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January 2013, Volume 5, Issue 1

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD

SDLA Legislative Day
Jan. 10

ALA Midwinter Meeting
Jan. 25-29

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

National Library Week
April 14-20

World Book Night
April 23

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Find Your "A-ha!" Moment

School Libraries


Common Core and School Libraries: Regional meetings draw 136 for training, collaboration

During the first two weeks of December, librarians, paraprofessionals, technology specialists and administrators met together to learn more about how school libraries can integrate the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and SD Library Content Standards and to collaborate with each other in a state where distance and time makes it difficult for most to meet on a regular basis.

The regional meetings came about as a joint effort by the school section of the SD Library Association and SD State Library. During the previous August, a group of library stakeholders had met and set four goals for the 2012-13 school year, one of which was to hold regional meetings for school librarians.

Six meetings were held in school libraries/schools in Winner, Box Elder (Douglas), Onida, Watertown, Brookings and Sioux Falls. During the meetings, SDSL staff provided training on the research (writing) strand of CCSS, attendees used CCSS to create lesson plans, and time was spent in networking and collaborating with other attendees. Lessons have been posted on the group's wiki at, along with other valuable professional and standards resources.

Attendees received three CE credits and provided evaluation feedback for SDLA and SDSL.

Some of the comments through the evaluation were as follows:

  • Talking to the other librarians at my table gave me so many ideas and inspiration. I am so glad that I attended!
  • I love being able to get together and talk to others about one of my favorite things: books and the library. I felt it was a great time to be able to talk with others about what is going on in our libraries. It also helps to know that we are all struggling with funding and different aspects in our libraries around the state! Thank you!!! :)
  • I enjoyed visiting with area librarians to get an idea of what they are doing as far as teaching library skills, time management and policy issues.
  • This was a good time to get together. I needed the help to figure out ways to incorporate common core standards and the library. Thank You!


Digital Learning Day is Feb. 6

The second annual Digital Learning Day takes place on Feb. 6. The sponsoring organization, Alliance for Excellent Education, explains, "Digital learning is any instructional practice that is effectively using technology to strengthen the student learning experience."

The American Association of School Librarians and many other educational organizations are partners in this effort to celebrate and showcase the innovative teaching and learning happening across the country.

The Digital Learning Day website ( contains a wealth of resources for use on any day of the year. You'll find toolkits for every subject area under the Learn and Explore tab. Edutopia also compiled a resource link at

Watch for more details coming soon about Digital Learning Day in South Dakota.


The role of a school librarian in the life of a content area teacher

Recently, Kristen Leite, George S. Mickelson Middle School Librarian (Brookings), received an invitation from instructor, Jennifer E. Lacher-Starace, M.Ed, South Dakota State University, Teaching, Learning & Leadership Department, to speak to her Content Literacy classes about the role of a school librarian in the life of a content-area teacher.

Mrs. Leite articulated that one of the roles of a school librarian is to collaborate with classroom teachers to prepare students to read across content areas. School librarians deliver information into the curriculum with an emphasis on critical reading of complex literary and informational texts as required by Common Core Standards.

With the outstanding resources from the State Library's online database collection and resources that are presently used at Mickelson Middle School, SDSU students embarked on a tour of the curriculum and the support materials the library provides. State Library databases, such as Camio, Learning Express, SIRS Issues Researcher and World Book Student were examined. Picture book incorporation was discussed. Supplemental reading material from periodicals was highlighted and the social studies fiction connection shared.

Instructor Lacher-Starace encouraged her students to seek out the school librarian during their student teaching experience and eventually at their respective teaching positions. "You won't have time to do all the leg-work. Discover the expertise the librarian provides," Lacher-Starace told her students.

School librarians are all about helping students and staff. They can help plan it, find it, evaluate it, cite it, share it, present it, prove it and assess it…it's what they do every day!


The Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS Award is seeking nominations

The Gale/Library Media Connections TEAMS Award recognizes and encourages the critical collaboration between the teacher and media specialist to promote learning, increase student achievement and develop 21st Century skills.

All K-12 public and private schools in the United States and Canada are eligible. Three winners will receive a $2,500 (U.S.) cash award; Gale products (approximate value $500); a one-year subscription to Library Media Connection; and a choice of professional publications from Linworth Books (approximate value $800). Winners will also be featured in a Library Media Connection article.

All nominations are due by June 30, 2013. For more information, go to





21st Century, Brookings, Common Core, librarian, school libraries, teacher, technology

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