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February 2013, Volume 5, Issue 2

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD

Take Your Child to the Library Day
Feb. 2

Digital Learning Day
Feb. 6

Read Across America Day
March 2

Teen Tech Week
March 10-16

PLA Virtual Spring Symposium
March 20

School Library Month

Month of the Military Child

National Library Week
April 14-20

World Book Night
April 23

El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros
April 30

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Power search with ProQuest

School Libraries


21st Century School Library Award application process begins March 1

It's time to take a look at the 21st Century School Library Self-Assessment tool and think about applying for the first annual 21st Century School Library Award. Award applications and required supporting materials will be accepted from March 1 through May 1.

Awards will recognize the status of the library as Effective, Enhanced, or Exemplary, based on a point scale and the South Dakota School Library Guidelines. The voluntary process includes: 1) an online self-assessment tool; 2) supporting electronic examples; and 3) an award application. Awards will be announced in September and award status is valid for a two-year period.

Again, applying to be recognized as a 21st Century School Library is a three-step process:

  1. Complete the online self-assessment tool at Make sure your library falls within one of the following point categories: Effective (75-79); Enhanced (80-83); Exemplary (84-87).
  2. Attach in an email at least one example for each of the following areas: Place, Professional, and Program. All submissions must be in electronic format. Examples include, but are not limited to: video, photo, link, website, lesson plan, etc. Please send all emails to the attention of Kathleen Slocum, Continuing Education Coordinator, email.
  3. Complete the award application information requested on the last page of the self-assessment tool and submit the entire document electronically.

For questions and technical assistance in applying for the award please email School Library Coordinators Mary G. Johnson, email, or Joan Upell, email, or call 1-800-423-6665.


Common Core resources at MyOer

The SD Department of Education and TIE have partnered to create a collection of Common Core resources all school librarians need to know about at MyOer.

The MyOer website at is an online portal of resources aligned to the Common Core. Included are lesson plans that have been vetted by SD educators and can be searched by standard or subject.

You'll also find Common Core Blueprints for South Dakota under Tools on this site. The Blueprints are broken down by subject and grade level and provide a framework and focus for building units.


Help prevent cyberbullying

Fifty-two percent of teens report being cyberbullied. One-third of teens reported experiencing threats online. One-fourth of teens reported receiving repeated threats on their cell phones or internet. Fifty-two percent do not tell their parents this is happening. (Source:, Bureau of Justice Statistics, US Department of Health and Human Services, Cyberbullying Research Center, July 2012.)


Public and school librarians can help stop the behavior by collaborating with school staff and community leaders and providing appropriate resources. The State Library loans these and more:


  • Heath, Melissa, et al. Classroom Bullying Prevention, Pre-K-4th Grade: Children's Books, Lesson Plans, and Activities, Linworth, 2013. [on order as of 12/28/12]
  • Hinduja, Sameer and Justin W. Patchin. School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying and Sexting One Classroom at a Time, Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press, c2012.
  • Klein, Jessie. The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America's Schools, New York: New York University Press, c2012.
  • Kowalski, Robin M., et al. Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age, Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, 2d ed.
  • Patchin, Justin W. and Sameer Hinduja. Cyberbullying Prevention and Response: Expert Perspectives, New York: Routledge, c2012.
  • Trolley, Barbara and Constance Hanel. Cyber Kids, Cyber Bullying, Cyber Balance, Thousand Oaks, Calif: Corwin Press, c2010.


  • Stepping Up to Bullying [videorecording], [Wilkes-Barres, Pa.]: Bureau for at Risk Youth, 201, Heartland Media, producer, Michael Pritchard, facilitator. 1 50-minute DVD.
  • Stepping on Up with Michael Pritchard. [videorecording], San Francisco: Heartland Media; [Wilkes-Barre, PA]: Distributed by the Bureau for At-Risk Youth, c2011. 1 50 minute DVD.
  • Stop Bullying Now! [videorecording, [Rockville, Md.]: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; [Washington, D.C.]: Dept. of Education, [2011?]. 1 DVD, instructor's guide.

Free Online Resources:





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