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Celebrating South Dakota's 125th

125th south dakota anniversary logo2014 will mark South Dakota's 125th statehood anniversary. The proper term for that is quasquicentennial (quas - qui - cen - ten - ni - al). All state agencies have been asked to do something to recognize and celebrate this anniversary. The SD State Library is organizing the projects for the SD Department of Education, and there will be many different things to see next year. The Omnibus Bill of February 22, 1889 authorized the framing of a constitution for what would officially become the state of South Dakota on November 2, 1889. Look for many state agencies to highlight projects February through November 2014. Visit South Dakota's 125th Anniversary website at



Have lunch and learn about State Library resources

Have you ever considered having State Library staff come and do a "lunch and learn" presentation at your library? Having just returned from our digital roadshow, we kept hearing this comment, "I wish I had known about these resources before". If you have not heard of a "lunch and learn" program, it is very easy. Invite community members to the library, have them bring their own lunch, and they can learn about State Library resources, or other resources and programs that your library has to offer. It is a very popular activity in many communities and a great way to get people to visit the library. If you would like to have the State Library staff come for a program, please call us at 1-800-423-6665. Staff can share information about free statewide electronic resources, electronic state government publications, digitization of historical state publications, braille and talking book services, and more.



Interlibrary loan – helpful hints

by Colleen Kirby, Assistant State Librarian

Interlibrary loan, or the sharing of materials between and among libraries, is an important means of expanding the range of materials available to library patrons. Libraries cannot possibly purchase every item their patrons might want to read, listen to, or view. That said, when a librarian receives an interlibrary loan request from a patron the first thing they need to do is to determine if the item is something they should purchase. It is important to remember that libraries are responsible for funding the development of collections that meet the needs of their communities. Interlibrary loan is a supplement to, not a substitute for, collection development.

If you determine that the requested item does not meet your collection development policy, then you should request the item through interlibrary loan.

There are several things that you can do to speed up the interlibrary loan process.

  • Check Aleph to see if the item is available from a library in South Dakota.
  • If there is more than one record for the item, check each record to see if the record matches the item you want. Be sure to check to see which libraries own the item and if their copy is on the shelf. You have a much better chance of having your request filled if you request an item owned by five libraries, rather than an item owned by one library. (Aleph does not transfer your request to another record. The record you choose is the record the system uses.)
  • Pay attention to the bibliographic records. If your patron doesn't read large print, don't request the large print edition. If the item is for research, your patron might want the 2012 edition and not the 1992 edition. The system will request what you ask it to request.
  • If the item is a current bestseller, such as Never Go Back by Lee Child, either purchase the item or ask your patron to request the item again in six months. A library's first responsibility is to their patrons. A library is not going to loan you an item that they cannot keep on their shelves.

Next month, look for more Helpful Hints.






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