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June/July 2013, Volume 5, Issue 6

Continuing Education Alert


Check Your Calendars!!

One Book South Dakota 2103

ALA 2013 Annual Conference & Exhibition
June 27– July 2, Chicago, Illinois

SD Festival of Books
Sept. 20-22, Deadwood

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

Indian Education Summit
Sept. 29- Oct 1, Chamberlain/Oacoma


Featured e-Resources of the Month
Ah-choo! Allergy info for all ages


South Dakota State Library news and highlights

 

New art adorns State Library walls

The public area of the State Library now features three works of art by South Dakota artists. See them in person Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

painting of autumn trees arching over a dirt farm road
Peter Kilian, Aberdeen
Tacoma Park Giants
Oil on linen

landscape painting of rolling farm land, lush green fields and freshly mowed yellow fields with hay bales
Jenny Braig, Spearfish
Hillside Hay Bales
Oil on canvas

contemporary abstraction of a landscape at sunrise - with red, purple, yellow and white colors
Mark Zimmerman, Deadwood
Recollection – Sunrise Buttes – H.C.
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

 

Bill & Melinda Gates Opportunity Online Hardware Grant brings new computers to SD libraries

The last hardware grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has reached its finale.

In South Dakota, 24 participating libraries raised local matching funds of $78,000. With grant funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of $135,200, this resulted in 130 new computers installed over the course of the grant.

The South Dakota State Library is also proud to announce that with unspent administrative funds, each participating library will receive one of each of the three Nabi children's tablet computers: 1 Nabi Jr., 1 Nabi2 and 1 Nabi XD, worth $530 total. Nabi tablets are designed specifically for children in functionality and durability. The State Library believes these will bring some fresh, new opportunities for children to learn 21st Century skills.

A primary goal of this grant program was "to increase the percentage of libraries regularly investing in and upgrading their computer hardware every four years. To that end, the foundation chose to focus on libraries that needed funding to improve technology access to low-income patrons, and needed to build greater capacity for generating sustainable funding streams. The grant program targeted hardware upgrades and advocacy training to reach those goals. Hardware upgrades provided funds to replace aging workstations with a projected cost of $2,600 per workstation, assuming a four-year lifespan for hardware and peripherals, and cost of maintenance, software upgrades and training until the end of the life cycle. This became known as the total cost of ownership."

Through the grant's advocacy training program, Turning the Page, participating librarians developed skills to successfully lobby for funds to update their computer hardware when those computers had reached the end of their life cycle. Turning the Page was provided in partnership with the American Library Association's Public Library Association. In-person conference-style training and online training modules were offered to participating libraries. This training also supported the capacity of library staff to advocate directly in their communities to raise the required match.

For more information about this grant program, see Summary of Program Outcomes [PDF], Grant closeout summary, [PDF] or contact Jasmine Rockwell [email].

  1. Opportunity Online Hardware Grant Program: Round 3 Grant Closeout Summary, February 13, 2013

 

State Library resources highlight STEM at Women in Science conferences

State Library staff showed how the library supports science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at two Women in Science conferences this spring. Mary G. Johnson and Jane Healy staffed an exhibit table at the Sioux Falls conference in March, and Brenda Hemmelman and Kathleen Slocum did the same in Pierre in April.

STEM Women in Science Conferences in Sioux Falls and Pierre

This hands-on conference for middle and high school girls explores STEM careers and offers sessions led by women in STEM fields. During exhibit time, the girls and their teachers learned what the State Library offers. Staff used iPads and laptops to demonstrate and inform about the State Library online resources that can aid in research. One girl said, "Look at all of these databases I can use! It is a smorgasbord of help for me."

Learning Express was a big hit, with its practice tests for various types of careers, including nursing, as well as ACT and SAT prep. One student said, "Learning Express is a library I can use forever." In addition to the resources, the girls asked about the education needed to become a librarian, the different areas of library work and materials available at the State Library.

The State Library's collection contains STEM-related books, available via interlibrary loan. Library staff also created a public wiki at stemwise2013.wikispaces.com containing STEM resources.

 

 

 

 

21st Century, Aberdeen, advocacy, ALA, art, Deadwood, event, grants, Pierre, practice tests, Sioux Falls, Spearfish, STEM

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