November 2013, Volume 5, Issue 10
Check Your Calendars!!
National Young Readers Week
AASL National Conference & Exhibition
International Games Day
American Education Week
2014 Midwinter Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
January 24-28, 2014
Featured e-Resources of the Month
New Features in our old favorites!
Canton Public Library celebrates 100 years of reading
Canton Public Library celebrated its 100th anniversary on Friday, October 25. Foundation President, Daniel Heinemann, MD, emceed a brief program featuring guest speaker Bernie Hunhoff. Attendees enjoyed refreshments as they viewed the historical displays and scrapbooks the staff compiled for the event, showing the original Carnegie Library, the history of the current building, library directors and various programs through the years. Canton Public Library received State Library Accreditation at the Enhanced Level in 2011.
Finding statistical data amid the government shutdown
The recent government shutdown not only caused much angst for statistics gatherers, but also brought together a lot of government publications librarians in the common task of finding other means to gather stats.
Many researchers depend on government websites like census.gov and others for general statistics for reports, as well as more in-depth information needed for writing grants, journal articles, and other projects. Most every state has a state data center. South Dakota's is located on the campus of SD State University in Brookings. Visit their website at SDSU: Rural Life and Census Data Center. During the government shutdown, the SD State Data Center recommended some links to visit for statistical data that was unavailable on federal government websites. All of the following websites provide census data. Sometimes, they may even be easier to use than American FactFinder.
For South Dakota census and demographic data, visit the SD Department of Labor and Regulation's Labor Market Information Center. The Labor Market Information Center collects, analyzes and provides to the public information on the labor market of the state.
Coming- "Trustee Academy Training Series" grant
Apply now for a one-year subscription to the acclaimed United for Libraries series of seven library members training sessions. It is called the Trustee Academy. The State library recently purchased 25 of these session series. We are offering this series as a grant. Any public library, from very large to the very small, may apply.
We will start taking applications October 31; Deadline for your application of December 31, 2013. Recipients will be notified the first week in January, 2014 with webinar training scheduled for January 16 or 17.
These are "asynchronous" online sessions so you may view them together as a group and set a time to review them at your convenience at your home or anywhere you login to a specific session. Each session login will be recorded.
Note: If you so desire, these sessions will count toward the Public Library Accreditation trustee training requirements. However, it is your responsibility to keep track of individual board members viewing minutes/hours and submit at the time of making application for library accreditation. (Repeated viewing of one specific session does not count in minutes totaled).
Information about the Trustee Academy is at www.ala.org.
All sessions are between 30-60 minutes in length. Awards will be announced the first week of January 2014.
To apply for this grant, use this Application and submit to Kathleen Slocum, Continuing Education Coordinator, South Dakota State Library, 800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call for assistance: 1-605-3131/ 1-800-423-6665 (SD Only). For more on this and other trustee information, visit our website at library.sd.gov.