May 2013, Volume 5, Issue 5
Check Your Calendars!!
Choose Privacy Week
National Library Legislative Day
Children's Book Week
May 30– June 1, Javits Center, New York City
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
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Genealogy eResources—where history is new
State Library News and Highlights
OverDrive Digital Bookmobile schedules stops in SD
You, your staff, friends, volunteers, trustees and patrons are invited to the OverDrive Digital Bookmobile’s immersive SD Titles to Go download experience. SD Titles to Go eBook and audiobook subscription service offers downloads from OverDrive. Now this popular service comes to patrons with the Digital Bookmobile, a high-tech tractor-trailer that creates an immersive download experience built around the SD Titles to Go download website.
When & Where:
- Friday, June 21, Rawlins Library, Pierre, 10 am – 2 pm CT
- Saturday, June 22, Watertown Regional Library, 10 am – 2 pm CT
As part of its 100th birthday celebration, the State Library welcomes the nationally touring Digital Bookmobile. Readers of all ages are invited to learn about digital downloading and experience SD Titles to Go’s eBook and audiobook download service at this free community event.
Preview the bookmobile at digitalbookmobile.com.
Serving people unable to read standard print
Reading plays a significant part in our lives from early in life when our parents read to us as children until we draw our last breath. People read for many reasons: education, work, information and recreation. Reading allows us to live beyond the borders of our own worlds. The public library provides us with an endless resource of reading material to enrich our lives.
The needs of blind and physically disabled readers are no different from those of other readers. The format of the reading material may vary, but the range of subjects needed and the uses to which the material is put are the same.
Public libraries meet many of the needs of people unable to read standard print by providing books in audio format. The South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Program (SDBTBP) supplements the collection of audio books provided by public libraries. Under a special provision of the U.S. copyright law, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped selects books and magazines for full-length production in braille and audio formats. They choose books that reflect the collection of a medium size public library. In addition, the SDBTBP uses volunteers to record South Dakota books. While the SDBTBP has audio titles that duplicate what is available in public libraries, it also provides audio titles such as A Proud American: the Autobiography of Joe Foss, Librarian on the Roof and F for Effort, which are not available elsewhere in audio format.
Seventy-three South Dakota public libraries have deposit collections from the SDBTBP. These collections include audio players, audio books and program application forms. Librarians can demonstrate the players and books to people interested in the program. They can also check out a player and book to an individual for one week to see if the program is right for them and help people register for the Braille and Talking Book Program.
The librarians are life savers for registered patrons of the SDBTBP in their communities. A registered SDBTBP patron whose player has stopped working can borrow one from the public library until a new player arrives. This patron can also borrow books from the public library's deposit collection. The books in the collection rotate on a schedule established by the library.
In South Dakota, more than 16,000 people have some type of visual impairment. South Dakota's public libraries are working to ensure that the informational and recreational reading needs of these individuals are met.
Digital resources abound
Since we've been discussing digitization projects lately, this month's article will cover some free digital resources for you, your patrons and students.
The State Library just received a new book, Engaging Students with Archival and Digital Resources by Justine Cotton and David Sharron. Chapter four covers some impressive digitization projects, both free and subscription-based. We'll take a look at some of the free resources.
These two collections from Duke University provide a wealth of primary source materials on the history of advertising.
- Ad* Access has digital images of ads printed in US and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955.
- Ad Views covers TV commercials from the 1950s through the 1980s.
Here are some other useful digital collections:
- Chronicling America – Historic American Newspapers is a database of historic pages from US newspapers, covering from 1690 to the present.
- Documenting the American South, created by the UNC/Chapel Hill University Library, collects audio files, texts and images relating to culture, history and literature of the American South.
- NY Public Library Digital Gallery contains hundreds of thousands of digital images held by the Library.
- OAIster®, freely available to search within WorldCat, is a database helpful to researchers seeking digital archival resources on a particular topic or individual and contains over 23 million records.
- The British Library: Turning the Pages™ highlights a number of the British Library’s most esteemed physical monographs.