School Libraries


New school librarians - feeling a bit like a fish out of water?

feel like a fish out of water graphicWelcome to the South Dakota library world! School libraries are wonderful places to work - full of fun and fascinating information. They can also be confusing sometimes, especially when you are a new librarian. The State Library wants to help you navigate this new world so we've gathered some information all on one webpage that will help guide you. We'll go into further details just for you at our upcoming webinar "State Library 101 for New School Librarians" on Oct 8 from 4:00-5:00 CT. For more information and to register, go to October Continuing Education Opportunities.



School library data now ready on Connect

Did you know that on average each South Dakota student checked out 36 books from their school library during the 2012-2013 school year? Even more school library data submitted through the School Library Survey is ready in Connect at Districts and school systems can now access four years of data for comparison and planning purposes through this online tool. Connect uses the same login and password as used for the survey. If you have questions or need that information, contact the school library coordinators Marta Stirling and Joan Upell at 1-800-423-6665, or by email. Watch for a complete state-wide summary and other highlights in the 2013 School Data Digest coming later this fall.



Read! SD is all about year round reading and partnerships

Read South Dakota logoSummer is officially over but reading is year round and an essential life-long skill. So, remember to keep visiting the Read! SD webpage and following the Read South Dakota Facebook page for great literacy information. Use these resources to further your partnership with your local public library all year and get a head start on co-planning for summer reading in 2014.

To help you out here's a recap of the Read! SD initiative. Last spring, in an effort to prevent "summer slide" (the loss of reading skills that can occur when students aren't in school) Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp, the Office of Curriculum and the State Library unveiled a new reading challenge for summer 2013. The challenge encouraged students to "Grab a Book, Grow a Mind" by reading engaging material appropriate to their skill level, and not just a certain quantity of books. Students and parents were directed to an online tool called "Find a Book" that helps them create customized reading lists based on the child's level and interests. These customized lists could then be taken to the local public library and used to help the child choose books to read over the summer. Families were also encouraged to join their public library's summer reading program "Dig Into Reading" which is a Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) coordinated by the State Library every year. More than 90 libraries participated in 2013 and served over 67,000 birth to adult participants.

Parents, teachers and librarians could also learn more on the website and the Read South Dakota Facebook page. During summer 2013, the Facebook page generated over 1,300 Likes with a reach of over 35,000 people. Peak traffic on the Facebook page was during the month of July. was the most visited DOE website and generated over 89,500 views. The DOE website, was one of the top ten across the country referring users to "Find a Book." Top South Dakota cities accessing "Find a Book" were: Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Watertown, Pierre and Huron.






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