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March 2013, Volume 5, Issue 3

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD

Read Across America Day
March 2

World Read Aloud Day
March 6

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
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Continuing Education Opportunities


Upcoming RACE webinars

South Dakota State Library Website Information
Tuesday, March 5 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CT; 10:00 am - 11:00 am MT

Do you sometimes struggle to find a particular program, publication or item on the State Library website? Join Wynne Nafus Sayer, SDSL Information Officer and website creator, and Brenda Hemmelman, SDSL Research Librarian, for a tour of the State Library website. Bring your questions, and they will help you find what you need. This team will show you how to navigate the website and utilize it for your research needs.

No registration is necessary. Please connect to to access the webinar ten minutes before it starts. For audio, call toll-free: (866) 410-8397 and enter the participant code: 6057735066.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Slocum at 605-773-8438, or (email).

Summer Reading & Common Core Information
Thursday, March 7 at 10:30 am - 11:30 am CT; 9:30 am - 10:30 am MT
and again at 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm CT; 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm MT
Presented by Jasmine Rockwell and Marta Stirling

School librarians, if you are partnering (or would like to partner) with a public library for summer reading but you can't make it to a Jump Start workshop, we have a solution for you! We are going to have two webinars to repeat the Common Core portion of the workshop. We need a minimum of five people registered for the afternoon webinar option or it will be cancelled.
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Just Weed It! New and Improved!
Tuesday, March 12 at 11:00 am -12:00 pm CT; 10:00 am -11:00 am MT
Presented by Nina Mentzel and Brenda Hemmelman

Join Nina Mentzel, SDLN Instructional Librarian/Assistant Director, and Brenda Hemmelman, SDSL Research Librarian, for a new and improved version of the popular 2012 Just Weed It webinar. Brenda will be reviewing the basics of weeding and resources to use to tackle the job. Nina will focus on how to use ALEPH, the SDLN library catalog system, to help determine materials to weed.
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2012 Public Library Survey Information: a RACE webinar
Thursday, March 14 at 10:30 am -11:30 am CT; 9:30 am - 10:30 am MT
Presented by Daria Bossman and Jasmine Rockwell

Join us to learn everything there is to know about successfully completing the 2012 Public Library Survey. We encourage every library director to take part in one of these webinars. We will be talking about updates and changes to the survey and common mistakes that are made every year by even some of the most experienced library directors.
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2013 School Library Survey: a RACE webinar
Thursday, March 21 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CT; 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm MT
Presented by Mary G. Johnson and Joan Upell

Join us for a quick overview of the 2013 School Library Survey. It's the perfect way to review, see a few new questions and remind yourself to complete the survey on time. This information will be helpful for beginners as well as those who have completed the survey in previous years. Remember, only one survey per district is required, and it is open from April 1 to May 15.
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Turn In, Tune On, and Get Social Part 3
Thursday, March 28 at 10:30 am - 11:30 am CT
Presented by Stacia McGourty

Get on Facebook, they said. It'll be easy, they said. So you've finally done it. Your library is now on Facebook! (Or Twitter, or Pinterest, or whatever else has come up in the last five minutes.) Congratulations, you have officially entered the fray! And it is a fray. Have you seen some of the trolls out there?

In our 3rd installment, we are going to focus on how social media is being used. Focus is going to be on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest – but other platforms will come up! In addition to talking about social media use, we'll review top platforms, learn how to manage the trolls, and talk about what goes in to being a digital citizen.

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cataloging, Common Core, continuing education, public libraries, school libraries, social media, statistics, survey, webinars

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