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Ebook access continues to grow in South Dakota

photo of glasses, ereader and dictionaryOne library just announced their participation in South Dakota Titles To Go on Facebook with "Guess what just happened today?! Ebooks, people!" The response was phenomenal, including the comment,

"This is seriously the coolest thing to happen to libraries."

Seven new South Dakota public libraries recently joined South Dakota Titles To Go ebook collaborative, bringing the total number of South Dakota Titles To Go libraries to 78. Nearly 80% of South Dakota citizens can access downloadable ebooks and audiobooks through their local public library, which is higher than the national average of 76%.

If your public library wants in on the excitement, more details are available through the South Dakota Titles To Go information page.


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Legislative Session Round-up

Senate Bill 125 adds public libraries to the list of areas where registered sex offenders are prohibited to loiter. SB 125 passed both Senate and House and was delivered to the Governor for his signature on March 13, 2014.


Digital state publications collections continue to grow

Recently, South Dakota State Library (SDSL) staff headed west of the river to showcase digital state government publications. If this subject is not familiar to you, visit the SDSL Digital Collections.

In these collections, you will find a wide variety of reports from SD state agencies. Would you like to see the latest annual report from the Department of Tourism? How about the results of the latest mountain lion study in the Black Hills? These reports and much more can be found in the State Agencies and State Agencies II collections.

In addition to recent publications, staff members at the SDSL are also working to digitize and preserve historical reports. Browse the SD 125th collection and find things like the First biennial report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1892, or South Dakota's program of education from 1933. More historical publications will be added to these collections throughout this year.

Do we have a photo of your library in our South Dakota Libraries collection? If not, send one to Brenda Hemmelman, email.

If you, your library staff, or community members would like to know more about the SDSL Digital Collections, contact Brenda about setting up a presentation in your community.


Libraries receive One Book South Dakota mini-grants

book cover of Kathleen Norris' DakotaCongratulations to the following libraries that are being awarded the One Book, South Dakota mini-grants from the South Dakota State Library. Recipients are receiving five free copies of Dakota by Kathleen Norris and the opportunity to borrow 20 additional copies for their library. Winners also have the opportunity to apply for a scholar from the Humanities Council speaker's bureau to lead book discussions in their community.

To learn more about One Book, please contact the Humanities Council at the following link:

Thank you so much for applying and for your commitment to the communities you serve.

  • Alcester Public Library
  • Britton Public Library
  • Faith Public/School Library
  • Faulk County Library (Faulkton)
  • Freeman Public Library
  • Grant County Public Library (Milbank)
  • Gregory Public Library
  • Ihanktonwan Community/ College library (Marty)
  • Jackson County Library (Kadoka)
  • Dorothee Pike Memorial Library (Lake Preston)
  • Moody County Resource Center (Flandreau)
  • North Sioux City Community Library
  • Northwest Regional Library (Buffalo)
  • Piedmont Valley Library
  • Platte Public Library
  • Potter County Library (Gettysburg)
  • Tripp County Library Grossenberg Memorial (Winner)
  • Edith B Siegrist Vermillion Public Library


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