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February 2014, Volume 6, Issue 1

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD

Take Your Child to the Library Day
Feb. 2

Digital Learning Day
Feb. 6

Read Across America Day
March 2

Teen Tech Week
March 10-16

PLA Virtual Spring Symposium
March 20

School Library Month

National Library Week
April 14-20

World Book Night
April 23

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Welcome, Learning Express Library 3.0

Library Headlines


South Dakota public libraries receive accreditation recognition

Eleven South Dakota libraries were accredited by the South Dakota State Library in 2013, under a tiered accreditation system.

librarians receive awards
Pictured from Left to Right Front Row: Robin Schrupp, Director Rawlins Municipal Library Pierre; Daria Bossman, State Librarian Pierre; Laura Olson, Freeman Public Library.
Back Row: Stephanie Bents, Digital & Public Services Librarian, Rapid City Public Library; Representative Brock Greenfield for the Emil M. Larson Library, Clark; Donna Ringling Library Board member Platte Public Library; Joyce Moore, Children’s Librarian, Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library; Ray Caffee, Library Director Hand County Library and Amber Wilde, Director Grace Balloch Memorial Library

The libraries were acknowledged during a ceremony before lawmakers, colleagues and patrons visiting the library on Thursday afternoon at Rawlins Municipal Library.

Public libraries are accredited at one of three levels: Essential, Enhanced or Exemplary. Accreditation at the Essential level means a library satisfactorily provides the basic services required by state law and federal guidelines. Each subsequent level of accreditation builds on the previous level with additional indicators that libraries must meet. Exemplary is the highest level of service.

Libraries are evaluated in the following areas, as outlined in South Dakota Public Library standards: governance, administration, access, collections and resources, funding, staffing, technology, and public relations. The three levels of accreditation are based on the number of indicators achieved in each of the standards.

The following South Dakota public libraries were accredited in 2013 by the South Dakota State Library:

  • Dorothee Pike Memorial Library (Lake Preston) - Enhanced
  • Emil M. Larson Library (Clark) - Essential
  • Elkton Community Library - Enhanced
  • Faith Public/School Library - Enhanced
  • Freeman Public Library - Enhanced
  • Grace Balloch Memorial Library (Spearfish) - Exemplary
  • Hand County Library (Miller) - Enhanced
  • Platte Public Library - Essential
  • Rapid City Public Library - Exemplary
  • Rawlins Municipal Library (Pierre) - Essential
  • Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library - Exemplary


Disc Repair Service

The South Dakota State Library recently purchased a disc repair machine. The machine was purchased to repair DVDs from the Braille and Talking Book's descriptive video collection. In addition, the State Library is offering this service to all South Dakota libraries. This new equipment was paid for by federal LSTA funding through the South Dakota State Library.

Libraries can send up to 50 damaged discs (not titles) at a time to the State Library for repair. Libraries can also send discs that are working, but need to be cleaned. The library must be able to pick up the items at the State Library or arrange for delivery through the courier or some other means. The library sending the material to the State Library is responsible for all delivery costs.

Types of media that can be repaired include:

  • CDs — Music, Data, RW, R formats
  • DVDs — Blu Ray, HD DVD, Single and Double Sided
  • Video Game Discs (Not all game discs can be repaired. Contact the State Library before sending game discs.)

Damages that cannot be repaired include:

  • Cracks
  • Warping
  • Dents

Libraries should complete the form found on the State Library's website.

The form is to be sent with the discs to the State Library. Discs must be sent in their cases. Allow up to four weeks for processing. The State Library is not liable for items that might be lost in transit.

If you have questions about the Disc Repair Service, please contact Barb Nickolas at 1-800-423-6665, option 4 or email.


Stay informed during 2014 Legislative Session

January 14 marked the beginning of the 2014 Legislative Session. Do you know what it means when a bill is "hog-housed"? What happens when a bill is sent to the 41st day?

You can learn all about the legislative process, research bills that have been introduced, find legislator information and more on the newly updated Legislative Research Council website at

Links to the South Dakota Codified Laws and Administrative Rules are found at the top of the page. Check out the Students' Page for links to fun facts about the SD Legislature as well as a crossword puzzle for you or your students to test their knowledge.

Live audio broadcasts are provided by South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Wherever you see this symbol , you can listen to the audio. Tuning in to the various committee hearings that happen every day during session can be very educational. One learns a lot about the process just by listening. Committee hearings take place in the morning, and the full House and Senate meet every afternoon.

The direct link to the 2014 (89th Session) Legislative webpage is

Legislators don't spend all of their time in committee meetings or on the House or Senate floor debating bills while in Pierre. They also have a busy social calendar full of dinners and other meetings. To see the social calendar activities, visit


South Dakota celebrates 125th birthday in 2014

Quas•qui•cen•ten•ni•al adj - pertaining to or marking a period of 125 years.

south dakota 125th logoSouth Dakota is celebrating its quasquicentennial throughout 2014. Check out the official South Dakota 125th Anniversary website at All state government agencies are celebrating, each with their own activities. The SD Department of Education has a few projects already in the works. Stay tuned for a list of 125 activities teachers can do with their students to mark the anniversary. In addition, the SD State Library is digitizing and making available online, many reports and special publications that highlight historical activities of the Department of Education. The collection can be viewed in the SDSL Digital Collections Keep checking back as more publications are added.


Congratulations to recipients of 2014 Trustee Academy mini-grants!

The South Dakota State Library is pleased to announce the 25 Public Library recipients of the 2014 mini-grants for the United for Libraries Trustee Academy.

This is a 7, one-hour webinar series. Library board members and library directors are free to watch together or separately. Tuition for this series is paid for by federal LSTA funding through the South Dakota State Library. Free, unlimited access to these training webinars starts February 3, 2014 and ends January 31, 2015.

The webinar sessions will include such topics as library advocacy, budgets, evaluation and director vs. board duties. The Basic, Part 1 session covers the role of the Trustee in the community, who speaks for the Trustees, governing vs. advisory boards, holding effective board meetings (getting consensus, open meeting laws, parliamentary procedure, etc.), and board self-assessment.

Trustee Basics, Part II covers understanding and setting policy, understanding and supporting intellectual freedom and patron privacy, meeting state standards, Trustee liability and fiduciary responsibilities, considering D&O insurance, and Trustee ethics. All courses are taught by long-time professional librarians with expertise in these areas.

Once again, congratulations to these 25 South Dakota Public Libraries! Our hats are off not only to their library directors, but to their entire library boards who have agreed to this training. Their time, commitment and dedication are very commendable!

Congratulations to the following libraries:

  • Beresford Public Library
  • Brookings Public Library
  • Custer County Library
  • Dorothee Pike Memorial Library (Lake Preston)
  • Edgemont Public Library
  • Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library
  • Emil M. Larson Library (Clark)
  • Freeman Public Library
  • Grace Balloch Memorial Library (Spearfish)
  • Gregory Public Library
  • Haakon County Public Library (Philip)
  • Hand County Library (Miller)
  • Hot Springs Public Library
  • Huron Public Library
  • Keystone Town Library
  • Lemmon Public Library
  • Mitchell Public Library
  • Piedmont Valley Library
  • Platte Public Library
  • Rapid City Public Library
  • Rawlins Municipal Library (Pierre)
  • Scotland Community Library
  • Wall Community Library
  • Watertown Regional Library
  • Yankton Community Library





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