestock
  • Codington Co.
  • Corson Co.
  • Dewey Co.
  • Haakon-Jackson
  • Hughes & Stanley Co. Promising Buds
  • Lincoln Co. Teapot Troopers
  • Miner Co., Hard to Beat Green Valley
  • Pennington Co. Blue Fire and Friendly Foothills
  • Roberts Co. Dakota Prairies
  • Sully Co Green RockStars and Clover Buds
  • Turner Co. Livewires
  • Yankton Co. Saddle Up
  • Ziebach Co.

The grand tree lighting ceremony was held on Tuesday evening, Nov. 26. Display hours for the public will be from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT each day through Saturday, Dec. 28.

OMK website
The South Dakota OMK page has had a steady increase in public web hits from November, 2012 thru November, 2013. It is very revealing as to what sections of the Web Site get the most traffic. The home page received 78 hits last November and reached 1,075 this November. Please continue to refer your military personnel and their families to this terrific resource with links to OMK news, opportunities, partners, resources, activities, services, and more.

For more information about OMK please visit






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