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November 2013, Volume 5, Issue 10

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD

Picture Book Month

National Young Readers Week
Nov. 11-15

AASL National Conference & Exhibition
Nov. 14-17

International Games Day
Nov. 16

American Education Week
Nov. 18-22

2014 Midwinter Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
January 24-28, 2014

Featured e-Resources of the Month
New Features in our old favorites!

Board Talk


A word from the President of the SD State Library Board

Dr. Lesta V. Turchen

As the president of the South Dakota State Library Board, it is a privilege to write this column in the Cornerstone. Last month I had the opportunity to represent the State Library Board during the South Dakota Library Association's Tri-Conference in Sioux Falls. We had beautiful weather and the sessions were outstanding. I attended several addressed specifically to board members. Here is some of what I gleaned from the speakers.

Library board members have leadership responsibilities. While they rank in no particular order, they are:

  • Advocacy
  • Community involvement
  • Planning for library improvements and growth
  • Library Policy development
  • Recruitment of new Board members
  • Orientation of new Board members
  • Be a Problem solver
  • Support your Library Director

I want to encourage all library directors and board members to attend the annual SDLA conference. First of all, make sure you budget to send your director each year, most especially the years it is closest to your town or city. The conference moves around to different cities to accommodate different portions of the state. Next year it is in Pierre at the Ramkota which is a nice central location for everyone. Secondly, budget so that at least one board member can attend with your librarian each year. It is a tremendous learning and training experience. You will not be disappointed. You will come home with many practical ideas and money-saving ones as well! And if you are seeking library accreditation, attendance at SDLA can count as your trustee training hours.

We are now well into the 21st century and the public library's role in the local community is changing and expanding. Being aware of those trends and new technologies is vital to the on-going support and vitality of your library. The South Dakota State Library is a state agency that stands ready to consult, advise and offer assistance or training. We are fortunate to live in a state where IMLS federal dollars are wisely spent on statewide access to 40 subject specific databases. These electronic resources (databases) cover anything from medical/health resources to auto-mechanics to genealogy to learning a language and more! Any one of these would be too costly for any single library, even the larger ones, to afford. This levels the playing field for many small town libraries who have limited resources to purchase information access for their citizens. I would encourage you to familiarize yourself with these databases and with the SDSL website: Please give the State Library a call (1-800-423-6665) if you would like more specific information about all the electronic resources available at your doorstep.

Hope to see you next year in Pierre. Write it on your calendars now: October 1-3, 2014.



21st Century, board, IMLS, Pierre, Sioux Falls, SDLA



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