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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!

School Libraries


Congratulations 21st Century School Library Awardees

21 Century School Library Award librarians and administrators
were recognized at the Systems Change Conference
on Oct. 18 in Oacoma.



Regional Meetings 2013: ebooks & School Libraries

What's going on with ebooks in school libraries? The SD State Library and the School Section of SDLA will hold regional meetings at three locations for certified-teacher librarians, paraprofessional librarians, district librarians, library aides, and administrators who wish to learn more about the current e-book landscape.

School Library Coordinators Marta Stirling and Joan Upell will partner with Electronic Services Coordinators Jane Healy and Julie Erickson to give an overview of what's available for schools and ways to integrate ebooks with the online resources and the Common Core State Standards. School librarians at each location will also discuss and demonstrate e-book platforms they are now using with their students.

The regional meetings will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. (local time) as follows:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Simmons Middle School Library in Aberdeen
  • Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Memorial Middle School Library in Sioux Falls
  • Wednesday, Dec. 11 at East Middle School Library in Rapid City

For more information and registration go to

Please contact Joan Upell,, 800-423-6665, if you have questions or need further information.



Project Enable helps librarians meet special needs; now with free online option

by Sharlene Lien, Discovery Elementary librarian

This summer two teams from Sioux Falls were awarded a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Continuation grant to attend Project Enable, a four day workshop in Syracuse, N.Y. Project Enable is a professional development workshop dedicated to raising awareness of how librarians, working collaboratively with classroom and special education teachers, can best meet the needs of all students, especially those with special needs.

This workshop requires participants to examine their physical space and programming choices to determine if they are providing an environment that can serve the informational needs of a diverse population.

In addition, this workshop is a train-the-trainer format, so these groups will be conducting their own in-service type training to others within the district.

Participants from Patrick Henry Middle School were Wendy Nelson, Barbara Boone-Graves and Cynthia Williams. Participants from Discovery Elementary School were Sharlene Lien, Katie Richarz and Rena Jensen.

Those who can't make it to one of the other workshop locations can take Project Enable for free online at

Lien recommends the workshop and says it "had a huge impact on how I look at my physical space. For years I have been looking for a better arrangement for the tables, mainly for aesthetic purposes. But now I realize how the current arrangement was also affecting the ability of some of the students to see and hear the lesson because they are so far from the front. "I also never considered how difficult it would be for someone to enter the library if they were in a walker or wheelchair. We currently do not have an automatic button on our doors, and our doors are supposed to remain closed. This would make it extremely difficult for some people to access the library.

"Fortunately, we were given time as a team to think about these things and come up with a plan that could be presented to an administrator. My teammates were able to give me some great ideas for how we can change my space to make it more accommodating to all who visit our library.

"We were also given some great programming ideas to help get students motivated and different way to assess. I am looking forward to trying a couple of their quick assessment tools. I think all students will enjoy them."





2014 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

This national contest invites high school students to submit an essay describing the political courage of a U.S. elected official.

  • Win scholarship money
  • First-place winner receives $10,000
  • Second Place winner receives $1000.00
  • Up to Five finalist receive $500.00
  • Win a trip to Boston and receive recognition at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts

Visit the Profile in Courage Essay Contest on Facebook!

Deadline is January 6, 2014

The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest is generously supported by: John Hancock Financial Sponsorship. For more information, go to John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.



21st Century, Aberdeen, awards, Common Core, ebooks, Oacoma, continuing education, programming, Rapid City, school libraries, Sioux Falls



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