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August 2014, Volume 6, Issue 6

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD

Teen Blogging Contest
Deadline: August 1, 2014

SDLA Branch Out
August 7, 2014

Library Card Sign-up Month
September 2014

ALSC National Institute
September 18-20, 2014

Banned Books Week
September 21-27, 2014

Banned Websites Awareness Day
September 24, 2014

SDLA Annual Conference
October 1-3, 2014

SDLA Legislative Day
January 22, 2014

Featured e-Resources of the Month
New e-resources' features made available

Library Headlines


Library Training Institute -- a good value!

by Doris Ann Mertz, Custer County Library

Have you been trying to decide whether you should attend the SD Public Library Training Institute? Are you wondering if you would actually benefit from it? I'd like to encourage you to go ahead and make the commitment. Institute is a worthwhile investment of time and money.

Institute participants are expected to complete four components in a formal classroom environment during one week each summer. In addition, they also participate in on-line training courses in the fall and/or spring. No prior formal library science education or previous college attendance is required to participate.

As a library director with no formal library training, Institute has been invaluable to me. The education I have received during the first three years has enabled me to better serve the patrons and guests of our library.

My first year of Institute at Northern State University focused on collection development, reference assistance, electronic resources, and grants. Not the most exciting topics in the world -- but I learned so much! Guidance from Dr. Mary Bushing helped me to feel competent in material selection and de-selection (weeding) in order to make the best use of our library's space and funding limitations. She also empowered me to organize library materials with user-ease as a top priority. Becoming comfortable using the State's electronic resources allowed me to help users obtain trustworthy answers to their reference questions, find help with test/career preparation, and search their family trees. It's so fulfilling to guide patrons to an electronic resource that fills their particular needs.

During my second-year at Institute, the focus was on Young Adult services. I learned about the teenage brain and the importance of providing materials and programs that are teen-focused. As a result of this training, our library now has a teen advisory board of charismatic teenagers who are eager to help the library choose materials and plan programs. This year is the first year our library has offered a teen summer reading program and it has been a hit. Institute provided the spur needed to lead the library to provide programs to a previously underserved demographic.

2014 Library Institute Class

This summer's session focused on Children's Services and Programming. Saroj Ghoting's presentation on Early Childhood Literacy abounded with information and enthusiasm. Having no formal training in early childhood education, I learned so many things to incorporate into story-times and summer reading programs to make them more effective interactions for both the children and their parents. I also learned about developing effective policies and procedures regarding children, the availability of STEM and GEMS Resources and HOP Exhibits from the Discovery Center, and how to develop effective children's spaces.

In addition to attending classes at Aberdeen, I've participated in on-line courses covering electronic resources, social media, and library advocacy. Completing the homework for the library advocacy class -- Turning the Page 2.0 -- resulted in direct benefits to our library. By the end of the class, I had developed an Advocacy Work Plan to achieve the goal of obtaining government funding to replace a patron computer each year. Armed with a SMART goal, statistics supporting our case, and anecdotal evidence, I felt confident in approaching our County Commissioners for their support -- which they granted.

Doris Mertz and Daria BossmanOne of the greatest benefits of participating in the Library Institute is the connections I have made with library staff throughout the state and at the State Library. More than likely, if our library is facing an issue, another library has faced it as well. It is a lot easier to call for advice from someone you have laughed, eaten, studied, and lived with than to call up virtual strangers. The network I've developed through Institute has helped me better serve our library. I have borrowed ideas from other librarians, leaned on them for planning advice, and coordinated with them when planning Summer Reading Programs in order to save time and money.

Sure there are some costs involved in attending Institute: the travel time to reach Aberdeen, leaving your home and library for a week, and the funding for your room and board. But, just look at the benefits: two hours of college credit each summer, the skills you need to do an effective job, keeping up with the latest trends in library services, a network of colleagues to support you, and becoming a certified library director or staff person. Just the time and money we have saved partnering with neighboring libraries is enough to have balanced the costs for our library.

I hope you will consider attending Library Training Institute, especially if you have had no formal library education. I attended in order to become a certified library director. Institute has made me a better library director.


Braille and Talking Book Program writes strategic plan

The South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Program has served the citizens of South Dakota since 1968. The mission of the Program is to provide equal access to print materials in a format acceptable to all citizens of South Dakota who cannot read standard print.

The Braille and Talking Book Program is a program of the State Library. You can find the Program mentioned in Library Services and Technology Act South Dakota State Library Five Year Plan: 2013-2017 and South Dakota State Library Strategic Plan: FY 2014-2018.

During the past five years the Braille and Talking Book Program has seen many changes including the use of digital format for books and magazines; the ability to download books and magazines; and, most recently, the ability to read books and magazines from iOS devices. With recent changes in how service is provided, it seemed like an opportune time to focus on how the Braille and Talking Book Program will provide service in the future. A committee was formed representing the South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Program, South Dakota Department of Education, South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, South Dakota Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, South Dakota Association of the Blind, South Dakota National Federation of the Blind, and South Dakota public libraries. The result of this committee was the South Dakota State Library Braille and Talking Book Program Strategic Plan Draft: 2015-2018, PDF

The State Library Board had the first reading of the strategic plan draft at their July 25 meeting. The State Library invites the library community to read and comment on the plan. Comments may be sent to Colleen Kirby at or 1-800-423-6665, option 6.


Haakon County Public Library celebrated 100th anniversary

by Annie Brunskill, Haakon County Public Library

front porch display of Haakon County public library in philip

The Haakon County Public Library in Philip celebrated its 100th anniversary during the community's annual Scotty Philip Days in June with a front porch display in the lobby of the county courthouse. The library was started in 1914 by the Philip Women's Club. Each of the 13 members purchased one book to go into a collection placed on the front porch of one of the members. Gradually, people in town began borrowing and donating books until, in 1924, the collection had to move to a house with a bigger porch. In 1932, the county commissioners gave permission to use a room on the 4th floor of the courthouse. An open house was held May 6, 1932 with 282 volumes in the collection. In 1943, the collection moved to its current location on the first floor.

The front porch display was a way to celebrate and bring attention to the library's 100 years of existence. During the celebration, an open house with cake and ice cream was held in conjunction with the annual book sale on Saturday. The porch itself was constructed by library supporter, Sheila Olson, and the backdrop was painted by Library Board President, Jennifer Henrie. Many other board members, Friends of the Library, and library supporters contributed to the effort to bring the idea to life. Moses Building Center donated the lumber and materials and Ingram's Hardware donated the paint. It's hoped that the porch can be moved into the community room of the courthouse and find a permanent home against the wall near the library door.


Introducing New SDSL Board Member, Trista Friman

Trista Friman, Tripp, was recently appointed to the South Dakota State Library Board. Her term of office runs through October 30, 2016. Board members are appointed by the Governor.

Friman sees being on the State Library Board and attending the Library Institute as something valuable to the library and the community as a whole.

"I'm looking forward to learning more and becoming more knowledgeable about how things work throughout the state and then being able to share that knowledge. I'd like to be a resource for our school library and our students. I'm excited about being a voice for the smaller communities" she said.

The South Dakota State Library Board consists of six South Dakota citizens appointed for three-year terms. Other board members are Dr. Lesta V. Turchen, President (Hill City); Monte Loos, Vice-President (Rapid City); Dr. Diane Olson (Mitchell); Dr. Steve Willard (Belle Fourche); Judy Trzynka (Watertown); and Dr. Paul Turman (Pierre),representative from the Board of Regents. Each year, two board members are appointed or reappointed to the board. The board assists the State Librarian, Daria Bossman, in the operations of the State Library. The board convenes quarterly, meeting in Pierre once a year and alternating library sites both East and West River. The quarterly meetings are open to the public. Agenda and minutes are posted at

A state government entity, the South Dakota State Library is located in Pierre, and provides leadership for innovation and excellence in libraries and services to state government. The library's goals include encouraging excellence in local libraries, providing collections to expand local reach, serving special needs populations through the Braille and Talking Book unit and offering quality services to state agencies. The State Library is a division of the South Dakota Department of Education.





Aberdeen, advocacy, board, Braille, collection, community, electronic resources, funding, grants, institute, literacy, Philip, Pierre, programming, social media, staff, statistics, summer reading, teens, trends, Tripp, weeding

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